Training for this transition is as much psychological as physiological. Running after putting out a big effort on the bike is difficult. The harder or longer the bike effort, the more difficult the transition becomes. Enter the “brick” workout.
What is it about changing perspective that lets us justify behavior that, at our most clear-headed, we would find inappropriate or downright abhorrent? “Share the road” is a phrase popular in the cycling community, and used nationwide to advocate for cyclists’ rights. At its crux, it serves to remind drivers that cyclists are allowed, even entitled, to space on the road, in particular when there is no segregated bike lane.
The motivator is no different than the cyclist who injures his knee overexerting on a hill sprint for a made-up Strava title. It’s the same as the runner who over-strides trying to catch someone in an early season sprint workout and pulls a hamstring. It is no different from the CrossFitter who injures his back because he just won’t scale the 21-15-9 dead lift/box jump workout that he can’t complete with proper form, or the guy who half-reps his bench press so he can have 315 on the bar. It’s all about ego.
It’s Tour time!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m excited for this year’s Tour de France. True, doping scandals from Lance to Alberto Contador to Floyd Landis to… come to think of it, who hasn’t been involved in a doping scandal?… have taken some of the shine off of the Tour. Your average American sports enthusiast probably isn’t even aware the race kicked off yesterday on the island of Corsica. Then again, cyclists and triathletes aren’t usually overly concerned with what everyone else is doing or what they think.