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    Legs cant' push?

    I just started riding the bike again after maybe 4 months or so; I was doing a decent amount of XC and pavement running daily in those 4 months though (decent pace avg 6:30 mile with the longest run being 15 miles each week)

    But today I went 20.5 miles on my road bike (I cleaned it up pretty good I thought lubed the chain and everything got most of the large gunk out).. it took me an hour and 2 min to finish and the entire time my breathing didn't seem to be pushed that hard but my legs just wouldn't push? (time and distance from computer that I calibrated last night)

    I didn't have a heart rate monitor but I could easily tell my breathing was steady and much deeper and easiar then when I'm running but everytime I tried to pedal faster my legs just didn't want to go?

    I don't understand how this could be if I've been running so much (uses quads and calfs just like cycling) is it a muscle issue or am I ******** or a bit of both... or is it something that I'm missing here?

    The other weird thing was I got salt deposits on my head like strips of white from the dried up sweat that never happened before :/ actually I think the salt deposits might be worrying me a little bit more ... I know it was salt because I licked it after taking some off with my finger.

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    4 months off the bike and your legs can't push? You've just lost bike fitness i'm sorry to say. About the salty sweat thing - I often see this when I get back on the bike after a layoff. I guess your body just stores up more electrolytes seing you aren't training so much. Of course there could be other factors, likely relating to what you have been eating and/or drinking - I wouldn't worry about it.
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    ????...

    Of course your legs can't push, you've been off the bike for 4 months.

    Come on man. Jeez.

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    Sick and I have our disagreements, but yeah, I mean duh.

    Running and cycling do not translate very well to each other. The aerobic fitness will be there but your legs will not be happy, as you found out.

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    Even though I speedskate all winter, it still takes awhile in the spring before I can ride at a high cadence.

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    Yea guess im just ********. Guess I just figured that all the running would translate over since the running used a bit of my quads as well.

    Thanks for clearing that up.

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    You would think, but it doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhystic View Post
    Yea guess im just ********. Guess I just figured that all the running would translate over since the running used a bit of my quads as well.

    Thanks for clearing that up.
    I must admit, I remember years ago I stopped cycling completely for 2 months or so & started running, doing repeated hill sprints for that duration instead.

    I'm back on the bike 2 months later, hit the 1st usual hill that guaranteed to put a demand on my aerobic fitness, VO2 & HR when I cycled it. My aerobic fitness absolutely sailed it. I certainly developed a greater VO2 just running that hill.

    Hell I told myself, I ain't gonna stop running them hill sprints.

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    IMO running is very different. you are quite fit but you now need to work on the cycling muscles.
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    I find it even worse going back to running at the end of cycling season. Legs and feet of lead.

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    been riding all winter - not a lot but enough to keep everything up and firm. started to include some treadmil runs of one mile with my weight training sessions. 1/2 before and 1/2 after. the snow finally cleared and I got on the track and was very disappointed in how difficult two miles was for me. I'm fine now and can do the 2 miles as I expect, but it was an eye opener.
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    Well first off running is not the same as cycling. Your running will give your legs a good work out and it is aerobic, so there is a certain amount of carry over but it will not be 100%. The motions in running and cycling are different enough. Shoot, I recall one year I was doing a fair bit of wind training on a stationary bike. After my first road ride of the year, my legs were sore in a few places. I was hitting parts of my muscles on the road in a slightly different way than on the wind trainer. Doing a bit of 20 mph for an hour is not bad especially given the fact that you have been off the bike for 4 months.

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