Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: How did I do?

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    Rocky Mountain Prestige CR10 / Schwinn Mesa (2000) Pre-owned
    Posts
    24
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    How did I do?

    Hello everyone, Bryan here.

    Scroll to the bottom if you don't want to hear me rabble about my experience.

    I participated in the Ride For Heart, Heart & Stoke charity event and decided to do the 75 km route. Riding along the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway (both highways were closed down a roughly 8 or so hours for this event)

    To avoid being stuck in the larger packs I decided to get their early and managed to be at the front (about 10 or so riders ahead of me) As soon as the time hit 6:00 am we were off and my adrenaline was pumping, I got off to a fairly decent start and had was at the rear of the small leading 4 man pace line (mind you this was my first time riding a pace line and I wasn't sure what to expect) I was lucky enough to stick to them for about 3 minutes or so then they just turned their motors on and left me behind. I decided it would be a bad choice to try and chase them down since their pace was just out of my league and I didn't want to burn myself out early on.

    I rode alone and tried to keep a steady pace (don't have a computer yet as I have only purchased the bike 2 months ago) couple minutes go by and another group comes storming along, not too long before I was dropped once again. The third group that came by was a fairly larger group, about 15 riders that rode in two lines. 5 minutes I purposely dropped myself to the rear to let my legs rest up a bit and because I felt a bit safer there. Bad idea. Before I knew it, the 5 guys ahead of me lagged behind and created this huge gap from the front riders. I went to the right and peddled hard in an attempt to catch up to them, no luck on my part as a hill was coming and I eased off to allow my legs to catch up to me.

    After a good amount of time I finally had a group around my speed and kept up to their pace, I enjoyed that whole time. The group eventually broke apart and some decided to just back off and relax while others jetted off, I stayed in between and peddled on. Both calves starting cramping up with about 15-20 kms to go but I somehow managed to shake it off and it went away.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I started at 6:00 am and got to the finish line at 8:30 am. 2 hours and 30 minutes for just over 75 km (probably 80 km)

    Rode using regular running shoes (never got the time to buy road shoes but I hope to pick some up soon)

    Rocky Mountain 2012 Prestige CR10
    Frame: Tapered Head Tube, Hi Mod Carbon Monocoque, Carbon Dropouts.
    Fork: RMB Carbon / Tapered Alloy Steerer
    Shifters: Shimano Tiagra
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora 34.9mm
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
    Crankset: FSA Vero 170-172.5-175mm 50/39/30T
    Rims: Mavic CXP22 N


    So, how I'm curious to know how I did for a newbie? I'm really interested knowing where I'm at.

    I hope to do this again next year and beat my time

  2. #2
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,371
    Mentioned
    28 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Congratulations on successfully completing a 75 km charity ride.



    If you want to find out where you're at in terms of speed, get a licence and try a race or two.

  3. #3
    Powered by pie
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Colorado Springs
    Posts
    203
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bry4n View Post

    So, how I'm curious to know how I did for a newbie?
    You got out and rode your bike, therefore you did just fine.
    2011 Trek 1.2
    2009 Trek 4300

  4. #4
    Senior Member Homebrew01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Ffld Cnty Connecticut
    My Bikes
    Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
    Posts
    15,447
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ooompa Loompa View Post
    You got out and rode your bike, therefore you did just fine.
    Correct.
    Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Santa Cruz, Ca
    Posts
    398
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bry4n View Post
    Hello everyone, Bryan here.

    Scroll to the bottom if you don't want to hear me rabble about my experience.

    I participated in the Ride For Heart, Heart & Stoke charity event and decided to do the 75 km route. Riding along the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway (both highways were closed down a roughly 8 or so hours for this event)

    To avoid being stuck in the larger packs I decided to get their early and managed to be at the front (about 10 or so riders ahead of me) As soon as the time hit 6:00 am we were off and my adrenaline was pumping, I got off to a fairly decent start and had was at the rear of the small leading 4 man pace line (mind you this was my first time riding a pace line and I wasn't sure what to expect) I was lucky enough to stick to them for about 3 minutes or so then they just turned their motors on and left me behind. I decided it would be a bad choice to try and chase them down since their pace was just out of my league and I didn't want to burn myself out early on.

