"The Importance Of Riding A Bike" (Blog #104)
My earliest memories of riding a bike were back in my old neighborhood when I was about six years old. Back then we rode bikes for fun, not for exercise. Today, we ride for exercise but it's still a lot of fun. With technology gripping our world ever so tightly, the amount of time we spend in doors in front of a screen are quickly creeping up on us. And all of this sitting is a BIG reason for so many peoples back pain, joint pain, headaches, vitamin deficiencies, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, just to name a few. The human body is designed to move, and move often.
Every year my team and I do a few mud runs, these are great because it gives us another reason to get into great shape, and it builds up our team structure. Everyone has a sightly different approach to training when it comes to these races, some people run outside a lot, some people lift weights a lot, and some people do a combination of both. The problem with a lot of ground running for many of us (me included), is that too much running can lead to joint breakdown/wear and tear. The bike riding changes all that...
Riding a bike gives you a very similar "cardio" stimulus that preps you for the constant leg burn that you will be feeling when you're walking/running up these mountains. And the best part: You avoid all that joint compression that running does to you. The bike takes away that constant pounding on your ankles, knees, hips and low back. I'm not suggesting running shouldn't be a part of your training, I'm saying that lowering your mileage on the running and adding in the bike, will leave you in good shape, without the chronic injuries.
The body has something called a "lactate threshold," basically this is a system that removes that "burning" feeling that you get in your muscles when you're lifting weights, running, swimming or biking. People that are new to training have a very low lactate threshold, they can't fight through that burn, get fatigued and have to slow down or stop. As a persons training age goes up, so does their lactate threshold. This is why the first time you ever ran a mile or pushed a heavy sled, you probably felt like you were going to die; but after some time of doing it, your body started to adapt to it's surroundings and you could deal with more lactate.
Do yourself a favor and invest in a bike, they're relatively cheap and are a great investment in your health and fitness. Riding in the park is a great place to be to clear your mind as well, you are just riding with you and your thoughts.
Albert Einstein road a bike...