|Clearly an Australian bike photo...|
I haven't used my bike much for serious exercise, but I am now cycling to work 3 times a week. When I wrote my August post about giving up a gym membership, I was running 4 times per week and considering going up to 5 times. That mix included a run home from work once per week. That was a novelty at first, but I will confess to getting tired of it quite soon. I am really not an evening / after work exerciser...
I did end up increasing my running to 5 days per week in the lead up to my Ealing half marathon in September. However, I found the higher mileage sparked some niggling pains and also running fatigue. My bike arrived the week after that race, so it was a good time to re-think exercise routines.
Now that I have a bike again, I have scrapped running home from work and also brought my running back to 4 days per week. My cycling journey is 30 - 35 minutes each way, meaning that the days I cycle I don't really need more activity. I try to do some low key pilates on two of the mornings I cycle, and do a short run on the third.
In addition to bringing my running frequency back to four times per week, I have slightly reduced the distance of my mid-week runs. It feels like a better routine. I still do my long run on Saturday, and Sundays remain a rest day. A plus of the cycling is that my public transport use has dropped significantly too.
The test of this change will be in my second 2014 half marathon, which is happening this weekend. Excitingly, it is happening in Wales, so we are heading off tomorrow for a 3 day weekend. I am extraordinarily excited about the trip - I have barely set foot in Wales previously, and we are hiring a car, so will be driving for the first time since we left Australia. Plus, this is our first (mini) UK holiday and first occasion of taking leave from work.
The run is the Conwy half marathon, which I focused on because of the amazing course. It starts and finishes at Conwy castle, and takes in 13.1 miles of Welsh coastline in the middle. This is a race I am doing for pure enjoyment, with very little care for time. I am looking forward to seeing how it feels after my slightly revised training routine, and with a very easy going mindset about the event.
Do you cycle for transport? And what about running races linked in with holidays?