Less and More – Become a running cyclist

by Andy Amick on December 13, 2011

in Cycling, Running

The “Less and More” posts break down a problem or goal into two simple actions – one to do less of and one to do more of.  Today’s topic – Staying in shape when you don’t have much time.

Less Cycling

 Less science

More riding

More Running


Coming from a cyclist, this could be considered sacrilege.  Hang with me while I try to explain.


During the second half of this year, I have included running as a secondary exercise to cycling.  Initially, a 2 or 3 mile run was a lot more painful than a 60 mile ride.


So why subject myself to this pain?  It’s simply a function of time.


A 3 hour ride is hard to fit in to my schedule these days, but there is always time for a 20-40 minute run.  For a cyclist, these runs will definitely work your legs and keep you in shape.  You may even find that some time away from the bike will end up making you a stronger rider.


For the first week or two you will have sore quads, but it’s temporary.  Think back to when a multi-hour ride used to be painful.  You built up your body to get through that and you will also get through the initial barrier of running.  Try alternating your running and cycling.  After a few weeks of consistent running, there will be a breakthrough where it won’t be a struggle and the act of running can be enjoyed (kind of).


After this foray into running, I’m considering a marathon sometime in 2012.  Yes, I’m that crazy.  It’s one of those goals that would be nice to focus on and accomplish, just like a first century on the bike.


Anyone else willing to journey into the world of running?  I have friends (Toby Porter) that have made the leap and there are other well known cyclists as well (Jill Homer and Fatty come to mind).  Don’t worry, you’re allowed to keep your “cyclist” badge because a true cyclist knows that running can’t replace the thrill of blasting down a mountain after a long climb.

About Andy Amick
A little bit nutty in general, a lotta bit nutty about bikes. Each of his boys received a bike helmet for their first birthday and the three of them have been biking together ever since.

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