I went on my first bike ride today. It was so much fun! I thought that the ride wouldn't extend beyond the local church parking lot practicing clipping in and out, but I did that for about 15 minutes and it was a piece of cake! I tried stopping, unclipping, then pushing off and getting going again, so I figure I needed to do a real ride. I headed out of my nieghborhood and took off to the trails that I normally hit for my runs. I had a few stop signs to do some more clipping and unclipping at, all without incident. I must say, I am so glad that there weren't any face plants involved!
I then ended the trail portion and then headed down some paved but very deserted streets just south of where I live and played around the with breaks, and saw how fast I could get it. At the fastest, I hit 22 miles an hour. That was so fun! I can't believe how easy it is to get the bike that fast! It is such an easy and responsive bike! I loved it! I averaged 17-18 mph for the whole ride, and ended up doing 12 miles in just 42 minutes. I couldn't get over how effortless it felt, and neat to cover that much area in so little time! I am so going to love this thing! I am hoping that the weather cooperates next week for a few more rides as I don't have class next week. My dad, who is an avid cyclist is coming out in May and wants to tackle Antelope Island on the bikes. I have to work up to it and can't wait!
I think what I have loved about this whole tri training thing is the variety in the work outs! It isn't just me hitting the pavement to pound out the miles as I have done with the marathon training in the past. Every day it is something different and it is so much easier to stay motivated with the variety. I start every day with some kind of Jillian video, then the evening is either bike, swim or run. I love the variety in the work outs, and can't say that I have a favorite. I have also loved how my fitness base from running has crossed over into the bike and swim. Cross training has HUGE benefits I never imagined!