Tuesday, March 6, 2012

That Time I Rode a Bike

And didn't die!

Back in December Mike and I got our bikes from his parents for Christmas and they sat in our basement in their boxes until a few weeks ago.  Then they sat some more after they were put together at a local bike shop until today!

Our bikes!

To say that the bike leg is the one that I am the most nervous about is an understatement.  Mike and I will obviously do fine at the running leg.  We may be tired from swimming and biking first but we have a good enough base to get through it!

Swimming will be a piece of cake.  We are former swimmers and once we get back in the pool consistently we will get back into shape in no time.

Biking is another story.  I hadn't ridden a bike in 13 years and after our bikes were put together and I couldn't get on it, I was more than a little worried.  I made Mike lower the seat and hoped for the best!

Today we rode around a local school's parking lot and a path that we run on occasionally.  It is going to take some time to get used to switching gears and controlling everything from the handlebars, remember I haven't ridden a bike in a LONG time, but I think I will be fine!  I am now convinced that an Ironman is in our future, most likely 2014.  It. Is. Happening.

I have been working on our triathlon training program and so far our biking and brick workouts are set.  I need to figure out how much we have to run in order to stay in shape for our half marathons and marathon (the last week of triathlon training is the first week of marathon training) and how much we want to swim.  The swimming workouts seemed a little weak for us (based on a plan I found online) so we will probably increase the yardage.

March, so far

We are only doing a duathlon and sprint triathlon this year but next year's race calendar is going to be full of triathlons and the Musselman Triathlon (Half-Iron distance) is going to be our main event!

I can't wait to see how we develop as triathletes!

Has anyone else out there not ridden a bike in a long, long time?

35 comments:

  1. I used to ride a little when I first started running. Would do it as cross-training- did up to maybe 10 miles the max at one time. Haven't really ridden though... and a would need a real tune-up on my bike or a new one... haven't ridden in probably 6 or 7 years. Rob is a good resource for you on biking in the Rochacha area!!

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    1. Yea, we know a lot of places you can ride (we've seen him one time), not too worried about where. How is more of the issue right now!

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  2. I had the same fears when I first started biking last year. I'm still a little nervous about riding the bike but far more nervous about swimming!

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    1. It is scary! I just know that at least I can do it even if I have to go slowly, and we won't be clipping in at all our first year! (I don't care if that makes me look like a loser!)

      I'm glad that we are former swimmers, but I know that most people worry about the swimming. You will be fine though!

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  3. that's what I was gonna ask you... were you going to be clipping yourself into your bikes!!(seems scary to me!)

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  4. I dislike biking with a passion. So I haven't gone on a bike in a long time. Great job on getting out there on a bike!

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    1. Thanks Rena!

      Sorry that you don't like biking, I think that over time I will love it! (But it will probably always be my least favorite of the three).

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  5. I find it so interesting to read about other peoples reactions to the different legs of a triathlon in comparison to mine. I absolutely loathe the swim leg, love the run leg but find it a challenge and generally find the bike leg pretty easy.
    I'm glad the bike ride wasn't as bad as you thought it would be and I can't wait to hear your adventures as you walk towards an iron(wo)man!

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    1. It is funny how everyone has different strengths and weaknesses!

      Mike knew that it would be fine, I was just a little worried when I couldn't get on it at first! The seat was way too high for me, for right now.

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  6. Until last April, I hadn't ridden a bike more than a mile or so with my kids (read: very slowly) in probably 15 years (and that was this one time when I hurt a lot after tackling 15 miles with a Sunday School group on a flat trail). My first "training" ride was less than 5 miles and I was miserable. Now I go out for 10-20 miles at a hit and only suffer a little. I did notice that I slacked on riding over the winter and my butt had to get "re-numbed" to the time in the saddle. But that goes away after awhile. I get to adjust again now that I have a "new" bike. I'm a little scared as this is my first time with clipping in.

    The training plan I followed when first starting out focused on TIME in each discipline instead of distance. Because for slow, fat girls like I was - that made a lot of sense. It still takes me a damn long time to go the miles. I've just toughened up enough to suck it up for longer. Just a thought.

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    1. I'm sure that next week when we do 5 miles we are going to be hurting!

      Most training plans I found were based on time, but I think with our base (except for biking) we should be fine with actual distances. If the biking doesn't work out we could go back to time! Thanks!

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  7. I rode around the neighborhood on Allan's bike last year sometime and felt like I had biked so far and it was only 3 miles. Haha!

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    1. Haha! I'm sure its going to feel like we went really far too, but in reality not so much!

