I have often said, "I run, therefore I am."
But running is no longer my one and only when it comes to fitness. It took several years of ongoing injuries to learn that good runners run, but great runners do other things as well. Truth be told, I don't consider myself a great runner, but I'm definitely an experienced one.
As much as I love strength-training and HIIT workouts, I have to admit cardio (in general) is my fitness "drug" of choice. When my body needs a break from pounding the pavement, though, I'm thankful to have several options to choose from when I'm craving a cardio fix. The newest member of my fitness clan is our stationary bike, whom I've named Sebastian (but I call him Sebbe, for short).
Actually, Sebbe isn't new to our household. The hubby bought him a few years ago, but it's only in the past two months that I've gotten acquainted with him.
Let's just say, Sebbe and I have spent a lot of time together since our first ride (on November 11, 2020). Can you say 310 miles? He stepped in, during the final weeks of my biking streak, when the temps were getting too cold for riding with Gustavas (my mountain bike). He and I have become quite good friends!
Here's a few things that I love about my inside ride...
Sebbe is convenient. One of the biggest perks of an indoor bike is the convenience. What can I say? There's no helmet required, balancing is a non-issue, and there's not any traffic to get in my way. Sebbe even has a small fan, in between the handle bars, so it truly feels like I have a breeze blowing on me (even if it's a simulated one).
He's weather-proof. I don't have to stalk the weather app, or dance around the forecast. It's rather nice not having any weather elements to face and/or fight (I'm looking at you, rain and wind).
No coasting allowed. There still are plenty of hills to enjoy (because hills are good for us, not just on foot but also on wheels). When I'm on the indoor bike, though, I get to control them...how steep, how long, and how many. I have a lot of hills in my town, so it's nice I that can train (virtually) on them year-round.
I'm not too crazy about the seat. The padding is good, but OUCH! The edge of it gave me some nasty chafing, so I either have wear capris (none of my biking shorts are long enough) or sit on a towel (draped over the edge). Crisis averted; problem solved.
It's versatile and super quiet. I can easily watch the television (hello, Netflix!), scroll social media (with both hands, if I want to), or virtually ride (and converse) with others. That's not something I could do on the elliptical (too bouncy) or the treadmill (much too loud).
All in all, indoor cycling has been a lot more fun and exciting than I could have imagined. I think it's important to have a variety of exercise options in one's arsenal, and cycling has really served me well in recent years. It not only has been a great recovery vice on my non-running days, it has also strengthened my legs and upped my running game. Now that I've become acquainted with indoor cycling, I can look forward to continuing this regimen year-round. Onward!
Have you tapped into the benefits of cycling, both indoors and outdoors? Ever utilized cycling as a recovery vice?