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Old 08-18-08, 01:15 PM   #1
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First nearly 20mile

My GPS said it was 20 miles, but while actually doing it it told me it was only 19 miles. I managed to keep up a 15mph average. The last two hills knocked me down from 15.4 down to 15

To put this in perspective, At Mid-June when I started riding(vision R-40 recumbent SWB) My first 3 miles I did wiped me out and I hit about 8mph average. Then a month later I did the last 5 of the 20 I just did, and I managed 14mph, but the two hills at the end, even when switching to lowest gear, beat the crap out of me.

Now though, I did the full 20 miles, and the last two hills were a breeze(went up them in my starting gear on the recumbent), not to mention I think I could of done another 10 miles pretty easily. Next goal is a 30 miles, perhaps a full round trip(38 miles) if I can do it.

I am kind of beat today though(but not very sore, which is cool), so I am relaxing, probably will try the 30 this weekend, as I don't trust the weekday commuters-in-a-death-machine-I-swear-I-didn't-see-that-bike type of people.

For those of you that may just be starting, keep it up, it gets better very quickly once you can start doing 5+ miles at a time, at least for me it did.
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Old 08-18-08, 01:22 PM   #2
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Slow down unless you are in a race. You can go much farther.
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Old 08-18-08, 03:26 PM   #3
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Good job

As someone who is a competition racer I salute you in your efforts. GOOD JOB!!!

I do have a bit of advice. Don't measure yourself in miles. Do it by time. Spend 2 hours on the bike and then check your mileage when you get back.

When I train I do it by saddle time not by distance. For example on a team ride the other night 3 of us did intervals for 2 hours. Thats what we set out to do and thats what we ended up doing. I normally don't check the odometer but when we got back after 2 hours we had ridden just over 46 miles.

Remember quality is based on time in the saddle.

Try it will be amazed how much more enjoyable focusing on time rather than distance is.
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Old 08-18-08, 08:17 PM   #4
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I use my Garmin c330 gps to track what I do(I bought it for Over the road trucking) I just put it in my side pouch on my bike and take off. That is why I look at miles, but when I do ride I go for at least a hour, and when that happens to be in town, I only get about 12 miles. This last trip was out of town, so I could actually get 15mph average, even up and down the hills.

This particular 20 miles I have been eyeballing(and wanting to do) since I was about 12 years old. Then I stopped riding at 14 when I got my car, then I started riding again at 33. So one could say its been a goal of mine for many years.

What I am starting to find amazing, is I will do 12 miles, and I look at the time, and its LESS than an hour! So I decide to ride another 3 or 4 down to the store to buy some burritos or some such thing I need, and then I ride back.

And about slowing down. I just cant do it. I absolutely LOVE pushing myself as hard as I can on my bike. I get a side pain at least once a ride, then I remember to control my breathing(and that is not very easy sometimes) but I love it. I kind of hate running, but being on my bike and pushing it up to 25+mph on the flat(for me, thats fast)...shivers down the spine. I look back and don't know why I ever stopped doing it.

I have been thinking about it for a while, and I will take your advice paednoch, my next goal is a 2 hour hard push. The only problem is I don't have bike shoes yet, nor clipless pedals, so I have to stop for a minute or so ever 5 to 7 miles to un-numb my feet. I'm not sure if thats from riding so hard for 6 miles, or from my recumbent, but I've been wanting bike shoes since about 2 weeks after I got my bike.
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