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    Hi all. I've tried to search and found some info on this but my issue is quite specific and unusual, I'd suggest! Point me in the right direction if I am missing a post.

    I'm currently bike touring Europe and struggling to develop a program where I can strength train as well.

    I'm 46, biking anywhere between 20 and 90 miles per day with a 50kg payload! It is always tough, especially where mountains are concerned.

    I wish to continue my strength training but can't figure out how to achieve this. I'm thinking once a week, when I can, and then rest for 2 days afterwards. Or should I just forget about the gym and train when I rest for winter?

    I went to the gym finally after 4 months of touring on the bike. My hamstrings seized (a problem I've always had if I'm not consistent) after warming up and squatting 60kg! Before I left I was squatting 125kg! I also twitched my back.... not a good start!

    I massively miss the gym! Help would be appreciated.

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    You have placed yourself ion a fairly catabolic situation, one that is not compatible with recovery from strength training, especially at 46. Just enjoy your tour and train when you're through.

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    Thanks for the reply, Mark.

    The strange thing is, I weighed myself recently and I thought I would have lost a lot of weight, but I was 85kg, similar to when I left, if not the same!

    When I'm done for this year, which will be winter, would you suggest 2 lifting days (maybe 1DL) per week and ride once, if I wish to keep up my bike game?

    Thanks again.

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    Why the hell are you bike touring Europe at this time of year?

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    Haha well, I started at the end of June, so this is the end of my year and the weather hasn't been so bad to carry on cycling! A few cold days. Keeping above zero as I head south for milder climates! I'm English/ Irish, we are used to the cold and rain!

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