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Old 10-12-04, 08:38 AM   #1
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Is this good?

Ok guys,

I've increased my distance to 8 miles, later in the week or next week I will do 10.

Today I did my 8.1 miles in under an hour, say, 50 mins. The rode is on pretty bad old roads and some OK roads. It involves a good few kilometres of climbs also. It's by no means flat or main road riding.

Does this sound like an OK time for a beginner? What should I be aiming for?

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Old 10-12-04, 08:48 AM   #2
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Hey Bad, That sounds great! When I first started, I was very proud to be doing mileage like that. I was 340 lbs, and 8 miles was really pushing it for me. Believe me, you'll be amazed at how you can start racking up the miles very quickly. You should keep a spreadsheet of each day and how many miles you travel. That way, you can look back on these days when you're doing 50,60,70 -100 miles with no problem. Keep at it!
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that is about a 10MPH average. That's not too bad for a beginner on roads that aren't flat.

If i were you I'd be shooting for averaging 12MPH for a full hour.

But the real question you should be asking yourself is:
What are my goals in regards to riding?
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Goals are good. My first goal was to average 12mph for an hour. It took me forever to do it, but when I did, man was I excited! I never dreamed that I'd be racing and finishing in the top five seven months later. It's amazing how quickly you can progress when you put your mind to it.
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Does this sound like an OK time for a beginner? What should I be aiming for?
Are you aiming to exercise?

Don't worry too much about time and mileage. Be sure you are getting aerobic intensity-- just enough so that you can barely maintain a conversation with full sentences, and not more intense unless you feel really compelled on a particular day.
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Way to go! I used to set myself goals (weight, average speed, distance), and buy myself a bike-related present whenever I reached one.
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I think it works out at a bit better than 10mph more like 12 or 13, if it is 8 miles in under 60 mins, no?

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I think it works out at a bit better than 10mph more like 12 or 13, if it is 8 miles in under 60 mins, no?

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Your average speed was 9.72 mph. But at that level you should not be worrying about whether this is good or bad. You should be concentrating on maintaining a proper heart rate over an increasing exercise time. You should be aiming for 80% of maximum heart rate and work on increasing your endurance. Speed will come naturally with increased conditioning.
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You're right. I did not calculate the speed correctly.

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