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Running bad for cycling?(8 posts)

Running bad for cycling?hammer_cycle
Sep 10, 2001 7:35 AM
I was reading from a cycling coach on that running is bad for cycling. He indicated that nothing reduces cycling speed faster than running. Why is this the case? I am a road rider/racer and have been viewing running as an opportunity to cross train/stay fit/get better cardio during the October - February season and also as a possible means to get the running level up to a point where I could consider doing triathlons. I don't know if I'd go ahead with it though if it would kill my cycling. What do you guys think?

Thanks in advance.
Not truemr_spin
Sep 10, 2001 7:58 AM
I think you are more likely to injure yourself running than cycling, but that is the only thing bad about it. It is definitely much harder on the body.

But specifically bad for cycling? No. When I was running, it only seemed to help my cycling. And I have many triathlete friends who are very fast, on foot and on two wheels.
out of contextonrhodes
Sep 10, 2001 8:06 AM
Your message takes what Adam Myserson is saying out of context. He is not saying that running during the offseason will affect your cycling. He says that during you season, primarily while focusing on road racing, that running will effect your leg speed.
As for how much, and to what extent, I myself am not certain I agree with Myerson, but he does make a valid point, and I know from doing hikes during the season, that my legs don't feel the same for a few days after.
Maybe during the season, but in winter...Retro
Sep 10, 2001 8:37 AM
I ran for years during winter, when it was too cold/dark/icy to ride, and I saw only benefits. As somebody else said, there is more chance of injury (when you weigh it against the chance of crashing on the bike, though, it may balance out). But you can do it in bad conditions, with almost no equipment, in almost any weather, when you wouldn't be able to ride. The aerobic benefit transfers straight over, and running hills seems to help develop power (I wasn't that serious about cycling when i was running a lot). Biggest advantage for me was that I could use the scarce after-work light for exercising instead of pumping tires, changing clothes, lubing chains, whatever. I probably wouldn't run much during the racing season, but when you're not cycling hard, why not?
re: Running bad for cycling?badabill
Sep 10, 2001 10:25 AM
With cross season starting in november I started runnig last week. Amazing how hard a 3.5mi run is when its been 6 months since your last run. I was in pain for 3 days, and had to cut back my riding over the weekend. This week I plan to run twice at a much easier pace, slowly work up to 4mi. If you work running into your usual workout it cant but help your riding in the long run. Just make sure to work it in slowly and dont over do it.
I just started running for cross too...Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 11, 2001 4:34 AM
And WOW do I suck! I'm getting passed by chunky middle-age ladies. I'm also trying to knock off 3.5-4 mile runs 5 times a week or so. I'm racing a single speed this year so I figure I better get good on my feet.

re: Running bad for cycling?tr
Sep 10, 2001 10:51 AM
I run alot in the winter and summer and it is very beneficial in the cardiac area as well as keeping the weight down. Running hills seemed to increase my climbing ability alot. You can run during the season but you won't have that extra gear when you need it on the days that you run and ride.
Thanks everyone.. endless juggling procedurehammer_cycle
Sep 10, 2001 11:26 AM
I appreciate the posts. I will slowly work it in over the next couple of weeks. As was posted above, if one were to just jump right into running, its going to hurt and hinder the cycling time. Running certainly takes a lot less time to get a great workout in.

My goal in the offseason is to build strength and improve the cardio side, while building up the run to a leavel where I could consider doign a triathlon next year. I'll worry about the swim later on in the year. It will be tough to fit in weekend rides, strength exercises(lifting), and running.

Thanks again for the posts.