I can push just as hard (or harder) running....but it seems to take forever for me to gain running fitness, and even then....I would say I am mediocre at best.
I have searched online to try to better understand the physiology behind this, to no avail. I could accept that I may be better at one vs the other....but I am not even close.
I am reading on running mechanics, and will try to incorporate what i have read to see if improvement happens. The few times I felt like I was slightly better than average running, was after a solid 15 months of very consistent training....and when I stop, I lose it fast!!
I will add that I am up about 10 lbs from my best running performance weight and know that is affecting me, but I cannot imagine that is the entire answer.
Anyone else struggle with this? Is there a physiological explanation? Appreciate any insight or direction to literature on this!