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Old 01-15-2008, 08:43 PM   #1
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distance of bike in sub of run or row

I have a singlespeed MTB and a fixed gear road bike. What would be the distance for each in sub of a 5K and a 10K run. I can run, I'm good at running, its just that riding is WAY more fun for me...and I don't have a rower.

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Old 01-15-2008, 09:11 PM   #2
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Re: distance of bike in sub of run or row

I'm a cyclist too and though I don't know the exact official standpoint on subbing road or MTB cycling, I can tell you from experience it would have to be either a really fast "balls-to-the-wall-hammer-down" (gasping for breath) sprint for equivalent time, or a long long distance. Possibly mountain climbing for the equivalent time it might take you to run or row 5k or 10k (ie; 25 mins or 45 mins, for example).

The problem (or delight) with cycling is you can go fast without the "please help me" intensity; that is ... unless you really hit it hard.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:11 AM   #3
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Re: distance of bike in sub of run or row

I agree with Wade, it would be nice to find some hills. In the past, I've seen a x1.5 time factor used to compare cycling and running for endurance training (not aware of any hard science behind that) to reflect the fact that cycling is simply easier on the body overall.

So unless you're riding straight up a hill, I would go as far as recommending 35-40 minutes of intense cycling to sub a 5K run.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:49 AM   #4
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Re: distance of bike in sub of run or row

Run. It's not supposed to be fun.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:06 PM   #5
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Re: distance of bike in sub of run or row

You know SS is a fad, right?

If you're a cyclist, you should definitely row or run. That's kinda the point.

Cycling is metabolically easier because the weight is supported, so it's not apples to apples. CF knowledge says if you're going to ride the bike, you can either go by time or distance. If you use time, just go balls out for 20-30 minutes (or however long it takes you to run 5K). As far as distance...it seems like triathlons usually multiply use [run x 4 = bike]. So bike a 20K. Personally, I don't think there's any comparison between the two because of all the variables, especially if you race SS sport/expert.

If you already ride a fixie, a 5K run will be a walk in the park. Go join these guys.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:24 PM   #6
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