Bicycle . . .So I think by far my weakest link for our indoor triathlon next month is the exercise cycle. There is just a mental break I hit when I'm on that thing. It's not comfy, I hurt, and I feel like a sloth on it. So I know in the next few weeks, I REALLY need to have a cycling emphasis during my workouts. Probably doing 2 cycling to every 1 run or swim workout. This morning was a cycling workout. Normally I get on and do 6.2 or 12.4 miles. 12.4 (20K) is the distance for the tri and I hate the machine so much that as soon as I see 12.4 on the distance, I hop off.
This morning though I decided I was going to do an hour. I was going to try to maintain 90 - 100 RPM for the entire hour. After about .75 miles I decided I needed to raise the seat. So I hit the pause button and raised my seat. I couldn't figure out how to restart, so I just started over. Every 6 minutes the readout says XX% Complete! I set the right readout to show RPM and not distance and the left readout was showing time elapsed. I set the main readout to scroll between stats, calories burned, average heart rate, watts, etc. I just started and kept pedaling. The issue I have with the bike is that my ass eventually goes numb. So 4 or 5 times I had to stand up and let the blood back into my butt. I hit 12.4 miles at just over 41 minutes. Not a record by any stretch of the imagination, but pretty average for me as of late. I just kept pedaling. At the end of an hour, I had gone exactly 18.0 miles. More importantly though, I pushed through my mental block of "I hate this friggin machine" and just kept going.
Hopefully, if I can continue to do hour workouts on it for the next couple of weeks, the 12.4 during the Tri will feel like nothing. Hopefully.