Recreational/fitness-oriented rider here. Just got a road bike last week after a year of riding a cheap Fuji hybrid,which I bought out of the blue one day following 13 years of no riding at all. My average speed over the last 18 weeks and 1,700 kms has improved from 18.3 km/h to my current 26.3 km/h. There are four reasons for the increase:
1. Put slicks on my hybrid two months ago.
2. Legs are getting stronger.
3. I've lost 10 pounds over the last 18 weeks.
4. I bought a used Giant Kronos road bike, and in just one week have become a confirmed "roadie." There's no going back.
But here's something I've begun to notice that bugs me. I realize there's nothing I can do about it, so perhaps I'm just venting. Either way:
Why is it that slowing down to make a turn at an intersection reduces the average speed on my computer from, say, 26.7 down a few ticks to 26.5, but then it takes a good kilometre or so of humping above 30 km/h to get it back up to 26.7? Seems analogous to the old weight loss conundrum--you work your butt off and watch your diet for a month to shave off a pound or two, but then all it takes is one sordid weekend with some cheesecake and it's all for nought.
I guess my question is a philosophical one: why are things always so damn hard?
Tangentially, I will certainly buy a trainer for when the snow falls, but it cannot compare to actually being outside and riding through the ether because there's no coasting on a trainer. I love coasting. It feels wonderful.