Alternative Training following Injury
Because of an injury, an athlete may not be able to continue with their running training program, but the nature of the injury may allow the athlete to swim or cycle. The following are alternative training programs to help the athlete maintain fitness as they recover from their injury.
Before You Start
Prior to starting any training, it is recommended you have a medical examination to ensure it is safe for you to do so. Any application of this training program is at the athlete's own discretion and risk.
Cycling - Mobile or Stationary
Comparison with running
Four miles of steady cycling equals one mile of running and ½ mile of swimming equals four miles of running. This is a rough estimate, where the conversion factor is based on time. e.g. 400 metres run takes approx. one minute - assumption is we can swim 100 metres in one minute (100:400 = 1:4) and cycle approx. 1600 metres in one minute (400:1600 - 1:4).
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