Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Riding the bike makes me feel SLOW

First, I’m continuing to tabulate the results on the FYTO5K!  The number of participants completely exceeded every expectation that I could have had.  So, while during “in person” races you get a medal, tshirt, and nearly instant chip-timed results online. . . . During the virtual FYTO5K, you get no medal, shirt, and a pretty solid 4 or 5 day wait for the results.  Hooray!
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Some of you might have noticed that I haven’t been the best running cheerleader over the past 5 days or so.  (Who am I kidding, no one reads this.  Doesn’t everyone just look at the pictures, like me?) Truth is, I hurt my knee a week ago today and have been putting the brakes on the ‘ol endorphin express.  So, instead of the blond homecoming cheerleader, I’ve been sort of like one of those “my daddy doesn’t love me” cheerleaders.  I can be honest – my relationship with running is a fickle beast.  One with euphoric highs, and hormone induced “WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME” lows.

The issue is my knee.  I pushed a little too hard a little too fast after my last marathon and aggravated some chronic “runners knee” that I’ve always had lingering.  No worries though, rest, ice, and a little ass-to-couch time was all it needed. (Also needed? A little complaining/venting to a close friend.)   In fact, I’m well on my way to recovery. You see, this last night and this morning I RODE MY BIKE!!

This is why I'm hot
Duckface? Check, Old long sleeve T? Check
Last night I went for a quick 20-30 minute test ride and this morning I went on a solid 45 minute ride through the streets of my neighborhood to see how my knee would react.  The GREAT news is that it feels fine and I think that I am going to be able to get a few light runs in this week and be back at full speed next week.  The bad news?  I am SLOW on the bike – and I look like an idiot in “bike gear”.

My running form and speed is all about economy.  I use very little energy to propel myself forward and therefore don’t have a lot of “bulk” to any part of my body (except for the parts that “count” – heh).  Unfortunately, high leg strength is one of the easiest ways to be fast on the bike.  Leg strength I don’t gots.  That translates to me being able to  run a 10+ mph 5K time (18:30ish), but a 15 MPH, 12 mile bike ride this morning.  How can I not be much faster running than on a bike!?

Of course, the solution is easy: steroids I need to ride the bike more and build up my leg muscles.  I’m not going to cut out any of my running, but I might add a few bike rides here and there at night to keep my legs guessing and my muscles building.  Oh, and I’m going to buy spandex.  Lots and lots of bright colorful spandex.  Oh, and a sperm shaped hat.  And maybe some carbon fiber stuff.

19 comments:

pensive pumpkin said...

You should do sperm shaped eyebrows to match your sperms shaped hat. Because subtlety always gets women's attention.

(disclaimer: I will point and laugh at the eyebrows. They are my nemesis.)

(second disclaimer: I was that cheerleader you pictured, so I get as good as I give in the pointing and laughing department)

Adam Ricklefs said...

I totally wax my eyebrows!! I look WAYYY too much like Bert & Ernie if I don't. I sure hope they don't look like sperm....

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

love a blog I can count on for a good laugh! I look about the same in my riding gear!

TriMOEngr said...

We'll make you into a triathlete yet. :)

Al's CL Reviews said...

When's your tri?

Andrea said...

Yep - next thing you know, you'll be sporting a speedo and goggles!

Kate said...

I bet you're faster on a bike than on foot, though! Maybe ride with grannies on hybrids or something to feel faster.

Oh, and I hear shaving your legs will make you waaaaaay faster. You should totally try it.

C2Iowa said...

TRI bound is what I hear..........

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Spandex is hawt... and makes for good blogging material. Now get back to running so I can live vicariously through you while I'm being forced to "recover". Bad word.

JFord said...

It's not me actually riding the bike that makes me feel slow, it's the tons of people flying by me that make me feel slow!

Andrew Opala said...

why does that guy have a salad bowl on his head?

Char said...

For the sake of the sighted community could you please choose spandex that's black or navy? Definitely no white.

Sarah said...

I read this to my 14 year old son. He said you can only claim a sperm-shaped helmet if you attach a ribbon to the back to flap/ swim behind you. Which I double-dog dare you to do. That would be awesome.

Mike said...

Do you swim? If not, you will feel much slower swimming than biking :-). Maybe it's time for a triathlon.

Missy said...

hahaha sperm helmet!
The good thing about biking is if you can't get faster you a can always buy some speed(not actual speed, but I guess you could probably buy that too somewhere down town) in the form of carbon,and aero wheels. Then I find sucking of the back of someones wheel who is faster helps too. :-)
See ya at the next tri.

Katie said...

ok seriously WHAT are you wearing???

Hannah said...

Spandex: Privilege not a right. Oh, and I'm sorry I failed at the race. I miscalculated my schedule and didn't get a 5k in over the weekend. FAIL.

Jamoosh said...

I am going to call foul on riding the bike to build up leg muscles. First, riding the bike is good because it can help you with your turnover - if you want to increase your speed, add two hard core (10-20 miles) bike rides to your routine. recent studies have found cross training, such as bike riding, will not help you build up the muscles you need to prevent running injuries. You need to break out the weights. One of the reasons is because running and bike riding don't use all the same muscles.

Cinnamon @ eatpraytri said...

Did I miss results of the FYTO5K???