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    Rode my age today

    Yup, did it again. 54 miles in 2:47:50, 19.3 mph. Technically it's two days early so I only needed 53.9945205 miles. Gotta work this weekend, no time for a ride that long.

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    Age distance: ok.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilG View Post
    Yup, did it again. 54 miles in 2:47:50, 19.3 mph. Technically it's two days early so I only needed 53.9945205 miles. Gotta work this weekend, no time for a ride that long.
    I think you mean 54.9945205. In reality you have finished 54 years on your birthday.

    Our birthdays are at the end of each year. Just saying.
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    Sorry. You've just ridden an extra 53rd birthday ride. You aren't 54 yet. You can't ride your age before you become that age. You still need to to a 54th birthday ride.
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    I think he gets extra points for speed
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    Rode my age too

    Rode my age (61) first time about a month ago. Been casual riding a hybrid since '02 but got into the Road bike thing in Feb. 09.

    My buddy (69) wanted to ride in the MS 150 in May, so he dropped $2500 on a new bike and equipment. We started riding with a local bike club. That was a good move as it provided support, training, and encouragement. Started out with a 30 mile ride with a borrowed '89 Trek 1200. That got me hooked. My buddy kept pushing up the miles, and one day he said he wanted to do 50. Since I ride 2.5 mi to the club meeting point, I would be doing 55 anyway. Decided to take a detour on the way home and racked up the extra 6 mi. Butt was a bit sore, but otherwise felt very good. Can't say the pace was great. Probably averaged 14 or so. Did it again a few weeks later, but at a better clip, about 16 mph.

    Just bit the bullet and got a new bike, an '09 Motobecane Immortal Pro in Lemon Yellow. Very happy with the bike. Took about 45 min to unpack and assemble. Spent a few other hours putzing with minor details and mounting speedo, lights, etc. Put in 40 mi today with the group and averaged 17.8 with the last 10mi at 25. Broke way from the pack with a couple of the big boys. Tried the with the old bike and only lasted about 4 mi.

    Looking forward to the century at the Mt. Dora (FL) Bikefest in Oct. Hear the Sugarloaf mt (really just a hill, albeit a big one, is the highlight of the ride. =( Follow up with the Miami MS 150 next year. Card Sound bridge is the big hurdle there. PS: My buddy only did the first day (75 mi) of the 150, but since he is 69, he exceeded his age for the first time!

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    Is that ride time, with stopped (rest) time not included? Or is it actual elapsed time?

    Either way, it's impressive. Extremely impressive to me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by capejohn View Post
    I think you mean 54.9945205. In reality you have finished 54 years on your birthday.

    Our birthdays are at the end of each year. Just saying.
    Doh! I am math impaired, that's why I went to music school. So, I have two days credit now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    Is that ride time, with stopped (rest) time not included? Or is it actual elapsed time?
    Nonstop ride. Okay, I think I stopped at one red light.

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    I'm math impaired too; but I know a good ride when I see one...way to go neilG.

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    This Neil is impressed your performance, Neil. Good job!

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    Wow! Congrats on a great Ride.

    I couldn't do a quarter of my age at the pace you rode. Very impressive.

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    I stand in awe of Neil' pace blistering on his age ride!

    Let me report that last weekend I did my age (61) for the 2nd time, but this time at 18.1 mph. Have to admit, after only riding for 4 months, I'm pretty darn happy with that. Ok, so the middle 30 miles was in a pace line.

    If Neil did all that plowing the air all on his own, that's even more incredible! I can't imagine how I could get that extra 1.2 mph. Also, my ride was in Orlando so that, other than a few overpasses and a couple of gradual slopes, it's pretty darn flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobthib View Post
    Let me report that last weekend I did my age (61) for the 2nd time, but this time at 18.1 mph. Have to admit, after only riding for 4 months, I'm pretty darn happy with that. Ok, so the middle 30 miles was in a pace line.

    If Neil did all that plowing the air all on his own, that's even more incredible! I can't imagine how I could get that extra 1.2 mph. Also, my ride was in Orlando so that, other than a few overpasses and a couple of gradual slopes, it's pretty darn flat.
    18.1 for 61 miles is phenomenal after only riding for 4 months! Even with a paceline, that's damn fine. Next year we go faster.

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    Outstanding, neilG. 54 miles@19.3 mph, and I would have been hauled off in the meat wagon... probably after about 3 miles!

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    Ok, Neil, I was out gunning for ya! Ever since your OP on this thread, I've been out for ya. Now, I have to admit, I still have not topped your accomplishment, at least not head to head. But I did do my first true century today, and buddy, you were on my mind the whole way. I was hoping that at the "ride my age" mark (62) I would have matched, or topped, your 19.3. Alas, the computer read a lousy 18.7. It was at 19.4 at the 35 mile mark, but the headwinds and a slower pace line after the rest stop knocked me back. At my "age" I was still at 18.7 so I decided that I was going to give your accomplishment a run for the money at the final century mark.

    I made an effort to stay near the front of the pack, and while I can't pull at 23-25, I was able to keep pace. Alas, at the 92 mile mark, it was all gone. I couldn't muster what it took to keep up. I dropped back and found a group at 19-21 and rode them home. Final count: 100 miles, 5:15 ride time, 19.04 mph. I didn't whop ya, but I'm damn happy with that. Perhaps the extra 8 yrs have something to do with it.

    So, your accomplishment still stands. For now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilG View Post
    Yup, did it again. .
    Shoot, I did that when I was 10 years old...

    Planning it again in January, though, when I turn 65. I had to take most of the summer off the bike with knee problems, which are finally coming around. I've been gradually extending (cardio is OK, orthopedics are iffy), and if necessary I'll postpone for weather or flare-ups, but I'll do the distance before spring.
    Strong ride, by the way. I'll be slower.

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    Birthday ride should be done on your birthday--Thats why it should correctly be called-"Riding your age" But riding your age is still a misnomer. What Age? Actual age- The age you feel or the way you act? Probably why so many of us are happy with a 12 mile ride.

    But have to agree- Good ride at a good speed- but only a ride your age for 53.

    So have you done your 54 age ride yet.It's been six months since you rode your 53 age one

    And on that speed thing- I can't remember the last time I broke 16mph for a metric.
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    WOW. The only way I go that fast is to reset the wheel size on my computer....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobthib View Post

    Final count: 100 miles, 5:15 ride time, 19.04 mph. I didn't whop ya, but I'm damn happy with that.
    Yowza! I'd be damn happy with that too.

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    Thought of riding my age on my birthday 2 days ago. Trouble is, the temp was -18 with a wind chill temp of -35 and there was a bit of fresh snow and lots of ice on the roads. So that's my excuse! Hah! I did jump on my trainer for a while but that's not the same......I envy you riders who live down south!
    I'll take a rain check.....?snow check??.... for 66 miles next summer!

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    ^^^^ -18? You definitely qualify for an extension!
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    Holy Shrimp! I freeze when it gets below 50! Go into hibernation until the spring thaw!
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    I've never rode my age. Shoe size, now we're talking.

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    Very nice, well done! 19.3 wow
    I have a goal for 2010 now, well another one anyway, haha.

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