Is is cycling fitness so different to running?

Flanman
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Re: Is is cycling fitness so different to running?

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Mile for mile, running is certainly harder than cycling. I think the main mistake new or inexperienced runners make is not warming up or thinking that because of high fitness from other sports running should be easier.

The first mile is always the hardest, much more than cycling. I’m sure loads of people are put off running by the first 15-20 minutes and don’t realise that their body needs time to adapt and acclimatise.
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Re: Is is cycling fitness so different to running?

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Flanman wrote: 10 Sep 2021, 12:50pm The first mile is always the hardest, much more than cycling.
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Marcus Aurelius
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You use different muscles in different ways between running and cycling. Cycling power relies mostly on buns and guns ( glutes and quads ) and is concerned with (almost exclusively) up and down motion. Running engages a lot more muscles to provide forward thrust as well as up and down ( oo er missus ) and also brings muscles that help stabilise the various joints in the leg and ankles into play. When running, the muscles also act as shock absorbers to a far greater extent than with cycling, as running is a high impact activity. Pound for pound, you tend need better aerobic endurance for cycling, than running, excluding short sprint running events ( 100-800m sprinting ) for example. I used to run in cross country events until my ankles were destroyed by a car running them over after knocking me off my bike years ago, and leaving me with something looking like Robocop meets the terminator in my ankles, and the difference between cycling and running ( in terms of muscle usage / feeding / fuelling) is night and day different.
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Marcus Aurelius wrote: 10 Sep 2021, 1:51pm Cycling power relies mostly on buns and guns ( glutes and quads )
Depends on the bike set up. I haven't used the light road bike for several years and thousands of miles on another bike with the saddle at a maximum elevation, have led to huge lower leg muscles (Nb. It's attracted comments), some quads but non existent glute muscles :(

A pity, as a huge mileage for several years as a teenager, with an incredible 1:3 climb to get back home and the saddle set several inches too low (Nb. I'd never realised you had to raise the saddle!), resulted in huge glutes. Which as they haven't been used for years now, are purely a notably sized bum on an otherwise exceptionally slim and fit man :wink:
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Used to run but cycle now -- but I think it is is playing havoc with my conjunctions though. Conjunctivitis probably.
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I used to do a lot of walking, I mean a lot. I was the fittest I've ever been. I tried running for when I couldn't get onto the fells. First run I did a mile or so but could only run for a few minutes before it became top hard. I was better at cycling and walking, but running it took me a few trips before I found run continuously. I packed it in as I realised I am not a runner, I just don't like it anymore. I used to orienteering for fun. Really enjoyed that so it's not like I couldn't run just that I didn't enjoy it and I needed to train up my muscles to get used to the differences in movement.
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I’ve done both. Mainly running when younger but now more cycling as it’s kinder on joints and an ageing body. Both are aerobic exercises so they’ve got that in common. In cycling you’re sat down and some of your weight is supported by the bike. When running you stand on your own two feet. That’s why trained cyclists come in wider range of sizes and shapes than trained runners. In cycling power is more important than in running, unless you’re a sprinter that is, but I think we are talking of distance running. If a typical distance runner tries cycling they will probably find themselves relatively better on climbs than flats. If a typical cyclist or non-runner starts running, they will probably set off too quickly using their power and soon run out of steam and conclude running is too difficult. You recover much quicker from cycling than from running, probably because there is much less much muscle damage due to cycling’s lack of impact and less weight bearing nature. So they are different but do share a need for aerobic fitness.
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Re: Is is cycling fitness so different to running?

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Get yourself an adult scooter/kickbike - you'll soon learn that different muscles are used in your legs, kick scooters are more akin to running than cycling. :mrgreen:
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