So....4 months ago i quit smoking after 30 yrs. Gained 5 lbs in the first hour, so bought a bike to burn off the weight, and get in shape, and keep me occupied so i didnt think about wanting a smoke.
Bought a trek 7200 fx. Cheap and sufficient for my needs.
Start riding the typical couple miles then longer, then longer.
Start to really enjoy it, buy a heart monitor, a cycling computer with cadence, rear rack, panniers, clipless shoes, pedals, etc. I like gadgets, and damn if biking doesnt have a lot of gadgets for me to buy and tinker with. My bikes close to 40 lbs now with all my crap and gadgets
After a couple months of building up, and exploring, i settle on a route i do every day when i get home from work. Takes me 90 min to 2 hrs or so. Cycle computer says im doing 20k at 13-14 kph average.
I read the forums, everyones talking about how they do 20-25k on their road bikes. I look at joining some group rides in the area. I search them out on the net and they all list their easy rides at 20k speeds.
Crap, im too slow. Cant keep up to even the granny group rides. Back to the pavement i go. Daily circuit up to 30k, average speed up to 16 kph. Im still too steeenking slow. Im 44, i smoked all my life, im outa shape by about 10 lbs so all that adds up. Thats why im so slow. I just need to train harder......
Im up to 35k a day, 5 days a week at 17kph avg. Im doing hill sprints some days. I live on a mtn, and my final mile home is a 20% grade. I go up and down he hill a few times once a week, i can now spin up, power up, throw the bike over my shoulder and run up if i want. I also have to climb it at the end of every ride i do....i love mtns
So last weekend, i decide to see how long it takes me to ride to work. I'll never commute...cause its too far and i would have to get up way to early to go that distance. I know my work is 25k away according to my car odometer, so i figure 2 hours to do my 30k, it should take me around 1:45 to get to work with all the hills i need to get over.
So on a sunny saturday i set off to work and back for my 'long' ride of the week.
An hour later im at my works front door.......wtf......i wasnt riding that fast !
So, i check my cycling computer. Its listing in kilometers, but apperently i input the wheel size in inches not cm so all the readings im getting are in miles not kilometes. Im not averaging 17 kph but 27 kph on my 40 lb hybrid, in the mountains. And im doing 56 k a night every night not 35.
So now i bike the 25 k to work every day and it feels like just a warmup