Friday, May 8, 2009

Philly to LA on Bike?

Though I had been planning to do this for a while, I finally went out a couple of weeks ago and bought a bike. I bought a Giant Defy 2 which is a decent bike, not ridiculously expensive, but not cheap either. If I end up riding like crazy, I'll upgrade at some point later.

And, since I can't do anything small, I took it out the next day and rode 9 miles, and then rode 40 miles the day after. Who says you have to start slow?

It was amazing to me how little I needed to start out slow. We use similar muscles between running and biking, but I didn't have any pain after the 40 mile ride and in fact when out the next day and rode another 15.

As for cross training, I'm finding that I can ride one day and run the next without any pain or sluggishness. On the running side, I find that I'm running a bit faster. I can't tell you how much I needed something to break up the constant pounding on the road. I needed it to keep my body together, but I really needed it to keep me sane.

I find that I really look forward to rides and to runs as well because I'm not doing the same thing every dang day.

7 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

congrats on the purchase of your sweet-lookin' bike! Do we see a tri in your future now?! I love varying my running with biking, and have read that it can help with running speed as well! Thanks for the msg on FB too! :) Appreciate it!

Marlene said...

40 miles already! Nice!

I've been toying with the idea of getting myself a bike (for almost a year, actually). I think it would bw good for the joints and muscles.

Enjoy!

Jennifer said...

Great looking bike. Your post has me thinking that there's a bike purchase in my future too.

Susan said...

Congrats! I know you'll continue to enjoy that bike.

Runner Leana said...

Love the new ride!! I started to see the biggest leaps in my running once I started biking last year. And now the improvements with running and biking go hand in hand. You'll love it. Just watch out...you may want to race a duathlon...or even a triathlon next!

ShirleyPerly said...

Woohoo, nice bike!!

I'm glad you got one that's decent and upgradable as you certainly do have the endurance already to be doing half centuries and full centuries and from the sound of it will probably be doing so soon. And the beauty of cycling is the lower impact and no 10% build up rule ;-)

Petraruns said...

Nice bike! Well done that looks fabulous. I am seriously tempted especially given the benefits you're noticing.. Hmmmm.