Oh yeah, because you're not running.
I think I must feel about cycling the way non-runners feel about running: 1) I do it because I have to and 2) it's boring as hell.
At one time I thought riding a bike wasn't so bad. That was for a thirty minute ride. I got to where I didn't mind it, or dread it. Then my training plan upped the ask. First it was 60 minutes; I managed 58. Yesterday it was 65 minutes. I managed 63. I set myself up on the third (largest) chainring to slow myself down and really use my muscles.
I'm definitely set out to be the world's worst cyclist. I can't steer and I have no depth perception. I also can't balance and have to have two hands on the handle bars at (almost) all times.
I pass runners on my rides and hope they can tell I'm one of them because of how completely out of place I look on my bike. I think about what would happen if I got a flat tire. I wear my running shoes and take my bike lock just for that reason - so I could lock up my bike, run home, and then come pick it up with the car later. I have absolutely no idea how to mend a flat tire and even worse than trying to figure it out on my own would be people passing by and thinking 'oh, this poor girl.'
I finally figured out how to wear a bike helmet (hint: you don't just strap in as tightly as possible), so that was good. I can actually do some serious riding for more than half an hour. The "bike path" is multi-purpose as it runs through some park areas so there's always runners (not usually in the way), kids playing at the park (always in the way), people walking their dogs, and then other cyclists ranging in skill from 0 to 10 where 0 is a three year old on a tricycle and 10 is Lance Armstrong. I wonder how the Lance's feel about riding in this area. I mean, I get annoyed and I neither go fast nor care. But to have the option to change up my route is helpful except I live in stoplight-plagued suburbia.
I also live near a velodrome which would only be the coolest thing ever. But I mean, I'm pretty sure the skill level in there is 5-10. I'm still a 1. Plus, my hybrid would be uncomfortably out of place.
Can you tell I have serious self-consciousness issues regarding this?
The question, though, is why the hell is it so boring? Is it because I can't look at ANYTHING other than the road in front of me? I really need a iPhone mount for the handle bars so I can at least glance occasionally at my speed as I go. Pulling my phone out is a bit beyond my coordination thus far.
How the hell do I entertain myself on a bike? Interestingly, I think it would be more exciting to sit in a gym on a stationary bike and listen to podcasts, but maybe I'm reaching. Cycling outdoors requires alertness which is draining but also not very interesting.
I know that a lot of people find running for an hour boring, but I have literally NEVER gotten bored on a run. EVER. The most boring run ever for me was the LA marathon. Sounds weird, but miles 20-25 were literally the same thing for an hour, and all I could think about was that it was hot, I was thirsty, and there was nothing I could do about it.
That's how I feel on the bike. I am cold because I clearly have not gotten the hang of how to dress for a bike ride. I am thirsty because I have to stop and dismount to grab my water bottle. But I have to keep going. I can't change up my course (like I easily could running) I can't change up my music (since I can't listen to any). I can't drift in my thoughts since I'm trying not to pummel small children and chihuahuas.
Even the cute new bike shorts I got only boosted my morale briefly until the cold wind destroyed it again. Ok, nah, I was still pretty excited about how cute they were by the time I was done. They totally leveled the playing field... I may look like I have no idea what I'm doing but don't you see how great I look in these shorts?!
Hey, whatever works.
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