I'm a runner. You see those shoes busting out of the road in my title bar? They aren't those fancy clippy shoes that snap into bike pedals - and they don't have Velcro. BUT, I'd like to get into biking. You can go lots further in an hour, the wind cools you down,
So, when my super nice Ironman next door neighbor offered to take me out on his brick workout (two sports after one another - swimming/biking or biking/running) on Sunday morning - I jumped at the chance. I had originally planned to run 14 miles, but I figured that since I wasn't training for a race I could switch it up a bit.....plus I knew that this ride wasn't going to be like when I rode my bike with streamers on my handlebars and a basket on the front. This was going to hurt.
Jeff and Lauren. Next time. When I met up with my neighbor I wasn't sure that I was going to have a fighting chance, but fortunately he decided to ride his 20 year old all steel Trek (picture to the right - note the shifters on the bar under the crotch!!) instead of one of his 4 other much lighter/faster bikes (including a 100% carbon fiber one). Overall we biked 20 miles: 16.9 MPH (18.7 MPH w/out the stoplights). It hurt...a lot. The overall MPH seems a little slower than I remember but that is mostly due to stoplights.
I'd honestly put my level of effort at just below a tempo pace. I was working. The one thing that I learned was that drafting by getting into a big line of bikes makes it a LOT easier. I could hold a 17 mph speed for a while with a normal effort....put me right behind him and it jumped up to 19 mph - with NO additional effort. Of course, this isn't legal in most triathlons. FAIL.
Ah, but once we were done with the bike, he was on my turf! (Meaning, the ground.) We did as fast of a transition as possible and were out for 4 miles. He is normally a 8:45ish runner, so of course I pushed the pace around 8:00 for the first 2 miles. hehe :) Overall, we ended up at 8:17 pace.
I really liked going out with him. We both agreed that we pushed each other harder during our weak sports than we would have normally gone.
What do you do to cross train? Or, are you a card carrying member of the Triathlon club?