Often described as one of the toughest bike races in the lower 48 states, the Arrowhead 135 challenges even the most prepared riders. This is a journal by a non-athlete's participation in an event where starting is often just as much a challenge as finishing.

Alternative training
October 2, 2010
Today's training bit was part of what I consider 'optional' activities. I like to have a few things that I do to work 'less essential' muscles, but yet are still important. This includes stuff like doing weights, yoga, swimming, etc. Its not optional in that I do it or don't so it, its optional in that I give myself the option of doing one of the things that I feel qualifies.

So today its push the lawn mower. And I mean push it - there is no motor, its a push-reel style mower. This is good because it requires a lot more effort than a typical powered lawn mower, and its good to work the pushing muscles as no doubt I'll be pushing a bike through snow on these adventures. This was 40 minutes.

Next was that I went for a 1 hour walk. Walking is different from riding or running, and uses a slightly different muscle group. There is also no doubt that a lot of walking is part of these adventures, not the least of which involves pushing a bike up hill. There are other parts where it just feels good to walk for a while.

So while I don't think that one day of walking/pushing will help all that much, its just part of my overall training diet.

Tomorrow its another 100 mile ride.

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