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Random11 12-24-20 12:50 PM

I rode 50 miles last week
 
Not too long ago I would have viewed that as an accomplishment (I've only been riding three years), but since mid-March when COVID came along and altered my daily schedule I've logged more than 100 miles every week, up until last week. A variety of things bike-related, weather-related, and schedule-related kept me off the bike. I had envisioned, come March, to say that I rode more than 100 miles every week for a year, but can't do that now. It doesn't sound the same to say I've done it every week but one (and I still have several months to go on that anyway). Not that this matters in the big scheme of things, but I was disappointed to have ended my streak of 100+ miles a week.

Carbonfiberboy 12-24-20 01:28 PM

Good for you! That is an accomplishment. You can make it up, you know. 5000 miles/year is a good goal, especially hilly miles if you can get them. When I get 400 hours/year, I've had a good strong year. That counts everything, riding, skiing, hiking, backpacking, running, strength training, etc. All that sort of stuff is synergistic, and it's really more about the hours than the miles. Years ago I read somewhere that the difference between 400 and 1000 hours/year is only a few percent in terms of speed. Of course just the teeniest fraction of 1% is the difference for winning. But if one isn't racing, I think 400 is a good goal. That's a little less than 8 hours/week. Some racers get less than that.

Skullo 12-25-20 09:54 AM

The last few years I have measured my cycling in hours on the bike. The distance covered has become less and less important to me.
My average is around three hours per ride. I did not plan it ,it just happened.
Time on bike equals physical and mental health.

Random11 12-25-20 05:11 PM


Originally Posted by Skullo (Post 21847953)
The last few years I have measured my cycling in hours on the bike. The distance covered has become less and less important to me...

I'm just the opposite. I'll set out to ride a certain distance, and the time is less important. I try to push it when I ride--my primary motivation is exercise--but I don't time myself, don't have a power meter, don't have a heart rate monitor, no GPS, no Strava. I'm trying to go fast, but not keeping track of time keeps me from competing with myself and being disappointed if I didn't ride as fast today as I did last week.

John E 12-25-20 05:14 PM

I am happy with 100km / week, including a couple of favorite local hills. It's road cycling, but mostly on my mountain bike, so maybe I get extra points for that. :)

caloso 12-25-20 05:35 PM

That’s really great. 100 miles a week is tremendous consistency. Way to go!

Random11 12-26-20 04:49 PM


Originally Posted by John E (Post 21848436)
I am happy with 100km / week, including a couple of favorite local hills. It's road cycling, but mostly on my mountain bike, so maybe I get extra points for that. :)

I'll give you extra credit for the mountain bike, John. Some of my miles last week were on my old bike, which I gave to my son, because my bike was in the shop. Not a mountain bike, but 10 pounds heavier than my current bike, and I'm estimating, 10-15 percent slower. I might try to claim extra credit for that but I don't think I can claim double credit to get up to 100 miles.

Random11 12-26-20 04:57 PM


Originally Posted by caloso (Post 21848459)
Thatís really great. 100 miles a week is tremendous consistency. Way to go!

Thanks, Caloso. I know lots of people are putting in much more than 100 miles a week, but but yes, I am proud of the consistency. I won't be able to say I rode at least 100 miles a week for a year, though... unless I can keep it up another 12 months.


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