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my time for 110km today I think still slow?

Old 08-03-11, 08:53 PM
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my time for 110km today I think still slow?

Well been working on doing more speed on my distance rides.

Did a ride today with some hills involved today distance 110km

Was going good, felt good.
used one powerbar for snack while riding and gatorade to replenish electrolytes

I did whole ride in 3 hours 40 minutes?

I feel this is still quite slow. my cyclocomputer said 27.8 km/hr

was speed,

So tell me all if this is still quite slow?

What type of times do some of you get for time in similar distance?

i want something to compare to and then work on getting better?
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Old 08-03-11, 09:12 PM
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Depends on many things: temp/humidity, elevation gain, riding solo, etc.

That speed probably won't get you a spot on a racing team, but I don't race--just guessing. My normal pace is around there for that distance. So I wouldn't consider it really slow. My last long ride details are here. The weather was nasty icky hot and humid, I was tired, hills are tough. My pace was slower than I wanted, but not bad considering. For instance, that ride was the first time I've ever stopped for a five minute rest under the shade.

Just have fun first of all. If you want to go faster, do Tabata or other intervals. Get in the drops more. Ride with fast cyclists, etc.
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Old 08-03-11, 09:15 PM
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I'd say that's a good pace for the distance, and hills involved, but I'm not a serious racer. If you want to go faster, just keep strengthening and you can do it. But 110 km or 68 miles in 3 2/3 hours is not slow in my opinion.
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Great job on your ride today. Speed can certainly be improved but through fitness development (and doping).
I do a self-time trial every Sunday morning on a 5 mile loop for three reiterations and gauge myself performance wise week-on-week. As little as it may be, I'm certainly improving. Of course, the wind conditions are different each time but I consider it negligible since one way may have terrible headwind but on the way back it's easy tailwind. I'm sure people have a different opinion regarding this, but I'm not worthy of a power meter yet. Maybe in one year's time.
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Yes, you're "slow" relative to many, many other riders. So am I and so is almost everyone on this board. Even the vast majority of pro cyclists are just grinding away at the margins. So what? Are you having fun? What are you trying to find out anyway? What kind of comparison would make you think you're "fast"? What would you do with your theoretical speed if you reached the mythical state of being "fast"? These aren't rhetorical or snarky questions.
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thats not bad. my current loop is 45.8 miles (73.7km). it takes me 2 hours and 40 minutes at an average speed of 17.1 (27.5km). plenty of hills here.
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Originally Posted by worldtraveller View Post
I did whole ride in 3 hours 40 minutes?
Is that a statement or a question?

I feel this is still quite slow. my cyclocomputer said 27.8 km/hr

was speed,
110km in 3:40 requires an average speed of 30kph, so your data doesn't make sense.
Regardless, you can search this forum for the value of average speed comparisons and come to your own conclusions.

If you want to compare yourself to others you need to ride with groups or race.
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There are just so many variables! Argh!
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