Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

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jamskybly
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Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby jamskybly » Mon May 27, 2013 23:22 pm

I do enjoy a cycle ride and average about 20 mile per day commuting to and from work etc. So in aid to help my brother train to join the marines, i've decide to motivate him by cycling alongside him. Even though my brother is a great runner, compared to anyone on a bicycle we are moving at a snails pace, i find myself getting bored and cold as i don't even break a sweat! what things could i do to make the ride tougher for me so that i actually break a sweat and find myself panting?

many thanks

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby lawrences » Tue May 28, 2013 00:45 am

A few options.
1. Attach a rope and a tire
2. Use the barrel adjuster on the rear brake and close it until it touches the rim.
3. Wear and deploy a parachute to increase wind drag.
4. zigzag to increase your distance traveled.
5. For every pedal stroke forwards take 3 backwards.

let me know which ones you pick (Could do all at once of them if you're man enough)and tell us how it goes.

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby Wheelspinner » Tue May 28, 2013 03:55 am

Try using a unicycle instead.

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby Ed J » Tue May 28, 2013 06:35 am

Pedal with your hands.

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby NUFCrichard » Tue May 28, 2013 07:39 am

Go up a steep hill?

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby Andy9964 » Tue May 28, 2013 07:53 am

Try a Top Gear style challenge, where you do a longer/harder route, and finish at the same point.
Although this means you won't be along side each other, it might still give you both the drive to get there first

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby fuddymox » Tue May 28, 2013 08:01 am

Ride a mtb and stay in the smallest gear and spin like mad!

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby dee4life2005 » Tue May 28, 2013 08:07 am

pedal one legged, switching legs every mile - even on the hills.

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby Southgate » Tue May 28, 2013 09:08 am

Make it a family outing. Put your sister on the handlebars and tow your granny in a shopping trolley.
Superstition begins with pinning race number 13 upside down and it ends with the brutal slaughter of Mamils at the cake stop.

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby denniskwok » Tue May 28, 2013 09:09 am

Remove the grease from your hubs and replace with sand.

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby dee4life2005 » Tue May 28, 2013 09:46 am

Get a trailer and fill it with housebricks ... or a backpack ...

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby dee4life2005 » Tue May 28, 2013 09:47 am

or if you have a sandy beach nearby ... try cycling on the sand ... that'll make it a bit harder for you, lol.

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby smidsy » Tue May 28, 2013 10:01 am

The most sensible answer I can think of is to include some intervals.

You could blast off (ahead) at high intensity and then back to your runner. Do this until you are knackered.

If there are hills, do hill repeats until the runner gets to the top.
Yellow is the new Black.

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby goonz » Tue May 28, 2013 15:11 pm

Did the OP actually expect a sensible answer? :)
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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby JGSI » Tue May 28, 2013 15:22 pm

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby Ben6899 » Tue May 28, 2013 15:37 pm

You run as well. It'll do your base fitness the world of good, if he's near fit enough to be a Marine.
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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby Mikey23 » Tue May 28, 2013 17:16 pm

I did volunteer to ride with a friend as she did the Cornish marathon, which is very tough and challenging and takes place in and around Bodmin moor and it was a cold day. As she got slower and slower towards the end it became an absolute nightmare and she would not allow me to go off as she became more and more reliant on me to encourage and keep her going. I was cold, tired and miserable ... She is now an ex friend!

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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby goonz » Tue May 28, 2013 17:21 pm

Mikey23 wrote:I did volunteer to ride with a friend as she did the Cornish marathon, which is very tough and challenging and takes place in and around Bodmin moor and it was a cold day. As she got slower and slower towards the end it became an absolute nightmare and she would not allow me to go off as she became more and more reliant on me to encourage and keep her going. I was cold, tired and miserable ... She is now an ex friend!


Wow bit shallow of you isn't it?
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Re: Cycling alongside a runner... how to make riding tougher

Postby Southgate » Tue May 28, 2013 19:24 pm

Borrow a running machine from the gym, put wheels on the undercarriage and attach it with a rope to your bike. Problem solved.
Superstition begins with pinning race number 13 upside down and it ends with the brutal slaughter of Mamils at the cake stop.


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