Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by simongt, 24 Mar 2018.
Keep smiling, it make folk wonder what you've been up to - !
I never smiled when I was a runner.....tbh I’m not much of a smiler now
How many cyclists doing time trials do you see smiling ?
I can't remember the last time I saw a commuting cyclist with a smile on their face.
I was going to make the same observation. Running requires a sustained effort - there's no coasting - so it's more akin to time-trialling than leisure cycling.
I certainly don't smile when I'm parkrunning, nor when I'm time-trialling, and I don't smile when I'm cyclocross racing either - that's a flat-out effort for 50 minutes. All these things give me a real buzz though, and I'm usually smiling afterwards - when my heart rate eventually returns to normal...
I won an audax once. Every other audax I've ever done wasn't a race.
And you can't win by being back first.
I’m told I smile when I run, which I find interesting because I don’t smile most of the time.
Although there's no coasting when running if you're not doing tempo or intervals and just doing recovery or LSR then the effort shouldn't cause you to grimace.
If it does then you're going too hard and probably not in the training zone you want, so there should be plenty of times when runners could smile or acknowledge others.
Is this not the effect of years of the lips bouncing up and down during jogging leading to droopy lip syndrome where you can no longer smile?
I don't find running boring, but I don't run long distances. I'd rather run in an urban environement than off road where there is just trees and grass. I find long bike rides boring. Anything over 70 miles and I'm just turning pedals to get home. I find bike riders just as miserable or smiley as runners.
i’ve been that soldier
The only commuting cyclist I ever see is so well wrapped up against the weather that I can't remember the last time I was able to interpret her facial expression.
As an aside, albeit a topical one, we never see car drivers smiling. In fact, they're more likely to be foaming at the mouth that enjoying themselves, so why do they subject themselves to it?
Joggers rarely smile as it appears to be the law that they have to listen to Coldplay droning on incessantly...
I'd sooner chop my own ears off than listen to Coldplay.
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