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Thoughts on my potential in cycling?

Old 11-12-20, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by oleg232000
Wow you guys, the guy asked if he has potential to ride a bike and your telling him to lose 15 lbs LOL.
And then lose another 15. And you're still too fat for this sport.

Can you handle the girls laughing at your comically thin arms?
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Originally Posted by collinullrich
Hey all!

My name is Collin, and Im going to be making the switch from collegiate distance running to cycling.

I had a few questions for some of the vets regarding my potential...

Before I ask them, heres a little about me:

- I weigh 180 and stand 63.
- Resting heart rate is 28 bpm according to holter monitor as of January.
- vo2 max of 73.
- 2 mile of 9:02 (running)
- 3 mile of 14:28 (cross country)

Im wondering if any of these metrics indicate I have potential in cycling. Any positive advice is appreciated. Thanks!
The level of fitness represented by those extremely strong 2 and 3 mile times indicates that with minimal time on a bike he would be a strong rider.
Certainly much stronger than most of the people on BF.
For whatever that is worth.
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Important metric I haven't seen mentioned: on a scale of 1-10, how much fun do you think you'll have riding a bike?

If you score higher than 0, I'd consider giving it a try.
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no further posts from OP? Smelling troll.
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Probably out running.
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Originally Posted by znomit
And then lose another 15. And you're still too fat for this sport.

Can you handle the girls laughing at your comically thin arms?
No contest . . . Girls > Cycling
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Originally Posted by znomit
Can you handle the girls laughing at your comically thin arms?
They're not looking at my arms.
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Originally Posted by znomit
Can you handle the girls laughing at your comically thin arms?
Originally Posted by MoAlpha
They're not looking at my arms.
Okay .... unless they are still laughing.

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Old 11-17-20, 02:14 PM
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You need a coach. To begin, you won't have the cycling adaptation to do the HIIT work to maintain your VO2max, which you definitely want to since it will speed up the transition. The solid VO2max even riding base miles will very rapidly (compared to someone who doesn't have it) develop your cycling muscles. The reason you need a coach is to continuously shift the HIIT load over from running to cycling, based on performance data - not guesses or speculation. The coach can also nip bad habits in the bud, which as a proficient runner you will have plenty of - such as favoring your running muscles simply because it feels easier. (The old adage "train that which is hard" applies here.) Pursuing the easy, such as scooting back on the saddle or riding out of it because you haven't developed a powerful spin, isn't very effective use of training effort. Hence the need for a coach.
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Originally Posted by sfrider
You need a coach. To begin, you won't have the cycling adaptation to do the HIIT work to maintain your VO2max, which you definitely want to since it will speed up the transition. The solid VO2max even riding base miles will very rapidly (compared to someone who doesn't have it) develop your cycling muscles. The reason you need a coach is to continuously shift the HIIT load over from running to cycling, based on performance data - not guesses or speculation. The coach can also nip bad habits in the bud, which as a proficient runner you will have plenty of - such as favoring your running muscles simply because it feels easier. (The old adage "train that which is hard" applies here.) Pursuing the easy, such as scooting back on the saddle or riding out of it because you haven't developed a powerful spin, isn't very effective use of training effort. Hence the need for a coach.
Unless he just lucks out with a super knowledgeable local coach that will actually ride with him, he's not going to get any of that "nipping bad habits" from a coach.

Most coaches send a workout list and give you a phone call.

Coaching is one of the most obscenely overrated things going in cycling.
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Originally Posted by msu2001la
A. Only one person said that.
B. Isn't "lose 15lbs" the standard tounge-in-cheek answer to anyone asking what they can do to improve their bike racing?
That and "Choose your grandparents carefully".
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Originally Posted by oleg232000
Wow you guys, the guy asked if he has potential to ride a bike and your telling him to lose 15 lbs LOL.
Most everybody has the "potential" to ride a bike. It doesn't seem likely the OP was asking about that.
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Unlike many of us, hopefully the silence from the OP is because they are out riding and getting closer to their potential. <grin>
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Originally Posted by collinullrich
Hey all!

My name is Collin, and Im going to be making the switch from collegiate distance running to cycling.

I had a few questions for some of the vets regarding my potential...

