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What is the equivalent...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Melvil, 15 Jun 2008.

  1. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    ...in terms of effort of running a marathon but for cyclists?

    Do you think it's the century or is the effort involved more like 150 miles?

  2. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    From my experience it's the equivalent of more like 200 miles on the bike! But I've only done one and I was crap.
  3. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    In terms of effort, I'm not sure, but I ran 50 or so marathons and I couldn't run for a week to 2 weeks afterwards but I could ride 120 miles and still be ok to ride the following day. Albeit not another 120. This is probably due to the damage running does to the muscle fibres rather than the effort involved though.
  4. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    See what you mean, Rich P. Also I guess cycling is intrinsically easier than running on a relatively flat route as you can't just coast along when you run.
  5. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    That's still one more than me!
  6. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    Running a marathon is easy until you try doing it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Cycling is a low-impact sport so its hard to compare it to running which is a hard-impact sport.
    I can easily ride 100 miles, yet would struggle to run ten. Very hard to compare the two ime
  8. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I'd say a 12 hour time trial is the nearest cycling event to a marathon.
  9. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    i'd say it's an individual thing and would be the time it took you to bonk, as most novice marathon runners i've spoken to said they find at about 20 miles they hit the wall and the rest is REALLY hard. So ride til you bonk then do another 6 miles ;)
  10. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    I think the equivilant or 1 mile of running is something like 3.5 miles cycling. But the effect running has on your body over cycling is alot different making it feel harder
  11. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member

    All depends on the terrain. 115 miles and 3990m of climbing is pretty hard.
  12. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent

    why would terrain make any difference?

    a marathon is a marathon. not all are on dead flat surfaces
  13. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    Have a look on page 2 of the Health and Fitness section where I posed a similar question and got some very interesting answers.
  14. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member

  15. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    Beyond my IT competence, I'm afraid. But if you go over to P2 of the health and fitness bit, there it is. I think I called it running/cycling equivalent.