I haven't been much of a bike rider since ?...not sure when I used to ride my bike a little while growing up, but we had all gravel roads and we probably never did more than 5 miles at a time and not often. I took my bike to college and biked to class and back, but other than that I much preferred to run.
I have been trying to cross train more since my first marathon two months ago so I borrowed a bike from my mom (Thanks Mom) because mine at some point had been run over and one of the tires was crooked. It has been great for cross training although I don't get as excited about a bike ride as I do a run. Half way through a bike ride I have to really give myself a pep talk to keep moving, keep going, almost there, type of stuff.
I am not a quitter though. I am determined to keep using the bike for cross training, I think it gives my body a nice break from the pounding it gets from running and unlike the elliptical is enough different from running to be true cross training. The Run Less Run Faster book talked about how the elliptical was too close to running and they didn't count it as one of their approved cross training methods.
At least on the elliptical I can watch reruns of Greys Anatomy, on the bike I tend to go back and forth on the two miles of pavement I have. Maybe I should just get over getting to go faster and take it to the gravel so I can see more country, but it really gets bouncy on the gravel!
I think one of the biggest things that keeps me one the bike is knowing that in the long run it should really help get me back to running healthy. So once a week it is will be what I do for my workout.
I would have to say though that I love biking compared to doing physical therapy exercises, which I find monotonously BORING.
Did you learn to like biking? if so how?
What is your favorite cross training method?