Before I ask them, heres a little about me:

- I weigh 180 and stand 63.
- Resting heart rate is 28 bpm according to holter monitor as of January.
- vo2 max of 73.
- 2 mile of 9:02 (running)
- 3 mile of 14:28 (cross country)

Im wondering if any of these metrics indicate I have potential in cycling. Any positive advice is appreciated. Thanks!
Admittedly, I know little about being a top tier road cyclist, however, I enjoy the Vegan Cyclist on youtube because I think he gives an honest assessment of what it takes to be a competitive cyclist on an amateur level. Much to glean what sacrifices are required in the sport. It gave me a fresh perspective on World Tour riders and the quality of the athletes.
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What’s the potential that the OP returns to engage in this discussion??

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Originally Posted by collinullrich
Hey all!

My name is Collin, and I’m going to be making the switch from collegiate distance running to cycling.

I had a few questions for some of the vets regarding my potential...

Before I ask them, here’s a little about me:

- I weigh 180 and stand 6’3”.
- Resting heart rate is 28 bpm according to holter monitor as of January.
- vo2 max of 73.
- 2 mile of 9:02 (running)
- 3 mile of 14:28 (cross country)

I’m wondering if any of these metrics indicate I have potential in cycling. Any positive advice is appreciated. Thanks!
What kind of ''potential'' are we talking about? Everyone can become a cyclist and everyone can be good at it. You'll get tons of answers here with that level of detail.

Buy a bike, have it fitted, jump on it and ride and ride and ride and ride and ride .
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Originally Posted by collinullrich
Hey all!

My name is Collin, and Im going to be making the switch from collegiate distance running to cycling.

I had a few questions for some of the vets regarding my potential...

Before I ask them, heres a little about me:

- I weigh 180 and stand 63.
- Resting heart rate is 28 bpm according to holter monitor as of January.
- vo2 max of 73.
- 2 mile of 9:02 (running)
- 3 mile of 14:28 (cross country)

Im wondering if any of these metrics indicate I have potential in cycling. Any positive advice is appreciated. Thanks!

I dont know about your cycling potential, but your resting heart rate matches Big Mig, and he was a pretty ok bike rider. 28 bpm? World record stuff right there. Best of luck in your next Olympics. Youre in seriously good shape! (Or possibly, not. Holter monitor stuff usually indicates a problem under investigation. Be careful.)
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Thank you for the feedback, Rivers.
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Originally Posted by jwalther
VO2 max of 73? You're well on your way. Losing 10-15 lbs. would be very helpful.
Yes, I do agree with that statement. I still am 180 pounds but am looking to lose some weight!
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Why did you have a Holter monitor?
I have PVC's (premature ventricular contractions) that give me extreme headaches, nausea, lightheadedness and tunnel vision.
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer
Give it a go and see if you like it. Most runners I know that have turned to cycling (myself included), have done well. Helps when you start with a strong aerobic engine and only have to learn the mechanics of riding/racing, instead of having to learn the bike and improve your fitness at the same time. Altho, cycling fitness will be a bit different from running fitness, so you'll still room to improve, I'm only two years into cycling and still improving. I came from ultra running (where I was fairly competitive, not just finishing) and had no problems jumping right into A+ rides, have won some races, place regularly (locally, not saying I'm ready to go pro or anything, but I'm also 46 lol). I still run some, but def enjoy the bike much more.
Thank you for the positive feedback! Really appreciate it. Thinking about starting to do some racing on Zwift.
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From what i've seen runners kill it in cycling. You should do great if you try hard. Also don't lose more weight lol, keep your priorities straight, you don't wanna be a stick figure in college even if it means you can go up a hill a bit faster
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Originally Posted by collinullrich
Thank you for the feedback, Rivers.
Where have YOU been? Riding??
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Does your college have an intercollegiate cycling team? If so, I recommend joining it!

I hurt myself constantly from running too much in college, and picked up a road bike and started racing almost right away as I was learning to ride. This was in ~2006/2007.

Intercollegiate cycling is a great way to get into the sport and has overlap with sanctioned pro and amatuer racing at many events. You'll have access to elite level athletes and the environment is much more inclusive and less disdainful than the ego-driven cat 3/cat 4 superheroes that you'll get at most weekend open races.
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Originally Posted by datlas
The correct answer is probably, but you need to start riding with a club to find out.
Yes.
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