A quick spin in Umstead

Since I am technically in triathlon training mode, I figured I better get on my bike and build up some endurance.  I’m learning to ride and climb single track, so I hope that translates to the big hill on the bike course.

2010 Woodlake Sprint Triathlon Bike Route

I can’t figure out how to get a picture of the route in here, but if you click on the link you can see the route for the bike portion of the triathlon along with the elevation.  I know the hills in Umstead will prepare me for it, but man, they are not fun!

After work today I took my bike out to the park and rode out and back for an hour.  It was plenty hilly and my legs were burning.  In fact, they were so tight when I started thanks to yesterdays singletrack session, I had to get off and stretch after a warm up climb.  I should probably make that a habit, huh?  I had a good ride but tough (maybe I’m a bit of a wimp).  All in I rode around 8 miles in an hour.  Knowing that I have to go twice that far at Woodlake should keep my butt in the saddle as much as possible in the coming weeks.

After I got back I put the Myka in the car but wasn’t quite ready to leave.  Everything I read and everyone I have talked to says to do a quick transition run after being on the bike to get your legs used to the feeling.  No problem, I thought, I only rode for an hour, how hard can it be?

Let me tell you.  HARD.  It is the weirdest feeling, to run on bike legs.  Not that I ever feel graceful when I run, but the only thing I could think when I was running was, “I feel like a hippo.”  I could barely move my legs.  It wasn’t fun, it wasn’t pretty, but now I know it was absolutely necessary.  I will make sure to do those transition runs as much as I can, because Lord knows, 3 miles is going to feel like a marathon if I don’t get my legs under me easier than that!

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