Converting run fitness to cycling?

5 watchers
Jun 2015
10:28am, 15 Jun 2015
19,901 posts
  •  
  • 0
eL Bee!
"".... So for the SAME power at the wheel at a cadence of (say) 50rpm. you will need to push the pedal twice as hard as you would at a cadence of 100rpm....""
Think of it like this
If you can bench press (for eg) 100kg as your one rep maximum, you can shift 100kg in one go
If you can press 50kg 20 times - in the same one go you can shift a cumulative 1000kg!

So by working less hard per pedal stroke you can cumulatively do MORE work!!

Hope that makes sense
Jun 2015
10:30am, 15 Jun 2015
19,902 posts
  •  
  • 0
eL Bee!
90 is a good number. you'll have to get used to changing gear a lot to keep it around that on the road though ;)
Jun 2015
5:13pm, 15 Jun 2015
701 posts
  •  
  • 0
mblnFERCr
Did a quick test ride at lunch today. Hmmm, would seem my power output is not very 'deep', or I burned myself on the first hill. :(. I was reduced to the lowest gear a few times too, but struggled to turn it once I'd gone 'pop'.

Must try easier :)
Jun 2015
9:36am, 16 Jun 2015
19,903 posts
  •  
  • 0
eL Bee!
Going pop means you worked too hard too much.
Don't 'fight' the hills. Accept a lower pace and do enough work to keep the pedals turning. By easing back, you'll go perhaps 0.5mph slower, but do half as much work! And that'll leave you more in the bank for pedalling actively on the flats and downs!
Jun 2015
12:10pm, 16 Jun 2015
13,655 posts
  •  
  • 0
GlennR
Thanks eL Bee!, this is useful stuff.
Jun 2015
12:20pm, 16 Jun 2015
353 posts
  •  
  • 0
jdarun
100 miles on a bike is not tough compared to running a marathon IMO. You might need to toughen your arse a bit but that's all. Just do progressively longer rides at a steady pace - a bit like building up to a marathon, in fact. But with less stress and injury risk.
Jun 2015
12:22pm, 16 Jun 2015
19,904 posts
  •  
  • 0
eL Bee!
Depends how you ride that 100 miles, jd!! ;)
Aug 2015
9:05am, 7 Aug 2015
739 posts
  •  
  • 0
mblnFERCr
Saw this article iancorless.org and thought I'd throw it on here incase anyone is interested :)

Got something to say?

To join the discussion, sign in or join us.

About This Thread

Maintained by
I'm currently training for Lakeland 50, and fancy a bit of a change/rest once I'm done. Soooo, I'...

Related Threads

  • cycling

The Doctor K Cup

This year sees the fifth edition of our annual challenge in memory of the Fetchies who have sadly passed away. It's named after Doctor K, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2017

Are you doing the right training?

See typical mileage, pace and long run stats for every distance and goal. See a comparison with your own training.

Heart Rate Analysis

See your heart rate training data from the last 12 months broken down in technicolour.

Flat as a pancake?

We've collected thousands of your reviews from events, and worked out which races give you the best chance of a fast time!


Back To Top
X

Free training & racing tools for runners, cyclists, swimmers & walkers.

Fetcheveryone lets you analyse your training, find races, plot routes, chat in our forum, get advice, play games - and more! Nothing is behind a paywall, and it'll stay that way thanks to our awesome community!
Get Started
Click here to join 109,083 Fetchies!
Already a Fetchie? Sign in here