Post # 1
I work out on a regular basis– both cardio and weights, and I usually work out pretty hard, meaning I don’t slack off or phone it in. I think I’m in pretty good shape, but if I compare myself to others I feel so clumsy! For instance, last night I went on my first outdoor bike ride of the season because it was finally warm enough. I forced my boyfriend to come with me. I’ve been using the hill training program on the stationary bike at the gym all along, and I was huffing and puffing the whole ride. Meanwhile, my boyfriend who NEVER exercises was riding along effortlessly. It bugs me that what’s good enough for my fitness level is easy for other people!
Post # 3
@lampshade: I consider myself to be in extremely good shape- but when I take a fitness class that’s new to me I’m left huffing and puffing. Your muscles go through shock when you do something new that they’re not used to. I can go out and run 10 miles, yet I’m huffing it up a long flight of stairs. And don’t compare with your boyfriend- my Fi can go without training for a year and then place in a local 5K.
Post # 4
Being fit is a such a simple description for such a wide range of people.
I consider myself very fit and I can do intense all day hikes, powerfit, play hours of volleyball on end, swim all day and run on a treadmill but ask me to run outside for more than a short bit and I’m dead weight. I just can’t do it.
Bike riding outside with added resistance and environment factors is just harder because you are actually using your whole body. I am terrible at riding a bike for anything more than a jaunt downtown on my adorable pink and white cruiser. It just may not be your forte’ but that doesn’t mean you aren’t athletic. Just not a pro-biker. 🙂
Post # 5
I was thinking about it, and I’m much better at charging up short steep hills, while he’s much better at those long, shallow hills. Plus, he has a road bike and I have a mountain bike, which is slower!
Post # 6
I think I’m similar to you. I’m not naturally athletic, but I enjoy working hard. I run long distance because I enjoy the challenge, even though I’ll never look like “a runner”.
Also, did you have your bike in the right gear? LOL. I am sure you did, but knowing how to properly switch gears will make a WORLD of difference. Also, if your bike is heavier than his, that really adds up, too.
Post # 7
Guys have more muscle, on average. I wouldn’t compare ourselves to them. Also consider if he is taller… I think that would give him an advantage on the bike.
Guys are also more likely to try to make it appear that effortful exertion is effortless for them…part of machismo.
Post # 8
You really can’t compare yorself to a man. He’s got the testosterone factor and more natural upper body strength.
Just keep up the good work.