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Old 03-27-07, 05:49 PM
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Your Ride distances

1. How far do you ride on your typical rides at present?

2. Assuming you are increasing distances, how far are you hoping to increase to this season?

3. What is the farthest you have ever ridden in one day?
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1. 5 miles
2. 1 mile
3. 208m
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1. Weekday rides (3-4x depending on weather & time on hand to ride) - I have a couple routes that range from 30 - 55 miles. Weekends, right now, one or two 65 mile rides.

2. Weekdays will stay the same as the weather gets nicer. Weekends will go to 75-85ish mile each day, with a century thrown in here and there. If I do a century on a weekend, I'll do a shorter 25-30 mile "take it easy" ride the next day.

3. Around 100... 102.65928ish
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Originally Posted by Mukluk
1. How far do you ride on your typical rides at present?
My farthest ride since I started riding again this month has been a little over 20 (did not riding over the winter- just running). I am training for triathlons so I have swimming and running too- therefore weekly mileage hasn't been to high yet.

2. Assuming you are increasing distances, how far are you hoping to increase to this season?
I am training for an olympic distance tri which will have a 25 mile ride (along with a 10K run and a 1500 m swim). I'd like to be able to ride 50 miles on weekend rides (only 30 miles to go). I am going to start bike commuting soon a few days a week 16 miles each way so that will help.

3. What is the farthest you have ever ridden in one day?
I am not sure. I think it was the Tecate Ensenada bike ride which is slightly over 70 (I think). I'd like to do that one again. Haven't done a century yet but I'd like to (I've run a marathon for whatever that might be worth). And would love to do a long bike tour someday too.
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1. 40-50 miles
2. 10-20 miles max
3. 103 - did three centuries this year already
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You will notice as you get in better shape the distances you travel will get further...

When your first 35 mile ride seems like an accomplishment, 65 is around the corner and so on...

It gets the the point where you need/want 3 hours or more on the bike or else you think it is a waste to ride...

I qualify this as a mileage junky...

You can still get a good work out in a shorter amount of time but I like hours on the bike...
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There's a big difference between what distance you're riding and what you're doing for that distance.

Intervals vs. 12,000 ft of climbing vs. all flat vs. rolling hills, etc. All variables to consider when talking about distance.

EDIT: I don't race, and I don't do much interval training (although I do it periodically just to be a stronger rider). I like climbing, but I suck at it... so I'll keep doing it until I can like it an be good at it at the same time. My goal is to climb more and further this year. Distance will come in time as I improve.
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Originally Posted by grahny
There's a big difference between what distance you're riding and what you're doing for that distance.

Intervals vs. 12,000 ft of climbing vs. all flat vs. rolling hills, etc. All variables to consider when talking about distance.
Of course you are right, but I was just wondering about typical distances people might ride. If they are doing intervals, huge climbs, they can certainly add that. Not to mention headwinds!!! Or the dreaded FredWind...the turbulence created by the guy that passes you wearing street clothes and riding a dollar per pound 50 pound bike. It hasn't happened to me yet, but I know it will!!!
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I do 15 miles or so when I get the opportunity. Weather appears to have broken in Iowa (for now at least) and I'm just getting back onto the bike from last fall. I did nothing this winter on the bike.

I'm training for a couple or three sprint triathlons this summer, but would still like to do up to a 50-miler at least once (hell maybe more depending on how the training goes).

Longest I've done so far was approximately 25 miles last summer. I'm fairly new to "real" road cycling.
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1) Here are my rides so far since 1/1/07.

33.0, 60.0, 17.5, 15.5, 28.4, 20.0, 17.5, 19.0, 17.6, 54.0, 17.6, 17.8, 17.2, 68.0, 16.5, 17.0, 26.0, 19.0, 53.3, 21.9, 25.0, 16.2, 60.0, 100.4, 29.0, 60.9, 16.4, 18.0, 13.5, 3.0, 28.2, 53.2, 16.0, 17.0, 11.2, 5.0, 24.5, 33.5, 17.6, 17.0, 29.4, 34.1, 62.4, 21.7, 41.8, 51.1, 57.0, 35.3, 57.1, 4.0, 30.0, 100.1, 22.0

Not sure if this helps any though.

2) Not really worried about it.

3) 102
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1) 25-30 miles.
2) I hope to be at 50-60 miles by the end of summer.
3) 30 miles. well I have riden farther but that was when I was like 15 years old.
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- 20-55 miles, every day, rain or shine! (missed last saturday!)
- cross-country trip in the works!
- 85 miles....only been road biking for about 2 weeks though, hope to hit a century as soon as I can get a whole day off of my two jobs..
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Miles is miles. It's all about the climbing.
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Miles is miles. It's all about the climbing.
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1. I ride 10 miles a day to/from work. other than that, this year I've gone up to 92 miles, so anything between 1-92 miles
2. don't care
3. 215 miles
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Answers in red:
Originally Posted by Mukluk
1. How far do you ride on your typical rides at present?
40-50 miles. (Insert early season excuses here.)

2. Assuming you are increasing distances, how far are you hoping to increase to this season?

202 miles. We'll see.

3. What is the farthest you have ever ridden in one day?

145 miles.
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1. 30-60 miles.
2. Hoping to do a double century in one day, and get in some regular centuries.
3. About 105 miles.
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1. 25 miles does it for me, 3 mile commute to work
2. My goal has nothing to do with distance really, I just want to be able to climb like a mountain goat for two hours
3. Longest I've ever ridden was 40miles/3hours on my mtb
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Regular rides are in the 15 to 40 mile range. Yes, I hope to lengthen that over the year.
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1. 25-40 miles
2. Longest ride planned for this season so far is 160 miles
3. 160 miles done twice before. 6 centuries last year.

As Hammertoe mentioned it's not really about the miles, but rather it is about the time.
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Time and effort come before mileage but...
1. about 15 to 40 miles +/-
2. Not to concerned
3. 206 miles Seattle to Portland (one day)
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1. Typical training days are 25-35 miles three times/week and then one long ride day of 45-85 miles.
2. I'd like to increase my long ride days to centuries.
3. 200 miles
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1. ~28 miles (first month of training after ~6 month absence)
2. Might do a 160 miler - RAIN - this summer. If not my longest training ride will be ~60 miles. I might go nuts one day and do a century.
3. 101 or so miles.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001
As Hammertoe mentioned it's not really about the miles, but rather it is about the time.
Motion is carried.

Ever since I got off the mileage kick, I got faster. Connection?
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1) 14, or 18, miles round trip to work every day. Rain or shine. Never drive. Weekend rides are usually 50-75 miles, I try for a 100mi for the weekend. Monthly goal this year is 500 miles. Not a problem so far.

2) Hoping to do a century this summer. Mainly focusing on time and climbing now. I want to get faster and stronger.

3) 75 miles, 3000 ft climbing, under 5:30 hrs. Probably 5 or 6 rides in low 70's in the last year.

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