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So just how good are you anyway?

Old 05-25-10, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
Bear in mind, LSD means Long STEADY Distance, not Long Slow Distance. It doesn't matter--fast, slow or in between--it's steady that counts.


Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
I don't think that is quite so - I believe Arthur Lydaird coined the term for cyclist (runners use it too). I believe it is indeed "Long Slow Distance"

I'm with Cyclingfool on this one, and so is this coach!

http://www.training4cyclists.com/lon...ance-training/
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Old 05-25-10, 01:59 PM
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Without hesitation, I put myself in the bottom 20%. My typical ride is 15-25 miles on a rail trail, averaging about 8 mph when including stops. But I really enjoy those rides and they have improved my fitness quite a bit over the past couple of years.
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As others have said, it very much depends on the comparator group. If you compare me to the whole population of 50+ year-olds who ever get on a bike, I'd be near the top. Compare me with serious cyclists, it's a different story. There are 70 year-olds in my old club that I can't live with; but they were winning elite races and one or two went to the pros when they were younger, and I was never near that class. And there are 30 year-olds who struggle to stay with me.

One of the best things about getting older, in my opinion, is that one stops worrying about how one compares with other people. I don't care if you're faster than me, I don't care if I'm faster than you. If I'm competing against anyone, it's myself. And it's generally a good idea to take the time to smell the roses.
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I'm in the top 10%.... right above the lowest in the pack. Wing Nut
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Uphill or down?
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My best average speed is 14 mph on a two hour ride. Not very impressive. However, at 75 I am not complaining or apologizing. Many people my age seem to have difficulty just doing their normal chores. My maximum speed so far is 29 mph (on a slight downhill). Just happy to share the road as long as I can.

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Old 05-25-10, 02:57 PM
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It's been interesting to watch how the quintiles have been leveling out. For quite a while we were running 40% in the top 20% and only 10% in the bottom 20%.

We may all suck but we feel good about ourselves.

FWIW I rated myself in the second to the bottom.

About the LSD: when I first purchased a heart monitor for running, they stressed to need to do long distances at SLOW rates, like HR of only 70% of max. It was tough to do. For the longest time I had to walk/run to keep my heart rate down that low.

In the Bluegrass region, it's virtually impossible to ride outside the city with a 70% max HR. There are just too many hills.

When I ride solo, I keep my HR down by imagining myself waving goodby to the club as they speed off into the distance.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a scorcher, so if I go 40 (which I intend to do) my average moving speed will be something like 11 MPH.

But if I post about it tomorrow, I'll tell you I averaged more like 18 MPH. Who knows, maybe some of you will believe me.
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Old 05-25-10, 03:31 PM
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So, you riding with the redhead?
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Originally Posted by az_cyclist View Post
not sure where I rate. I put myself in the middle 20% as a pure guess. I rode Tour de Phoenix in April, 72 miles, and averaged 16+ mph for it. I believe I averaged 16 mph for Tour de Tucson last November. Last Sunday I rode 36 miles and averaged 17.2 (but it was windy.. gusting to 22mph).
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Old 05-25-10, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
So, you riding with the redhead?
Solo ride.
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Old 05-25-10, 04:35 PM
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I know what I am: a non-professional cyclist with a full time job. All I need is to get out and ride. Some days I'm fast (for me). Some days I'm not. But one thing I can say is that I sure as hell ain't riding for anyone but me. [/QUOTE]

You said it NOS88 Bravo to you. All I need also is just to get out and ride. It does not have to be a race just a nice ride. If I do a lot of miles one day-cool- if I do less the next day so be it, if I go fast one day and slow the next thats just the way it is. To me its just about riding and the pleasure it gives. All I ask for is just to be able to ride.

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Old 05-25-10, 04:45 PM
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What's the standard?

Compaired to most people I know,I'm in the top1%.Compaired to people that ride bikes for a living,I'm in the bottom 1%.

