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Going for a short bike ride…

The day is almost here.

4 more sleeps until Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria.

It’s hard to believe it’s almost here.   Back when I signed up I thought the event was a ‘long way’ away, and that I had all the time in the world to train for it. Then between the busy season at work, and marathon training,  it was May before I knew it.  I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by!

I have to admit that after the marathon was over, I was of two mibnds about riding in the Tour.

First: I’m too tired from this marathon training thing. This was a stupid idea.

Second: Cycling will be perfect post-marathon exercise! I can avoid pounding the pavement, but still stay fit during recovery AND add another awesome thing to the list of things I’ve done in my 30’s!

It wasn’t long after the marathon before I was out on the bike riding around and enjoying the outdoors without the body jarring impact of running on the road!   It really was a perfect post marathon activity! I am sure that cycling is part of the reason why I still felt fit & energetic after the marathon, and the reason why I was able to run a half marathon exactly 2 weeks after the marathon, with only one short 6k run between the two events.

Sometimes I still find myself shaking my head and asking myself how I managed to get myself in to this.  But, for the most part I am feeling really ready, and excited!

Before the marathon I had a really hard time splitting my training time between running and the bike. If I cycled before a long run I would be too tired on the long run, and if I cycled after a long run, I was too tired from the long run.  Usually, I was lucky to get on the bike once in any given week.  Thankfully, in the last 3 weeks I have really focused on cycling as my main form of exercise. I’ve been on a few rides with @fransjonker gradually increasing my mileage.  Trying to put all the training principles from my running in to the cycling, in a shortened period of time! Last Friday, I had the day off of work, so I got my butt out on the bike & put in a 70km ride.  That was exactly what I needed to feel ready for Saturday.

I’m happy to say I feel ready and confident. I’m pleased with how the strength in my legs from running has translated to the bike.  My general fitness level has really helped as well. I have actually been pleasantly surprised by how much I have enjoyed cycling. It has been easier to ‘adapt’ to than I expect, and I just love how much ground you cover in such a short period of time (relative to running the same distance)! My only worry is the riding with a pack. Hopefully there are no crashed & I come out of it all uninjured!

I’m not 100% sure that I will be keeping up with the cycling after Tour de Victoria.  I’ve been having some knee pain in the last few week & I am not sure if it from the cycling or running. So my plan is to take a couple weeks off of cycling and see if the knee pain goes away, and then go from there.

I’ll be sure to write a new post on Sunday and let you know how it all goes!

 

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Wendy McElroy (@wendymc) says:

    I’m excited to see how the event goes. I will be doing the community ride, with my family, but maybe one day I could manage the 90k!