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A new respect for triathlon training.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Yesterday, I decided that since I was going to the barn I may as well use it as a workout. So I rode my bike. It was a little over 10 miles and I run that quite frequently, so I thought it would be no big deal, right? Besides, when you ride a bike you get to go fast down hills and go faster on the flats.

I was right about everything, except I didn't think about going up the hills. Sure there were some hills on this route, but heck they didn't look so bad when driving. WOW, those hills sure look and feel different riding a bike then even running/walking them.

I'm happy to say that my stubbornness didn't allow me to walk my bike up any of the hills I encountered, but my bike was in first gear and my legs were screaming. I was amazed at how my inner thighs were feeling it. I expected the calves and quads, but not the inner thighs.

I had planned on riding home, but the oldest daughter wanted me to go on a run with her, so I called her and told her to come pick me up at the barn. I knew that I'd be in no shape to run if I rode another 10 miles home. Besides, it would be too dark to run at the damn.

It was a good lesson for me. I have a new respect for those that cross train and/or train for triathlons. I can only imagine how I'd felt if I added swimming to my exercise yesterday!
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I hope everyone is able to get a "work out" in. Remember no matter how slow you go, you are lapping that person on the couch!
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    I'm mostly a runner. It's hard for me to focus on too many things at the same time. But I do ride once a year in a biking event. Running is cheaper than biking and the course can be a lot shorter and safer for running. Having said that I'd love to do an ironman one day. Need to get on the biking and swimming, though.
    1646 days ago
    As a triathlete, your statement made me LOL. You are right about hills, they look a lot smaller when you are going down them and that's either on the bike or running.
    1646 days ago
    Laughing out loud. I'm not so good on the bike, either, so I can relate. If you haven't swum in a while, try doing that again. I couldn't believe how difficult it was to swim the first time I tried to do laps in our home pool. Slowly I have gotten much better.
    Keep biking, you will imporve rapidly. Great blog!
    1646 days ago
    Here's to lapping the person on the couch!
    1646 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Yes, there are different muscles used in biking. I have a great respect for the triathlon athletes. I loved doing laps around those sitting on the couch.

    Way to go on exercise.
    1646 days ago
    Agreed. Triathlon training is the ultimate in cross training. I wish I had a safe place to ride my bike. It's been in the garage since moving to the country.
    1647 days ago
    I love riding my bike--not as much as running, but close. Yep, those thigh muscles do burn, lol. Congrats on getting that ride in!
    1647 days ago
    It's true. Biking uses such different muscles. But it's great to mix things up!

    You look so great!!
    1647 days ago
    I know what you mean - I've been riding my Schwinn AirDyne (exercise bike) a couple of days this past week and I've really felt it in my legs! Great job - go you!!
    1647 days ago
    That is awesome, especially that you didn't walk your bike. Inclines do me in. I'm in awe!

    Whenever I'm having a 'meh' effort during a workout, I still feel good about it because I'm moving. "lapping the person on the couch" so true!

    Thanks for your inspiration tonight!
    1647 days ago
    That is awesome! Yes the bike uses MUCH different muscles. Awesome that you got in 10 miles!!!
    1647 days ago
    Lapping the person on the couch - that's me!! You are an inspiration!! I have a bike (actually, it's DH's bike) and I'm terrified to even try it! I get vertigo on a step ladder. So gardening and walking are it for me, with a little resistance training thrown in. I'm a little envious of you young 'uns training now. Keep it up. It's true what they say, use it or lose it!!
    1647 days ago
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