Long runs vs. long rides

Long runs vs. long rides

Post by Mike Llerand » Thu, 24 Aug 1995 04:00:00


There's really no substitute for putting in the long miles running on the
road.  There are a couple things you can try to make this a better
experience:

- Divide your long runs into several 30-40 minute loops, with each one
ending at your house, or some other place where you can get water, food,
or whatever.  The pauses in between loops shouldn't be any longer than
1-2 minutes, then it's back on the road.  I do this quite often now--I'm
tired of getting totally dehydrated, especially when I never let this
happen during a race.

- Divide your long run in half, and put in a moderately long ride in
between.  This will enable you to experience the feeling of running at a
later point in time without actually banging up your legs for too long.  
For example, you could run 1:20, then bike 1:30-2:30, then finish with a
run of anywhere from :40-1:20.  The last portion of the combined 2+ hour
run will take place after 3-4 hours of aerobic activity, and will provide
a more realistic "Ironman-like" training experience.

Hope this is what you were looking for-
Mike Llerandi

 
 
 

Long runs vs. long rides

Post by Michael Ho » Thu, 24 Aug 1995 04:00:00


Newsgroups: rec.sport.triathlon
Subject: Long runs vs. long rides
Date: 23 Aug 1995 00:31:46 GMT

Organization: UMR Missouri's Technological University

I was wondering how people balanced out their long runs and rides.  Can a
long ride replace the really long run (like +10 miles), or do you need to
get the long miles in to acclimate your legs?  Could a long ride, +3
hours, and then bike/run bricks take the place of the long runs.  I'd
like other thoughts.

Michael Holm


 
 
 

Long runs vs. long rides

Post by LeePubli » Tue, 29 Aug 1995 04:00:00


rides":

Quote:
>I was wondering how people balanced out their long runs and rides.  Can a
>long ride replace the really long run (like +10 miles), or do you need to
>get the long miles in to acclimate your legs?  Could a long ride, +3
>hours, and then bike/run bricks take the place of the long runs.  I'd
>like other thoughts.

As a marathoner and a tri guy, I *know* that long runs and long rides are
very different forms of exercise.

1) I'll leave the muscle group lecture to people who specialize in anatomy
and just say that riding builds the front of my legs (quads) while running
works on the back of my legs.  

2) Perhaps more important, the stresses of running on my feet cannot be
duplicated by riding.  No matter how much I ride, I must put in those
longer miles on foot if I'm to be in shape for longer distance running.

3) Finally, I know that in long distance running I usually training at a
higher heart rate than I am biking, so I suspect that the riding for three
hours or doing a lot of bricks typically will not duplicate the
physiological effects of running for, say, three hours.

I would be very interested in hearing the exercise/anatomy/medical
community comment on your topic.  It's a good one!

--Lee ("I'd rather ride 100 miles than run a marathon any day!") Crumbaugh