Thursday, April 3, 2008

Evolutionary Sprints

I did some sprint intervals on my bike this morning. This is actually the first time I have ever done timed intervals on a bike.

My workout was 17 one minute sprints with one minute recovery.

I've done countless workouts similar to this on foot, but on bike it's a whole new thing. At least for me.

It's always funny when I hear strong bikers talk about just not being able to run comfortably. For me a workout on a bike is so much more uncomfortable than a similar workout on foot. I guess it's just me though. Although it is hard to dispute the fact that humans have spent thousands of years evolving into the foot travellers that we are today, and basically no time evolving as cyclists.

Cycling is really an unnatural motion for the human body, especially mine which is so fine tuned for running. Thus lies the primary challenge of cycling: trying to teach our bodies to do something that they really aren't programmed to do. And somehow, even though I almost vomited up my pancakes on my second sprint this morning, I'm really excited to find out in the next few months just what I can (and can't) do on a bike.

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Dave said...

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I find bike intervals to be more painful than running intervals, I think you can hold the edge a bit longer.

At the end of long events; my muscles hurt more from being on foot, my metabolism is more wasted when on the bike.

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