# How many hours instead of miles

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• 04-17-07, 09:15 PM
card
How many hours instead of miles
Most seem to post how many miles they have ridden a certain day; however, some of us are old and slow. I try to ride 2-3 hours at a time, 3 to 5 times a week. Depending on which bike I'm riding, and the direction and strength of the wind, I average about 8.5 mph to 14.5 mph. Where I live is hilly and windy---summers are scorchers. When I'm touring, I'm even slower--I guess that's why I've ridden by myself all these years.

So, just curious how much time is spent putting in the miles you all do.
• 04-17-07, 10:55 PM
Big Paulie
I usually average 10 MPH overall mileage..including all stops. Rolling average is usually between 13 and 15 MPH. But I've found that the number of hours you ride is a more meaningful number, because a fast ride is invariably wind aided, and a slow ride wind eroded. So a fifty mile ride with tailwind takes less time than fifty miles with a headwind. Rather than get all puffed up with a false "fast ride" or bummed out with a false "slow ride," the number of riding hours always reflects my true effort.
• 04-17-07, 11:16 PM
oilman_15106
4 hour ride today. But mileage is still a good way to keep score.
• 04-17-07, 11:48 PM
DanteB
So for this year I've ridden 2,098 miles in 125 hours.
• 04-17-07, 11:59 PM
Mojo Slim
I keep track of total hours exercised in a week. My goal is to do 10 hours, at least, as I read that was a good goal. I count biking and trips to the health club where I might do either/or strength training or aerobic stuff. I was able to average 10.5 hours a week in 2006. A couple of long bike rides really help.
• 04-18-07, 12:46 AM
lhbernhardt
Miles/kilometers or hours; doesn't matter. What gets measured gets done.

Greg Lemond used hours.

- L.
• 04-18-07, 02:18 AM
hayduke1
hours vs miles
i also prefer hours, and use a pulse monitor to keep from slacking off too much
• 04-18-07, 02:36 AM
old and new
card, that seems good to me, you've lasted for years,I'd guess you've avoided injury.Speed's not bad either.To me that's a good average all around regime in a season.In my 30's I'd do over 10 a week,only 8 months out of the year at best.I have much ,much more time now,way out of shape,lucky to get 5 hrs.a week. As for miles, maybe a little over a thousand in a summer.My riding started slow and late,autumn too.No winter riding hardly.I moved down south,that will change.Some of you average 10mph..kinda fast.I always lived in mountains,it's flat here on the coast. I feel a different type of fatigue so far,it takes time.
• 04-18-07, 02:39 AM
dauphin
82 hours and 968 miles so far in 07
• 04-18-07, 03:48 AM
martianone
don't pay huge attention to my time or distance,
weather, road condition and motivation are a factor,
half an hr or two hrs, not sure it matters-
the satisfaction of riding is my goal.
• 04-18-07, 04:00 AM
tonphil1960
Boy, I wish I had the time to get in hours like that. If I can get 4 hours a week I am lucky. Not enough but better than nothing. Work sucks!
I think hours is a good way to go though, you are riding and regardless of the miles you are still getting the exersise.

T
• 04-18-07, 05:24 AM
rodrigaj
In order of importance (to me): Hours...Cadence...Heart beats...Miles...Elevation.

Getting used to >90RPM makes for a great aerobic workout. Monitoring your HR allows for short (10min) Zone 4 workouts with zone 2 recovery. I find that to be a great endurance builder. Pedaling at >90RPM in Zone 3 for an hour makes you feel like Lance.
• 04-18-07, 05:33 AM
BluesDawg
I don't track any of it. I'll notice my time, distance and speed for an individual ride while I'm doing it, but I don't keep a record of it.
• 04-18-07, 06:09 AM
BSLeVan
My hours are less flexible than I would like. Hence, my riding times tend to be scheduled along with all of the other demands in my life. Hence, I know how many hours I'll ride this week, and how many next week. Mileage, however, will vary a fair amount from week to week, depending on the kind of shape I'm in, my training goals for the week, the weather, and other variables. I keep track of miles, but wish I had a need to keep track of hours!
• 04-18-07, 06:44 AM
DnvrFox
Smiles per mile!
• 04-18-07, 07:00 AM
With all the Garmin 305 generated data, the one that seems to correlate most closely to how shot I feel at the end is the elevation. If I climb 1000-2000 ft. on the road I consider that a pretty good workout.

But I'm with DnvrFox on this one: an even better measure of the quality of a ride is the amount of endorphins generated. After my road ride yesterday evening I was actually in a good mood, not a small accomplishment given the times we live in.
• 04-18-07, 07:20 AM
PaulH
last year, I rode about 2,500 miles. Two five mile trips, five days a week. My door to door average is about 10 mph, so 250 hours. As has been suggested, the best parameter is "smiles per mile."

Paul
• 04-18-07, 07:39 AM
Beverly
I have a Garmin so it records everything. I report miles to the cycling club and hours to the park program. I think Denver's "smiles per miles" is probably the best way to measure our biking:)
• 04-18-07, 07:40 AM
RDW3261
I do not record my mph. I try and average 13 to 16 mph, but on some days like yesterday I am lucky to average 9 mph. Rode on a very wet limestone trail. I wear a heart monitor and try and get in between 30 to 60 minute a day where my heart rate is in the zone.
• 04-18-07, 08:43 AM
stonecrd
Last year I rode 5,334 miles and averaged 18.47mph = 288.8 hours. This year I have 1,332 miles at 18.39mph avg = 72.3 hours. My usual week is 20.5mi Tues-Fri at about 1.1 hours a day and then a 61mi ride on Sundays which takes around 3.5hrs for a total of about 8hrs/wk. I try to shoot for 100mi/wk minimum but there are plenty of times when I only get 50-80mi
• 04-18-07, 08:55 AM
George
I wont have a full year in until July, but so far I have 2528 miles in with 82 hours of riding. The only reason I keep track of it is for maintenance as well as the work out. Like you said, with the wind and all the other factors mean a lot more than just speed.
• 04-18-07, 09:09 AM
George
I think my figures are wrong
Quote:

Originally Posted by George
I wont have a full year in until July, but so far I have 2528 miles in with 82 hours of riding. The only reason I keep track of it is for maintenance as well as the work out. Like you said, with the wind and all the other factors mean a lot more than just speed.

I copied the miles from the computer and the average, but the average doesn't look right. How do you figure it?
• 04-18-07, 09:17 AM
crtreedude
I really only think in terms of days on bike. Since it is my vehicle for commuting, I get the kilometers in and since I can tend to be impatient at times, the speed uphill is there too.
• 04-18-07, 10:14 AM
George
Quote:

Originally Posted by George
I copied the miles from the computer and the average, but the average doesn't look right. How do you figure it?

I changed bikes and computers so I'm averageing 10, WOW.
• 04-18-07, 10:21 AM
bobby c
Quote:

Originally Posted by rodrigaj
In order of importance (to me): Hours...Cadence...Heart beats...Miles...Elevation.

Getting used to >90RPM makes for a great aerobic workout. Monitoring your HR allows for short (10min) Zone 4 workouts with zone 2 recovery. I find that to be a great endurance builder. Pedaling at >90RPM in Zone 3 for an hour makes you feel like Lance.

Hi Rodrigaj,

Just got a Garmin 305 and am looking at cadence. For your 90 RPM, what is your course - mostly flat? I started observing cadence and I find if I'm not paying attention, I like to ride between 70 & 80. If I pay attention, I can get it up, but not on hills. Did you find it difficult to make a jump (assuming you started lower)?

Bob
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