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David Fiedler

A Cyclist Takes on Marathoning

By April 30, 2013

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Marathon dave jon joel 2013 st louisTo say I'm a cyclist at heart is the truth. I ride my bike year round as a work commuter. I'm also a roadie, mountain biker and touring cyclist. I ride my bike to the library, to the grocery store and even on crazy moonlight rides once a month. So when a friend suggested that I join him in training for a marathon, I was skeptical, especially when he said that you have to run it, not ride on your bike.

But over time, I started to wear down. The marathon, after all, is pretty much The Great Athletic Achievement. You run a marathon, you're entitled to walk with a certain swagger the rest of your life.

So traded in two wheels for a pair of running shoes and started to train.  It was...hard. But I ultimately did it, 26.2 miles, and am back on friendly terms with my bike. Here's what I found:

This Seemed Like a Good Idea Three Months Ago: Running a Marathon from a Cyclist's Perspective

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