I’m not riding much.
…is the inner dialogue I have in my mind as I approach the end of the day or sit down at my desk in the mornings. The early/mid parts of the summer had me riding nearly every day as per usual. Then the second baby was born, then work was busy, then I went out of town and now I’m sick for nearly a week. Where does the time go? Right now, not on my saddle.
What do we do as cyclists when we don’t ride? I suppose the underlying angst during this time is to find a rhythm that equals the tenacity and smoothness we bring to a bike ride. For each of us this is different. For me, it means putting the same effort I put into a bike ride into taking care of my family or my work ethic into my job. There is also shorter workouts I do – such as running.
Cycling has brought my running abilities to another level. I ran a lot (for me) before cycling and it has been good to take it up once again. In 30 minutes I can run about 3 miles and have about half the calorie burn I would on a bike. In my busy family/work schedule this is a great alternative. Running also has helped me build up leg muscles I could not have during cycling.
Running has allowed me to spend my built up energy. But, what do you do when you can’t ride? Or, how do you cope?