We haven't written much about our training, and we've come a long way with our equipment ... So here's an update:
Our training to date has been totally inside in our bedroom. We have been riding between 11 - 30 miles/day, 4 - 6 days a week.
You'll recall we both started out by taking turns on our stationary recumbent bike. Andy then purchased a "trainer," brought both his mountain bike and Brian's (our son) hybrid bike up to the bedroom; purchased new tires, a bike rack, a bike bag, water bottle holders, some tools; and mixed all the bike parts up to create "franken-bike."
After I picked up my trike, a perfect stranger (known now as David) who read about our adventure on a recumbent bike website www.bentrideronline.com (posted by another complete stranger - thank you!) sent us an email offering use of his "roller" for my trike indoors. Unbelievably, David lives 3 miles from us! We picked the roller up Saturday, and now I ride my trike in the bedroom while Andy rides his franken-bike. (And, yes, you counted correctly, there are four bikes in the bedroom, soon to be three.)
Some people say riding stationary bikes is boring ... but we have a slew of Mythbuster DVD's (thanks Mike!) and we get to watch one episode during every ride. For longer rides, we rent a movie. The kids love the Mythbuster shows, and if they're quiet, Andy and I are happy and pedaling.
Ah yes, pedaling ... We each got biking shoes and clipless pedals. Very cool ... the underside of the shoe snaps into the pedal like a strong Lego. I got them so my feet won't flail off the pedal onto the road causing serious injury. Andy got them 'cuz he's cool. (He says it allows him to pull up the pedal in addition to unconsciously pushing down.)
One minor injury ... now that I'm on my trike, using slightly different muscles, after about 30 minutes (Sat, Sun, and today) I feel a terrible pain brewing where my right leg connects to my body. Odd. Took Advil tonight and rubbed a little Bengay on it.
All for now.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Posted at 8:44 PM