Old 12-21-13, 09:53 AM
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You do notice a speed difference but mostly you notice a difference in terms of strength/endurance. You will seem to go slower when loaded as compared to unloaded simple because you aren't maintaining the same endurance level...as long as all you do is train unloaded. Had it happen to me last year. I could 160 mile days back to back without any trouble...unloaded but once I added the load on and also added the factor of setting up/breaking down camp each day and finding places to camp/food/water it started to really put a big hinderance in the numbers of miles I could each day. I ended up averaging more like 120 miles a day when I was on the trip. Sure I was also comparing June/July unloaded to August/September loaded so I had fewer hours of daylight each day as well. My speed didn't really drop that much, with an extra 35 pounds but I did have to get used to riding with the load which took some time.
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