/ what can runners learn from cyclists?
I've thought this before too. Even for the 1500 metres or the mile, it seems strange not to try to be a bit more streamlined. Loads of the women had massive ponytails, that can't possibly be a good plan! Maybe because sponsorship money is more scarce in running, the runners have to worry a bit more about looking better, i.e. more marketable?
The Cathy Freeman skin suit with integral hood wasn't a great look though!
The Fraser-Pryce woman, pink hair and all, does not need any assistance in beating the rest of the field hands down, does she? I reckon her hair must speed her up somehow!
I reckon decent club runners could learn a lot from decent club cyclists. The cyclists talk about training zones, recovery rides, heart rate monitors, power meters, aerobic thresholds etc. Runners just tend to go hard or go easy depending how they feel.
On the advice of a cyclist friend I have started taking my heart rate on a morning when I wake up. If it's high, there's no point going for a PB on a hill rep as I am still recovering, if it's low then i'm race ready and can go and bag some CR's on Strava or win a fell race!
> I reckon decent club runners could learn a lot from decent club cyclists. The cyclists talk about training zones, recovery rides, heart rate monitors, power meters, aerobic thresholds etc. Runners just tend to go hard or go easy depending how they feel.
I'm not sure I agree. I'm in both a running and cycling club, and the balance of members who just go out and run/ride compared to going out with a specific target distance and intensity is reasonably similar, with possibly slightly more runners achieving structure in the run up to events.
Those that do follow specific programs on bikes seem to do it with more kit though.
Lots of runners into all that stuff you mention ( well not powermeters, but that which is applicable to running )
> The cyclists talk about training zones, recovery rides, heart rate monitors, power meters, aerobic thresholds etc. Runners just tend to go hard or go easy depending how they feel.
I think you've hit the nail on the head regarding cyclists 'talking' about these things.
I've just bought some to new carbon fell running shoes, they've got laces made from spiders webs and koala bear tears, they're super light. Can't wait to show them off in the next cafe I pass...
Joking apart, I do wonder why sprinters adorn themselves with gold jewellery. I can't imagine a discipline where marginal gains would be more important. I remember Michael Johnson rolling his eyes when he was quizzed over this and I wonder whether the psychological influence of wearing an item of significance, religious or otherwise, outweighs the physical impact of not wearing them.
He took and not only won the time trial but set a new record.. he was a GB international mountain runner..
I have solved the gold chain conundrum.
The flailing of the chain in the air in front of the runner creates turbulence.
Just as it is less painful to belly flop into turbulent water than it is into calm water, so it is easier to run forward into a disturbed air mass than it is still air (come on you aeronautics professors, back me up here).
Thus there is less air resistance running into air that has been stirred up by the gold chain, which is why the faster runners tend to wear them.
Makes perfect sense.
I'm off to Ratner's to get me some bling...
You answered your own question.
Any difference to effort that a skinhead would make would be small, and applied over a very short distance. The extreme is the 100m - a 10s race, if that. As the races get longer the speeds get lower, so there's an equally negligible effect.
Cyclists on the other hand are doing say, 30 to 50 mile TT's, or 150 mile stages, all at speeds in excess of what, 25-30 mph?
Swimmers on the other hand are in water - which obviously is more viscous than air. So again hair and knobbly knees can make a difference.
I've leant to run through red lights and when I run with my mates, we spread out across the road so cars can't get by.
I've rerouted all our local running races to take place on dual carriage ways, despite the large number of quieter rural roads in the vicinity.
> I've leant to run through red lights
On the odd occasion you stop, do stand on one leg wobbling forward until you are halfway across the junction?
But just think how good an Afro could be in a photo-finish!
with discussions of relative effect, wind resistance is related to velocity squared, so a small increase in speed does bring a big increase in the relevance of the coefficient of drag
(e.g. 30kph to 60kph, the drag effect will be 4 times bigger).
It's actually worse than that, drag force goes with v-squared but the *power* required to maintain constant speed against it goes with v-cubed.
So neglecting rolling resistance etc. a 10% increase in speed takes 33% more power, and doubling your speed takes *eight* times more...
This may or may not be cioncidence, but I recall Linford Christie and John Regis both having exceptionally small ears.
> This may or may not be cioncidence, but I recall Linford Christie and John Regis both having exceptionally small ears.
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