    I rode alone and tried to keep a steady pace (don't have a computer yet as I have only purchased the bike 2 months ago) couple minutes go by and another group comes storming along, not too long before I was dropped once again. The third group that came by was a fairly larger group, about 15 riders that rode in two lines. 5 minutes I purposely dropped myself to the rear to let my legs rest up a bit and because I felt a bit safer there. Bad idea. Before I knew it, the 5 guys ahead of me lagged behind and created this huge gap from the front riders. I went to the right and peddled hard in an attempt to catch up to them, no luck on my part as a hill was coming and I eased off to allow my legs to catch up to me.

    After a good amount of time I finally had a group around my speed and kept up to their pace, I enjoyed that whole time. The group eventually broke apart and some decided to just back off and relax while others jetted off, I stayed in between and peddled on. Both calves starting cramping up with about 15-20 kms to go but I somehow managed to shake it off and it went away.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I started at 6:00 am and got to the finish line at 8:30 am. 2 hours and 30 minutes for just over 75 km (probably 80 km)

    Rode using regular running shoes (never got the time to buy road shoes but I hope to pick some up soon)

    Rocky Mountain 2012 Prestige CR10
    Frame: Tapered Head Tube, Hi Mod Carbon Monocoque, Carbon Dropouts.
    Fork: RMB Carbon / Tapered Alloy Steerer
    Shifters: Shimano Tiagra
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora 34.9mm
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
    Crankset: FSA Vero 170-172.5-175mm 50/39/30T
    Rims: Mavic CXP22 N


    So, how I'm curious to know how I did for a newbie? I'm really interested knowing where I'm at.

    I hope to do this again next year and beat my time
    Sounds like you had fun and pushed yourself, which is always good.

    It's kind of a silly question to ask, like asking how good of a basketball player you are if you scored 8 points in a pick-up game at the park. No one here can tell you, but if you felt good and had fun, that's what's important. Push yourself to go further and faster and you'll probably keep enjoying yourself.

  6. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    Rocky Mountain Prestige CR10 / Schwinn Mesa (2000) Pre-owned
    Posts
    24
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Now that I really think about it, it is a pretty strange question to ask haha. Guess I'll just keep riding and try to beat my personal best.

    Found a nice uphill loop in the city so i'll start there

    Ignore this post as I quietly sneak away..

  7. #7
    Too Fat for This Sport Diegomayra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Northern California
    My Bikes
    2011 Cannondale Supersix
    Posts
    689
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bry4n View Post
    Now that I really think about it, it is a pretty strange question to ask haha. Guess I'll just keep riding and try to beat my personal best.

    Found a nice uphill loop in the city so i'll start there

    Ignore this post as I quietly sneak away..
    People here are being pretty nice to you. You will usually get bashed, however its obvious your excited about going fast on your bike, set a miles/month goal and work on your endurance/speed/accelerations. You can still sneak in a race before seasons end.

    Your problem with cramps may just be fatigue, but adding electrolytes will help. I just add a half teaspoon to one of my bottles for my sunny 90F+ rides. From the few races I've done this season, a 50 mile race (not charity ride) with moderate hills (3500+/- gain) my pace was 21.87mph. I was dropped from the main field.

    Good luck, that is an impressive speed to maintain for someone who is new to the sport.

  8. #8
    Senior Member spectastic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    texas
    My Bikes
    road bikes
    Posts
    1,716
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    also, if you're doing a long ride, bring a bag of carbs with you. I did a 100 this past weekend, and I survived by eating a bag of gummi worms. Other people had those power gels. I don't know the difference, but definitely bring carbs.
    1

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •