The Bike! (and the sore butt muscles!)

It was time to step up the training a bit with a bit of Cross Training, and what better Cross training than …Bicycling! I love to ride; I have both a Road Bike and a Mountain Bike. Cycling hits your legs in ways that running can’t and at the same time there isn’t any impact! I was a bit concerned of the stretch involved in the rear deltoid muscles as you lean forward and the impact of the front wheel on the road.

There was no way I was going to hit a mountain bike trail, but I did decide to use the Mountain bike because of the dampening provided by the fork. For those not aware, most Mountain Bikes have Shocks on the fork. This dampens the jolting that usually accompanies aggressive Mountain Bike Riding.  (Here’s a cool article I found about how shocks work by “How Stuff Works.”)

The First Ride was pure….a-g-o-n-y!! There, I said it!   Agony!  The Fork did fine. I made it most of the 15 mile ride out and back a local paved bike trail. Most of the way, because the shoulder really started fatiguing the last 2 miles, but the real pain was well…a  pain in the ….BUTT.

Believe it or not, your butt is actually three muscles, commonly referred to as your Glutes. The Maximimus, Medius & Minimus do more than just look good when properly toned, they’re collectively the base of your power as both a Runner and a Cyclist.  It’s also the largest and arguably the strongest muscle in your body. So what happened to this Sexy, strong, large muscle? Mine fell prey to the hazards of the Bicycle Seat!! It’s been many months since I’ve been on my bike…and those muscles need a bit of “Saddle” time to remember what they’re supposed to do!

A few rides later, the pain receded and I was once again moving forward with my training and recovery. I’d ride once or twice a week, each ride I’d get farther before the dreaded pain in the rear would start! I also got to the point where my shoulder stretched out, increasing my over all flexibility! The Therapist couldn’t understand how I was making such large gains in shoulder flexibility, especially when I told her it was from Cycling…

 

But every ride got me that much closer to being…

 

The Recovering Runner!

The Bike! (and the sore butt muscles!)

It was time to step up the training a bit with a bit of Cross Training, and what better Cross training than …Bicycling! I love to ride; I have both a Road Bike and a Mountain Bike. Cycling hits your legs in ways that running can’t and at the same time there isn’t any impact! I was a bit concerned of the stretch involved in the rear deltoid muscles as you lean forward and the impact of the front wheel on the road.

There was no way I was going to hit a mountain bike trail, but I did decide to use the Mountain bike because of the dampening provided by the fork. For those not aware, most Mountain Bikes have Shocks on the fork. This dampens the jolting that usually accompanies aggressive Mountain Bike Riding.  (Here’s a cool article I found about how shocks work by “How Stuff Works.”)

The First Ride was pure….a-g-o-n-y!! There, I said it!   Agony!  The Fork did fine. I made it most of the 15 mile ride out and back a local paved bike trail. Most of the way, because the shoulder really started fatiguing the last 2 miles, but the real pain was well…a  pain in the ….BUTT.

Believe it or not, your butt is actually three muscles, commonly referred to as your Glutes. The Maximimus, Medius & Minimus do more than just look good when properly toned, they’re collectively the base of your power as both a Runner and a Cyclist.  It’s also the largest and arguably the strongest muscle in your body. So what happened to this Sexy, strong, large muscle? Mine fell prey to the hazards of the Bicycle Seat!! It’s been many months since I’ve been on my bike…and those muscles need a bit of “Saddle” time to remember what they’re supposed to do!

A few rides later, the pain receded and I was once again moving forward with my training and recovery. I’d ride once or twice a week, each ride I’d get farther before the dreaded pain in the rear would start! I also got to the point where my shoulder stretched out, increasing my over all flexibility! The Therapist couldn’t understand how I was making such large gains in shoulder flexibility, especially when I told her it was from Cycling…

 

But every ride got me that much closer to being…

 

The Recovering Runner!