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    How long to ride your age...if ever?

    I'm 66 and the best I've done is just under 5 hours (not counting 2 short breaks)

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    I'll be 59 this year and should be able to do it in under 4 hours total time. I can usually pull off a metric century in under 4 hours.

    I know of a guy who rode is age at 84. It took him 9 hours total time.

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    My wife, at age 54, rode her age (averaged) for 74 consecutive days on a fully loaded touring bike. Longest day was 80 miles.


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    I was looking at the results for last year's Mt. Tam double century-

    One of the finishers was 100.

    Plenty of folks in 70s ride doubles- more like triple your age.

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    I don't think time matters as it is so dependent on other factors. I'm 55 and I've ridden my age in as little as 2.5 hours and as long as 5 hours. One was in a flat group ride, the other was just a couple of us and had 8300' of climbing. I think the important part is that you rode it however long it took.
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    It sure was a lot easier, when I was 40.......

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    I am 57 and late last summer I rode 75 miles in just under 5 hours and another ride of 67 miles in under 4-1/2 hours.
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    I will be 64 in May. My goal for my 64 mile ride is to finish in the 4ish hour range.

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    [QUOTE=BikeWNC;15451665]I don't think time matters as it is so dependent on other factors. QUOTE]

    I don't think distance matters as much as time and intensity. Like you, I can ride my age in 3 to 6 hours depending.

    Yesterday I rode 60+ in about 6 hours. Lots of hills, snacks, and a flat.

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    I'm 56 years old. Last year (at age 55);

    55 miles in 3:22

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/213416146

    57 miles in 3:13

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    [QUOTE=big john;15452049]
    Quote Originally Posted by BikeWNC View Post
    I don't think time matters as it is so dependent on other factors. QUOTE]

    I don't think distance matters as much as time and intensity. Like you, I can ride my age in 3 to 6 hours depending.

    Yesterday I rode 60+ in about 6 hours. Lots of hills, snacks, and a flat.
    Well, yeah. The OP asked about distance, so time shouldn't matter. If he asked about time, then I would say distance didn't matter. lol But we all know, at times everything matters, and other times nothing matters. It's all in the approach and expectation.
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    Net time and gross time has always been interesting to me. Maybe you can finish 50 miles, say, in 4 hours ride time, you know, the bike computer minus the stops for snacks, etc. Gross time maybe would be, say, 5.5 hours. Which time selection would be most appropriate for logging?

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    I'm 62 and did this years ride in 3:09. Last year it took 7:43 , but that was 7 weeks after heart surgery. Yes, my Dr. and wife yelled at me for that.
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    [QUOTE=BikeWNC;15452440]
    Quote Originally Posted by big john View Post

    Well, yeah. The OP asked about distance, so time shouldn't matter. If he asked about time, then I would say distance didn't matter. lol But we all know, at times everything matters, and other times nothing matters. It's all in the approach and expectation.

    That's it. I'm 62, ride my age on a regular basis and can only say I finish when I am done, and usually feel really good about it.

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    At 57, I can usually do it in 3 or less hours, depending in if I want to 'push the pace' or not.

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    Depends if I am feeling my age--or not.

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    For a ride to do 56 miles, my age, it should be around 4 to 4-1/2 hours. At least that is what it usually takes me now. I don't push myself hard, just a good steady pace I am comfortable using. Works for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smogsteve View Post
    I'm 62 and did this years ride in 3:09. Last year it took 7:43 , but that was 7 weeks after heart surgery. Yes, my Dr. and wife yelled at me for that.
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    If I feel off I'll stop and make the dreaded call home for a ride. Or, I'll die happy as I hit the ground. Now the flames can start from those that find my answer irresponsible, have at my friends, or enemies, if they prefer. It is only what I would do, not what i want them to do..

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
    I was looking at the results for last year's Mt. Tam double century-

    One of the finishers was 100.

    Plenty of folks in 70s ride doubles- more like triple your age.
    Whoa. 100 years old and still climbing Coleman Valley Road? That's something to shoot for!
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    I have to say that when I do a "ride my age" ride I never keep track of the time. These rides are celebratory rides for me, a gala ride to mark the passing of yet one more trip around the sun on this planet to which I belong. That means I typically stop often to chat with folks. Sometimes I take along a small bottle (quarter bottle) of champagne and some smoked oysters or other delicacy to share with fellow riders at the half-way point. Or, I may just amble along and take lots of photographs of things that simply interest me (typically with a micro lens). The thought of doing anything closely resembling a hammer-fest would make it something other than the celebration I want.

    However, if a different kind of ride floats your boat, I'm happy for you. To the OP, Cheers! Here's hoping you have many more that are just the way you want them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lenA View Post
    I'm 66 and the best I've done is just under 5 hours (not counting 2 short breaks)
    I'm impressed and inspired by the conditioning levels of some of you.

    This is my second year of working on recovering my fitness (after retiring) and I expect to continue to improve. My numbers were from a ride on a partially loaded LHT

    This coming birthday, in 3 months, I hope to spin to a faster time on a soon to be purchased sport bike...4 hours would be very gratifying and the best present I could give myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubic View Post
    Net time and gross time has always been interesting to me. Maybe you can finish 50 miles, say, in 4 hours ride time, you know, the bike computer minus the stops for snacks, etc. Gross time maybe would be, say, 5.5 hours. Which time selection would be most appropriate for logging?
    I don't use a bike computer so the only time I ever talk about is total time. I see people post about their century times and later admit they subtracted their breaks and it seems silly. To me, if you start the ride at 8:00 and finish at 4:00 it took 8 hours, no matter how long your lunch break was.

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    I think that stopping for red lights, stop signs, and traffic is part of the equation for road riding. I don't have a problem, though, with people who deduct meal stops and nature calls from their total time. Although for us 50-plusers, maybe pee stops should count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    It sure was a lot easier, when I was 40.......
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    54 in a couple days, I average 15mph, sot that's 3.6 hrs. too bad I'll be workign day and night on my B-day - it would be nice to go for the 1st ride of the year on my actually b-day.
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