So I need to cross-train. So . . .what do I do?
Now that the weather is getting warmer, I can start to swim regularly. But I'm guessing my hip would like me to swim. During an earlier injury a bunch of years ago, I did swim. I got to where I was swimming about a mile a day but I never really enjoyed it. I never looked forward to a swim. And there were never folks to just chat with as you swam. Plus, I just never got the "post-exercise euphoria feeling . . . that wonderful feeling of exhaustion that we all love!
So I'm really starting to think about other alternatives . . . and the first one that comes to mind is biking.
So many friends simply LOVE biking! So I know it must be a great alternative. But I've got reservations. Some are really just fears . . . perhaps overblown . . . perhaps not. Some are concerns that I have. So let's lay these out:
Safety - Road biking just seems dangerous. If there weren't any cars it wouldn't be so bad. Cars cause problems . . . and they always win in any "bike - car encounter." So many biking friends have had serious crashes. Luckily none have died. Maybe I'm too fearful of this. But it just seems risky. I know how I feel as a driver coming up behind a biker or a line of bikers. I'm not sure if they know I'm there or not . . . and when I'm passing them I worry that another car will come . . . so I slow down to a relative crawl while I wait for a straight stretch. I worry many drivers just don't always do this! When you're running, you're facing the traffic and you have a much better chance of getting out of the way.
Mountain biking seems much more safe. You may crash and break a bone or get cut up, but the chances of dying seem small unless you do that really crazy riding . . . which I would never do since I'm afraid of heights! But I've tried mountain biking. My big problem is that to my knowledge there just aren't many good trail riding spots near me.
Cost - Road biking is EXPENSIVE! Bikes just cost a small fortune to me . . . and a really nice bike costs 2 fortunes!! And then all the gear you need. Several thousand dollars! And then what if it turns out you don't like it! And I don't have a job right now! Well, I guess you could either buy a "cheap" bike or perhaps a used one to try biking out. But I hear 1) it is important to get a bike that is 'fitted' to you, and 2) you'll miss the real enjoyment of you have a poor quality bike and thus won't keep riding.
- Here are some cost estimates. These may not even be close . . . . I really don't know much at all about bike costs.
- All in all this looks like a REALLY expensive gamble to me!
Pain - That's right. Bike seats just aren't comfortable . . . AT ALL. Bikers tell me you get use to it but when I tried mountain biking 15 years ago I NEVER got to where it didn't hurt. NEVER!
Clothing - Okay . . . this is embarrassing and may offend some folks . . . but the biking clothes just look silly to me. All the jerseys with bike company logos, etc. as if the rider was a sponsored rider! Now, I do understand the need for tight-fitting clothes and I'm okay with that! But for me, I'm afraid I'll look like a "whale on a bike!" I might get harpooned out there!
How would my hip do biking? How do I know this won't hurt my hip as much as running? Maybe even more.
Am I wrong in how I'm thinking about biking? Weighing all this: Biking just doesn't seems to be right for me.
I need some kind of cross-training . . . something! Any ideas? Remember: I live in rural NC!