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Old 04-07-16, 11:09 PM
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Last year a 28 year old Canadian guy finished third in the Tour d'Utah. At 25 he had to quit running and started riding.
One of the top teams signed him up on the spot.
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I'm a triathlete, so it's both and not an either/or thing for me.
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Old 04-08-16, 04:18 AM
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I took up cycling after running for several years in my early 30's. I was a swimmer in high school/college, and never really ran. Bikes then were for transportation when I didn't want to use my car - no serious distance. My shoulders got shredded from sprint freestyle and for many years I really didn't have a physical outlet. When I decided to get healthy, I started running.

My problem is that I was in Forrest Gump style braces as a kid to correct pigeon toe, and I've never been able to get the motion down for running quite right. I did work my way up to being able to run 5 - 8 miles consistently, but I fought IT and knee pain all of the time. A doctor friend told me once that for guys our size (6'3" and a bit north of 200) running is a time bomb. His suggestion and a couple of other life events got me to start biking more seriously.

I've gone back and forth, and will continue to do a bit of running just so I can be sure I can crank out a 5K with work buddies or whatever, but the bike has been less pain for me. I can also consistently get a higher calorie burn workout riding than I can running. When I switched to the bike, my weight loss kicked into high gear and within about 6 - 9 months I had folks asking me if I had cancer because I'd lost so much weight.

Final thing for me is that I find no joy in running. It's all business - all work. Cycling is still work, but it can feel like flying at low level. Cycling also gives me a hobby that I can do when I'm not out doing the hobby. No one spends a Saturday evening with a beer working on their running shoes, or cleaning their shoelaces.
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I started cycling specifically because I hated running. I've been a swimmer my whole life, but I wanted to have a go-to fitness activity out of the pool so cycling seemed like the obvious choice. Now several years into it, I bike more than I swim.

Swimming and cycling both have the resistance element that I like. I also have a short attention span and like that both swimming and cycling give you a lot of specifics to think about. I know form is important to running, but I tend to zone out and get bored way sooner.
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Originally Posted by 92Esquire
Final thing for me is that I find no joy in running. It's all business - all work.
Yeeep. The ONLY reason I run is so I don't die. Consequently, I don't do more than the minimum. Cycling is something I've always loved, so I do more of it.

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I started cycling specifically because I hated running. I've been a swimmer my whole life, but I wanted to have a go-to fitness activity out of the pool so cycling seemed like the obvious choice. Now several years into it, I bike more than I swim.
Swimming and cycling. My favorite exercises.
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I hate running. I only run from angry wasps.
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Old 04-08-16, 07:07 AM
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I do jumping jacks (lots) for my higher-impact workout. Easier on the knees. I also to lots of barbell clean and presses. Most of my cardio comes from biking though.
If you're one you uses public transportation at times ---- walking to/from the bus stop is of help.
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Originally Posted by CeeDotA
I'm a triathlete, so it's both and not an either/or thing for me.
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You want to uphold the jealousy that the lower-level runners & cyclists have of you.
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Old 04-08-16, 07:56 AM
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Wow....I didn't realize this thread is a 2 pager! Lol...

I think I may have been running about 3 days a week at my peak! I'm not sure but I do miss it. So once I go back to the Ortho on Monday and get a sense of what else he's going to do, I can hopefully start on the bike.

I go to Weight Watchers every Saturday which is about 7 miles from my house. I plan to ride my bike there to fit in exercise on Saturdays (I don't usually fit anything in on Saturday based on my schedule). My knee/hamstring is feeling the best it has all week today. I've been icing it, wearing a compression sleeve and resting more this week. Not good for my head but if it helps the knee/mobility, so be it.

Thank you all for your input!
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Originally Posted by TL2
Wow....I didn't realize this thread is a 2 pager! Lol...

I think I may have been running about 3 days a week at my peak! I'm not sure but I do miss it. So once I go back to the Ortho on Monday and get a sense of what else he's going to do, I can hopefully start on the bike.

I go to Weight Watchers every Saturday which is about 7 miles from my house. I plan to ride my bike there to fit in exercise on Saturdays (I don't usually fit anything in on Saturday based on my schedule). My knee/hamstring is feeling the best it has all week today. I've been icing it, wearing a compression sleeve and resting more this week. Not good for my head but if it helps the knee/mobility, so be it.

Thank you all for your input!
The area where I live: overweight be a common way of life. Especially of males. As i be the opposite body profile of them. Add the value of such bike any "overweight" person be seen to access -- if ever at all. Because of that lifestyle, they are not happy when they see the access I have, add the level of bike. But they likely not be as aggressive as the well-healthy, who not own such a bike. As the well-healthy will biggot on their judgment of another's body profile: if that person shall or not shall own such a bike.
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I love running almost as much as I love cycling. Given the choice and opportunity (which is rare), 90% of the time I'll opt for a ride. Still, running has many advantages as an exercise outlet.

