Hi there - it's Cooper again!
It is hard to believe that it is already February. In less than 3 months I will be traveling to Moab, UT for the first Enduro race of the season! This means it is time to start putting in some base miles on the trainer (at home) and Peloton (at the gym) to get my legs ready to pedal! Riding an indoor bike is not nearly as fun as riding a mountain bike outside, but it will make the beginning of the season more fun. Not only does the indoor bike improve fitness, but it is also a test of mental toughness. It is easy to come up with excuses to quit, so for me it is key to set a goal for each ride and stick to it. Then when I am racing and things get tough I am able to push through and keep going. I am training my mind as much as I am training my body.
Along with the added cycling workouts I will be continuing my strength routine. I am so thankful to have a gym membership! I have been going to the gym 3-4 times a week and I can tell a huge difference from last winter (when I was not in the gym). I have been able to maintain and build my upper body strength from last summer, and my core has never been this strong before! I have been having a blast working out with Kristin and learning new exercises. Kristin keeps me on my toes, just when I think things are getting easier she teaches me a new even more difficult exercise!
Ab rollbacks are one of my new favorite exercises. They take sit ups to a whole new level of burn. I love the level of control that you have to maintain on the way down and the power that you use on the way back up. They are amazing!
Give rollbacks a try next time you are at the gym. Do them slooooowww and you won't regret the burn. For now I am headed to Arizona to do some mountain biking! Check out my Instagram @cooperdendelott to follow my adventures!