yep, great form of cross training! give it a little time for the legs and butt. i try to add 50-100 miles a week on the bike during good weather depending on how many miles i am running but the again i like to do triathlons,
Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA
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I do it because i can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't.
I plan on it! I got a trainer for xmas and have to dig thru stuff to get my air pump! I stopped at a bike store in town to get an apparatus to log mileage based on the back wheel (most are based on the front). Then hope to bike 2-3 times a week.
I totally bike as to cross-train - pretty much 3 times per week are biking mileage. Now, that being said...you are a runner cross-training with biking. Your workouts will not really mesh with a biker cross-training with running. Your distances will not always agree, although you can use each other as a guide.
If all you get is all you give, then you should only give all you''ve got.
I've read on the message boards on different running teams that a number of runners also bike. I bought a stationary bike last week for my home and use the up and down hill settings on it and I really feel it. I can't help but think it's got to be good for my cardio as well as my legs. It has ifit capability and I ordered some ifit cards for it also which I'm excited to try when they get here.
I bike commute in the spring, summer and fall and it's VERY good cross-training. (I even bike commuted while I was training for a half marathon...and the day after the half marathon!) However, you have to remember that it uses different muscles than running, so it's not surprising that your quads were torched after your first 15 mile ride.
When I first started commuting, I backed way down on the running until my body got used to it and I built up some strength. I'd suggest you do the same thing with the biking - start really small and work your way up. Like Judi said, it will only get easier!
Biking is a great cross training activity for running. Perhaps 15 miles on your first ride was a tad too much. I'm actually impressed, that as a non-biker and going 15 miles you're first time, that it was your thighs that are bothering you the most afterwards. I have a different area that makes me feel the first ride!
Keep going. After that first ride, they get much easier to recover from. And as a non-impact sport, it's a great cross training activity.
I have a friend who can't run because of back problems, but can bike so I started riding with her. After the first 15 mile bike ride, I struggled to run the rest of the week. I thought it would be great crosstraining, but my thigh muscles just felt spent. LOL Maybe I overdid it with the bike? Does anybody else ride in conjunction with running?
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