Transferrable skills from c25k

not a running post but had a really good cycle tonight, had my van in the garage and needed to collect it from Dundee which is about 10 miles away. The road towards Dundee has a very hilly section where it crosses over the sidlaw hills, I have never tried cycling up it as I always thought I wouldn't make it, it's a popular route with road cyclists who fly up it with no problems but for me it seemed impossible. Buoyed up by my new found confidence of being a 'runner' I decided to give it a go thinking I would go as far as I could and push the bike the rest of the way up the hill. When I reached the hill I took the c25k attitude of slow and slower but just keep moving and I just kept dropping gears and crawling up the hill, I made the first bit and thought that was ok, the next climb is longer, that one will stop me, but no, I somehow kept moving and made it all the way up and right to my destination without stopping. I could already easily cycle the distance so I think the mental aspect of the c25k programme , rather than my actual fitness is the thing that helped me get up that hill, and I am no longer afraid of it, so c25k people expect more benefits than just being able to run from doing c25k, and from taking the support and advice from all the great members here!

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  • Well done Heavyhorse :)

    Soon for the triathlon :)

  • Running and cycling hills - well done you!

  • Amen to that!

  • That's fantastic heavy horse, well done" - those road cyclists fly up hills on their carbon bikes! Really happy for you😊

    And...I completely agree with your post and the mental courage / confidence that running brings! 

  • Well done! I wouldn't discount the fitness you've gained from the programme - it's the mental gains AND the increased fitness that worked together to help you cycle up the hill. Running has improved my stamina while swimming too. Works wonders this running thing :)

  • Funnily enough I feel my swimming is going backwards as my running improves! I was doing 1600 m but since running has taken over and especially if I have been running the day before I am only managing 1200-1400m! I seem to be able to run after swimming without the running being affected at all though! Hoping it will sort itself out soon!

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