Bodywork, May 1997
All this is to the good, obviously, but if you're not interested in taking over where Miguel Indurain left off, don't sweat the technique: Even a sloppy pedal stroke will do quite a lot for your legs, though mostly your quads. "The less skilled you are, the harder a workout you'll actually get," says Craig Griffin, endurance track coach for USA Cycling. Griffin would have us all spinning elegantly round circles at a high cadence, but if you're employing your bike strictly to beef up your gams, you can safely forget such purist stuff and grunt away in a too-big gear.
Jim Harmon, a longtime contributor to Outside, runs on the sand in Long Beach, New York.
Photograph by David Roth