Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cycling Training

This past Sunday, Robert and I went for a bike ride so I could get a feel for the bicycle I am borrowing from a family friend. We went about 8 miles in 40 minutes, which is exactly where I was hoping I would be; this will help me gauge my finishing time for the triathlon that is coming up in a week and a half. I don’t know if a 5 minute mile on a bike is considered “fast”, but I do know I am definitely happy with that time!

I have to admit this was my first bike ride for my triathlon training – crazy right?! Honestly, the biking portion of the triathlon is what scares me the most. Not because I can’t do it though; my dad and I used to go bike trail riding all the time. What scares me is all the things that can go wrong during this portion of the race, and how very limited my knowledge is for fixing bikes. I have to ride 12 miles during the race, and what if a tire popped at mile 5? I would have to run/walk with my bike for the remaining 7 miles!

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All of this anxiety build up has caused me to put off my cycling training, but after riding on Sunday, I can say that my worries have dwindled down SO much. Everything went great, and I had forgotten how much fun it is to bike ride! I also think it helped that I bought a pair of bike shorts with padding earlier that day to help with any discomfort and soreness from being on a bike seat for so long.

So now I just need to figure out small details for the Triathlon, such as what I will be doing during each transition and how long each transition should take. Luckily, my friend Long (same friend who did the Wounded Warrior Half with me) will be doing this race with me, and since he has done triathlon’s in the past and is also training for a half iron man, I will be absorbing any and all information he has to share!

QOTD: Do you enjoy bike riding? Have you ever thought about doing a Triathlon?

6 comments

  1. Went for a bike ride yesterday! 10 miles, but it took a little over an hour. We have no flat land around here though so it's all hills and so slow. I don't have a nice bike though and I'm totally freaked at the thought of "official" bikes with clips and such! I bet you'll do great!

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    1. Nice!! I get freaked out too there is SO much to cycling, I had no idea lol! If I end up enjoying the Tri, I may start dedicating some of my time to actually learning more about bikes!

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  2. Great job on the training! Honestly, bike riding kind of freaks me out. Lol. I think it's because my bike is a bit too big for me (the curse of being short strikes again) and if I have to stop suddenly, I feel like I don't have any control. It's a work in progress, but definitely not enough to sway me to do a triathlon.

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    1. We're not short, we're fun sized LOL

      But if you ever want to start bike riding, a bike that fits you is definitely a good place to start, otherwise it would be so hard to enjoy! :)

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  3. Hey, good luck in the tri, that's awesome that you are doing that. I ride bike a lot, but not for speed, just for a good cross train workout. I never wanted to do a bike race because I would be afraid of the much faster bikers running into me and knocking me over, I never thought of the fact that the bike might break down or a tire might pop. Ugg, that's even more to worry about now! You will do great though. You are actually one of the few people who look cute in a bike helmet! Good Luck!

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