Why am I so slow compared to the road bikes whizzing by me?
I know some of the reasons, but I'm wondering why the difference is so huge.
It's not that important, really, as I'm riding to lose weight and for enjoyment, but I'm just curious.
Height: 5' 10.5"
Weight: ~ 210 lbs
Bodyfat: ~ 24%
Squat: (Smith machine) 260 lbs for 12 reps (just as a reference point)
Bike: Trek 7.3 FX (hybrid style, tires 700x32c)
Last night I rode 10 miles and averaged 13 mph even though I walked up a 1/3 mile hill.
Today I rode 33.5 miles and averaged about 9.5 mph walking up about 1 miles worth of hills. I slowed down as the ride progressed. About 3 miles from the end, a guy on a road bike whizzed by me.
I'm guessing my weight has a lot to do with it. Also, I'm eating low-carb on non-weightlifting days, so that could be why I slow down so much. I do have to eat carbs after a 30 mile ride.