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Old 06-18-03, 07:05 PM   #1
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A Personal Best

I rode a ten mile route I've done often when I have only a little time for a ride. The roads either climb or descend, with a couple relatively steep grades each, up and down. Previously, on the hybrid, I've managed a best average speed of 15.1 miles per hour. Today I did the ride on the Roubaix and averaged 16.4 miles per hour. Not rocket fast, but I'm happy with it.
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I always love it when people can tell us about their improvements. Isn't that great!!

Life has so many downers, uppers make my day.

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16.4 is a great speed. For me, that speed burns 50.5 calories per mile, according to the web site at :

http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.html

I can usually knock out 1080 calores every day that I ride 20 miles. I keep my average at around 16.1, so I know how hard you are working! Congratulations!
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That's a heck of a jump! Does it include stops? I always ask that because my typical 12.5 mile run has 55 traffic lights and two other stops! Not counting stops (other than time to slow down and accelerate), I can usually average over 16 if I work at it. Record is 18.05 but I haven't come within 0.65 mph of it since.

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Way to go, Prosody! Improvement is the key, I think. Man, I've got to figure out a way to get some $$$$ for a road bike.....
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Old 06-18-03, 10:57 PM   #6
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Today's ride includes the possibility of 13 stops, but today I stopped five or six times. That means I stopped about every 1.6 miles. Computer, of course, does not count time when I am not moving. I suppose one advantage of suburban riding over urban riding is the greater distance between stop lights.

Thank you all for your encouraging comments. I have been trying for some time to average over a low 15 point something mph. Next goal is 17 mph.
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Today's ride includes the possibility of 13 stops, but today I stopped five or six times. That means I stopped about every 1.6 miles. Computer, of course, does not count time when I am not moving. I suppose one advantage of suburban riding over urban riding is the greater distance between stop lights.

Thank you all for your encouraging comments. I have been trying for some time to average over a low 15 point something mph. Next goal is 17 mph.
My first computer didn't count stops, but the one on my present bike gives me a choice - I have it set to not count stops because so many potential stops would otherwise make it darn near impossible to really measure improvement. I did some testing and apparently even when I stop, the computer will run for 3 more seconds plus there is the time lost from slowing down and accelerating.

I think the best I've ever done was only hitting 3 lights, plus I slowed down a lot for 3 more.

When I starting riding about 16 months ago, I figured a 15 mph average was almost an impossible dream to aim for, even at maximum effort. I think my first ride only averaged 8.4!

Congrats on reaching 16. I found that often when I finally got past a plateau, I continued to make improvement for a little while. At least I did until my last record over 3 months ago. I've been stuck ever since!

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It's nice to have BF so you can blow your own horn once in a while. I no longer tell my wife about my personal bests. She's tired of hearing it and doesn't appreciate the pain involved.

I equaled my personal best on my 20 mi. TT route last night. It's signifcant, because last season I didn't reach that speed until late August.

Congrats to all!! It's great hearing about your personal victories.
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Well done Prosody, its a great feeling when you a complete a ride and then find out you've set a new record.

Keep it up, Portent.
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Great job Prosody. It's always so exciting to reach our goals. Keep pushing.
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Woohoo! I rode the same route this afternoon and decided to really push it. 17.5 mph.
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Woohoo! I rode the same route this afternoon and decided to really push it. 17.5 mph.
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Great average! You have got me beat by a mile ( literaly ). I'd like to see how fast I can burn 10 miles.
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Woohoo! I rode the same route this afternoon and decided to really push it. 17.5 mph.
STOP IT! You aren't supposed to improve by over 1 mph each time you set a personal record! You make me really feel stuck!

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What really sucks when trying to measure performance improvements is the unknown time to be spent dealing with the intersections. Today I had to slow for two intersections but not stop and was able to blow thru the third which was nice and bested my personal time for an 8 mile stretch by almost 30 seconds.

If it had not been for slowing at crossings I bet it could have been closer to a full minute once you factor in deceleration and acceleration time.

There is one nice stretch of road I visit from time to time that is a solid 10.5 miles predominately flat road with absolutely no interesections. I go there when I am dead serious about measuring my personal capabilities. If there is no wind it makes the perfect time trial road. It parallels a railroad.
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What really sucks when trying to measure performance improvements is the unknown time to be spent dealing with the intersections. Today I had to slow for two intersections but not stop and was able to blow thru the third which was nice and bested my personal time for an 8 mile stretch by almost 30 seconds.

If it had not been for slowing at crossings I bet it could have been closer to a full minute once you factor in deceleration and acceleration time.
I know about intersections! I have 57 traffic lights and two other possible stops on my 12.5 mile route!

