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Old 12-21-09, 11:00 PM   #1
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Bike workouts for crippled runners?

Hey all, first post!

Sooo I'm a high school track athlete, Sunday cyclist and fair weather bike commuter. A week ago, after my first track meet I had to limp off the track and couldn't walk, probably a stress fracture (but must stay undiagnosed for... silly reasons.). Anyway I can't run for a bit but have to stay in shape. Biking isn't weight bearing and doesn't hurt.

Meanwhile I'm on the stationary bike. Coach has no specific advice really, she said "Just try to go at least 45 minutes, I know its boring." I've been doing 60-90 minutes for the last week, usually closer to the former.

I've been really only doing "hill" intervals as the 3-5 minutes of pain and 3-5 minutes of relaxing passes the time much better than trying to do LSD on a stationary bike. Any suggestions for workouts specific for crippled mid-distance runners?
(Specifically: I run half mile(800m) and mile(1600m))
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Old 12-22-09, 12:13 AM   #2
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Other people will probably have better ideas, but one thing that might help you get a good running workout is to focus on spinning faster, because it should tax your cardiovascular system more than "cycling muscles" which wouldn't really help for running I don't think. (Maybe you're doing this already)
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yeah um if its a stress fracture like you say then hill intervals are not a good idea. Cycling may not be weight bearing when you are seated but when you are hittin the hill intervals you are adding stress to the fracture possibly making it worse or slowing the healing process. Give up the hills and stick to spinning
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Higher cadence and staying seated (be sure your fit is correct) will keep the pressure off the injury. Do you have a gym membership? Can you hit a spin class? Tell the instructor what is going on and they should be able to advise you on what NOT to do during the class. Might I suggest hitting the pool? You can really tax your cardio system and keep the pressure off your body.
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Your best bet is pool running for a stress fracture. Try Googling some articles about it.
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