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Running and riding?(7 posts)

Running and riding?must_pedal_harder
Apr 30, 2001 6:34 PM
I'm trying to do both at the same time but my primary goal is to get into shape for some bike races later next month.

Putting time on my bike aside, it seems as though I need to put on very diffrent legs for running after riding for a weekend or so. My legs always feel heavy when running (after riding) and I'm wondering if it's a good idea to be worried about working out by running, or if I should be spending all my time on the bike.
re: Running and riding?Michelle
May 2, 2001 10:28 AM
You may want to shoot this question off on the Triathlon message board. I also run/ride and have wondered the same things. Please let us know what you find out.

Michelle
re: Running and riding?dug
May 2, 2001 11:30 AM
Diffrent disciples required diffrent training. Running & riding both require proper training, thats why duathalons (& tri's) are so demanding. You said your goal is to race your bike, therefore train for that. If running is just a hobby, adjust your running scheduale accordingly.
re: Running and riding?muncher
May 3, 2001 2:49 AM
Don't worry about it - that legs feeling is natural - acids in the wrong place on in the legs - that's why the bike/running change in Tri is such a killer. If you are doing them close together, it's a good idea to raise your cadence for a while before you get off the bike, aids the change over process. Long term benefits/drawbacks? Well, unless you are going to go pro bike only, I wouldn't worry, there are plenty of triathletes out there that can whip most bike only poeple, and fitness is fitness, however you get it. Plus, of course, the variety can mean that you do more overall, as it keeps the boredom away...
re: Running and riding?Duane Gran
May 3, 2001 5:57 AM
I have heard that a good cyclists can become a good runner easier than the other way around. If your goal is to be a better racer, and if you don't have any running/duathlon specific goals, I would stick to the bike. The heavy feeling is probably natural, but if you feel this way all the time then it will negatively affect the quality of your workouts.

Many cyclists mix in running during the winter in order to maintain aerobic fitness. It is simply easier, and less chilling, to go for a run than to get bundled up for winter riding. When you talk about getting in shape for racing, this could mean several things. If you need more aerobic base either exercise will suffice, but if you need more strength then your best bet is to ride the bike.
Bernard Hinault recommends joggingsteveuk
May 5, 2001 6:14 PM
in his book he says light jogging through the woods helped him with general leg/ankle strength. It must be a good idea to be able to jog efficiently because it is what the legs have specifically evolved to do. To not jog may create subtle leg weaknesses which might effect the cyclist. The impact on the legs from jogging is essential for true allround strong bones, joints, tendons, muscles etc - that stands to reason. Regardless, a bit of jogging will give you the ankle/knee strength to run for that bus/away from a mugging without doing yourslf an injury and laying yourslf off the bike for 2 weeks!
re: Running and riding - - sounds like cyclocrossDE Crosser
May 12, 2001 6:35 AM
If you race cross, you must do both well. Here is the serious part of my message though. When I was training for some du's a few years ago, I found that alternating days of activity works real well. The tightness of running was removed when riding and vice-versa. The combined efforts did wonders for the waistline too! Just wanted to add my two cents