Saturday, May 29, 2010

Riding a Real Bike is Hard

I thought I'd blog really quickly before I head out on the boat with my family!
I've been in Little Rock since I left Memphis. I still wanted to make sure I got my workout in but the gym that was close to my parents house that I always went to shut down. My parents neighborhood has WAY too many hills for me to run in this scorching hot weather. Like, when it snows my parents are stuck at home. Insane hills. So I decided that I would hop on my brothers bike and ride it around! I've been thinking about getting a bike of my own because it just seems so pleasant. But they're like $400 and I really have no interest in spending that much money on a bike. So I hop on my brothers bike and start riding in my parents neighborhood. At first I was worried I was going to run into a parked car because I couldn't seem to keep my bike in a straight line. It has probably been 20 years since I've ridden a bike. It was kinda scary. Then I got it after about 3 minutes and I was fine. So I ride through the mountains that is my parents neighborhood and after about 10 minutes I'm really struggling. You know I'm so cocky about my cardio shape. I can run 7 miles without flinching, I'm the best in my cycle class, the best in my pyhsique class, I just figured I could do anything because I'm in the best cardio shape of my life. Well, I'm not kidding you at one point I had to get off the bike and sit under a shady tree because I thought I was going to either throw up or pass out. And at two different times I had to walk my bike up a hill rather than ride it. Misery. BUT I could tell it was an amazing workout because I went anaerobic like....the whole time. (anaerobic means absolutely breathless which brings you to your greatest fat burning stage) So I lasted about 28 minutes then just had to go home....where I almost passed out again.
I decided to give it another try yesterday and I did much better! I lasted for 35 minutes this time and remembered to bring a water bottle which I believe helped a lot. So note to self: Just like running outside is harder than a treadmill, so is biking. Have a great Memorial Weekend! I'm off to the lake!

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