01 January 2009

Back In The Saddle

I have not gone for a serious bike ride since July. I like riding my bike, but it has taken a back seat to running.

Today I needed to do something. I need to be active and since I can not go running I went for a ride. It was cold outside. And my bike sucks.

I still have a no name mountain bike that I got from Target a long time ago. It has definitely given me my money's worth, but it still sucks. I needed to switch the tires to road ones for a smooth ride, and that helped a little.

I wanted to do 10 miles, but really had no planned route. When looking at the satellite maps of my neighborhood I noticed a park around a small lake and figured I would finally go looking for it. I ended up not finding it, but after looking at the map again realized I was only blocks from it at times and did not realize it.

I wore my Forerunner 305 while riding today and it caused me to fall in love with this thing even more. Before, I had a cheap computer from K-Mart that was affixed to the handle bars and a wire ran down to the wheel and read a magnet as it went around. It did not always work and was very frustrating. With Garmin GPS, I have all the info I need, and never have to worry about a thing.

So this year I will be adding a lot of cycling to my routine. I would like to do at least 20 miles a week right now and bump that up as the year goes on. We shall see. Right now I am just glad I was able to get out and keep my fitness up.


lindsay said...

way to stick to your plan of not running for the week - it can be so hard at times. glad you were still able to get in a good workout, sounds like you need a bike upgrade for all the mileage you're gonna do this year! hey maybe trek can send you one to review ;-) (to be honest i don't know how you can get products to review - i was emailed by outside pr through my blog about the gu) now if only i could get some free shoes... :)

FLYERS26 said...

I have the 405, and don't know how I got along without it.
Best of luck in 2009!

Some guy named John said...

Cycling can be a lot of fun, but I'm like you in that I don't ride much unless I'm nursing some sort of running-related ailment. When my tires get the dry-rots, I know I've been healthy for a while.

Enjoy the biking, and good luck getting back to running in a timely and healthy manner!

Progman2000 said...

One of my fav things to do in the summer is ride my Trek 950 to a local trail (@ 2 miles), lock it up and run. Not a ton of riding, but it makes my legs feel so much stronger during the summer. I also have a HS track about 2 miles from my house so I will ride to that as well. The importance of xtraining cannot be understated.

Laurel said...

I added biking to my routine this year and it really helped my running. I love it.

Happy New Year!

SuperDave said...

I gotta get one of those Garmin's.
This year I plan to bike more, but I need to change out the tires too. - road tires
Add in swimming and you got the TRI going...