Saturday, 25 June 2011

I've Got A Bike!


Had to dig my old racing bike out of the spare room and find my cycling shoes which were stored up in the loft [an exercise in it's self!] , the calf muscle is no better!

After 18 years it was time to start some cycle training again!
Now I remember reading in Peak Performance magazine how they got a group of runners to replace 3 of their runs a week with cycle hill sprinting [out of the saddle], seems they all improved there 5K times [not how sure how fit they were to start with?].
Anyway, I did have a really good year running in the summer of 2003, was it by any coincidence that I use to cycle to work and back [2 miles each way] Riding a very big gear out of the saddle all the way?
The idea I guess is to really work on the muscles you use for running, so I did 10 miles which included many efforts up the short hills of Selworthy Rd and surrounding area.
Well first was the shock and realization that I'm just not as powerful on the bike as my prime days!
Oh well I still got a bloody good workout and I was grovelling by the end!
The cycling gave my calf muscle no problems which is a good deal as the muscle is getting increased circulation as well as making it stronger which hopefully should speed up the recovery process!
Well that;s it for now!
Not sure why but I really like the cover song By Danny and his Daughter doing Sid Barrett's BIKE , pretty sure it would put a smile on Sid's face if he was still around!
OK and here's Danny and
Jasmine doing a real classic!

6 comments:

Grellan said...

Isn't it great to have the bike when running is out. It's strange that running fitness doesn't necessarily mean that you are "bike fit". Hope the calf recovers soon.

Ewen said...

Our best M50 runner here (now 55) does a lot of biking, but more commuting style and mtn biking, not 'sessions' - ran 2:45 for the marathon. 2:35 when 45-49.

Scott Brown said...

Liked the clips Rick and good info on your latest post on stretching.

Bike might be a good idea too. True story last Thursday I rode my mother-in-laws bike to the doctor's to get some work done on my leg problem and when I came out from my session the bloody thing had been stolen!

Who would bother with it? Was a rusty old thing! Anyway had to walk/hobble home ;(

RICK'S RUNNING said...

Cor Blimey Scott would you Adam and Eve it!
I bet your mother in-law clipped you round the head with her samurai sword once she found out you'd lost the bike!
Nice to know the Japanese are just as dishonest as us Brits :0]

RICK'S RUNNING said...

Ewen,
That M 50 guy is impressive, doubt riding my bike will make me that fast!
Grellan, yeah run=bike fitness is very different, I'm a long way off my 10 mile TT time of 22.18 think I'd have trouble breaking sub 30 mins right now!

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