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Major Differences Between Bike Racing and CrossFit are…..as seen by a girl who’s done both!

March 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment



1. There is no planned rest in a crossfit WOD.
2. In cycling, you can hide amongst other bike racers to recover.
3. In a Criterium race, it’s all OUT in the first lap, then, everyone slows down.
4. In CrossFit, you are at 90% capacity at 3, 2, 1 Go!
5. CrossFit requires more skills than a bike racer, for example, Double Unders, Clean and Jerk, Snatch, Kipping Pullups, Muscle Ups…
6. Bike Racers need to be fantastic at bike handling skills and positioning!
7. When I was a bike racer, I could spend upwards of 5 trips to the potty being sick and nervous only to lose my nerves within the first five minutes of a bike race.
8. In CrossFit, I can be nervous and sick and spend lots of trips to the potty, but, some of the events will be over in 10 minutes!!
9. Bike Racers can spend upwards of 15 hours a week on a bike just training for the weekend event.
10. CrossFitters workout for one hour a day 3-5 times a week!
11. Most CrossFit workouts are under 15 minutes and most bike races last anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 or more hours for women.
12. Bike Races have surges of really hard intervals- such as a prime lap and this is when great cardio will be of benefit. However, the winner of the race, may outsmart the more fitter girl with better positioning and teammates in the race. There is no team work in a crossfit workout.
13. Bike racers can get seriously injured in the blink of an eye- wrong turns, somebody looks down instead of up, handlebars can get locked up…the list is endless and sometimes injuries occur that are out of your control.
14. Crossfitters can injure themselves in the blink of an eye as well, however, it would be unusual if they were to hurt others at the same time.

I love the fact that I have been on both sides of the street on this one and currently love crossfit more than cycling!

Although, there are times and days when I’d love to go for a ride, it’s only to get out and enjoy the sunshine rather than to get a workout. I’m looking forward to the days (hopefully soon) when heart failure and my kids on bikes on the streets won’t be so problematic for me. They can do it, I’m just a nervous mommy!

I had a blast racing my bike in my younger years, but, had less fun as a mommy doing it. Maybe, when, they are older, I’ll return to it, but, right now, I’m really ecstatic being a crossfitter.

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