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Old 08-29-06, 11:00 AM   #1
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Wasting Time

I've been looking through some brevets and permanents I've done this summer and calculating the percentage of the total time spent riding. My percentage ranged from 76% to 87% meaning, of course, that I spent from 13% to 24% of the time off the bike. Now the 24% ride was due to a couple flats and an extended rest to cool off (100 deg+ heat) so that's understandable. But what percentage non-riding time do others have?

My gut feel is that I should set a goal of less than 15% non-riding time for the typical long ride (>100 miles). Not that I'm trying to set any speed records, but reducing ones time at controls or convenence stores certainly eats into one's time budget. I know that I'm not the most disciplined rider at controls and perhaps I should work on this.

Any thoughts? What's your percentage of non-riding time?
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I'll have to dig out the info from this season's series - I know on the 600k I was spending more time than usual!

I was setting my watch to beep every 15 min. for a food / drink reminder.
(I usually end up riding alone - so this doesn't annoy anyone)
It's also a good guage when I'm in a control - if I hear it beep once I know I've gotten out in under 30 minutes. If it goes twice I know I'm dragging!
I try to keep my stops to 15 min or less. This seemed (from memory) to work on the 2,3, and most of the 400k.
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Any thoughts? What's your percentage of non-riding time?
I've been taking a lot more/longer breaks this year... about an hour total per 100 miles... seems that every stop at a grocery/convenience store takes about 15-20 minutes... 3 or 4 of those and I'm up to an hour off-bike time... but then again the only time limit I've had on my rides this year is the impendinding darkness... I've had to do a couple 30 mile 'sprints' for home when I realized sunset was sneaking up
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Any mechanical problems always screw up anykind of schedule. Hot weather changes the frequency for water stops and in some cases -- real "heat stress" break time.

Typically, all rides are started early in the day, so I've always figured it's more realistic to set a "sliding scale" ride/rest ratio goal. If I can maintain a 10-to-1 ratio for the first half of a ride, I don't mind going to a 7 or 8-to-1 for the second half.

The only thing I hate, is getting in situations where you get off to a slow start with unplanned stops.
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