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  8. Man oh man, i'm so glad there's someone else out there who has the same problems on the bike! All I remember about bikes as a kid was how bad I wiped out and almost broke my jaw once, now i'm SO scared to go downhill/fast. Sounds pretty silly for a triathlete, right? I'm excited to hear about how it goes as you get used to it!

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    1. Not silly at all! I'm going to be scared going downhill! (Hopefully we will avoid those at first!)

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  9. You will get the biking down in no time. I love riding bikes but do it for fun not competition. I am excited to hear all about your training. I have never done a triathlon but am intrigued. Swimming would be my hardest obstacle.

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    1. I hope so!

      You should consider doing one, or a duathlon! Then you wouldn't have to worry about the swimming leg!

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  10. Which tri are you doing this year? My husband is doing the mussel man this year...his training schedule is crazy!

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    1. Awesome!

      We are doing a local duathlon and then the Keuka Lake Triathlon on June 3rd. That's it for this year since Marathon training will take up a big chunk of time. Next year we should be able to do more triathlons!

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    2. Hubs might be doing Keuka too...I'll have to check with him...he mentioned it but not sure if he registered. Either way, I might have to head up to cheer you on!

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  11. I'm in the same boat as you - I haven't biked for something like 15 years (with the exception of one ill-fated attempt in college where I fell into a creek)so your post gives me hope!

    I'm also an ex-swimmer, and hoping to do an ironman in 2014! I haven't done a tri yet, but I think that will happen in 2013.

    You have such an awesome and inspiring blog! Can't wait to keep reading!

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    1. Thanks Emily! (Love your profile pic by the way, my husband and I love lighthouses! Little Red is great!)

      Which Ironman are you thinking about doing? We will most likely doing Lake Placid!

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    2. I'm definitely thinking about Lake Placid too! Although I'm also tempted to go back to AZ (where my parents live) and do IMAZ b/c the course is reportedly really flat =)

      If you guys are ever in NYC let me know and we can get together for a workout!

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  12. Reading this made me realize that it's been about 2 years since I last rode a bike. My dad in I would go rail riding in the mornings after he got off of work. One of the most beautiful and relaxing thing...and father/daughter time.

    I haven't been a reader for very long but I'm Loving your blog! Keep up the good work and good luck on your Triathlon!

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    1. Thanks Ari!

      That's great you had father/daughter time biking!

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  13. Yay for an ironman! I would really love to do one someday. Hopefully this year I'll do my first triathlon! Biking is also my biggest weakness.

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    1. I hope you get to do a triathlon too!

      I can't wait to be an Ironman!

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  14. Great goals! I love that you are looking ahead and mapping out your training and races, that is definitely the way to get prepared for an Ironman!

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    1. Thanks Laura!

      Of course things could change but I like being prepared! I would love to do the Pumpkinman in Maine too!

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  15. I decided to do a triathlon before I even knew HOW to ride a bike! I decided one year before and took that year to learn. It was SO HARD to learn how to ride a bike as an adult, but I did it and did the triathlon and didn't fall once!! Soooo I totally can relate!

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    1. Wow! I don't know if I would have wanted to do this if I had NEVER ridden a bike, good for you!

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  16. You are going to LOVE riding the bike once you get used to it. I find that it is a great cross-training sport to break up the daily runs (even if one isn't doing triathlons). In fact, the weather was good enough this morning early that I got in 21 miles before work.

    Clipping in "sounds" dangerous, but it really isn't bad once you get used to pedaling around. I didn't start that way though. I started with just the pedals, then I migrated to the "toe cages" (where you just slip your foot up to the ball of your foot into the cage...you can slip it out easily). That allows you to get used to pulling up on the back stroke. After doing that for a while, I moved to clips.

    As far as I'm concerned, the key to clips is to ensure that they are loose, so you can get out of them easily. Since I got my bike at the end of last May, I've put a little over 1600 miles on it. I've fallen twice, with nothing more than a minor scrape. Both times I was stopped dead still, and forgot to unclip at least one foot before I did so...then just fell over like I was in a British comedy.

    Have fun with this you two !

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    1. Thanks for all of the tips Michael!

      We will definitely clip in eventually, it does help you perform better, but for now just completely a triathlon will be amazing enough! (The bikes we have now probably won't be the ones we even use to do our Ironman).

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  17. I can't wait to see it either!!!!!!! I think it's so cool that you're doing this. I LOVE biking but had never owned a road bike, just mountain ones. Which I still use for a good workout but I'd love to do a true bike ride and cycle - you guys are going to SMOKE IT!!!!

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    1. Thanks Ali!

      I can't wait to do a real ride (haha, next week) and I would definitely consider entering into just a cycling race in the future!

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