Triathlon training is a go!
I got back on my bike this week to officially begin training for the Timberman Half Ironman triathlon which I will be racing in August. I didn’t do any biking on my trainer this winter as I was all in for Boston and all of my time was consumed with running. It felt strange to be back on my bike but my body is welcoming the change. Last winter I spent most of my time biking or in the pool because I was unable to run due to a back injury that was caused by piroformis issues so when I got on the road biking felt great and I had no new soreness. However after biking on Monday I was reminded of all of the different ways that muscle groups are activated. On Tuesday I was sore!
Running vs. Biking Muscles
Here are some great articles that detail the different ways that the major muscle groups are used in running and cycling:
Some other surprising places that I find to be sore after returning to biking are my wrists and hands because they absorb some of the shock from bumps in the road. Also, you may find that back is sore due to the increased load. Your back muscles are engaged when cycling to help keep your body stabilized. Also, if you are new to cycling you may not be prepared for the soreness on your gluteus maximus, yes! your butt and other unmentionable places from spending time in the “saddle” (on your bike seat). It is best to work your way into the miles and to make sure that you have the best saddle for your most comfortable ride. But don’t go too crazy and run out and get a banana seat or a cruiser bike seat . . . Another issue that you might discover is that your toes go numb after some miles on the bike, if this is the case then you may need to make some pedal adjustments to get the angle just right.
If you are truly getting serious about biking and/0r triathlon then I would highly recommend getting a professional bike fitting. Getting your bike fitted will ensure that your bike is adjusted perfectly for you. A good bike fitter will take pictures and videos as well as body measurements to make proper adjustments for maximum comfort when riding. Some of the adjustments may be as minor as adding a shim under one of your bike shoe cleats to adjust for leg length differential.
What’s next for me?
It will take a little time for my body to adjust to the changes in my training but I can’t wait! I am still going to be running a ton this summer as I have the ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon coming up in June, the half marathon leg of the Half Ironman and then the NYC Marathon this Fall!