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Never Say Never!!

Old 05-24-07, 04:27 PM
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Never Say Never!!

Well about a month ago, I said I'll never make it past 50 miles. Well, Monday I rode 60 miles, and today I rode 70 miles! My average speed was 16.1 with a 4:23 time. I know the speed is probably slow, compared to most, but I'm still feelin' pretty good I did notice the vultures circling around, overhead, during the last 10 miles
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At this rate, you'll have your first century done by the middle of next week.

Congratulations!
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Originally Posted by BikeNC
Well about a month ago, I said I'll never make it past 50 miles. Well, Monday I rode 60 miles, and today I rode 70 miles! My average speed was 16.1 with a 4:23 time. I know the speed is probably slow, compared to most, but I'm still feelin' pretty good I did notice the vultures circling around, overhead, during the last 10 miles
Mike
For real? The vultures I mean. I once actually had this happen when I was really beat on a long ride. I did feel much better when about 1/4 mile later I got to the roadkill they were circling.
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Thats a decent average. Its pointless to compare since the terrain makes all the difference.
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Originally Posted by BikeNC
Well about a month ago, I said I'll never make it past 50 miles. Well, Monday I rode 60 miles, and today I rode 70 miles! My average speed was 16.1 with a 4:23 time. I know the speed is probably slow, compared to most, but I'm still feelin' pretty good I did notice the vultures circling around, overhead, during the last 10 miles
Mike
I'd be ecstatic at 16 mph for 60-70 miles. On a good day I can average 15.5 for 25 miles on hilly roads. On some days, it's more like 13-14. I blame it on the wind!
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Originally Posted by Sprocket Man
At this rate, you'll have your first century done by the middle of next week.

Congratulations!
Thanks, that would be awesome!
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Go for it!!!
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Congrats!!!

So far I've only done a few 50 mile rides, a bunch of 35-40 mile rides, and a whole lotta 21.5 (my evening loop) rides...I really want to do some longer rides, with my current goal of completing a century within the next 30 days...good job!

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Originally Posted by Camilo
I'd be ecstatic at 16 mph for 60-70 miles. On a good day I can average 15.5 for 25 miles on hilly roads. On some days, it's more like 13-14. I blame it on the wind!
Don't be too hard on yourself. I noticed I have higher averages on longer rides. It may work that way for you,as well. I blame bad days on the wind also When the wind gusts are up I feel like I'm pullin' a drag chute behind me.
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Originally Posted by BikeNC
I did notice the vultures circling around, overhead, during the last 10 miles
Mike
If you think that's bad. Before the MS 150, I rode a sneak a peak ride for prevous years riders. It was a 50 mile preview of the MS 150 course. The last 6 miles I had an ambulance following me. Not joking.
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Originally Posted by Turkey Feathers
Congrats!!!

So far I've only done a few 50 mile rides, a bunch of 35-40 mile rides, and a whole lotta 21.5 (my evening loop) rides...I really want to do some longer rides, with my current goal of completing a century within the next 30 days...good job!

Never doubt yourself, it'll just set you up with an excuse for failure.
Ya know, once I get past the 50 mile mark, my butt can't tell the difference! I believe my new seat (E3 form)is breaking in, or maybe my butt's breaking in My shoulders and neck are getting used to the longer rides. They're not nearly as sore as they once were.
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Originally Posted by Dial_tone
Thats a decent average. Its pointless to compare since the terrain makes all the difference.
Thanks for the boost Here in central NC, it's hill after hill after hill after................
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Originally Posted by BikeNC
<snip> My shoulders and neck are getting used to the longer rides. They're not nearly as sore as they once were.
Mike
I hurt my neck perdy bad (landed on my head on a MTB ride, crashed ((pile driver style)) while crossing a log bigger than my ability..36ish inches. ) for the first couple hundred miles on the roadie, my neck was always sore, but it's gotten much better...only took a few months...

I've been able to average 17.2 mph on 50 mile rides, 17.6 ave on 35-40 mile rides....and I'm up to 19.5 mph average on my 21.6 mile loop evening ride...I have some good hills on all of them, I just wonder what I could do with A ride that I'm not solo...
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Originally Posted by Camilo
I'd be ecstatic at 16 mph for 60-70 miles. On a good day I can average 15.5 for 25 miles on hilly roads. On some days, it's more like 13-14. I blame it on the wind!
Hils = the great average speed killer.
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Originally Posted by oilman_15106
Hils = the great average speed killer.
+1000

normal avg speed in Nashville ~ 14.5mph because of the hills
avg. speed today in florida despite rough winds 17.1 mph...438 ft climbing in 31 miles...flat
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Originally Posted by BikeNC
Thanks for the boost Here in central NC, it's hill after hill after hill after................

I can't wait to get back to central NC; my average in western PA is a full 3 mph lower.
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I use average speed to monitor my improvement on certain routes. Up to 19.8mph so far on my daily 30 mile loop.
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Originally Posted by Ryleeryno
I use average speed to monitor my improvement on certain routes. Up to 19.8mph so far on my daily 30 mile loop.
+1 if you do a specific route regularly, average speed is a good indicator of overall bike fitness. I use my Sunday morning 55 miler to gauge my level. What I find is that if I do well on the climbs then hang on the flat section back toward town when the double paceline starts pulling my average speed will be much higher. The first couple of times I rode it last year my average was about 17mph and I would get dropped about mile 13-15. Now I finish each section with the group and my fastest average is 19.9mph.
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