A friend at work is a biology teacher and loaned me a great book on biomechanics. I hated science when I was in high school, but this book is really awesome. I put it to use today animating a deer running and I feel like I really got it. It took way less time than a regular human character walk, and so far the drawing is pretty rough, but the rhyrhm is there and I can use this as my basis.
check it out:
It may work best to just download it so you can loop it as I still can't figure out loop settings in making QT movies. The other option is to just keep clicking the play button to manually loop it.
Next step is to get closer to clean up with it and work in a few different angles, put about 8 of these in front of a sleigh, and I'm off to the rooftop!
There's a little biker in all of us...