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    Cross training

    I've been riding for several years and recently started some running. Ran 12km yesterday was planning a short (50km) ride today, but calves and quads are stiff from running. Is it a good idea to ride anyway, maybe some ibuprofin, or would it be better not to ride. More generally will a running program have any effect, benneficial or otherwise, on cycling performance.
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    I try running every winter, I find I haven't seen any on bike performance help from it but it helps keeps your cardio up in the winter, weight down and is nice mental break from the trainer. If your stiff and sore I would take the day off. 12 km sounds is a lot to start with, I usually start with a slow 3 and work my way up. This helps my body adjust to the new activity.

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    Take a day off and heal up. Running is good exercise, it'll keep you
    from turning into jelly.
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    ---- Is it a good idea to ride anyway, maybe some ibuprofin, or would it be better not to ride. ----
    NO one knows, how much you hurt yourself, nor whether your muscle soreness will subside or increase when riding while still sore. However, the idea of taking a NSAIDs, when trying new exercise training combinations is stupid. You'll add another unknown variable into determining safe, injury-free exercise routines.

    ---- More generally will a running program have any effect, benneficial or otherwise, on cycling performance.----
    Since you are not an accomplished athlete, just about any additional endurance exercise will benefit alternate type of exercise. You should understand, however, spending the additional time riding your bike would likely help you to improve your bike riding more than running.

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    I find that easy spinning helps with post-day soreness. If it hurts too much, don't do it.

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    The soreness from running will not effect your cycling. Different muscles, same legs. When I play softball, during double header days as lead-off man there is a lot of running/sprinting early in the season but that soreness won't hamper your riding.

    Stretch it out and keep up with little bits of crosstraining instead of diving in to it.
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    do the du, man.

    try running off your bike. :-)

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