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Basic Training Question.Eager Beagle
Aug 30, 2002 7:03 AM
Here's a question a work collegue asked me, that, although apparently basic, somewhat floored me. See what you think.

"If I have a hill that I can just ride up, and I can run up, which is the best to do for cyclocross training?"

My answer was a bit of a cop out, being "use it for training, ride one, coast down, run one, walk down, repeat till feeling unbearably sick"
I'll take a stab...Jakob
Aug 30, 2002 7:42 AM
Do you mean that this is a single hill somewhere that your friend can ride but is considering running for cyclocross training?

I would see what's faster. If it's close to the same speed to run or ride, I would do what you suggest. Also, I would shoulder the bike on the hill runs. A wise man once told me that there is a huge difference between running and running with a bike. Duh.

I know it's not the most popular way to race, but I generally try to ride as much of a course as I can. Even if I am a slower on the bike than on my feet I will try to stay on my bike. I'm not one of those FS-riding yahoos that bunnyhops barriers, but I have ridden some sketchy sections that others run simply because I didn't want to get off my bike. I tend to run too hard and end up going into oxygen debt because of it. Then again, I have run relatively long (30-40 meters) sections between barriers while others have gotten back on their bikes in between. Simon Burney suggests riding the same as your competitors early in the race and then unveiling a quicker way later on as an element of surprise. I say this only because training should reflect your race strategy.

So, that's the long answer.

My short answer is basically what you told him to do: both.
Yeah - I think soEager Beagle
Aug 30, 2002 8:43 AM
He's just after some training, and had found a hill nearby that is a close timed thing 'twixt riding and running up it - a struggle/plod either way.

Thinking further, I suppose running up a hill carrying the bike has to be better cardio-vasc than riding (as in my experience, running is always physically harder then riding - it's generally a technical failure that stops riding - too steep/loose a surface etc, as opposed to a lung/leg failure), but then mebbe one gets knackered so much faster, it's better to ride and do more reps?

As you may have deduced - I dunno really...