Lisa shares her experience when chatting with cyclists on the challenges of cross training with running
Since its inaugural event in 2007, CrossVegas has captured the hearts and chamois’ of cyclists throughout the valley, but this year, it also boasts being one of the UCI World CycloCross events. As the competition grows closer, everyone is looking for ‘The Edge’: new wheels, disc brakes, di2 groupo, SRAM or Shimano, bibs and jersey or skin suit…so many variables that impact performance. But what about the key variable? The Engine.
Throughout the off season, stage season, road season, and crit season, you have spent time on the saddle, checked off the miles, chased KOM’s, and “Cat”ed up. For most of you, cycling has been the heart and soul of your training. You have developed a formidable engine with powerhouse thighs that even Sagan might envy. But, now as cross approaches, you are jumping OFF your bike, leaping over barriers, running up hills, and tackling sandpits like a ninja. If your purpose is simply to show up and participate, those powerhouse legs of yours will find a way to get the job done. But if you’re seeking a PR or hoping to admire the view from atop the podium, you need something more. Your engine needs an upgrade!
So what is ‘The Edge’, this holy grail of cross excellence?
Although you developed a powerful engine for cycling, you may be missing a key component to this crossover - the kinetic chain of triple extension through the hip, knee and ankle, critically executed to ensure the injury-free land-based exercises required in CycloCross. The major muscle groups utilized during cycling are your Quadriceps, Hamstrings and Calves. However, the driving force required for running, leaping and jumping activities is your Gluteals – the booty!
To get your edge, you need to be able to engage your glutes for more power, speed, and efficiency in the OFF bike exercises.
Want to get that upgrade?
At Maximum Velocity, by analyzing your running gait and biomechanics, we are able to breakdown the elements of form and rebuild it with improved efficiency and potential. And the best part is that stronger glutes and better movement will reduce the likelihood of injury. My next blog post is a deeper exploration of the common issues cyclists face when crossing over to running (see what I did there, cross is everywhere!).
So as you prepare for the 9th Annual CrossVegas, acquiring your taste buds to the latest brews and ales, growing that ever-so-last-minute beard, prepping your excitement for cash and pizza primes and generally having a smashing jolly good old time on your bike…. Don’t forget to come to see us and find your ‘Edge’.
Lisa is taking evaluations to help you find your edge. Feel free to go to maxvelocityPT.com or call 702-998-2900 to make an appointment.