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c25k, stationary bike style

So, I wanted to start c25k but my doc is worried about my joints and said that she would prefer if I waited until I'd lost a little more weight so as not to cause more stress on my joints than necessary. I recently got a recumbent bike.

 This is the one I got:

So, to prevent stress on my joints, but to help build my stamina and endurance for when I am able to start c25k (hopefully June 19th, that's when my second four month goal time allotment ends) I'm doing it on my bike. I mean it's really just interval training, and it will prepare me for 'the real thing' in June. I do a speed of about 10-12 on the bike on low resistance for the 'walking' portion, and then I up it to 15-16 for the "running" portion. 

I'm pretty excited about this. Tomorrow is week 1, "run" 2. Tonight I did 10 miles on the bike at a consistent speed of about 11-12 and I feel great. :) I never trust what the machines say for 'calories burned' but it's nice to know I'm at least burning them, and staying in my target heart range. :)

I never thought this would be who I am. Who would've thought? I'm not sure if it'll happen or not but I'm daydreaming of buying a bike to ride outside in the summer. 

Are you doing any version of c25k? Are you looking for support? Leave me a comment and we can cheer each other on!


  1. I think it is GREAT that you are going to challenge yourself with the bike ! I am going to officially start the C25K tommorrow. Woo-hoo ! Go team !

  2. Awesome! I didn't think about doing it on a recumbent bike. I just joined a gym this weekend and one of my goals is to do the C25K program. I've been wanting to for awhile. I'm going to see how my endurance is on the treamill before I start. It's better but it is not what it was before surgery yet. Good Luck!

  3. I tried doing C25K early last year but it killed my knees and my jiggly bits hurt like hell when they bobbed up and down. I do want to give it another go though.

    When I walk the dogs, I will jog for a few seconds here and there. I usually try to focus on a spot and jog to it.

  4. Good call following your docs advice. I started out doing C25k last year on the treadmill and ended up with tibia stress fractures in both legs. I had to wear a "walking boot" for 2 months, and wasn't allowed to run for 6. sucked. So when I started again I did it on the elliptical, and I finally finished last week. I'm still waiting to lose another 10-15lbs before attempting to really run. I have weak bones though, so you might do a little better once you transition. Good luck! Once you make it past week 5 its a piece of cake!

  5. Thanks everyone for the support!

    Amanda, yeah the last thing I need with all the progress I'm making is to backslide with some sort of injury. :(

    I have high bone density so hopefully I'll be okay.


    good luck when you start too!


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