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Ever get the runner's high on the bike?(14 posts)

Ever get the runner's high on the bike?Duane Gran
May 2, 2002 8:08 PM
For those of us who have spent time running, you know what I mean when I mention the "runners high." I can't quite describe it, but I could count on getting it at least once a week. I'm a total cycling fanatic, but I've found that I don't attain that sense of endorphin rush but just a few times. In fact, after two years of serious cycling I can count on one hand the number of times I've felt it.

Do others have a similar experience?
The first few times but not anymore.Dave Hickey
May 3, 2002 3:35 AM
I also run and I don't get runners high running anymore.
not sure if it's the same thing but ...tarwheel
May 3, 2002 4:17 AM
I definitely get into some nice grooves on my bike where I'm spinning at a high rpm, on a smooth road, with no traffic, beautiful scenery and weather. That beats any high I ever got from running, and I ran for many miles over a long period of time. With both cycling and running, I get a "residual high" for several hours after excercising where I feel all mellowed out, calm and relaxed.
Same experience, but.........Len J
May 3, 2002 4:23 AM
I do get more depressed when I don't ride for several days then I ever did when I skipped running.

The mind is a terrible thing............

re: Ever get the runner's high on the bike?heloise
May 3, 2002 4:28 AM
In my experience it just takes longer. I usually get runner's high on runs lasting more than 2-3 hours. On the bike it takes more like 5-6 hours of saddle time.
Usually after a gut-busting workout/racespeedisgood
May 3, 2002 5:29 AM
or a long ride like 4+ hours. It's gotta be pretty killer, tho cuz I usually have one of these rides a week though I can't say that I notice the "highs" quit as much as when I first started riding. We prolly stimulate our endorphin glands (the hypothalamus?) so much, the response is blunted and we also get used to the feeling so we need more to feel it.

Oh wait, isn't that what an addiction is? Yep, I'm an endorphin junkie!
I get it all the timecyclopathic
May 3, 2002 5:52 AM
given enough time, usually a few hours into ride. It used to happen only after I put 100mi+ now it is down to 40-60, if you have problem ride longer.

I suspect this happens to all ultra/randonneur riders, otherwise they wouldn't be spending as much time in saddle.
no, but I get the higher runsDougSloan
May 3, 2002 6:04 AM
Don't think I get the same thing. I've been delerious, though.
Maybe I misunderstand what a runner's high isMcAndrus
May 3, 2002 7:09 AM
I haven't run for 20 years because of my knees and never ran marathons. However, there have been many, many times after a hard group ride where I had a sort of euphoric feeling. It's an excellent mood lifter after a hard day at work. I thought this was an endorphine high.
re: Maybe I misunderstand what a runner's high iscyclopathic
May 3, 2002 7:32 AM
it usually happens during the ride you get to the point where it seems you can cycle forever, all pain is gone and there's no mnt you couldn't climb over. Kind of unexplainable childish happiness. If managed carefully euphoria may last for several hours.
re: For me it starts with level of effort, not time.dzrider
May 3, 2002 7:32 AM
If I'm gonna get that high, I need to be running or riding pretty close to my anaerobic threshhold. On the bike it most often comes on rolling terrain if I'm spinning hard up hills and going into the big ring as soon as I start down the other side. Neither full out hammering nor easy spinning get me there.
I get endorphins after every hard ridechrisbaby
May 3, 2002 7:43 AM
...It's to the point where, if I am grumpy, my wife says get out of your bad mood - "go for a ride and come back happy". So I do and I feel great afterwards.
not often..dotkaye
May 3, 2002 9:05 AM
some research on this, the citation for which I can no longer find, indicated that habitual cyclists' level of endorphins after their usual rides was very similar to habitual runners' after comparable workouts. However when the runners rode bikes, and the bicyclists ran, the endorphins were much lower in both. So, it depends on what you do most of, it seems. Still unknown whether runners run instead of bike because they get more endorphins that way; or that they get more endorphins from running because they run more..

Don't run much anymore because of injuries, but my weekly run is usually the high point of the workout week. I enjoy cycling but it doesn't give me the same sense of exultation.
re: Ever get the runner's high on the bike?BikeViking
May 3, 2002 12:14 PM
Funny you mention this topic today...I am familiar with the runners "high", but never really had it on the bike. Today I caught a bit of cycling "high"! We were doing a lunchtime ride (3x 6.8 mile laps). We were doing sprints at the ends of each lap and they felt GREAT! Nothing like a 53x13 and really STOMPING on the pedals! Best of all, I don't feel beat up or tired.