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DOR Podcast #117: A Beginner's Guide to Cycling for Runners

Cycling is one of the best ways for runners to maintain fitness while unable to run or to cross-train while fit, but the barrier of entry can often seem high. What kind of bike do you need? What about pedals and shoes? How do you translate running training to the bike? Our resident cyclist Andrea Myers sits down with recent bike convert and DOR Contributor Megan Flynn to give you the basics to biking. They answer a multitude of questions spanning from equipment to workouts to fueling. If you've ever wanted to get into cycling, this is the place to start. 

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The Subjective: what's your favorite way to cross-train? 

0:00 - Intro 
7:32 - The benefits of cycling for runners 
12:49 - How to get started cycling 
20:41 - The importance of a good local bike shop 
23:23 - Flat vs. clip pedals 
28:14 - Cycling shoes 
35:58 - Finding great routes to ride 
40:48 - Cycling trainings tips for beginners 
50:43 - More tips for new cyclists 
57:14 - Dressing for cycling vs. running 
59:28 - Fueling on the ride 
1:02:35 - Getting a good bike fit 
1:05:01 - Wrap-up

Science Feature:
Are there benefits to using a variety of shoes for training?
By Contributor Andrea Myers

There may be benefits to using a variety of shoes for training. A study by Dr. Laurent Malisoux and colleagues in 2015 examined whether runners who use different running shoes have a lower risk of running related injury. They found that using more than one pair of running shoes was a protective factor with regards to running related injury. Specifically, they found that runners who used more than one pair of shoes had a 39% lower risk of injury as compared to runners who only used 1 pair of shoes. This may be due to the influence running shoes have on a person’s impact forces and running kinematics. Runners tend to adapt their mechanics to the characteristics of a shoe - for example, midsole hardness, heel-toe drop, and age of the running shoe may influence impact forces and kinematics.  Rationalize away - having a shoe rotation may reduce your risk of injury, and on a lighter note, having more than one pair can certainly make running more fun!

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