Okay, okay - this is a Bike forum (the BikeForums?), but I really feel I need to post this.
I've worked my way up to averaging 120+ miles a week for the last 4 weeks. Now, I'm trapped in a hotel without my bike for about 10 days. It has a gym, but only a recumbant (sp?) which I hate. I'm really, really worried about keeping my legs in shape so I can jump right back on when I get home and not loose much.
Anyway, I thought I'd try the treadmill. Now, the longest distance I've ever ran in one stretch was one mile when I was 18 and on the track team (I was a thrower, and I really one did this once.) Anyway, set the incline to 1 degreee, walked .25 mile and then cranked the speed up to 4.7 and began to jog. Not fast, but I wasn't walking. After another .25 mile, I thought - what the hell? I ended up running 2 miles in about 25 minutes and it felt really good!!! There is no way, no way in hell, that I could have done this without the bike.
I've mentally toyed with the idea of trying a sprint triathalon, but this might just be the motivation I need to stop thinking and start really training.