Let's do a Century
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
Originally Posted by Zinger
So Joe, I was just wondering how much riding you do between weekend centuries and how old you are. I'm already aware that you're a very high mileage cyclist so I'm just wondering what kind of recovery time, if any, that you have to adhere to as such.
I'm 61 and have been riding about 11 years now.
This time of year I'm typically doing approximately 150 miles a week. In the summer it is probably closer to 200 miles a week. Most of my rides are with climbing about 40-50 ft per mile (4000-5000 ft per 100 miles). Since I'm working out of my house now and don't commute, this time of the year I'm limited to riding on weekends and also on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Occasionally I'll do a "long lunch" and do a ride during daylight hours during the week. On week nights there is a business park about 20 minutes from my house where the roads are lighted. Typically informal groups form up on Tuesday and Thursday nights and you can easily do 20-30 miles with either a 1.5 mile or 2.5 mile loop, especially if you can ride wheels and average 20-22 mph. Those weeknight rides are really great for tempo and interval workouts and help me get my speed and power up. I'll also normally try and do a recovery ride on Sunday's but today the weather was very wet. So I did my recovery time sitting in my leather chair watching football and eating chips and salsa shipped in from La Fogata's in San Antonio!!!
I just looked at my stats for the year and my average ride for 2013 was 56 miles. That really surprised me. I thought it would be closer to 40 miles. This year I did two week long tours with each over 500 miles so that probably helped push up the average some.
I've found that I can ride longer rides every day but I tend to recover and ride better every other day.
Anybody can do it. It's just a matter of getting your body used to it. And I'm not fast.......just do my thing and ride my ride.
Plus it really helps if your spouse doesn't mind you spending that much time out on the road!! I guess I'm really, really lucky there.
80-85 miles seems to be my sweet spot right now. I just don't have a lot of push left in the legs for hills after 85 miles. I can still climb but I'd be hard pressed to pass a grandmother pushing a stroller up a hill right now. Come to think about it I don't think I've ever found a gear I couldn't use!!!
Ride your Ride!!
Last edited by jppe; 12-29-13 at 08:34 PM.