Got a new bike!

A coworker of mine bought a bike a few months back with the intention of riding it to work. He rode it once. Since then it’s been sitting in his garage. He told me he wanted to sell it, I asked him how much, and now I am the proud owner of a “practically brand new” Schwinn Third Avenue bike.

I also plan on riding this thing to and from work and hopefully it won’t spend more time in the garage than on the road.

I always thought that if I rode my bike to work everyday I would look like Matthew McConaughey in the movie Two for the Money…

But I’ll probably look more like Pee Wee Herman- Just a big kid having a fun ride on his way to work.

I like riding bikes. I used to ride them all the time…until I finished Jr. High. All the cool freshman walked to school and so did I. Then once I got my license I never walked or rode anywhere ever again!

I got this bike mainly so that my wife has something to ride while she helps me on my long run training. We are also going to get another bike soon so that every now and then we can just ride around together. It’ll be a fun way to get out into the fresh air, sunlight, and get some exercise. If I ride my bike to work, I’ll also be saving some money on gas, getting my cardio in during the week instead of on the elliptical after weight training, and I’ll be able to burn off some work day stress. My commute is very short so in the car I don’t have much time to think about work on the way there, and I don’t have much time to unwind on the way home. It’ll be nice to have a little extra time to relax.

I was curious to see if cycling would help me in my ultramarathon training. I looked it up online and most of the articles I read agree that bicycling is a great form of low impact cardio exercise with many health benefits that can help with running and increasing endurance, however, running and cycling use different muscles and work them in different ways. Cycling won’t necessarily make you a better runner but it is a good addition to any cross-training routine and is also a great way to burn fat and calories, while being easy on the joints. Also, depending on the intensity, 1 hour of cycling burns more calories than 1 hour of running. That’ll probably be the amount of time I spend a day on my commute to and from work. Easy money.

9 weeks until Tough Mudder

16 weeks until Born to Run 100 mile ultramarathon

38 weeks until EC100