All this talk about averages and it makes me cringe to think how slow I am compared to some other riders. Not that it really bothers me but Sunday I did a circular route and the Computer was messing about with my heart monitor so I took the heart monitor off. Circular route and It broke down into 3 stages. Down to the coast and my coffee break and I went on the road. I normally go down via a MUP and average speed does not come into this. You have to be aware of other users of the path so a lot of slowing down to avoid them. If I use the mup it is 11.5 miles at an average of 12.6 mph. Yesterday I went by road. Quite afew little short rises on the road and it was my intention to finish each rise at the same speed I started them at. Managed it and only one junction where I had to stop for traffic and the 10 miles were covered at an average of 16mph. No problems with the traffic and no dogs- prams- walkers- runners to contend with. Coffee had a slice of strawberry gateaux to go with it so Better get some exercise in. Went from the cafe along the front and that traffic was bad for about a mile. Cars doing 10mph looking for parking spaces that were not there but they would suddenly stop just close enough to the kerb to stop me aswell. Then up the zig-zags. Only .8 of a mile to climb 500ft but it is a series of hairpin bends to get up the hill so it about 1 in 8 so not that severe. Halfway up and a bike overtook me and it spurred me on to an increase in speed. Got up to 9mph and stayed there. That gateaux could still be felt. Got to the top and passed the youngster on his bike as he was leaning over the bars trying to get his breath. I had actually only travelled 2.5 miles from sea level to 600ft- with the last bit being steeper but I had averaged 10.4 mph. Even with the traffic along the front. Then a fast downhill. a 15%er and top speed of 48mph. Into the town to get ready for my ride home and the last 10 miles were back on the MUP and an average of 12mph.
I intentionally was zeroing the computer for each stage so have no idea what the average was for the whole ride. When I look back at it- It was a good ride so no regerets. But How can I say what My average was? The road may not be that hilly, but is up and down quite a lot. The Seafront and Zig Zags I was pleased about as that is probably the fastest I have gone up them, The ride home was peacefull but I did slow down to talk to another rider for about 3 miles.
There will be parts of a ride where I can go fast- I might make a hill in a good time and my speed downhill is always pretty good. I might be slowing down to chat to a few friends or Might even have a strong Tailwind.
From now on the Computer average speed will only be looked at on the organised Metric centuries I have planned for the Autumn- And possibly the Full 100 miler if the weather is good. I have decided from now on that my Averages for a ride from now on will be the enjoyment factor. Poor, low, good or fantastic.