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Poster: Jefe in the CO
Subject: RE: whats harder swimming or running?
I would say that the intensity of competitive running is greater than swimming whether training or racing.
The prone position of swimming makes it easier to maintain blood flow and requires lower heart rates at high effort.
So if by harder you mean more intense; then running is harder.
What makes swimming hard is management of lactic acid levels because you have to come back time and again from hard racing efforts during the course of a swim meet.
Now if by harder you mean a higher training to racing ratio; then swimming is harder.
The commitment it takes to race well in swimming rivals any in sport. The reason the time commitment is so high is because they can get away with it. Swimming doesn’t tax the body the same way running does. Try to mimic the same ratio in running and your body would crumble.
So in the final analysis: competitive running is harder than swimming.
Another factor in determining "hardness" is aptitude. Both sports require very specific body type. I think the belly button analysis from a while back was pretty good at evaluating potential success in either sport. Short torso/long legs = running aptitude. Long torso/short legs = swimming aptitude.
Therefore, for a short torso/long legged individual swimming would be a harder sport and vice versa.
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