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Running?(9 posts)

Oct 7, 2002 10:32 AM
Should I be running for practice? How much and what type?
I am new to Cross but have been involved in cycling and triathlons. Thanks!!
In my opinion....Wayne
Oct 7, 2002 11:00 AM
no, from a purely performance perspective. 95%+ of the race is on the bike and you're running speed over the barriers is primarily determined by how much momentum you carry into them. In situations where your running prowess should determine your speed such as uphill running or the occasional long flattish section of running you could just this in the course of a normal cross ride. That way you're at least running with the bike on your shoulder to mimic the specificity of the conditions in a race and keeping it short like you will experience in a cross race.
Oct 7, 2002 11:35 AM
Because almost every picture you see of a cross race is racers running with their bikes the perception is of a lot of running - but it's misleading. Cross is still a bike race and while dismount/remount technique plays a large role, the actual running portion is rather minor. Long uphill runups can hurt and hill sprints early in the season wouldn't hurt, but it's not all that necessary.

I've raced cross fairly successfully for two seasons without any specific running training.

FWIW I ran track and cross country in high school (over 10 years ago) so running is still pretty natural for me.
pretty much agreeclimbo
Oct 7, 2002 12:23 PM
with Wayne and BipedZed. If you can run really well and ride not so well, you will be off the back anyway. I think if you are an excellent runner it would help gain a few seconds here and there but not much else. I find that the running hurts just because my legs hurt from all the lactic acid build up in my legs from riding. Being able to run fast doesn't halp much when your legs don't work 45 minutes in to the race. Smoothness is more important.
Oct 7, 2002 12:24 PM
I try to run a couple times a week. 15 minute warm up and then doing some sprints, usually uphill, preferrably with the bike. Then a warm down. Running low barriers you don't need much training but if there is uphill portage it comes in handy. Last season I don't think I ran enough and ended up pulling a calf muscle on a run up. It also was due to cold and lack of proper warm up and stretch for the weather. I think had I done more running was less likely to happen. If your races lack run ups it's not that important.
Kind of AgreeGravity Well
Oct 7, 2002 5:35 PM
I think completely ignoring the run will lead to injury. I try to run twice a week, a month before the start of the first race. Maybe three miles, after a ride. It will also give you an extra 1/2 hour of workout after dark.
re: Running?Offroadnut
Oct 8, 2002 9:15 AM
Thanks guys! It all makes sense.
re: practice mounts, dismounts, and runupsrichpierce
Oct 8, 2002 11:45 AM
I think it's worthwhile to do some low intensity running for a month then practice doing barriers w/o the bike and runups w/o the bike and then with the bike.
practice mounts, dismounts, and runupsatpjunkie
Oct 8, 2002 12:24 PM
yup, and if there are steep run ups in race you plan to do, PRACTICE. If you wind up racing with a lot of running and don't train you will suffer