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    Finally could hang with the fast riders (for a while)

    On my weekly club rides I am certainly not one of the fast riders. I always joke that I belong to the "reasonably" fast group. Yesterday was the 1st time I was able to hang with the fast riders for a good while. I manged just over 10 miles. We were cranking steady at 24 mph on flat ground. I was riding the whole while right at my aerobic threshold. Around the 11 mile I finally ran out of steam and could not maintain the speed. I rode slowly for a mile of so to catch my breath and let me legs and body cool a bit. A few miles down the road I saw the medium/high speed group coming up. I jointed them and rode the remainder of the 30 mile ride at 21 to 22 mph. For me that is about as fast as I can go in a group for an extended period of time. Even through I could only hang for about 1/3 the ride, that is still much better than last year. My legs and lungs are getting stronger. Now I need to start working the core, that should help a lot.

    Happy riding,
    André

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    Senior Member dbikingman's Avatar
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    Good job. That is the way seems to be with riding. You go along and then surprise yourself with what you can do and then you find something else you have to work on.

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    Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset. Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    Gotta love cycling.....

    Spend a long time training your butt off to merely get somewhat mediocre.
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    WTG, I to say I'm almost fast. I actually made the step this week and rode with the shops fast weekday ride. Did 70km at an average of 31km/h had 1800' of climbing with two hills back to back one 15% the other 11%. We did the flats around 40km/h steady with pushes up to 48k to try and drop one another. Out of 12 there were 5 guys and one gal left and I'm happy say i was one of the guys. So hey everyone go clydes!!!!
    Best thing about cycling is when I'm at work I'm thinking of cycling, when I'm cycling I'm thinking about cycling.

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    I also get dropped by the really fast groups. I also get bored with most of the slower groups. Pick your poison!
    When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.

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