symbiotic training

I’m getting to the stage where cycling and running at the same time is really starting to improve both.

I first noticed this last week when I ran my first 5K on Tuesday. That day and the next my legs, especially my quads were really stiff and achy. I went for an easy ride on Wednesday to spin out the stiffness and was able to get out running again on Thursday with a lot more comfort than I expected.

wednesday’s ride. click the image to view on strava

Since then I’ve had four runs, including another 5K on Sunday, but haven’t had another chance to get on the bike until this afternoon. Despite feeling tired and needing to really push myself out the door and into the heat I had a great spin averaging 29.2km/h over 40km and 292m of climbing. I’ve noticed my speed gradually increasing over the last few weeks but I don’t think I’ve ever averaged that fast on my own!

click the image to view on strava

Having written myself off as a runner for many years I’m really pleased that I can now run consistently but even more pleased that it’s making me a better cyclist.

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5 thoughts on “symbiotic training

  1. threewheelsonmywaggon

    Cycling and walking very different muscles. I broke my leg in a motorcycle accident and never really recovered my love of cycling for some five years, however, I did enjoy long walks along the coastal path (the dog helped get me out and about). When I started cycling once more I cycled everywhere even the mile or so to Aldi. One day I needed milk and simply throw my hill sack over my shoulder and headed out, I was walking like a Pelham puppet, not only did my legs feel wooden My feet did not seem to know where the road was and I was walking in a heavy-footed manner. I now spend some time in the afternoon going for a walk. Keep up the good work Walter.

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    1. idlecyclist Post author

      Definitely different muscles. It’s taken me quite a while to build up to where I am. It’s the same engine though and that’s where the biggest gains have been 🙂

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  2. makagutu

    i have also tried to mix my cycling with runs or walks and so far it is not been bad.
    And 20 deg C where I live is not even the beginning of hot. It’s almost ideal for a long ride

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  3. richardtirith4919

    Yes. Cross training is sooooooo good for both. I’m just too old and did too much damage to my joints as a fat diabetic years ago to be able to do both now. Keep it up! You’re an inspiration. Id love to fly over and train with you for a week or so!

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