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Old 07-31-12, 07:37 PM   #1
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Cycled 26 miles yesterday...

I occasionally ride my bike about 11 miles once a month, my fitness level is ok, I walked just a little over that distance and I was extremely tired. For some reason though, I decided to cycle 26 miles, I did it in roughly 2.5 hours. Is this good for someone who goes on their bike once a month and doesn't exercise? Also, there are some pretty big hills and I rode on a hybrid bike.
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Old 07-31-12, 07:40 PM   #2
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Congratulations! Any personal best is a good thing, especially when you're able to double your mileage.
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I try to ride regularly. When I can I try to do two or thre "serious" bike rides a week and one or two family rides. Inhale been doing this off and on for a couple of years and rarely break 20 miles. It is quite hilly where I live and I just can't seem to break the fitness barrier to get "in shape" on the road. On a bike path? Fugedaboudit! Too flat and boring to hold myinterest that long ( although "making it" isn't terribly hard.
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Old 07-31-12, 09:54 PM   #4
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Congratulations! Any personal best is a good thing, especially when you're able to double your mileage.
I agree that it's more important that you feel you made a strong effort, rather than to benchmark off a random standard. If you can drive yourself to go harder, farther, and longer, you'll see gains in fitness.

That being said, a 10.5mph average would probably be considered a leisurely pace, even for hilly terrain. Yet, I think that was probably a good pace for a first, extended ride. Next time out, you can benchmark off that and have fun challenging yourself to bring that average up.
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Old 08-01-12, 06:12 AM   #5
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Ride as far and as fast as you want without worrying about speed or distance. When I started trying to track my speed and distance riding wasn't as much fun as just going out for a ride. Took a while to get back to where I didn't worry about them anymore.
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I think you did great! Just Enjoy
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26 miles in 2.5 hours for someone who doesn't ride that much is a pretty respectable pace- a little over 10 miles an hour, and you probably had a few stops along the way. I typically average around 13 (no, I'm no racer), so 10 is pretty good.
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well done sir! ... now do it again!
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