Cycling is much more time consuming for a given level of exercise. I feel like really need 90 minutes of hard riding to get a good cycling workout. In contrast, I can get a great workout with a 45 minute hard run. I have very little free time, so this matters.

Cycling is also impossible while I'm travelling for work while running can be done anywhere, any time.

Also, cycling in cold weather can require significant hassle to to do. Running in cold weather is simple and actually preferable in many ways. This matters if you live in Chicago.

Lastly, I find that cross training cycling and running significantly reduces the injury risk of either for me.
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Originally Posted by molten
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You want to uphold the jealousy that the lower-level runners & cyclists have of you.
Haha. Since I'm in both scenes, it's always amusing to see the animosity that they have for each other.
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Old 04-08-16, 06:06 PM
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I love running, always did.

A couple years ago I resumed playing softball after a 22 year absence. The first time I ran full speed around the bases, I experienced a euphoria that's simply beyond words even today.
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Old 04-08-16, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I love running, always did.

A couple years ago I resumed playing softball after a 22 year absence. The first time I ran full speed around the bases, I experienced a euphoria that's simply beyond words even today.
That's how I felt about biking after only a five year hiatus. I'm glad you had that.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I love running, always did.

A couple years ago I resumed playing softball after a 22 year absence. The first time I ran full speed around the bases, I experienced a euphoria that's simply beyond words even today.
Was that the first time you had run full speed for years, or even the whole 22 years?
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I used to run competitively in high school and college (2 years), but throttled back after 'life' took over ( last years of college, working, etc). I've always had a bicycle around for errands, and started using it when the soreness in my hips/knees/ankles started lingering between runs. While I enjoy a long hard bicycle ride, which can produce some of that same "workout euphoria" as running, I'd love to get back to running 5-6 miles 5X/week, but it just ain't gonna happen.
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Preferred because:

It's faster to full effort, fatigue.

Faster to get out the door.

If you travel, it travels with you.

It's minimalist, no gear but shoes needed.

You can listen to music without fear of missing an approaching car.

Overall, safer.

Running trails is sort combines MTB, hiking and running, and you are not restricted from single track.

You wear lightest, least restrictive clothing - no diapers.

You can interval, sprint or cruise regardless of what traffic is doing.

Running with others you can maintain conversations.

Gives you are great, all day stepped up calorie burn.

Runners respect each other, regardless of experience and ability.

Lots of cute girls/ladies run.
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Runners respect each other, regardless of experience and ability.
Like your post, and this one is true for the most part, but have you been on letsrun.com? There are jerks in every sport.
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I'm more of a runner than a cyclist though I love them both. My main training is running, then I cycle on my 'off' days or whenever I have some extra time. Still wanting to try my first duathlon sometime.

I ran into some leg and foot problems when I got back into running - I ran in high school but then not much in my 20's. Got back at it when I was 30 and had problems for a couple years. Learned how to run barefoot and most of those issues are gone. I was a bad heel striker with sloppy form. Barefoot taught me quick not to run with poor form. You learn to run light on your feet, like a ninja. Besides a few of the coldest runs in the dead of winter with minimalist shoes I now run almost entirely barefoot including marathons since 2011. With shoes I thought a half marathon was imposible for me lol!

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It's minimalist, no gear but shoes needed.
More minimalist than that. Some days the only thing I have on my body is 1 pair of shorts with built in liner and that is it (maybe sunglasses).
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One thing I like about cycling is that I can use it as an excuse to combine exercise with errands or commutes.
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I tore the ACL in my left knee and had knee surgery back in 2000. Over the years I continued running, but found my knee would hurt for a couple of days after a run and there would be some associated swelling. I continued running despite these issues as I enjoyed it. I have since developed arthritis in the knee and around 2008 thought I needed to find something else so I took up cycling. I love cycling more than running, but will still run a couple days of the week as it's much easier for me to get up in the morning and run before heading out to work. I try to limit the distance though to about 3 miles. Weekends are where I do my cycling. I find I can usually get the same HR either from cycling or running, but of course have to go longer distances on the bike than running to get the same effects.

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Just an interesting article I'll throw out there.

How Many Miles Cycling Equals Miles Running?
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Originally Posted by Roadwanderer
One thing I like about cycling is that I can use it as an excuse to combine exercise with errands or commutes.
You put that comment on the wrong Thread; that comment belong on the Threads that speak of 'road rage.' As 'commute' & work trips --- commonly with motor vehicles, be where 'road rage' be at.
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders
Was that the first time you had run full speed for years, or even the whole 22 years?
Yeah I'm pretty sure I hadn't run that swiftly for 22 years. Maybe 75% of full speed, somewhere along the line, at best. Full speed, or all out, is something special.
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I returned to cycling because of chronic plantar fasciitus in my left foot caused by too many impacts to my feet. The injury was due to the combined impacts of running and snowboarding. I wasn't able to ride a mountain bike or do interval training for a couple years after the original injury either. Only smooth riding.
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