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New Personal Best?? Let's Hear About It

Old 06-14-02, 06:22 AM
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New Personal Best?? Let's Hear About It

There's very little glory in those after work hammerfests. My wife could care less whether I was faster than yesterday, or just poking along. My cycling friends are caught up in their own riding to share the joy of a new personal best time.

Last night on a 32.2 mi ride I destroyed my previous personal best time. My average speed was 19.3 mph, vs. my previous best of 18.1 mph from last summer. The wind was nil and the temperature was around 65 degrees. The ride has about 1,800 ft of climbing, but none over 200 ft at one time. What's more? I left the security of my 12-27 cassette home and moved to an 11-23, and only hit the 23t twice, and briefly at that (39x53 up front).

Shaved my legs for the first time afterwards.

So, tell me how fast you are. Lets revel together as we validate our training by going faster. Don't be shy. Blow your own horn.
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Way to go, Woody! You da man!

My PB goals for this year are to better 60 km/h for a level sprint and to climb Mount Pleasant [a brutal local climb] in less than six minutes. My current PB for Mount Pleasant is 6:42. Mount Pleasant is 1,800 m long. The average grade is well over 10% and the average grade of the top half is probably nearer to 15%, with some 20% sections.
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Old 06-14-02, 08:10 AM
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Velocipedio,

Which gear combinations do you use during the climb?
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I get right down to 39x23 in the steepest sections, but mostly, I'm in 19 or 21. I can keep my cadence pretty steady around 75-80 for most of the way. Hardly spinning, but not grinding, either. I do grind -- cadence below 60 -- on another short climb that kicks up to 22 percent for about 200m. That one's a brute.
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5 years ago I did a solo 100km (62.5miles) in 2hours 25 mins. That is bloody fast in my books. I have gotten close a few times, but this year I am going to match that time - and do not care that I now am thirty years old.
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My PB for Old La Honda Rd (1260', 3.3 mi., 7.2% grade) is ~29 min. (Of course, the record is ~15 min.) I was gonna try and get it down to 26 min. by the end of the summer but twisted my ankle and broke a bone in my foot. So, I'm not sure if that's still achievable.

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Climbed the Central Park hill with a 53x18 gear ratio, 7 times, about 18 mph to 19 mph, last Thursday. My next training goal is riding to Bear Mountain from NYC (100 miles round trip) maybe this Wednesday without stopping for a large lunch. Still thinking about what "packet food" I can bring that would allow me to ride more than 5 hours without going bonk. Gels are a must but what else I can bring??? Cliff Bars. Maybe some packet lunch.
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Originally posted by WoodyUpstate
. My wife could care less whether I was faster than yesterday, or just poking along

So, tell me how fast you are. Lets revel together as we validate our training by going faster. Don't be shy. Blow your own horn.
I don't really think this is in the same vein as the rest of the posts but still.

My commute is only five miles and I try to go flat out from start to finish, because of traffic lights, junctions and cars if I manage anything close to 16mins I'm happy.

The record was 15.25 then back last year here in the UK we had a Petrol shortage and cars were getting pretty rare on the road, on the last day I set off without car in sight and going for it for, when I shot passed work I stopped the clock only to see 14.40 and to this day I really feel happy when I think about it.

So there I've blown my own horn and I like it.

This was done on my mountain bike, within the next few weeks I hope to buy a road bike, I wonder what time I'll be doing then ?
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Mine would have to be the century I tried but didn't finish. I tried to do it at the Hotter than Hell about four months after I started riding last year. I made it 80 miles on a mountain bike wearing all my gear except my vest. Now I just want to go back on my road bike and finish it.
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Maxed out at 60.5 kph during a sprint last Sunday at a race. Fastest speed I've ever achieved on a bike. (A year ago, I could only sprint at 40 kph)
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Originally posted by velocipedio
My PB goals for this year are to better 60 km/h for a level sprint and to climb Mount Pleasant [a brutal local climb] in less than six minutes. My current PB for Mount Pleasant is 6:42. Mount Pleasant is 1,800 m long. The average grade is well over 10% and the average grade of the top half is probably nearer to 15%, with some 20% sections.
'pedio,

That is a very sick hill. How do the locals negotiate it in the winter? One way . . . down?

How often do you climb it, and when do you expect to go for the record?
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Originally posted by WoodyUpstate
That is a very sick hill. How do the locals negotiate it in the winter? One way . . . down?

How often do you climb it, and when do you expect to go for the record?
Yeah... we call it Mount UN-Pleasant. I try to work a couple of climbs of the beast into my schedule every week. Most of the time, I take it pretty slow, but I do plant to try and blast up sometime in July.

It's in Westmount, the Wealthiest neighbourhood in Canada, and one of the wealthiest in North America [We're talking Bronfman billionaire wealthy here... even former PM Brian Mulroney can't afford to live this high up the hill]. How rich? One of the houses on the climb is for sale, and they had an open house [invitation only, so not really open] with valet parking.

The locals don't seem to have too much trouble driving their Jaguars, Rolls Royces and Range Rovers up and down the hill. Not surprisingly, this seems to be the first road cleared of snow in the metropolitan area...
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60 miles, about 2,500 ft. of climbing. Previous personal best (solo ride): 17 mph last July 4th and again last month. Last month I was disappointed that I couldn't better my mid-season time from last year, but I rode 24 miles in a brutal headwind that kept my cruising speed under 20 mph.

Saturday I left the house around 8 a.m. to beat the heat. I arrived home and checked the computer. . .

18mph ave. 3:21

Cruised for miles with a very light headwind at 21-22 mph in endurance zone. Climbs went very well, though the 23t cog on the last 14% pitch 3 miles from home nearly killed me (can you say 6 mph?). Felt good Sunday, too. Didn't ride, but wasn't groggy or sore.
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Every day before I go in to work, I ride this course I made up that I think lasts about 7 miles. I have no way to measure the distance, I am only guessing based on how long it takes me to jog. Anyways when I ride I try to keep the trip under 15 minutes, then on my way back, under 17 minutes. My personal best is 13:38 up, and 15:07 back. There are lots of hills which is why my coming back time is a bit longer.
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