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Old 10-05-06, 11:59 PM   #1
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I've given up cycling and re-discovered the joy of RUNNING!

I've gotten really bored with cycling. It's a pain to get ready with all of the cycling gear, water / fluids, gels, HIDs, LEDs, vests, GPS, computer, etc., then there's the constant vigil of trying to avoid being hit by cars even when riding V.C. I busted my ankle over a year ago and had other injuries so I couldn't really run until now. Wow, I miss running! In a shorter workout time, I've gotten a better workout and worked more muscle groups. I think cycling is great if you are injured or overweight and can't run, but once you get well and drop the pounds, running really kicks you into shape. Compare track & field sprinters to bicyclists - they muscular and powerful instead of small and skinny.

I'm sure I'll eventually miss the novelty of riding a bike so I'll probably remove it from storage a couple times a year for a weekend ride. Maybe I'll do annual 1-week tours, but my goal has always been getting to the destination, not sight-seeing. I didn't have fun grinding out the miles day after day, but there's a great sense of accomplishment once I reached my destination. And it's something to do so I can brag to my friends, "oh yeah, I rode my bike to XXX."

The one and only reason I ride a bike is for exercise. If I can do something that takes less time, burns more calories, uses more muscle groups, and is safer, I'll go for it. I've thought about mountain biking, but I've got a dirtbike and it's a lot of fun tearing through the trails and the desert. I don't see the point in going a lot slower.

Anyone else ever get bored of cycling and give it up? Did you go back to it later on?

And you SoCal beach bicyclists keep off the bike path because that's for us runners. Go ride on PCH.
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Old 10-06-06, 12:14 AM   #2
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1) And you SoCal beach bicyclists keep off the bike path because that's for us runners.
2) Go ride on PCH.
1A) LOL!!! Did you read that before you posted it? I guess the runners path is for bicycles?!? LOL!!!

2A) I'll gladly ride the PCH if you run along on my left side!

Sounds like you need a recumbent trike! and some hills to ride it up!
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i gave up cycling, it takes me out of the house and i could be doing somthing with that time
no i did not give it up because of bordom i enjoyed it but dont have much of a choice in the matter
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Old 10-06-06, 12:33 AM   #4
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mac......you and ovoleg should get together...

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Old 10-06-06, 04:32 AM   #5
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Ask any family doctor regarding the injuries caused by running and you will be unpleasantly surprised. The continual jarring of the feet pounding down on the hard road surface can do damage to tendons and joints notwithstanding the use of quality running shoes.
Cycling, in that it is a low-impact activity is much less liable to cause injury..but you make your choice.
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Old 10-06-06, 04:40 AM   #6
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i use to run, did tri's also but found the joy of cycling.
you can have the pounding on the pavement and overuse injuries that running produces.
I will personally stay with the cycling and weight lifting far less injurious to the body
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Old 10-06-06, 05:03 AM   #7
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Manly yes, but Mac likes it too!
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Joy?

Perhapas you need to take up bike racing. No running event comes close to the intensity of a highly contested crit.

Body type?

Bike sprinters are built like track sprinters, distance guys like distance guys. It's not about cycling vs. running, it's about short vs. fast twitch.

On the other hand, have fun with your new hobby.

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Old 10-06-06, 05:46 AM   #9
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And you SoCal beach bicyclists keep off the bike path because that's for us runners. Go ride on PCH.

I could be a "d'ck" and say "stay off this forum because it's for us cyclists", but I wont. Cycling did'nt work for you and that is a shame. Running is good, but do it while you're young before your knees blow out, and your joints are trashed forever. Good idea to hang onto your bike though, just in case.

For me, it's not all completely about the exercise, though it's a significant part of it. I just take great joy in riding a well maintained high end bike to towns 30 and 40 miles away, feeling the breeze in my face, and all the different smells, knowing I'm doing good things for my mental and physical well being.

