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Old 08-12-08, 12:00 AM   #1
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Attack Day

Now i know i should have probably did a recovery day after the Tri (Event was Saturday but i just sat on my Duff sunday) but i was feeling pretty good and wanted to get out on the bike ASAP.

So i decieded to ride on the roads only and go hard until couldn't.. Starting off
just leaving the house i went up a small incline and tired quickly.. i thought oh my
i should just do a light ride i dont know if i'm ready to go full blast. I decided to wait a bit and sure enough i warmed up nicely.. i rest my cycle cpu at my attack point and went to work... i ended up doing around 20 miles but only 16 of it in hard press.

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21.5mph avg

Now call me crazy but that is not something i'm usually doing honestly as an overall avg.. i might have my cpu checked! lol.. i mean i felt strong today.. i think i'm still pumped i guess!

When do you have those days of extra energy?
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That's fast. My, "Attack" mode is about 16-17 mph. I don't understand how you guys get so fast. I can barely achieve 21 mph going downhill. I must really get some friction.
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Old 08-12-08, 03:07 AM   #3
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SOme days it just feels like someone "flicked the switch"
And you just feel strong
I cant explain it maybe its diet , sleep god knows what
but some days you can just kill it
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That's fast. My, "Attack" mode is about 16-17 mph. I don't understand how you guys get so fast. I can barely achieve 21 mph going downhill. I must really get some friction.

I'm kind of in the same boat there. When I "attack" I'm usually averaging about 16-18 MPH. Granted this is the stupid stop and go flavor of urban to barely suburban riding, but still, 21mph is pretty fast for an average!
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"Attack mode" on my bike involves slowing down and swinging a lock.
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I think i'm using the word Attack wrong with cycling I meant that i was going out as hard as i could for 16-17 miles. I surprised myself too hahah
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21 avg? Holy cow. That's fast. I can't do 20mph, and even 19mph over 20miles is a tough workout.
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That's fast. My, "Attack" mode is about 16-17 mph. I don't understand how you guys get so fast. I can barely achieve 21 mph going downhill. I must really get some friction.
Work on getting your cadence up. I have the opposite problem. I can't go slow. I can't pedal and go less than about 15 mph, unless i've got a headwind or am going up a hill. (Then, I have no problem going slow. or even slower.) A lot of this is that I'm riding a road bike with really tall gearing (38/52 in front, 14-38 in back (only six speeds, talk about jump from 2nd biggest to biggest!) ) so I don't have many slow gears.
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That's fast. My, "Attack" mode is about 16-17 mph. I don't understand how you guys get so fast. I can barely achieve 21 mph going downhill. I must really get some friction.
Same here. I tell myself it's my MTB with knobby tires, but I know that's a partial lie.
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Now i know i should have probably did a recovery day after the Tri (Event was Saturday but i just sat on my Duff sunday) but i was feeling pretty good and wanted to get out on the bike ASAP.

So i decieded to ride on the roads only and go hard until couldn't.. Starting off
just leaving the house i went up a small incline and tired quickly.. i thought oh my
i should just do a light ride i dont know if i'm ready to go full blast. I decided to wait a bit and sure enough i warmed up nicely.. i rest my cycle cpu at my attack point and went to work... i ended up doing around 20 miles but only 16 of it in hard press.

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21.5mph avg

Now call me crazy but that is not something i'm usually doing honestly as an overall avg.. i might have my cpu checked! lol.. i mean i felt strong today.. i think i'm still pumped i guess!

When do you have those days of extra energy?
Very nice work, chunkyd! Sometimes doing a race effort like you did in the triathlon sort of "opens the doors" for your body to do better speeds, even if it is just in a comeback recovery ride. And as you gain more race experience, you will find that your recovery rides will get faster and faster too. And as you can see, the warmup is pretty critical.
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Old 08-14-08, 09:10 PM   #11
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Uncadad8 - Thanks but i'm kinda curious about the avg myself hahah.. i mean i know i can regularly do 18mph on a 20 or less ride. Mind you my area is pretty flat to mildly rolling.

Scummer - I've seen you ride and know i'm nowhere near you at the moment So in my area i think you'd be ok with that pace or more.
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I imagine terrain has quite a bit to do with it. For example, I really pushed myself today after my brief hiatus from all things physical and was happy with my 14mph average. Even the people on the group ride I was with found it to be a brisk pace.
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I can't go slow. I can't pedal and go less than about 15 mph, unless i've got a headwind or am going up a hill.
Geez, now you're just being MEAN!
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Geez, now you're just being MEAN!
heh. It really is a function of the bike. On my ride today (52 miles, 3:37 in the saddle, which doesn't count the 40 minute break at turnaround, nor the five minutes or so I spent gasping for breath after a hill) I was really dragging on the way home, and was really wishing I had a gear I could pedal at 11 or 12 mph. I've got one that's 13 mph at 90 rpm, the next one down is 10. I've got a really hard time pedaling at less than 85 or 90 rpm, unless I'm mashing a gear. I end up pedaling and then coasting.

(I'm riding an early 80's bike with weird sun tour alpine gearing. It's got a 36/52 in front, and 14,16,18,20,22,26,36 in back. I'm not quite sure what the point is, really. I'd much rather have a triple and a narrower range of gears in back.)
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