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Old 04-01-13, 12:35 PM
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This is my 75th year and plan to do my age ride again this year.
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Are you talking start-to-finish time, saddle time or actual moving time (taking out traffic lights, etc)? Are there beer-stops or pie-stops along the way? Inquiring minds want to know! Well no, not really.

I'm pretty confident that I can ride my age in under four hours, counting rest stops, etc., or total start-to-finish time. The last 75-miler I did took right around 5.5 hours including breaks. An apple and granola bar at each break, water as needed.
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Originally Posted by lenA View Post
I'm 66 and the best I've done is just under 5 hours (not counting 2 short breaks)
Hmmm. I'm thinking it has taken you 66 years and 5 hours to ride your age (not counting the 2 short breaks).
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Old 04-01-13, 05:09 PM
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I am 60, will be 61 in July. Last Saturday I averaged 17.9 for a 75 mile ride. There was only about 20 minutes or so of breaks (that are not included in the average). I will add that is one of the best rides I have ever done.

I can ride 62 miles in less than 4 hours solo.
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Old 04-01-13, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
I don't use a bike computer so the only time I ever talk about is total time. I see people post about their century times and later admit they subtracted their breaks and it seems silly. To me, if you start the ride at 8:00 and finish at 4:00 it took 8 hours, no matter how long your lunch break was.
I think both should be reported--moving time and total time. I(one month shy of 55) did 81 miles two weeks ago in 5 hours moving time and 5:25 total time--which included bathroom stops, traffic, some food(some was also consumed while riding), and a couple of stretches. Last year at the end of August or in Sept, I actually did 62, metric century, @ 18.3 mph moving speed, 3 hours 20 something minutes and maybe you would add 10~15 minutes to come up with total time with stops and such. Not sure why my speed has gone down as much as it has now.
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Old 04-01-13, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by az_cyclist View Post
I am 60, will be 61 in July. Last Saturday I averaged 17.9 for a 75 mile ride. There was only about 20 minutes or so of breaks (that are not included in the average). I will add that is one of the best rides I have ever done.

I can ride 62 miles in less than 4 hours solo.
Last year, at age 59, my best time for a metric was 3:27. That was a group ride. 3:37 for a solo.

Odd thing was, the fastest was just a week after doing an organized century in 5:51. That actually measured out to 103.1 Second fastest overall time among Strava users in the 55-64 year age group for that event.
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Old 04-01-13, 08:52 PM
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I appreciate the competitive talk about times and such. But having arrived at this age, my only regrets are times I did not "enjoy the journey" through life. So although I'm as competitive as the next guy, I'm sometimes making a choice not to be. New into cycling and did the birthday ride for the first time last year. Fun time and frankly I can't remember how long it took. But I was back in time for basketball practice.
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Old 04-01-13, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
I think both should be reported--moving time and total time. I(one month shy of 55) did 81 miles two weeks ago in 5 hours moving time and 5:25 total time--which included bathroom stops, traffic, some food(some was also consumed while riding), and a couple of stretches. Last year at the end of August or in Sept, I actually did 62, metric century, @ 18.3 mph moving speed, 3 hours 20 something minutes and maybe you would add 10~15 minutes to come up with total time with stops and such. Not sure why my speed has gone down as much as it has now.
There are always variables. I have found my performance to be more inconsistant at this age (59 this month) than 20 years ago. I also find a little time away from longer rides or climbing rides slows me more than it used to.

My birthday is the end of the month and I'll have to cook up a good ride to celebrate.
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Old 04-02-13, 03:39 AM
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Six weeks until I hit the double nickle. Hope to ride at least my age that day. By the end of Summer I hope to be riding twice my age on a semi-regular basis!
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Old 04-02-13, 03:53 AM
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The only competitor I'm concerned with is myself. Part of how I think about my fitness is where I am today as opposed to where I was at the same time last year. I may be not as fast now as I was in Sept., but I'm faster than I was this time last year. Hopefully it is the denser air and winds that are the factor, and not my losing gains I made back in Sept.
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Old 04-02-13, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Hmmm. I'm thinking it has taken you 66 years and 5 hours to ride your age (not counting the 2 short breaks).