To me, it's priceless
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Old 10-06-06, 06:50 AM   #10
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I gave up running with my last season of lacrosse in college over 30 years ago. I never gave up cycling. To each his own. Just get out there. Anything beats sitting on the couch.
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Old 10-06-06, 07:09 AM   #11
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I think cycling is great if you are injured or overweight and can't run, but once you get well and drop the pounds, running really kicks you into shape. Compare track & field sprinters to bicyclists - they muscular and powerful instead of small and skinny.
I think you just need to dial up your cycling.
Maybe carry a ladder and some paint supplies on your next hill climb...
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Old 10-06-06, 07:40 AM   #12
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I think you just need to dial up your cycling.
Maybe carry a ladder and some paint supplies on your next hill climb...
And pick some real hills to climb too. Be a man, not a West Coast Wuss.
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Old 10-06-06, 07:46 AM   #13
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onbike, you hit the nail right on the head.
My brother used to run miles and miles. He can't do it anymore because his knees are shot. She had been to an orthopod and needs steroid shots and eventually will need knee transplants.
I have another friend that ran marathons and his knees are shot.
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Old 10-06-06, 08:01 AM   #14
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The way my knees reacted to running, I 'm lucky to have cycling. Can't imagine being bored. I see someting new each ride. Glad you have something to keep you from becomming a couch potato. Getting dressed for a ride to me is no different than anything else. If I hurry , it can take me 5 minutes.
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Old 10-06-06, 08:21 AM   #15
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Compare track & field sprinters to bicyclists - they muscular and powerful instead of small and skinny.

You mean buff like this guy?




Or like this guy?

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Ask any family doctor regarding the injuries caused by running and you will be unpleasantly surprised. The continual jarring of the feet pounding down on the hard road surface can do damage to tendons and joints notwithstanding the use of quality running shoes.
Retinal detachment is another, rather nasty IMO, possibility... one for which (according to my optometrist) I'm at particularly high risk. I think I'll stick with cycling!
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Old 10-06-06, 08:59 AM   #17
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Don't you have to resign from BF now?

In all seriousness, there are plusses and minuses to both running and riding. As daylight gets short, I'll probably run a little for a change of pace, and weight control.
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I know both a 60 year old cyclist and a 60 year old runner...without going into detail, I'd rather have the cyclists body by his age...he has virtually no health problems while the runner's back and knees are toast. Albeit there's some genetic differences I'm sure, but common knowledge also shows this should be the case for most people.

Think of it...we aren't evolved with any of the characteristics of good running creatures in the animal kingdom. while its true that no creature is evolved for cycling, we can (and do) design cycling around the known physical limitations of the human body.
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Perhapas you need to take up bike racing. No running event comes close to the intensity of a highly contested crit.
That would be halarious. I can see him now making fun of all other bikes that are cheaper then his, then promptly getting dropped about 5 minutes in to it. By a guy with a ladder and painting supplies on his bike.
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I can't stand running.
I would rather take up swimming if I need a change. Or maybe rugby....wait...I live in the US. oops
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Maybe you should've posted this in www.runnerforums.net
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We'll welcome you back when your knees give out & you come back to cycling. Keep this in mind when you're running. The human knee was barely designed for walking, it was & is not designed for running. What it is perfectly designed to do quite well is cycling, or the motion of turning circles when the person is riding a bike. So go enjoy your running until your knees give out, see ya in a few years.
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I think mac's time consuming excuse is rather poor. I ride a recumbent. Here is my preparation for a ride, this takes me anwywhere from 5 to 10 min:
1. Check bike, brakes, cables, etc.
2. Air up tires & Airzound
3. Attach computer to bracket
4. Attach Airzound
5. Attach camera if using it
6. Put Camel Bak bladder in pack & tighten straps. My Camel Bak is strapped to the back of my seat. It takes more time to put the bladder in the pack & tighten the straps then it would to put it on my back.
7. Put seat bag on, turn on MP3 player, secure straps so seat bag does not fall off.
8. Don my croakies eye glass strap, sweat gutr band, shoes, helmet & gloves.
9. Take bike outside, I am basing this on starting my ride form home or when I commute home from work.
10. Turn on speakers so I can hear my music.
11. Take off the Kool Covers from my Look cleats & put in seat bag.
12. Mount bike.
13. Secure Camel Bak tube to shirt.
14. Clip in left foot.
15. Take off.

I don't buy the time comsuming excuse. I probably take 3 times what you take to prepare for a ride mac.
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I like the time of year when I add some running and cross training into my workout routine, but full-time, year-round running takes way more out of a body than it puts in. So in the training for fitness category, it doesn't stack too well as other folks have mentioned.

And if the one and only reason you were riding a bike was for exercise, no wonder you got tired of it. You completely missed out on the best part.

You might just want to look at your cycling training routine.

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