There are few times in my little athletic life where working out after I’ve already worked out sound appealing. I’ve just finished another 20+ miler and my legs are already unhappy with me, but what’s on the schedule? A bike ride. Joy.
But…this is a nice bike ride. This one’s done at grandmotherly speeds. No – really – I rarely break 11-13MPH average speed on these rides. I’m just out to loosen my legs up.
See – proof of my low speeds:
So why would I bike? Well, cause the coach says to. But aside from that – because it really does make a difference. Your legs feel 500% better – almost as if you didn’t run at all. The key is that you’re not out there mashing heavy gears, but rather just peddling along at a leisurely rate in an easy gear. You’ll notice my average HR above isn’t even close to the bottom of my Zone 1 – which starts at 123bpm.
You’ll also notice that I’m not on my tri bike – or even a road bike. I’m on my old junker mountain bike. The one I used as a kid on my paper route. I’m just bumbling around on the bike path in front of my house. Not in a hurry, and not out to set any speed records. Try it just once after a long run, you’ll be amazed.
Finally, if you look at the first photo above – you’ll notice I’m still in my running stuff. I don’t bother to change out of running stuff. In fact – I never even go into the house, I just get straight on the bike. I find that going into the house lessens my desire to get out and go for an enjoyable quick bike ride. But really – 30 easy minutes cruising around is pretty nice once you get on the bike.
You know how when you’re out there pushing it on a hard long bike ride and you see people just enjoying a nice leisurely jaunt on their bikes and sometimes wish you could be them? Well…this is your chance.