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Old 05-24-12, 07:46 PM   #1
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Sprinting?

I'm not sure what everyone's definition of sprinting is. For example: Yesterday I was racing a guy on a motorized mountain bike; I managed to beat him for 3.7 miles before I was dropped. During that time I was in the 29mph range according to my cyclocomputer. Keep in mind I am in fairly good shape and 3.3 miles were flat. Is this sprinting? And was that any good?
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The only definition I know of for "sprinting" is to go as fast as you can for as long as you can maintain that effort, which is usually a relatively short time. It's an all-out effort, reserving nothing. If the distance is long enough that you need to mete out that effort, even a little, it doesn't qualify as a sprint IMO. But that's just me.
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I'm not sure what everyone's definition of sprinting is. For example: Yesterday I was racing a guy on a motorized mountain bike; I managed to beat him for 3.7 miles before I was dropped. During that time I was in the 29mph range according to my cyclocomputer. Keep in mind I am in fairly good shape and 3.3 miles were flat. Is this sprinting? And was that any good?
Sprinting = To move over a distance rapidly or at top speed for a brief period

so i would say yes..... some Olympic cyclist might not but pift to them
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If you can maintain 29 mph for 3+ miles on flat terrain - yes, that's good. Where's my folder full of gold stars?

That wasn't a sprint though, just a regular ol' race. Don't let that detract from a nice effort though.
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If you can do 29 mph for 3 miles, you need to recalibrate your computer, realize the flat road was downhill or go win some races.
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If you can do 29 mph for 3 miles, you need to recalibrate your computer, realize the flat road was downhill or go win some races.
Races like the Tour de France or the Giro d'Italia!
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If you can do 29 mph for 3 miles, you need to recalibrate your computer,
Funny. I was thinking the same damn thing.
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I'm not sure what everyone's definition of sprinting is. For example: Yesterday I was racing a guy on a motorized mountain bike; I managed to beat him for 3.7 miles before I was dropped. During that time I was in the 29mph range according to my cyclocomputer. Keep in mind I am in fairly good shape and 3.3 miles were flat. Is this sprinting? And was that any good?
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I can sprint, and do it all the time, it only last for 3-5 minutes though. Wife agrees that is an accurate time frame

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If you can do 29 mph for 3 miles, you need to recalibrate your computer, realize the flat road was downhill or go win some races.
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If you can do 29 mph for 3 miles, you need to recalibrate your computer, realize the flat road was downhill or go win some races.
Or check for a tailwind .
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I never hit 29 mph even briefly without assistance from gravity or wind.
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I can sprint, and do it all the time, it only last for 3-5 minutes though. Wife agrees that is an accurate time frame
That is more of an accomplishment than that of the OP...
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Yeah I kind of figured my computer was wrong, which is why I asked. And IBOHUNT, that is out dated by two months. I am down to 263 and I go to the gym 5 times a week with a good routine hitting different muscle groups each day. Weight doesn't really mean much. It is also irritating how so many people like to post negative comments. And Beanz, I live in Florida -- ninety percent of the terrain is flat.

Oh, and even if my computer was correct, I am sorry some of you cannot grasp the fact that someone overweight can accomplish something great that involves physical activity.
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Well here's a positive one - Congrats on the weight loss! Very impressive. Who cares if your doing 29mph or 9mph - just keep doing what your doing.

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Yeah I kind of figured my computer was wrong, which is why I asked. And IBOHUNT, that is out dated by two months. I am down to 263 and I go to the gym 5 times a week with a good routine hitting different muscle groups each day. Weight doesn't really mean much. It is also irritating how so many people like to post negative comments. And Beanz, I live in Florida -- ninety percent of the terrain is flat.

