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Converting run fitness to cycling?

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Jun 2015
10:28am, 15 Jun 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Thanks eL Bee!, this is useful stuff.
Jun 2015
12:20pm, 16 Jun 2015
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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
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eL Bee!
Depends how you ride that 100 miles, jd!! ;)
Aug 2015
9:05am, 7 Aug 2015
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Saw this article and thought I'd throw it on here incase anyone is interested :)

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