Iíve owned a bike for many years but have just been riding casually mostly on rail-trails. Iíve been putting in maybe 100-200 miles/year, whereas my running distances have been from 700-1000 mi/year. But last Fall, I did one of those road event rides on my comfort bike. I took the 40-mile option, which was about 15 more than Iíd ever done before on a bike, and found that I really enjoyed it. But I also decided that Iíd be needing a better mount for doing longer road distances, and Iím now starting my ďroadieĒ career on a new Specialized Sequoia.
What I was wondering is if anyone else here has had experience in switching from running to doing more biking. Iíll be 60 in a couple of months, but Iíve run a marathon as recently as 4 years ago. I doubt that Iíll do another due to the long training required and the wear and tear on my body, but I still do a couple of 10Ks a year, a 10-miler, and at least one half-marathon to finish off the year. So I think that I can say that I have the legs, endurance, and especially mental determination to ďgo the distanceĒ, but Iím not sure what ride mileage I should think about tackling next.
So far, I can see that bicycle mileage is hard to equate with running miles. When youíre on a run, thereís no coasting down the hills (downhill can be as tough as going up!), no lunch breaks, and not much of a self-made breeze. On a 20-mile ride yesterday morning in warm & humid conditions, I was less tired out at the end than if I had run just a couple of miles. I can also see that cycling will probably be limited more by my legs, as opposed to running, which tends to have more of an aerobic limit.
Any comments? I have the application for this yearís Blue Water Ramble right here on my desk as I type this. Now I just have to decide on 40, 60, 80 or 100 miles for my target!