I’ve never really been one for cross-training, apart from taking very long walks, but as I’m still coming out of injury and really need to start working on my half-marathon training, I figured that now is probably a good time to start.
So, last week I ordered an exercise bike from Argos. Nothing fancy. Just a cheap, basic model that can be folded away and put in the cupboard when I’m not using it. This fold away feature is probably the most important thing to look for in an exercise bike as it will stop it from turning into a clothes horse!
The second most important feature of the exercise bike is that it actually works and, unfortunately, this is where my exercise bike has failed. Yes, I can exercise on it, but there’s something wrong with the connections between the bike and the monitor. I can get a pulse reading, but the whole speed and distance thing just reads zero – and yes, I have connected the wires properly!
Of course, it will have to be replaced, but as I’d already assembled the thing before I plugged the monitor in, I thought I might as well use it until I can get a replacement.
So, this evening I completed my first cross training session using the exercise bike. I didn’t want to do too much as my legs were still feeling tired after yesterday’s run, so I did a 15 minute workout using the heart rate/ pulse monitor as a guide.
I set the resistance level to the second lowest setting and started pedalling, keeping an eye on my heart rate until it reached the zone that I wanted. Then I stayed in that zone for 5 minutes before climbing up to the next. After only 10 minutes my legs were feeling pretty tired but my ankle and achilles felt fine. No pain at all! Not wanting to overdo it though, I decided to slow down a bit and let my heart rate drop down to the previous zone, where I stayed for another five minutes before cooling down again.
It’s wasn’t much of a workout, I know, but it was good to try it out and start to get a feel for the exercise bike. I’m planning to use it on all of my non-running days for the next month as I promised a fellow blogger at Willbfit’s Journey that I would join her in an exercise streak as we both get back to training regularly again. So, counting yesterday’s run, that makes Day 2 of my training streak and a pretty good start to the half-marathon training program.
How’s your training going? What types of cross training do you do as part of your training program? Please share your thoughts in the comments.