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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:41 am 
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Hi all,

Just wondering if, and how, people are able to manage a running and cycling program together. A little bit of background, I mainly race Cross Country mtb and Cyclocross, along with the odd crit here and there. My training isn't too serious and I compete mainly for the fun of it. My running training is for cross country running and for my age(I'm 16) is 5km long. I've been juggling both for a while and now since my cycling has finished it's time to focus on my running for the the next month or so. I will say I've noticed an improvement in my cycling and also a massive improvement in my running as a result of doing both. So, what I'm getting here is: what are any training tips you've used to help out both running and cycling and keep on form with both?
Cheers to anyone who can help me


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Lots of stretching. Not just after exercise, but when you have spare time. Maybe yoga too.


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mattr wrote:
Lots of stretching. Not just after exercise, but when you have spare time. Maybe yoga too.


I usually run 1-2x/week during prime riding season, up to 2-3x/week during "off-season." Generally about an hour per run.

I personally feel cycling is beneficial to a running program as cross-training, and have heard others say the same. Saves wear and tear on the joints while building up your aerobic engine.

I find that climbing strength on the bike crosses over to uphill running strength. (I'm a much better runner uphill than on flat terrain.) Also, I think recovery rides are beneficial after a hard run (same or next day).

Good luck with your cross-country season, I have a daughter who is gearing up for her season as well.


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You are close to turning to the dark side (triathlon) . Try it, I already crossed that line and I enjoy both a lot, but definitely the running taxes the body way more than the bike.


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