Hello Bike, Remember Me?

>> Monday, February 27, 2012

August 21st, 2011.
The Lake Marion Triathlon.
Over 6 months ago....

....that's the last day I touched my bike.

So I FINALLY hit the trainer on Saturday night.

I posted what I used for my warm-up on Facebook. This is 100% true:

Here's a photo Pharmie snapped pretty early-on in my workout:

Oh hi there, "vein of approval" on my forehead!

After 30:00 of my "COPS" workout warm-up, I hopped off my bike and started doing lunges, hammy curls on the balance ball, and body-weight squats. I did a "Bike Trainer Strength Workout" that I did last year when I read about it in Triathlete Mag a year ago. Here's a link to when I first did the workout a year ago, and here's the gist of the workout from Triathlete Mag:

20 MINUTE WARM-UP: 20 minutes of gradual building: 5 minutes EASY, 5 minutes building, and then 10 minutes of drills. They recommended some fast spinning 1-legged drills for 30 second intervals.

FIRST 10 MINUTE INTERVAL: Off the bike, do the following (25-30 reps) with as little rest as possible:

- Walking lunge
- Hamstring curl with heels on a balance ball
- Jumping squat
- Eccentric calf raises (meaning focus on long, slow downward motion: 3 secs down, 1 sec up)

Then finish out the 10 minute interval (meaning if the exercises took 4 minutes, you'll have 6 minutes to go) on the bike with HR in low Zone 2, and a cadence of 85-95.

SECOND 10 MINUTE INTERVAL: Same strength exercises off the bike, then finish out the 10 minutes with HR in high Zone 2 and a lower cadence: 75-80.

THIRD 10 MINUTE INTERVAL: Same strength exercises off the bike, then finish out the 10 minutes with HR in Zone 3 with a cadence of 80-85.

10 MINUTE COOL-DOWN: Easy spinning.

My modifications:
- 30 minute "COPS" WU as mentioned above instead of 20 minutes.
- No jumping squats because I'd nail our basement ceiling (REPLACED with body-weight squats).
- No calf raises because of my always injured heel.
- No CD, just some stretching.

So that was a 60:00 workout total, and that was about 15:00 off my bike and 45:00 of spinning. For more details on this workout, CLICK HERE to see my first post about it a year ago.

I had left a sweaty patch on the rubber mat where I laid to do my balance ball hammy curls:

So the verdict is: I still do NOT like biking. You know that dull ache in your legs as your ride? I HATE that feeling. But that lungs-burning, chest-about-to-explode, legs-about-to-die feeling on a long run is something I LOVE! So I'll try to hit the trainer now-and-then (MORE than once every 6 months... sheesh), but I'll just keep up with the running.

I celebrated my first bike workout in 6 months by going out for pizza with my sister's family:

Henry and I reading a quick book while waiting for pizza!


- More details on this "bike trainer strength workout."

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Carolina John 8:52 AM, February 27, 2012  

I'm kind of looking forward to getting out on the roads to ride this spring. And I haven't touched the bike since Ironman in november either, but I did hit the stationary a few times. Still hate the trainer most of all.

kyle. 10:18 AM, February 27, 2012  

i've got you beat. i haven't been on my bike since july (before that a tri in may) and i live in southern california where weather is almost never an excuse.

Steve Stenzel 10:40 AM, February 27, 2012  

Ha! Thanks Kyle! You know how to make a guy feel alright... :)

Meredith 11:11 AM, February 27, 2012  

I'm right there with you Steve. I absolutely hate to bike. Why do runners hate to bike so much?

Coy Martinez 1:33 PM, February 27, 2012  

That last part is hilarious!!!

I have little drill that I do while watching Titanic on the bike. It's a bit dumb really but I love it! HAHAHAHA!!

What is it with that dumb dull ache anyway??

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k,  1:14 PM, February 28, 2012  

oh god, i feel your aversion to the bike. i am a trail runner and an open water swimmer to the core, but i am NOT a cyclist. of course i'll have great rides sometimes, but i very rarely think "huh, i could sure do with a ride right now!". mostly it's a case of bullying myself into getting it over with, ha.

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