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"It's a way to really challenge yourself" — Kevin Love talks about the hardest workout he's ever done

Love revealed the hardest workout he has ever done and it doesn't have anything to do with basketball.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Cleveland Cavaliers veteran All-Star Kevin Love saw his role being reduced this past season, but that doesn’t mean the intensity level of his workout was also depleted. In fact, even before he became a substitute big man for the Cavs, Love has already been performing the hardest workout he has ever done during off-seasons.

Love loves a challenge

Love only started in four of his 74 games for the Cavaliers last season. He also logged his career-low in minutes per game in the process with 22.5. However, the amount of work he put in stayed the same.

The 33-year-old may have begun facing lesser challenges in the league, but he doesn’t limit himself in basketball. And if the NBA no longer poses tough challenges, Love would have no problem finding some by himself. Thus far, he found one in biking up Sundance Mountain Resort, a slope located at Mount Timpanogos in Utah with an altitude of over 8,250 feet.

I summited Sundance in Utah on a bike, which a lot of the US National Ski Team does for cross-training,” Love told Insider. “I did it for several off seasons, and it’s a way to really challenge yourself. At the same time, it’s low-impact cardio, where I’m not expending any sort of impact on my joints or knees.

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Indeed, biking in that part of the world isn’t for the weak, and one has to pick the perfect type of bicycle to get the job done.

Insider added that the mountain’s bike path where Love rides “extends for 25 miles, and the trail’s altitude is so high that the air contains just 15% effective oxygen, compared to the 20% at sea level,” ultimately making breathing harder and causing fatigue faster. So it’s safe to say that Love left nothing in the tank.

The challenge is real

Though biking seems less competitive than basketball, NBA stars find it truly challenging. Like Love, NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller is also fond of it. And just like Love, “Uncle Reg” also feels the need to push himself to the limits whenever he’s riding his bike on the rocky mountains.

It brings back those juices, you know, your name being called in the starting lineup, and you’re competing. It’s a different discipline, but still those juices are there,” Miller explained.

The former Indiana Pacers sharpshooter knows he’s too old to be a pro bike racer. However, Miller is eager to “see how far I can take this.”

Miller has been committed to dominating his age group in non-pro bike racing tournaments. On the other hand, Love seems focused on challenging himself to reach the summit of the highest mountains in the country. Keep up the good work, fellas!

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