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    Endurance sports difficult level

    Rate the level of difficulty of the following endurance sports in order of most difficult to least: running, xc skiing, rowing, cycling, swimming

    1. running
    2. xc skiing
    3. swimming
    4. rowing
    5. cycling

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    1) swimming - I die if I fail
    2) running - bones and ligaments just break apart.
    3a) xc skiing - always has the highest v02 maxes
    3b) rowing - right there with skiing
    5) cycling - can coast for days.

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    running

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    rowing in a skull type racing rowboat for endurance distances. who could stay cooped up in a wee boat for endless hours? At least a runner, cyclist, skier can stop walk around stretch, grab refreshments from road stand.

    but I have no experience doing endurance anything other than century rides
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    Hardest to easiest:

    Swimming - it's hard and if you can't do it you die.
    XC skiing - it's hard and I hate the cold. All I know is that too long in the cold and you die so I avoid it.
    Running - this is what I do if something is going to kill me. "Oh my God I'm going to die in this situation" invokes running as a natural reflex"
    Rowing - it's hard. I picture people in life boats doing it to avoid dyeing.
    Cycling - it's easy for me and without it I think I'd die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    comments?
    Yes, why those 5? Are you looking for some input from this forum to decide on something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by factory feel View Post
    running
    Least or most?

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    Quote Originally Posted by craiger_ny View Post
    I don't want to die. Ever.
    Good luck with that.
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    1) swimming. An activity designed soley to keep one cool while drinking beer should never be turned into a competition, unless that competition includes the drinking of beer.

    2) the rest are equal.

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    so, cycling is the easiest? I was just curious what cyclists think about the difficulty level of their sport compared to others. I did both running and rowing in college, back then I wasn't an avid cyclist. I can still row (apparently I have good arm/back genetics, slender but ripped and packed with right fiber composition), but has pretty much gave up running due to knees

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedalbiker View Post
    1) swimming - I die if I fail
    2) running - bones and ligaments just break apart.
    3a) xc skiing - always has the highest v02 maxes
    3b) rowing - right there with skiing
    5) cycling - can coast for days.
    VO2 max varies with protocol though. XC skiing will tend to give higher VO2 due to more muscle recruitment (arm and upperbody).

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    1) Running - high impact exercise is a killer on my joints and feet.
    2) Rowing - Rigorous upper body workout for sure.
    3) Cycling - I always make sure I include some good hills to get my heart rate up to VO2 max.
    4) XC Skiing - No matter how steep the hills are, for some reason I never get my heart rate as high as cycling, nor for anywhere near as long. I usually ski hard enough to stay warm.
    5) Swimming - I do this for relaxation, not for hard exercise. It's good for loosening up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Good luck with that.
    My grandfather told me to never get old. It's not panning out the way I planned but I'm trying like hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craiger_ny View Post
    My grandfather told me to never get old. It's not panning out the way I planned but I'm trying like hell.
    There's only one option to avoid getting old and I don't like that option, so I'll stick with getting old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    2) Rowing - Rigorous upper body workout for sure.
    Of course it depends what kind of boat you're rowing, but if it's a racing shell, you're on a moving seat and use both upper and lower body during the rowing stroke.

    Having done all 5 listed sports at a competitive level, all are difficult depending on your effort. I'd list them as equal difficulty if you go all out in each. If you're asking about which is the most technical, which is harder for a particular individual, or which gives you the best overall workout, then the order would be different and subject to opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    Rate the level of difficulty of the following endurance sports in order of most difficult to least: running, xc skiing, rowing, cycling, swimming

    1. running
    2. xc skiing
    3. swimming
    4. rowing
    5. cycling

    comments?
    Underspecified question. By "hardest" do you mean most difficult to master? Or are you talking about physical exercise? If the latter, then the question makes no sense because you can work as hard or as easy as you want in any of these. Cycling and running engage the legs almost exclusively, so the other three work more muscles but they don't work the cardiovascular system any harder.

    Restate the question to address what your question really is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    There's only one option to avoid getting old and I don't like that option, so I'll stick with getting old.
    Maybe you are used to the old style vampires.
    This is how they look now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    4) XC Skiing - No matter how steep the hills are,
    Shouldn't that be downhill skiing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by craiger_ny
    I don't want to die. Ever.
    Quote Originally Posted by craiger_ny
    My grandfather told me to never get old... I'm trying like hell.
    in the short term, you can probably accomplish one of the two, but not both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    Shouldn't that be downhill skiing?
    We ski UP the hills too in xc skiing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    VO2 max varies with protocol though. XC skiing will tend to give higher VO2 due to more muscle recruitment (arm and upperbody).
    Right? That's why I put it. Full body workouts = maximum pukiness feeling everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    so, cycling is the easiest? I was just curious what cyclists think about the difficulty level of their sport compared to others.
    Thebike is so mechanically efficient. Nothing easier than sitting back and coasting. You can't coast while running, can't coast while swimming, guess you can coast a bit in xc, but not nearly to the same degree.

    Now going hard, going hard in anything is difficult, but that's a different matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedalbiker View Post
    Now going hard, going hard in anything is difficult, but that's a different matter.
    I think that's what this thread is about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    I think that's what this thread is about.
    The title says Endurance Sport Difficulty Level which would imply that this is not what the thread is about, but rather, which sport is more difficult to perform.

    If the OP meant something differently, he did a bad job of saying so. Besides, that would be impossible to ascertain. You can't go as hard in running as cycling if you don't run because you'll be breaking yourself so badly that you'll have to stop within a mile (or a few feet). Go as hard swimming as you would on a bike without actually having swum and you'll drink half the pool. Rowing? XC skiing? Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedalbiker View Post
    If the OP meant something differently, he did a bad job of saying so. Besides, that would be impossible to ascertain. You can't go as hard in running as cycling if you don't run because you'll be breaking yourself so badly that you'll have to stop within a mile (or a few feet). Go as hard swimming as you would on a bike without actually having swum and you'll drink half the pool. Rowing? XC skiing? Good luck!
    Uh... oookay.

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