Cycling style inherited from previous sports

Bazzer

Setting the controls for the heart of the sun.
I have tended towards endurance in the past. Cross country running at school, several years of squash and then apart from a handful of years of Tae Kwon Do, distance running. Whether it is my past or my nature I don't know, but I prefer a steady rhythm on my bike, whether on the flat or climbing.
A while back I was commuting to work and one day deliberately decided to try to hit every light on green, which required sprinting between some of the lights. My quads did not appreciate the initiative my brain embarked upon.
 

Donger

Convoi Exceptionnel
Location
Quedgeley, Glos.
I was once a shot putter. I haven't yet felt the compulsion to spin around on the spot and let out an aggressive yell when starting off. When pulling away, I have stamped on the pedals a bit though, breaking a crank on one occasion and ripping up an axle on another. Short bursts of explosive power, or just down to weighing 300lb? You decide.
 

delb0y

Guru
Location
Quedgeley, Glos
I used to play a little squash about thirty years ago until some bad asthmas attacks put paid to it. I watch rugby and I watch motorbike racing, and I watch all the 15 mph plodders pull away from me rather rapidly....
 

Shearwater Missile

Senior Member
Location
Stowmarket
I used to be a runner from the age of 20 to 50. My peak fitness was in my 30s. PB for 10mile 54:30, 10k 32:45. I gave it up when my knees played me up. I have always cycled and in 2010 it took over from the running. I got the same buzz and recorded all my rides like I did with the running. Something to ponder over and wonder why on a certain day I ran or cycled faster than another day. With cycling that day is usually when it is warmer but with running it was`nt always the case. With cycling I don`t seem to flog myself as much.
 
I rode with an audax with a motorbike racer once. I was faster up the hills being fitter and a bit lighter, but he was more courageous on the way down, having much more confidence in his bike control. So we matched each other for average speed.
 

Twizit

CS8 lead out specialist
Location
Surrey
I’m pretty much exactly the opposite. My sports used to be rugby ( tight head ) Karate, and squash. On the bike, I prefer long period exertions like hills and TTs, and chewing along at steady states for long periods, not sprints.
Aha a fellow tight head :hello: diesel engine has been used as a descriptor on occasion, although I can certainly hold my own if it comes to sprinting. After around 8 years and 50,000 odd miles of cycling my upper body is half the size it used to be, but the legs haven't got any smaller. Bizarrely for a 90kg bloke I go up hills reasonably well, although I do prefer those longer ones where you can get a good steady rhythm going and my mind can just wander off to a happy place.
 
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Aha a fellow tight head :hello: diesel engine has been used as a descriptor on occasion, although I can certainly hold my own if it comes to sprinting. After around 8 years and 50,000 odd miles of cycling my upper body is half the size it used to be, but the legs haven't got any smaller. Bizarrely for a 90kg bloke I go up hills reasonably well, although I do prefer those longer ones where you can get a good steady rhythm going and my mind can just wander off to a happy place.
I guess it’s a prop thing. We’re not renowned for our ability to concentrate
 
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