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A new Personal Best (for my 80s)

Old 08-18-16, 09:54 AM
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A new Personal Best (for my 80s)

Today, after a few days off I averaged 13.5 mph on a 22 mile ride. Have not done that for several years.
Must have been the time off coupled with the slightly cooler temps. Have been averaging 11.4 so it was quite a pleasant surprise.
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Old 08-18-16, 11:37 AM
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My speeds are in the same range as yours but now and then, for unknown reasons my asthma subsides and I get stronger as the ride progresses. Several times each year I can hold 18 and even 21 MPH for a good part of a 30 or 40 mile ride.
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Old 08-18-16, 12:46 PM
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Congrats !


I hope I'm still keeping track of PRs when I'm in my 80s.
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Excellent!!! Keep on keeping vertical and spinning those cranks.
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Originally Posted by Sculptor7 View Post
Today, after a few days off I averaged 13.5 mph on a 22 mile ride. Have not done that for several years.Have been averaging 11.4 so it was quite a pleasant surprise.

right on! where did you ride?
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Old 08-18-16, 01:28 PM
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Excellent. It's nice to be able to enjoy accomplishments especially when you're doing things that benefit your life generally.
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Old 08-18-16, 01:31 PM
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Kudos.
But you're making me feel bad. Some days that what my average is and I'm only 71.
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Old 08-18-16, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
right on! where did you ride?
It's been damned hot up here in Maine.... 87-degress with a "feel like" of 92-degrees ! 5 miles was enough for me today.... but I'm only 70. I do average about 14-15 mph... this isn't Florida... we have hills ! I'm looking forward to a break in the heat and a green lawn !
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Originally Posted by Sculptor7 View Post
Today, after a few days off I averaged 13.5 mph on a 22 mile ride. Have not done that for several years.
Must have been the time off coupled with the slightly cooler temps. Have been averaging 11.4 so it was quite a pleasant surprise.
go, Go, GO!
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Old 08-18-16, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
right on! where did you ride?
To the beach, a few miles short of my usual 26 mile ride to Prout's Neck.
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Old 08-18-16, 05:43 PM
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Awesome! I'm 61, and my average is usually 13.5 to 14.......very occasionally 15. Quite hilly up here in the 'County', and I was a 40 year smoker. If I can still be doing this in my 80's I'll count myself so fortunate. Keep it up, and I love your signature quote. Gonna have to read 'Taming the Bicycle'!
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Old 08-18-16, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Ravenwing View Post
Awesome! I'm 61, and my average is usually 13.5 to 14.......very occasionally 15. Quite hilly up here in the 'County', and I was a 40 year smoker. If I can still be doing this in my 80's I'll count myself so fortunate. Keep it up, and I love your signature quote. Gonna have to read 'Taming the Bicycle'!
You are in for a treat as only Mark Twain can deliver! Wonderfully humorous!
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Old 08-18-16, 08:09 PM
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Awesome! Cool days do help.
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Old 08-19-16, 06:33 AM
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The OP is a model for all of us to follow when we are 80 years old. Awesome job, keep up the good work.
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Old 08-19-16, 09:49 AM
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Great riding. Hope I can still get near those speeds in 11 years.

Out of interest how do you think your speeds compare to, say, 10 and 20 years ago?

(If you were riding in those days)
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Old 08-19-16, 02:36 PM
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Heck, 11-14 mph is a good pace for me and I'm 58! Well done.
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Old 08-20-16, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Gerryattrick View Post
Great riding. Hope I can still get near those speeds in 11 years.

Out of interest how do you think your speeds compare to, say, 10 and 20 years ago?

(If you were riding in those days)
Never used to pay much attention to speed in the old days. Rode my bike to work in traffic and around town.
In 2010 bought a new Trek and installed a computer. Think I used to pretty much ride in the 11 to 14 mph range. Did club rides for a few years and then felt it was getting too hard to keep us with the younger folk and their carbon bikes (mine is all aluminum). 14 mph was exceptional. Usually prefer long rides and not much into speed. So, at 81, 13.5 is pretty pleasing although I am sure there are others who are much faster.
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Old 08-21-16, 07:29 PM
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13.4 mph average speed today; 22 miles; a little more headwind.
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Old 08-22-16, 12:48 AM
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Good job and AVS...wish I could do that every day...and I am only 56.
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Living as I do in Los Angeles, my ride speeds are somewhat determined by traffic lights and stop signs. Most of the time, no matter how fast I try to ride, I'm limited to about 13 mph, unless I want to chance breaking the law and losing my life, and I prefer not to do that.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Heck, 11-14 mph is a good pace for me and I'm 58! Well done.
Same here. Great job Sculptor7!
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Did 20 mi at 16 mph today. Flat with no wind. 70 yrs old.
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Hey sculptor. Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on your achievements.

The point (IMHO) is everything or anything we do is good. Riding hard, or easy or not at all.

...personally delighted you are doing what you are as it's important encouragement for those of us who are north of 65, or 70, or 75
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