Oh, and even if my computer was correct, I am sorry some of you cannot grasp the fact that someone overweight can accomplish something great that involves physical activity.
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I had to double check to see what forum I was in. This is classic 41 material.
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263 lb rider, let's assume 17 lb bike, perfectly flat road, no wind. 29mph means around 500watts sustained for seven and a half minutes. I don't think many pros could do that, I remember Chris Anker Sorenson being toasted after pulling for eleven minutes at 400-something on a climb in the TdF.

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Yeah I kind of figured my computer was wrong, which is why I asked. And IBOHUNT, that is out dated by two months. I am down to 263 and I go to the gym 5 times a week with a good routine hitting different muscle groups each day. Weight doesn't really mean much. It is also irritating how so many people like to post negative comments. And Beanz, I live in Florida -- ninety percent of the terrain is flat.

Oh, and even if my computer was correct, I am sorry some of you cannot grasp the fact that someone overweight can accomplish something great that involves physical activity.
Congrats on the weight loss. Update your sig line and all we're saying is 260 lb rider on a 20 lb bike with zero grade and headwind at 30 mph takes about 550 watts and you'd be turning a 50/12 gear combo at 90 rpm or so.
If you can do that more power (no pun intended) to you
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I can sprint on flat to about 23-27 mph depending on certain factors. once that speed is reached its held for maybe 15 seconds and then drops continuously till just below my average speed.

a sprint for a non pro athlete (which ever sport) is only a sprint if once top velocity is reached it cannot be held for longer than a minute. If the speed is maintained and your not ready to puke then you are just cruising fast not sprinting.

now if you held a 29mph on flat non wind assisted over three miles and were not ready to revisit your breakfast and lunch. You may have found your talent, and i would highly suggest get with the right people and training program as you may have a future as a racer.
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Yeah I kind of figured my computer was wrong,
Umm, no you didn't. You posted it to try to impress, but you phrased it in the form of a question so it wouldn't appear that way.

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Weight doesn't really mean much.
Yes it does. It increases the power required to get up hills, sprint etc for any given speed. As another poster has shown to get 280 pounds(263+assumed 17lb bike) to 29mph for 3.5 miles would take a 500watt effort for 7.5 minutes.

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It is also irritating how so many people like to post negative comments.
You made a wildly outrageous claim and got called on it.... deal with it.

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And Beanz, I live in Florida -- ninety percent of the terrain is flat. Oh, and even if my computer was correct, I am sorry some of you cannot grasp the fact that someone overweight can accomplish something great that involves physical activity.
Saying you hit 29MPh max speed on a sprint is not far fetched, but flat or not 29 MPH for 3.5 miles is a Pro level effort. On the off chance that you did accomplish this feat I say you do as another poster recommended and get hold of a USAC coach and let him put you through a full testing protocol and training regimen because you have some serious potential.
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I managed to beat him for 3.7 miles before I was dropped. During that time I was in the 29mph range according to my cyclocomputer. Keep in mind I am in fairly good shape and 3.3 miles were flat.
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It is also irritating how so many people like to post negative comments. And Beanz, I live in Florida -- ninety percent of the terrain is flat.

Oh, and even if my computer was correct, I am sorry some of you cannot grasp the fact that someone overweight can accomplish something great that involves physical activity.
First, congrats on the weight loss and fitness improvements. That's awesome and I'm sure you have work hard at it. Everyone acknowledges that you did "something great" there.

However, nobody is flaming you and the posts aren't negative. You posted false data bragging about how fast you were riding. The comments you got were simply from experienced cyclists who were saying if you are truly that fast for that long, you should start racing. Otherwise, you may want to calibrate your computer to reflect a speed that is closer to reality. Take a deep breath before trying to be offended. This is a really good group of people here. If you want to see "negative comments", go post your initial post exactly as it is in the 41 or 33.

You are young and seem to have a competitive spirit. Have you considered racing? I don't know you except from your posts in this thread, but I would guess you would thrive on it, and probably do well. You would feel good about all the people you beat, but be motivated by those you lost to. Just a thought.
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