Sometimes after the Westlake training race, you will see a couple of guys put on their running shoes and run around the course.
I used to think that seemed really stupid. Why ruin a good bike race by running afterward?
Now I am thinking of doing it.
The last few years, I’ve enjoyed running in the off-season. Each year I’ve enjoyed it a little bit more, as my body continues to adapt. I like the simplicity of putting on shoes and running out the door. I love going for a solitary trail run, where the only noise is my own footsteps and breathing. But I stop running completely, right about now, when the racing season is about to start. I’ve always felt that running during the season would compromise my bike training.
Then October comes, and it’s painful to try to get my running legs back. I remember how far and how fast I could run when I stopped in March, and it’s frustrating to start off so slow again.
So I’m wondering … can I run just enough to keep my legs in reasonable running shape without compromising the bike racing? The big questions are how much, and how to fit it in to the training schedule. Running after hard bike workouts would seem to impact recovery. Running before hard bike workouts would seem to compromise the bike session.
I’d like to hear from anyone who’s tried this. Did it work? Or did it just leave you tired?
Did I go to one to many cross country meets last fall?