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Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

outrunning bicyclists Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 11:46 am 

I had two more experiences of outrunning bicyclists this weekend. I don't know why, and I know it's silly, but this is one of my biggest thrills running. On Sunday I was doing my long run on a trail that's popular with runners and cyclists. On one of the larger hills, I decided to push it hard to the top, and passed about five bicyclists who were moving slower than me. The looks on their faces were priceless! Then near the end of my run, I again pushed the pace in order to finish strong, and passed by a group of bicyclists on a flat section. Zoooooom!!!

Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Re: outrunning bicyclists Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 12:37 pm 

I agree with you on this one rickshaw. It's totally flat here, but I've managed to pass cyclists a couple of times. On both occasions, I said "on your left" and went by them. It was priceless, and on both occasions they immediately started peddling harder and passed me right back, guess they showed me. I, however, find even more satisfaction out of passing those damn roller bladers out for a liesurely roll down the lakefront, so proud of the 'exercise' they're doing. During the summer months, I'm good for a couple passes a day, and it never gets old.

OldManRunner
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: outrunning bicyclists Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 12:46 pm 

Along these lines, I must admit that I'm a die-hard secret treadmill racer, especially against the power walkers. I like to see how long it takes me to pass, in terms of miles and/or calories burned, the walkers who started 15 minutes before me, and how long it then takes me to run two or three times the distance they've covered, or burn two or three times as many calories. I'm easily amused...

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: outrunning bicyclists Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:01 pm 

Yeah, treadmill racing can be fun too. Do you ever have people glance at your accumulated distance, then do a double take when they see you've gone 8 miles or so? Then you can see them casually checking again to see if you're in miles or kilometers mode. Puh-lease!

mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: outrunning bicyclists Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:40 pm 

My most common run involves doing two different out and back loops two to three times each. One out and back loop is 2 miles and the other is only 3.12. This route is popular with walkers and other joggers. It's fun to pass the walkers (out and back) repeatedly and see how much more distance I've covered then they have. I don't have anything agaist walking...it's great...but it's just fun to cover three miles before they finish 1 1/2...or cover 6 miles in the same time some of them cover 2 miles.

The most I can cover on this route, without getting dizzy doing loops, is 12+ miles (anything more than this then I often go to the Delaware Raritan Canal Path near Princeton Univ.). When I do that much I often start passing a whole new set of people; the others have finished their 2 or 3 mile walk and gone home. Every so often someone will shout out something like "Geesh...how many miles are you running!" My stock response is (no matter how tired I may actually be feeling) "ONLY 12 today." I don't know about them...but I get a little kick out of it.


Minnow


Joined: 20 Jan 2005
Posts: 19

Re: outrunning bicyclists Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:04 pm 

It is fun to outrun bicyclists, but i also find that i cannot let another runner pass me while out on a slow training run. Quite often i will increase my pace to near race pace just to outdo another guy out training.

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