I am currently on the road to recovery from a hamstring strain. It has been a month now of nursing this injury and reducing my running. My longest run so far is only 12 km (as a marathon runner, this is a short “long” run!). The good news is that despite the fact that this injury is hampering my running, it is not preventing me from cycling. Quite the opposite – I am gaining in cycling fitness, probably quicker than ever, now that my legs are fresh from the reduced pounding from running. Here are the top 10 for “Why Every Runner Needs to Cycle”:
10. Running Injuries will happen. Cycling keeps you moving, fit and happy.
9. Cycling is the perfect cross-training for runners, as it strengthens balancing muscles (not used as much in running) and thus helps prevent injuries from happening in the first place
8. You can colour co-ordinate your bike and your cycling jersey! Thanks Wolf and Barb at Trysport for the awesome cycling gear!
7. Having the fitness from running will quickly translate into strong cycling. You can quickly pick up this new sport. The aerobic fitness is there from running and with a bit of time the leg strength for riding will develop. Before you know it, you will have your cycling legs!
6. You cover some pretty incredible distances as you gain fitness. Today I rode 143.8 km – my longest ride to date ever. I visited two of the Great Lakes today, visited Niagara-On-The-Lake, Fort Erie (got a glimpse of Buffalo), Port Colborne, Welland and back home to St. Kits.
5. Variety is the spice of life – shake it up and get out of a rut. Running your same 10 km route for years on end can get dull eventually. Try something new.
4. Bikes are more expensive than running shoes. Oh, maybe that is not an advantage.
3. You can ride over 100km with a pesky hamstring (or Achilles, or calf)
2. Cyclists have great legs!
1. Cycling is incredibly fun! There is the thrill as you pick up speed on the downhills and see yourself traveling at over 60km/hr.