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    15mph avg over 16 miles...how am I doing?

    So thanks to this board I bought a bike about a month ago. Some crappy weather kept me from riding as much as I wanted to but i've been putting in a minimum of 30 miles/week, with a few week over 50 miles/week.

    Anyways I've been biking a path behind my apt it's a 16 mile round trip. This Saturday I decided to push myself a little bit and see how fast I could do the trip. I completed the 16 miles just a few mins over an hour. Right now I weigh 295 but i'm working on shedding those pounds with more rides this summer.

    I feel like I could have pushed myself more once the ride was over, in fact a couple hours later i went and did another 10 mile ride just because I was bored. So onto the question, how is 15mph avg speed? I dunno what a decent pace is really. the trail is relatively flat but has very slight slopes that go for a mile at a time in some cases. There's definitely sections where I go a lot faster than 15mph but i wouldn't call them "hills" per se.

    Oh yeah forgot to mention riding my new Specialized Sirrus Sport Hybrid.
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    Pretty good. I have been riding quite a while longer and can just now get to 16mph on 30miles. I weigh a bit more, though.
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    A month of riding and you are averaging 15mph? I think that is really good. Keep up the good work!

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    That's awesome!

    I'm always jealous of any averages above 12 or 13, being in a place with a ton of lights I can't get an accurate average off my computer. I'm usually in between 12 or 13 though I usually cruise between 16 and 18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    That's awesome!

    I'm always jealous of any averages above 12 or 13, being in a place with a ton of lights I can't get an accurate average off my computer. I'm usually in between 12 or 13 though I usually cruise between 16 and 18.
    Don't get to discouraged. There are a lot of variables that come into factor when you talk average speed. Wind, hills, solo or group rides are just a few.

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    Good job. When I started commuting last year I had a hard time averaging 13 MPH or better on my 10 mile round trip commute. It takes time to build up stamina and speed. Now I tend to average around 16 MPH, but that is with a hybrid bike that is loaded down with lots of supplies as well. I recently managed to average 17.2 MPH over 82 miles on my road bike, but I'd be the first to admit that I was going one way. The wind was mostly at my side, with a little at the back. If I were to have to ride back I bet I would not be able to keep up the same speed. You will also notice that some days you will stronger and other days you just need to take it a little easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomdaniels View Post
    Pretty good. I have been riding quite a while longer and can just now get to 16mph on 30miles. I weigh a bit more, though.
    I can guarantee that if I doubled the distance I wouldn't avg the same speed haha. I do want to double the trip this weekend though and see how I fare. 20 miles is my furthest ride thus far but I always feel like i have more in me. the last mile of the 16 i did on sat i was def all out pushing it.

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    Better to have a bit left in the tank than the opposite!

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    DUDE-- You are doing great !!!

    I've been riding about a year, 5'10"240# and ride a Giant OCR Limited -- Carbon frame, Ultegra components, 700x23 hi pressure tires, aero bars, etc, etc. It is a far better bike than this rider deserves. I average about 15-16 mph on a 20 to 40 mile loop -- well below most of the riders in my group.
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    16mph average

    Way to go!
    You'll find (as I did)that the ease of maintaining that 16 will increase as the pounds come off.
    As you have access to this path, take the bike out on windy days. It'll help immeasurably in learning how to maintain a decent cadence riding into the wind (whch can be a heartbreaker if you're not prepared for it)

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    It sound like you are doing great. Get out every once and a while on the same path or test yourself in certain sections of roads from day to day, week to week and it can give you an idea over time how much you are improving. Wind/lights/other people there is so much that affects speed dont' get discouraged. You could try logging your miles/rides in bikejournal.com or many other sites to see the affects of your training.

    Even on the same course Groups rides/official rides really change speed up alot. Last month I did a time trial course solo the week before the ride and for the hilly for texas 12.66 mile course averaged 16mph. I was considering not even bothering to come back knowing the results of the last ride. I started first out of the three recumbents that showed and ended up averaging 19.47 mph because I was trying desperately not to get passed.

    My average this year for just under 216 hours of riding is 13.72mph *grumble*. When I look at the rides though I can see overall I am getting a little better.

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    GREAT JOB!

    Considering the bike you are riding, a 15 mph average speed is pretty darn good for the length of time you've been riding. Increasing distance or your pace will be the next step. Many here will never be Olympic athletes (raises hand!) but we need to keep proving to ourselves that we can push and go beyond where we currently are.

    Don't let your weight, age, the wind and rain, or anything stop you from your goals.

    There are other measures to look at also.

    For me, it is weight loss and Heart Rate Training. I try and stay in my target Heart rate to help me burn off the fat while also improving or hopefully improving the condition of my heart. I've been told that I have an enlarged heart due to a few life decisions, so I am really trying to help myself out.

    My one loop I set my timer for the outward leg. I go as far as I can in a 1/2 hour at 80-90% of my Maximum Heart rate. At the first break, I'll rest a little, take some water, and head back to see if I can be at 90-95% heart rate and BEAT my time coming back. This is on an off-road loop with a Mountain Bike, there are water hazzards and such to ford also. The total distance is only about 16 miles, but it's tough and will get tougher as the temps and humidity rises.
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    I am always happy with a average of 15 mph or above. Most of my rides are 16-20 miles long and when it is a fast group ride, we will sometimes ave 17-19. But for a solo ride, 15 mph is great.

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    thanks for encouragement guys. just a little more background on me, i'm fairly young (26) and I've always had fairly solid leg strength. When i was much younger (14-16) I used to race mountain bikes. now I wasn't winning races or anything, but I was generally in the top half of the pack. it's been a good 7 years of not biking and having started again it really makes me wonder why i ever stopped. I feel fairly confident that I can get my avg speed up on this ride to 17mph in a couple weeks. There's some specific sections that I know i can push harder on. My tires are 700 28c btw just in case anyone was wondering. I need to get a computer on my bike asap. right now it's easy for me to calculate because I can just take exact time and distance to get the average. But i'd like to know my peak speed as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvon1981 View Post
    I can guarantee that if I doubled the distance I wouldn't avg the same speed haha. I do want to double the trip this weekend though and see how I fare. 20 miles is my furthest ride thus far but I always feel like i have more in me. the last mile of the 16 i did on sat i was def all out pushing it.
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    Be careful about increasing speed and/or distance too much too quickly. If you push too far or too fast too early you are at risk for injury. An often suggested rule of thumb for distance is to only add about 10% per week. Increasing speed is usually only suggested after building a good amount of base miles. This gives your body time to adjust to the additional load you're subjecting it to.
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    Good job, moving 295 lbs around that fast for that far so soon is a nice accomplishment. Keep it up.

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    I checked my speed yesterday and I found I could do about 16mph for 20 miles (average) on an out and back trip fairly easily. (Just mildly pushing it.) Hence, I think you are doing great! I am 340-350.
    This is with headwinds for 6 miles of it.
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