I went on another bike ride yesterday, my second, for a total of 20 miles. I was able to average a bit higher mph (around 16.5 mph) mostly because I ran more red lights. Which brings me to my first difference: doing illegal things.
While running, I have NO problem with doing things illegal: I'll jaywalk, run through red lights, pee in public (during races... ok, and sometimes just normally), and will sometimes trespass to get to a good
running trail. BUT, while riding my bike, I am very conscious of not running red lights, always have my hands on 10 and 2, and still haven't figured out how to pee while riding - yet. Winner: Running.
Speed: While riding, you can cover a lot of ground in not a lot of time. I seem to be able to ride along at around 16 mph. However, even during my tempo runs I'll only average 8 mph. Just like a strung out meth-head, that means that I can cover loads of ground in not a lot of time. Of course, the one downside of all of that speed? Other than all of the bugs in your teeth - WIND! I didn't even think that what is a slight breeze at 7 mph would be a tongue wagging wind tunnel at 60 mph. While my tongue doesn't nearly wag like I was hoping at 16 mph (I tried), it does both keep me cool and slightly slow me down. Winner: Biking.
Lastly, one of the main differences that I've noticed is gear: While running I am a
very fairly cheap simple runner. I 'need' whatever shorts that I have laying around, the cleaner the better, my running shoes, my Garmin, and my chest hair (singular) waiving in the breeze. I still wear *gasp* cotton socks and still only have two technical shirts that I've bought. On the other hand, like I said in an earlier post, biking requires a lot of gear. I need a bike (duh), a helmet, sunglasses, all SORTS of stuff to change a flat tire...not to mention the stuff that I didn't get like clippy shoes, padded shorts to not make my ass hurt, etc. Winner: running. But, I will admit, surfing bike websites for the latest gear is pretty fun!!
Like I said before, overall my second bike ride went really well. I tried to ride to the closest Indian reservation so that I wouldn't feel so guilty about running a few red lights but I ran out of time. The res was around 13 miles one way from my house. (Near where it says "Sun Lakes" in the map below.) If I could figure out something to make my ass less sore, this weekend I may try to go the full distance!