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Raymond P. Young
08-17-1998, 12:55 AM
Back-wards peddling is not necessarily primarily an eccentric task (i.e.,
dominated by eccentric muscle contractions). An eccentric cycle goes
backwards (driven by a motor) and the the cyclist produces enough force to
slow the peddles down to a certain speed. Using such a bike, results in
much less oxygen update and you feel much better during the ride.
Unfortunately, after a couple of hours of riding you tend to walk like a
duck for the next week, if the workload was high enough - we were
physically not able to stand up, due to the fact that our quads would not
do what they were told to do. Backwards cycling, I presume, is still
primarily concentric contractions, but uses different musculature.
Eccentric riding is not something I would want to do on a regular basis,
if workload is high, or would even be able to do.

Raymond P. Young, PhD

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