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Watched 'Off Road to Athens' and the pro's kept saying they had good or bad legs.

My legs are hardly ever an issue, it's my lungs that hold me back 99% of the time.

Which holds you back?
 

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For me it's always been lower back.

From the choices you give, it's usually legs. Over the years I have equalized the legs and lungs a bit.

In crit racing, because of the high RPM's and sprints, it's lungs. My throat and lungs hurt for the rest of the day after the last crit I did.
 

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Well I guess I'd have to say after the other days 4 interval's it's a mixture of both. I can keep up a good pace and can even push it, but then once I'm really hammering I start to feel it in the quads. To me however this doesn't mean it's just the legs, but also the lungs for not delivering enough oxygen to them and then the system not getting rid of the lactic acid fast enough. Guess I'd say legs though I guess, as the lungs are pretty good, I can go forever, just not fast forever :D

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Where is the option for spare tire?
 

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Well this must be the most useless poll ever if the results are tie all the time as they are as of this post.

I would have thought for sure the lungs are what slow racers down the most since their legs should be in shape.

Suppose I should have specified 'normal race length'. In an endurance race, yeah, legs will wear out for sure.
 

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Like the dude up there said, my lower back is what kills me. My legs also get very tired in some races. I only ever get out of breath at the starts while trying for the hole shot...
 

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In general: If you're only out of breath at the start or hills doesn't that mean you're not pushing hard enough or is it that your legs can't push hard enough for you to be out of breath the whole race?
 

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I've never had any trouble with my legs giving out even when I've been out for 7.5 hours. It's my smoke scarred lungs protesting the work they are being forced to do but I'm jogging now so I hope that improves.
 

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In general: If you're only out of breath at the start or hills doesn't that mean you're not pushing hard enough or is it that your legs can't push hard enough for you to be out of breath the whole race?
The idea is that my lungs are at a level that is above my legs. This is a good thing since there isn't a lot that you can do to improve your lungs, but your legs have a lot of room for growth. I didn't get into cycling that long ago, and am still fairly young, so I am counting on my legs getting better over time. So at this point, my legs are weak while my lungs can handle more stuff.
 

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Legs, definitely. People I ride with or who pass me on the trail are always in a higher gear and when I try to match gears my legs go a bit rubbery. I can spin faster to keep up, but only for so long as it's too much like sprinting.
 

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Depends on the time of season. Right now my legs because they are just weak, but later it will be my lungs, when all my legs are good for is sprinting. Overall it is probably my lungs though.
 

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Destroy said:
Watched 'Off Road to Athens' and the pro's kept saying they had good or bad legs.

My legs are hardly ever an issue, it's my lungs that hold me back 99% of the time.

Which holds you back?
Actually, in racer parlance having good or bad legs just applies to the overall feel on the bike, not really the persons legs in particular. Incidentally good bike racing fitness is a total package thing and are not really dependent on one body part more than another, how do you know it's your Lungs holding you back?
 

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aren't your lungs and legs connected, if your lungs aren't taking in enough oxygen, your legs will fatigue faster.
But the thing is my legs don't get a chance to fatigue because I am forced to slow down so I can breathe and not pass out.

Hold your breathe while riding and see if your legs get tired; bit extreme but gets the idea across, heh.
 

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But the thing is my legs don't get a chance to fatigue because I am forced to slow down so I can breathe and not pass out.

Hold your breathe while riding and see if your legs get tired; bit extreme but gets the idea across, heh.
Don't hold your breath? Honestly, you seem to be doing something wrong or have a problem. Try turning a bigger gear to keep your heart rate lower, and maybe get checked for excercise induced asthma.
 
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