Although I love cycling I haven't actually done it in a really long time. It has been almost six months since I put on my oh so attractive bike shorts (really?clothing that increases the size of your butt) and went for a ride.
|Pulling the kids last year when they both weighed less!|
My half marathon training also got in the way of riding my bike. You can certainly make riding a bike part of cross training when getting ready for a running event. In fact, I think cycling in combination with running is great for your knees. The conflict came about because every time there was nice weather and my husband was home I had to use that time to fit in a long run. And for some crazy reason I didn't really feel like going on a bike ride after running 10 miles (I don't see an Iron Man in my future).
Nice weather was the other factor. I have already established that I don't run in the heat. Well, I also will not cycle when it is cold. I see the die hards out there riding in the rain and even snow. Riding when it 20 degrees. But I am a wuss. As a whole, I like cycling more than running, but I will choose a treadmill (or a cold run) over a freezing ride every time. We just haven't had a super warm spring and it has been very wet. Great for the lawn but bad for bike rides.
So I have let my bike sit and collect dust for months on end. The poor neglected thing. But the other day I finally was able to take it for its first outing of 2011.
I had forgotten how much I truly love to ride. After getting over the initial worry that I would crack a rib falling because of my clip ins, I raced out of our neighborhood and hit the bike trail that runs along C470. Riding my bike is a wonderful, freeing feeling. I'm a kid again just enjoying a nice afternoon. The idea that I am starting to train for a triathlon, that I am exercising does not even cross my mind. I stand up when going up the hills and I think I might even say "wheeeee" as I fly down them. This is the best exercise for me because it is just fun! I know when I have a free moment away from any responsibility that I will choose (if the weather is nice) a bike ride every time.
I am so looking forward to this summer and the many rides that I will get to go on. Yes, it will be exercising, and it will be training, but it will also be a blast!!
|My future Triathletes!|