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On avg. how far do you ride and how long does it take you?

Old 08-25-10, 12:23 PM
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On avg. how far do you ride and how long does it take you?

I'm still a relative noob with riding having < 200 miles on my odometer. I've been trying to ride farther each time I go out, but due to it getting dark I am only able to ride about 20 miles. Normally, I ride a 8 mile loop with a good amount of hills about 2 x and then I take the long way home to add another 4 miles making it ~20 miles, however this usually takes me about 1hr 30 - 45min. Yesterday I took what I called my "time trial" route, since it was just mostly flats with some rolling hills, about 18miles long and it took me a tad over an hour. I kept my cadence high and pushed it knowing that I had little time before it got dark.

Avg speed was about 16.86mph which is decent. I would like to go for a club ride that is 50miles long, so I have to keep building my ride length up.

For my question, is what I am riding acceptable for building my conditioning for bike riding?

I really like riding hills since it is a great challenge, but pushing and maintaining a high cadence and trying to hold 20mph is really fun as well. When I ride, and push myself, I feel that my lungs aren't the ones getting tired, I feel it in my quads mostly. Granted I do breath hard on the climbs, but it is mostly felt through my legs.
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Old 08-25-10, 12:28 PM
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Thursday - 34 miles...around 20.5 mph avg.

Saturday - 62 miles...around 18.5 mph avg., sometimes this is higher

Sunday - 45 miles...around 19 mph avg.

Monday - 33 miles...around 18.5 mph avg.

I'm a big believer in getting your miles in (saddle time). Don't worry about speed right now. It will come the more you ride. Just ride and enjoy!
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Old 08-25-10, 12:31 PM
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So you're really asking two different questions ... and I can't say anything terribly useful about your training regiment. In general, my advice is to keep at what you're doing, and to push yourself to go further when you can comfortably do so. But also to make sure you rest appropriately; if you're doing lots of anaerobic exercise one day, you should spend the next day on the couch with a good book. You should also eat and sleep well. From your rides, though, the most helpful advice I probably have is to buy some good lights so that riding at night doesn't bother you.

But I can answer the question in the title more concretely. Lately I'm doing about 85 miles per weekend ( typically 35 mi on Saturday and 50 mi on Sunday ), and average about 10 miles per day over the week. How long it takes depends on a lot of things ... I like to ring the lake I live on, and fight my best time for the event. On the other hand, this weekend I met a girl at a party in a park ten miles away; there was a lot of walking the bike once we got to the BBQ, so that dropped my average. Hills hurt the avg speed to some extent, too, because it takes longer to struggle up than to bomb down. And then, I got a new bike this weekend, which is drastically faster than the old one.
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It all depends on the winds.
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It is a silly question, but I definitely want to keep pushing the pace. I usually ride about 2x a week and I will keep pushing myself. My diet and sleep are good, so no worries there.
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To train for a 50 mile ride, just have a few 35mph rides under your belt and you'll be fine. Unless they're a really fast group, then you'll get dropped, so bring map/cue sheet with you.
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It depends how i feel and how busy my schedule is during the week. I usually get about 150 miles in a week. Battling a bit of tendinitis and have a saddle sore currently so i'm not really getting in the miles i'd like to.
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My average ride over 2,500 miles this year is 31, with the longest being 86 and the shortest, 23. My climbing average for the year is 53 feet per mile.

As to speed, none of your damn business, pal.
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If I look at the total distance I've covered over the last couple years and the total number of hours spent riding over the last couple years, then the average distance of a ride would be 23.61 miles and the average time it takes me to ride that distance is 1 hour 23 minutes.

But this information really is meaningless -- you can't make any useful comparisons. Distance varies greatly and is dragged down by a lot of commuting trips, and speed varies even more depending on how hilly a ride I do, how much wind there is, whether I am doing a steady effort or intervals, whether it is an easy day or I'm pushing myself, whether I'm riding alone or in group, and so forth.
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Originally Posted by GrapplingVR6
I'm still a relative noob with riding having < 200 miles on my odometer.
If it makes you feel better, though, I have almost exactly 60 miles on my odometer. I won't say when I got the bike...
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Bikes are for suckers. Cars are much faster. I can go upwards of 65mph average on the interstate. I can't go faster than that only because it would be against the law, and breaking the law is wrong.
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You'd be surprised at how quickly you'll be able to hit the 50 mile mark if you keep at it.

I usually do 2-3 rides of 25-35 miles during the week, a 50-75 miler on Saturday and another 35er on Sunday, if the weather cooperates and my life doesn't interfere. I guess I average somewhere between 17-18 mph, depending on conditions and laziness.
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Originally Posted by colombo357
Bikes are for suckers. Cars are much faster.
Not (necessarily) where I live.
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Depends so much the time of year and where I'm at in the schedule.
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Originally Posted by colombo357
Bikes are for suckers. Cars are much faster.
I remember when I lived in downtown Portland, it took me up to 20 minutes to find a parking space at night. Bike was faster for most trips.
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