Cross Training

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FML
26 Jul
2:16pm, 26 Jul 2022
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FML
As its been to warm to run recent been doing a bit of cycling. Don't do much cycling and just bought a cheap second hand hybrid.

Noticed the last couple of run that my comfortable speed is quicker

So question is

Is it from cycling or from the tapering from running?

Any comments, what other cross-training do people do and what benefits have they seen with their running?
26 Jul
2:18pm, 26 Jul 2022
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lammo
Bit of both probably, but i certainly noticed an improvement in my running when i added in a bit cycling as well, hopefully you can enjoy it and keep them both going
27 Jul
12:56pm, 27 Jul 2022
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Kieren
I'd go with taper. I find I need to do about 6x as much on the bike to equal running. YMMV
27 Jul
12:59pm, 27 Jul 2022
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rf_fozzy
6x? I think that's an overestimate of cycling v running.

3-4x cycling *distance* on the bike compared to running or approx 2x cycling time.

But I ride hard - I don't tootle.
28 Jul
11:47am, 28 Jul 2022
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HappyG(rrr)
I always used to estimate 4 x distance and 2 x time as being "worth" the same as run training. But then I'm a bit anti bike! (see pic in profile! ) :-) G
28 Jul
12:15pm, 28 Jul 2022
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Gobi
I run slower not than I used to thanks to spliting volume with cycling.

However, if you drop non of your running and poodle around you will get aerobic benefit caused by increased volume.

Unless you are subbing out running I would worry about how much more you have to do to equal your replaced run

:-)
29 Jul
11:53am, 29 Jul 2022
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Nellers
I doubt you’d see much crossover benefit in the short term. I’d expect the main benefit would be long-term in that by varying things you (theoretically) reduce injury risk from overuse and can therefore train more consistently over a long period.
30 Jul
1:01pm, 30 Jul 2022
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Kieren
rf_fozzy - well not scientific for me - more a sticking my thumb in the air and guessing.

I typically wouldn't be riding too long but quite hard stop / go on the commute (13 miles each way). So perhaps not enough time spent in specific zones to get a good stimulus

My only other experience was last year watt bike training coming back from ankle injury. That was structured but non-linear as the injury constrained how much I could load the pedals.

That said, planning to blow the dust off the road bike and get some easy laps in to add some volume but save the legs a little bit soon. Also partly to justify some new kit I bought :-)
um
2 Aug
9:17am, 2 Aug 2022
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um
My experience of cycling was my heart rate and effort varied far more than running, so a very different type of work out. But I do live in a bumpy part of the country (not mountains, just never flat), so cycling is mostly up hill effort or downhill recovery.
jda
2 Aug
9:22am, 2 Aug 2022
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jda
Most people on this site are of an age where I at least start to worry about overuse injuries. I like to do a bit of cross training to reduce that risk. I don’t find cycling all that great for running and tend to get slower at the one thing when I do more of the other, but in the long term I think the trade-off is worth it. Plus, a nice long ride in the bike is just lots of fun in the right conditions.

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As its been to warm to run recent been doing a bit of cycling. Don't do much cycling and just bought a cheap second hand hybrid.

Noticed the last couple of run that my comfortable speed is quicker

So question is

Is it from cycling or from the tapering from running?

Any comments, what other cross-training do people do and what benefits have they seen with their running?

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