It’s Tuesday so it’s time for Tri Talk Tuesday with Courtney from The TriGirl Chronicles, and Miranda from The Cupcake Triathlete! Today is our second post in this new weekly linkup, and if you missed it last week, nine bloggers linked up with posts about The Swim.
Today we’re talking about the bike portion of the triathlon. As I mentioned in my Five Fitness Goals post on Friday, the bike is the discipline in the triathlon that I’m most nervous about, and I stated my bike goal for the season as “Endurance and Confidence”. I have Ironman 70.3 Augusta on the race schedule this year, and that means 56 miles of biking sandwiched between a 1.2-mile swim and running a half marathon.
No problem? [she says hopefully...]
My biggest bike endeavor to date was the MS150 from Pittsburgh to Lake Erie many years ago when I was overweight and out of shape, and I didn’t know what the heck I was doing! I didn’t train well – I actually didn’t know how to train for endurance activities then – and injured myself two ways. So these days I’m all about getting in some solid training on the bike and building up to it.
For my Tri Talk Tuesday bike chat, I’m not going to talk you through through how to ride a bike, and I’m not going to give you super-sensei tips on cycling.
Instead I’ll chat about a few ways that I fit in the cycling part of triathlon training into my busy days.
I love cycling class (called Spinning in some gyms) – it’s a great calorie burn and the instructors really push you. It’s a great way to build up biking muscles and practice hill work, interval training, and endurance.
From November, when I got my dad to a cycling class!
Ah, the dreaded or beloved bike trainer. Mine is beloved. I seriously love my bike trainer.
Why? Because I can ride my bike in the house without trekking to the gym, which is a great thing when you have three kids sleeping in the house and your husband is out.
And here’s the thing: I can ride my actual bike – I can get used to my actual cycling shoes, my actual clipless pedals, my actual bike’s gear shifting, my actual bike’s saddle, grabbing water from my actual bike’s cage – and watch TV shows and movies in the process!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen my 10pm bike-trainer-ride-selfies. When all else fails to get in a workout, I can hop on my bike after the kids are in bed and pedal away while watching House of Cards. I love it.
Here’s the secret of how I set up my little tablet so that I can watch while on the trainer: a music stand.
(it must seem like that’s my only shirt but I really like to bike in tank tops and only have 2 in my new size!)
I always thought I couldn’t commute to work by bike because I live pretty far outside DC and there isn’t a good route from my house to downtown. Lucky for me, my dad is a hard-core cyclist and years ago he found a way – he drives to a place closer to the city, parks, and rides to/from work. I started joining him last year and plan to get my bike off the trainer and commute with him at least once a week this spring and summer as part of my training.
It is the most amazing thing to get in a cycling workout naturally in my regular weekday. Sure, I need a few more items in the drawer at work to make myself presentable for the day, but fortunately there are showers in the building.
Wanna guess what it’s like to leave a busy work day, hop on a bike, and pedal in the sunshine instead of sitting in traffic?
And nobody seems to mind a road bike sitting in my office when they come in for a meeting. Or do they?
I’ve always loved biking, but to have a purpose and a goal for a certain amount of miles and a certain pace gets me a little stressed out about the bike. I can carve out a pretty good groove and ride at a pretty good pace, but I’m inconsistent.
This year is all about making the time for the training and building my endurance on the bike.
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How do you fit in biking or other exercise in a busy week?