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Old 05-25-10, 06:03 PM
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Among reasonably serious cyclists of my age, I'm probably in the middle of the pack at best. My body type lends itself better to running than cycling. Would have rated myself in the lower 20% but for the fact I outclimb most people of any age... one trick pony.
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Old 05-25-10, 06:51 PM
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Several have answered about why speed is important to some cyclists.
I'm not a racer and have no such aspirations so speed is irrelavent as an indicator of the quality of the individual ride.
But speed is an indicator of many things, primarily power and endurance.
I ride with the intention of building power for my winter ski patrol duties and other outdoor pursuits.
Since cycling is a non-impact exercise, speed should not unduly impact knees, ankles etc.
Speed should definately have a positive impact on aerobic capacity.
Speed forces you to focus on good pedaling technique, position on the bike, etc.
Speed is fun.
Speed is not essential, but it is good.

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Old 05-25-10, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by The Weak Link View Post
Solo ride.
No witnesses?
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I keep track of my stats on Bike Wire, I FINALLY broke into the, "double digit" figures for my "avg. speed", wala a whopping "10.1" mph. The only saving grace is that according to their "overall avg." I've ridden more "miles", YA! I'm SLOW and with having "Chronic Arthritis", I seriously doubt I'll ever get out of the "Lower 20%". Although, on my ride today, I came up on two teen's, one on a stingray and the other on a wally-mart MTB. The big kid on his mtb, started speeding up, I stayed, just behind him and then, passed him like he was standing still" and disappeard down the trail!
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Lower 20%--mostly due to a long time off of the bike(s). Seems just not enough time lately.
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
No witnesses?
Unless the CRH (patent-pending) has a secret fetish for overweight bald grey protogeezers, our respective marriages should remain unscathed.

It's 70, not a cloud in the sky, and the road beckons. I'm glad I'm riding solo. It will probably take me about 30 minutes to wake up out there.
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Good Luck and Have a Great Ride!
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I abstain. I only have 1/2 heart muscle. I don't even register on the Richter Scale. If you asked where I was among Cardio Cripples I'd say in the upper 20%
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I swear you can't win for losing sometimes.

I got my 40 miler in, including the infamous Climb to Nowhere that had flattened me a couple of weeks ago. The average speed my cyclometer called out to me slowly crept up to 13 MPH as I went along.

Feeling good about the ride but having gone through 48 oz. of water already, I stopped at Hatmakers for a Cherry Coke and a Veetamin Water.

A trim gent my age makes small talk, admiring my bike and chatting about the state of pro cycling ("They're all dopers, you know"). He recounts his local racing career in the 80's.

"I had a pretty good time until one day I was flying down Wibble Hill Road and flatted my front tire. I woke up a month later in the ICU after being in a coma from a closed head injury. After I recovered, I stopped racing. There was something about the wreck that dulled my competitive edge."

Yes, I think that would do it

He continued, seeing if maybe someday I might make a suitable riding partner. "I've really slowed down these days. The course you're riding, the best I can manage is 17 MPH."



I invited him to the club rides but said he'd find my company a bit boring.

Then I came home and kicked my cat.

Addendum: Not really. I had a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream. I read somewhere that if you use it as a recovery drink it makes you go faster.
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I consider may self a middle of the pack rider. I am a lot slower than I used to be (about 8 mph on a good day). I can still get where I'm going without walking. I am doing the same or more mileage as previous previous years but at a slower pace.
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I don't remember helmets being used a lot by racers back in the '80s.

I love coming down a hill really fast and a front tire blow out is something you can't think about as you're making a left curve with a steep off to your right.

Not that I've seen a decent up or down hill in a couple of years. Pooh. I miss living near mountains.
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Even when I had two lungs, I wasn't all that fast. But I have good endurance.
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Originally Posted by The Weak Link View Post
Then I came home and kicked my cat.

Addendum: Not really. I had a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream. I read somewhere that if you use it as a recovery drink it makes you go faster.
Please don't kick the cat - they are usually the laziest animals in the house, if you kill it (and since the kids are gone) that leaves you

Now to the mint choco chip - that only works when it is served with a cold beer. I think I read that in one of Joe Friel's books. I think it was cycling at 250#
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