In addition to enjoying myself and getting to cheer on someone close to me, I discovered yet another great benefit of having watched a triathlon yesterday. It got me out of bed to do some cross training this morning.
Normally, my cross training days have essentially been rest days where I did a couple things. Often, this was nothing more than a walk or playing a game or two of whatever sport someone else was doing. Today, however, I actually got up (on time) and headed to the gym for 30 minutes on the bike.
First, the downside. That thing hurts my butt. I have a suspicion that this extends to bikes in general, but as I do not currently own one, I'm choosing to blame it on this particular stationary bike. Of course, it doesn't help when, ten minutes in, the height adjuster drops a level for no apparent reason, and you fall two inches onto the seat with your full weight. Hypothetically. Regardless, it's fairly uncomfortable to those of us who don't do it very often, which gives me that much more of a reason to start doing bike work with some regularity. And wouldn't you know it, I've got cross training every week.
I didn't want to do anything too strenuous, since this is a different set of muscles, so I just did a 30-minute interval workout with a resistance level that wasn't too hard. I was disappointed to see that you could only do 30 minutes at a time, but honestly, I probably shouldn't be doing more than that right now anyway. The super added benefit was that I got to do some reading during a workout which almost never happens. Multitasking, away!
All in all, there wasn't too much to report, but I do look forward to this new aspect of my training. One of these days I'll get around to putting a lifting schedule together, but I think being more active on my cross training day will go a long way toward rebuilding my endurance and furthering my drive for speed.
And eventually a triathlon.
35 Minutes (with cool down)