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Old 04-02-13, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
I think both should be reported--moving time and total time. I(one month shy of 55) did 81 miles two weeks ago in 5 hours moving time and 5:25 total time--which included bathroom stops, traffic, some food(some was also consumed while riding), and a couple of stretches. Last year at the end of August or in Sept, I actually did 62, metric century, @ 18.3 mph moving speed, 3 hours 20 something minutes and maybe you would add 10~15 minutes to come up with total time with stops and such. Not sure why my speed has gone down as much as it has now.
I track both ride time and overall time. I believe both have merits. Bikey Mikey, your times are impressive. 18.3 if great for a solo metric. I have come close the that on a club ride, when most of the ride is in a paceline. The only time I recall being over 18.0 for a solo ride was 39 (or 40, cant remember) for a Sunday ride about 3 weeks ago.
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Originally Posted by gif4445 View Post
I appreciate the competitive talk about times and such. But having arrived at this age, my only regrets are times I did not "enjoy the journey" through life. So although I'm as competitive as the next guy, I'm sometimes making a choice not to be. New into cycling and did the birthday ride for the first time last year. Fun time and frankly I can't remember how long it took. But I was back in time for basketball practice.
You only have to average ~17 mph to come in under 6 hours for a century. It's not "slow" but it's not so fast that you miss out on the scenery. There's nothing like getting into the rhythm of riding over rolling hills, either. You can back it down again when you're on the flats. Rollers are my favorite type of terrain. I feel like I'm 17 again on a roller coaster.

Sub-four hour metric isn't even that fast. Little over 15 mph. I have a local one that has breathtaking scenery.
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Old 04-02-13, 01:42 PM
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I haven't done my birthday ride for this year, but I do have a century lined up for the 20th of this month. The closest I got to 66 miles this year was a charity ride I did last month. The ride was a 100K ride which we completed in 4:02:03 ride time and 4:31:25 total time. This was with a new rider to our team, so it was slower than what we would have normally done the ride in. If I remember correctly, last years time for this same ride was in the 3:45 ride time range.
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The answer depends on whether you're asking about riding you chronologic age or your mental age...
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As long as its a celebration-enjoy it. Don't worry about the time it takes.

I live in the Las Vegas area and my birthday is in January. I turned 59 but rode 62 to make sure I covered the miles. I would hate to have a birthday in July or August. I am a wimp that way.
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Old 04-02-13, 06:48 PM
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A group of us headed out for my birthday ride at 8:00 am. We finished in time for breakfast and a guinness at a local pub.
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Old 04-02-13, 08:51 PM
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I think you have to climb your age x100 to talk. Just sayin'.
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hmmm, 50 miles in 3 hours for me...
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Always enjoy the birthday ride threads. This thread made me wonder though, at what age does "riding your age" become a challenge. I know the young 20 - 40 folks can ride their age almost daily. I will be 68 in Sept and hope to be able to ride that number, will have to make sure to measure the time, normally too pooped to care at the end.
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I just realised I rode my age twice within a week of my 55th birthday. This is seriously unusual, as I'm usually not anywhere where it's anywhere near warm enough to ride 55 miles in the middle of February.

Time? Don't really care. Was just pleased to have ridden.
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Time? Don't really care. Was just pleased to have ridden.
That's the spirit! Hopefully you went out for the 'BF.net 50+ forum required' celebratory Birthday Pie afterwards!
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
I think you have to climb your age x100 to talk. Just sayin'.
That is a lot of overpasses for some.
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+1 time doesn't matter! WE should be past this stuff at our age. Just do it!! That's what counts!!!

The only time I track stats is while touring. That's just to keep a running totals to keep me on schedule for meet ups/reservations etc. And again, at age 61, it doesn't matter if riding a loaded touring bike 60 miles took me 5 hours or 10. Just as long as I can count the distance as miles made good. Some days are easier than others. Too many variables to list.

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Originally Posted by El Segundo View Post
Always enjoy the birthday ride threads. This thread made me wonder though, at what age does "riding your age" become a challenge. I know the young 20 - 40 folks can ride their age almost daily. I will be 68 in Sept and hope to be able to ride that number, will have to make sure to measure the time, normally too pooped to care at the end.
I don't see why a fit 80 year old, who has been riding most of his/her life, can't ride their age.
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