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I recently purchased a Garmin Forerunner 735XT wrist heart rate monitor. I have used it in the gym for both cardio and strength training. It show calories, heart rate trends and more. I tried using it on the bike doing some off-road stuff. Not only did it show all the same stuff in the gym, but mapped my route (GPS satellite connection) and showed heart rate while in motion. I have not used it with a chest monitor, but with that it will show VO2 to help figure lactic acid levels. It's waterproof and has Bluetooth connection. After workouts, I connect it to the computer to see all the information. It can be used with cycling and swimming as well (plus many other sports). If you want to up your training game, this is a great tool. It will also show your sleep patterns. AND for those of us who are optically challenged...the numbers on the face are pretty big!!

Riding this weekend here in Montana (1st time on the bike since riding in California in Feb), no arm pump, legs did great. Let me know if I can help you with creating a training program. I'll be in Montana until June or July, then I'm heading to Tucson.

Since 2/01/17 I have gone from 209lbs with a 14%BF to 217lbs with a 12%BF (04/17/17) My goal is 230lbs with <10%BF

My theory is to have enough muscle mass to protect your body in a crash, or to be able handle the bike with less effort AND have the endurance to race a 2hr enduro, H&H, or HS. (or your leg of desert race)

Remember this guy. One of the winningest off-road racers ever. Yes, he deadlifted his XR600R.

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Upper body strength is something that is often neglected by riders.  Since I've worked on it it is much easier maneuvering the bike in the gnarly stuff.  You don't realize what you've been missing until you start working on it.  And I can now lift my XR onto a stand with no problem. :D

But, I'm too old school to use all these new fancy training tools.  I just figure out what works for me and do it.

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It's amazing how easy is it to ride the gnarly stuff with a strong core. Low back, abs, obliques, hip flexors, glutes. I found when I started back racing 5 years ago, I initially had arm pump issues. Once I had a strong core that fixed it. I also tried to be more aware of how tightly I held the bars. Increasing grip strength also helped. But using an endurance approach to strength training. Long sets and high reps

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