Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Bellevue, WA
Bikes: Cannondale Super Six 1, Cannondale F29er 1, Cannondale XTJ, Guru Pista, Lemond Limoge
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I started the season doing 1/2 hour easy pace (Z1-2) on Tuesdays only.
Then I moved up to 1/2 hr easy and 1/2 hr moderate (Z3-4) on a hilly course.
I then built up to sprints/hill sprints as well as doing skills that involve running (dismounts, remounts, runups) midweek.
Anyways, point of the story, I've seen huge gains in my running ability in a race. The first race of the year I was passing literally everybody on the long run ups that the course had, a week later same story. I even had other riders compliment me on how I was making up so much time on the run ups/barriers.
I didn't run at all last year and I was pack-fodder when it game to runups and barriers.
So ya, running helps.