Cross Training: Improving on the Stationary Bike
Every Sunday my run coach includes a light cross training day for me.
Aside from weightlifting I hadn’t really been doing any cross training before I started working with her, so it was a challenge to decide what I should do. I’ve done a little swimming, which I really enjoy; HOWEVER, none of my bathing suits really have the proper ahem upper body support for doing intense laps and I’ve had a couple of oh sh!t moments where my upper body just pops right out!
I need to buy a more appropriate sports bathing suit. It’s been on my to-do list but since I haven’t gotten around to it yet, I’ve been sticking with land activities for the last couple of weeks.
In fact, for the past three weeks I’ve been hitting the stationary bike for the majority of my cross training session.
The first time I hopped on the stationary bike I put it at a level 3 and peddled 5K in about 16 minutes (in addition to some other activities). This past Sunday I did most of my workout at a level 8-10 and completed 7 miles in just over 30 minutes.
The first time I did the stationary bike my boyfriend looked at me and asked, “does that thing really even give you a workout at all?” I said “yes,” but honestly I knew that I didn’t really have a great workout.
After today’s session if he would have asked me the same question I would have given him an emphatic YES and absolutely meant it!
Cross training is fun and I’m excited to have other fitness activities (besides running) that I can challenge myself with.
Actually, I’ve been thinking that I really need to starting taking my real bike out on cross training days. Maybe a sprint duathlon (2 mile run/10 mile bike/2 mile run) could be somewhere in my future?
For now I’m focused on the 10-miler but a sprint du is in the back of my mind!
What activities do you do for cross training? Give me some new ideas 🙂