However, I don't know if your two slowdowns cost you 30 seconds. I did some testing where I would be riding 15 mph, stop as fast as possible, and accelerate as quick as I could back to 15 mph. I kept repeating this for a certain distance and compared the time to what a steady 15 mph would be.

It didn't make a huge difference - maybe 7 seconds each time and 3 of those seconds are the ones the computer ticks off before it decides you have really stopped!

Now, since I stopped as quickly as possible and accellerated the same way, I was minimizing the lost time. More typical riding would waste more time. Also, if you are starting from a higher speed, it would make a bigger difference.

On the other hand, you said you never had to actually stop so those extra 3 seconds I experienced wouldn't come into play.

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Well, I finally accomplished something new today. I've been a bit frustrated by not being able to set any new speed records for months. Now that I have put heavy Armadillo tires on my bike to deal with my flat problem, it will likely mean it will take even longer before I can do so.

So I decided to try to deal with another thing I really hate - hills. To date, my longest hill has been 1 mile and it is a pretty steep one - at least to me. Today, after riding about 13 miles and eating breakfast, I rode another few miles to the start of the climb up Tantalus. This is a long road up through a housing area on the slopes of where the mountains start near Honolulu.

I rode up something over 2.5 miles to a park (didn't know it was there) and decided to check it out. So I followed the drive into the park (uphill another 3rd of a mile or so). What a view! I could see darn near everything from far east of Diamond Head, all the way to many miles west of Honolulu.

Then I continued to go up Tantalus. I didn't know how far it was, but I thought I must be near the top. Well, no, I actually had two more miles to go! I guess altogether I climbed about 5 miles. Going down was not a lot better. The brake system on my bike simply isn't a good system, plus my hands are small, making it hard to get good leverage. So I was killing myself going down for 5 miles trying to hold those brakes so I wouldn't go too fast on the hairpin turns. I had to stop a number of times just to rest my hands!

But, at least I made it and then rode another 10 miles home. I might even do it again sometime - but it sure won't be tomorrow!

Oh, for the record, I used my lowest gear just about all the way up (28/32) and was pretty much going 5 - 5.5 mph.

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Congratulations on the climb. Five mile climbs are unheard of around here. I bet it was beautiful all the way.
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Thanks. It is nice to know I can do it (even if - because of the stop in the park - it was done in two parts. I'm pretty sure I could have gone another mile without stopping to rest if I wished. Don't know if I could have gone all the way.

I think the preferred way of going up this hill is the opposite of how I went. I went counter-clockwise, but everyone else I saw was going the other way. Since I know there is a preferred way (I couldn't remember what it was), I need to check on the reasons. Coming down, there seemed to be a lot of extended places where the road was well shaded. That would help going up. But the shade also caused trouble going down because there was a lot of light specks where the sun got through and it made it very hard to see bumps and ruts (there were plenty of those!). I don't know if there are other advantages or not.

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I can relate to the improvements. I have a 17-18 mile ride that I do on a regular basis. It has some moderate hills and some flats as well. Started out this spring averaging 16-16.3. Am now consistently above 17.5. Did 17.9 the other day. Do a short 7.5 mile when pushed for time and managed a 19.23 the other day.
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I can relate to the improvements. I have a 17-18 mile ride that I do on a regular basis. It has some moderate hills and some flats as well. Started out this spring averaging 16-16.3. Am now consistently above 17.5. Did 17.9 the other day. Do a short 7.5 mile when pushed for time and managed a 19.23 the other day.
Excellent averages! Some day I might reach that average.
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Woohoo! I rode the same route this afternoon and decided to really push it. 17.5 mph.
That is great! I pushed it for the 1st half of my 22 mile route. I had 16.9 avg the first half. I rested about 30 minutes and took off back to the starting point. The return is much more down hill, but my average dropped to 16.4. I was just too beat to push as hard as I did heading out. If I can hit 17.x by the end of July, I will be happy. I get a lot of 20,21,22 mph time on the very slight downhills. On the first half, I worked very hard on keeping a good cadence. I don't know what rpm, but it was one that I was comfortable with. Best -
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Milestone! Averaged 18.01 for the 17 miles today.
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Well, I rode up Tantalus again today. It wasn't planned. I started with one of my pretty aggressive rides to Waikiki and normally after one of those, I'm just going to take it easy when I go home.

But I wanted to check the early part of Tantalus because I had missed a turn the last time, so I figured I'd ride a little bit just to be sure where it was - and then I just kept going!

This time I was going around the route in the opposite direction, which helped. Though it did involve 5 uphill miles without a break (the other way I stopped at a park a bit over halfway), it allowed me to have a lot more shade going uphill. Also, going back down the other side, I was more in the sun which made it much easier to see any bad spots in the road. There were also fewer sharp turns so I didn't have to ride the brakes the whole way.

And after all that, I still was able to pass a couple of road bikers on the way home! Always nice to pass young people!

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