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Finally got a 16 mile an hour ride.

Old 07-02-19, 07:23 PM
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Ya Id say 18mph isnt hard on flats with no stop lights, stop signs, traffic. The right route will boost your speed. There was a 66 year old that says he averaged 20mph for 100 miles solo
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Old 07-02-19, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
I'm sure this is unbelievably slow for alot of folks here. I've been close a few times but never finished with a 16 mph average. Well saturday I got my first at 16.0. Me and my father in law rode our 24 mile route. I was happy to get a new first. Now if I can figure out how to get in the 17's lol.
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Old 07-02-19, 07:30 PM
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Yeah in the flats a high mph is pretty easy but the avg is way lower. Lol I just like to look at avg as a gauge to which groups I might be able to ride with. I dont want to be the one guy holding folks up. Sure avg speed can be a bragging right but I would rather use it as a gauge. I'm gonna keep pushing along. I know I'll get faster.
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Old 07-03-19, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by MSchott View Post
Intervals at or near VO2 max is one thing but is it humanly possible to do this for 30 minutes?
The fast as possible ride for 30-60 minutes isn't one big interval, just hit everything hard, so every little hill or acceleration works as another interval
Depends how near to max, I would estimate I can do about 90% of max for 30 minutes, based on HR and watts over strava segments - https://www.strava.com/activities/2498264888
That one I would have done a full hour but had to get back to work, and ran out of water for the last 20 minutes and started overheating. Too hot out for max efforts
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Originally Posted by MSchott View Post
Intervals at or near VO2 max is one thing but is it humanly possible to do this for 30 minutes?
Interval workouts have little to do with a specific intensity; they're just a set amount of time/distance at a different (usually) harder intensity.

You do longer efforts (hour plus) at sub threshold, 3-6 min efforts at vo2 max, 1-2 mins near max efforts, 10-15 secs sprints, and anything in between.

All have their purpose and place depending on fitness goals.
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Old 07-03-19, 05:43 AM
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All of that is Greek to me, lol. I appreciate all the help.
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Old 07-03-19, 06:14 AM
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16 mph avg. may not sound like much in the virtual world, but in the real world that is probably above average. Like you said, it's just a number, but it is fun to reach a milestone, and having a goal can be extra motivation (above and beyond the sheer joy of riding a bike).
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Old 07-03-19, 08:12 AM
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Nice job dude! You'll get faster, much faster...It takes a little bit of time to teach those legs how to spin effortlessly but eventually you'll get to 18s.
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Old 07-03-19, 09:03 AM
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All about goals and improving!
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
Yeah in the flats a high mph is pretty easy but the avg is way lower. Lol I just like to look at avg as a gauge to which groups I might be able to ride with. I dont want to be the one guy holding folks up. Sure avg speed can be a bragging right but I would rather use it as a gauge. I'm gonna keep pushing along. I know I'll get faster.
Average speed really isn't a good gauge. In a group you'll be faster since you won't be working hard as you draft. Solo rides are a lot tougher so while you may be 16mph solo you'll probably 18-22mph in a group since it's the front man that does most of the work and you'll find yourself even coasting over 20mph in a large group.
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Originally Posted by MyTi View Post
Average speed really isn't a good gauge. In a group you'll be faster since you won't be working hard as you draft. Solo rides are a lot tougher so while you may be 16mph solo you'll probably 18-22mph in a group since it's the front man that does most of the work and you'll find yourself even coasting over 20mph in a large group.
It can be a reasonable gauge if it a solo ride over similar terrain to what you are comparing to, and there aren't too many stop/starts.
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Old 07-03-19, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
I'm sure this is unbelievably slow for alot of folks here. I've been close a few times but never finished with a 16 mph average. Well saturday I got my first at 16.0. Me and my father in law rode our 24 mile route. I was happy to get a new first. Now if I can figure out how to get in the 17's lol.
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Old 07-03-19, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by MyTi View Post
Average speed really isn't a good gauge. In a group you'll be faster since you won't be working hard as you draft. Solo rides are a lot tougher so while you may be 16mph solo you'll probably 18-22mph in a group since it's the front man that does most of the work and you'll find yourself even coasting over 20mph in a large group.
It is relevant if it is a route the OP will ride again so he or she can compare efforts.
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Old 07-03-19, 03:39 PM
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I've never ridden with a group, well I take that back. I rode behind a group when I was getting started, I couldnt keep up. A buddy hung back and rode with me. I'm curious how different itll feel. I'm gonna meet up with a local group in the morning for a 28 mile ride. Funny how ya get nervous. I'm just gonna try to stay out of everyone's way and ride. I've learned some cycling etiquette so hopefully I wont piss anybody off. Seems most of these are older guys. The ones I've met have been very nice.
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Good for you! 16 mph is something I could do on my nice road bike before my heart condition diagnosis. So I sold that bike - idiot! I haven't had the health or the bike to get back there yet. But I've had work done and I've got a fast bike again (not as nice). Maybe soon...
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Old 07-03-19, 03:59 PM
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Congratulations!

I've had the same goal for probably 15 years now and never made it by the end of the summer yet.
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
I've never ridden with a group, well I take that back. I rode behind a group when I was getting started, I couldnt keep up. A buddy hung back and rode with me. I'm curious how different itll feel. I'm gonna meet up with a local group in the morning for a 28 mile ride. Funny how ya get nervous. I'm just gonna try to stay out of everyone's way and ride. I've learned some cycling etiquette so hopefully I wont piss anybody off. Seems most of these are older guys. The ones I've met have been very nice.
Do you get nervous playing a pickup basketball game? No reason to be nervous they are all just there to have fun and exercise...but ok maybe a few Tdf wannabes lol
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Lol that's true. Had a great time on the ride. Atleast I wasn't the last guy in. Pretty close though. I still need alot of work on my motor but ima keep putting along.
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Old 07-10-19, 10:39 AM
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Do you get nervous playing a pickup basketball game? No reason to be nervous they are all just there to have fun and exercise...but ok maybe a few Tdf wannabes lol
Well a newb mistake in a pick up basketball game usually won't result in a crashing at high speeds.
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Congrats! I always get a bit miffed at the many stoplights in my area because they kill my average MPH Some time soon I might try the bike path from Ventura to Carpinteria...that should be 16 miles of no-stop-light action.
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I'm a fairly new recreational rider and have been riding for about 2 yrs. I averaged around 12 mph on a flat 20 mile route for the first 1 1/2 year. Then, I switched to a more climbs with a short 6% grade hill of 25 mile ride. I rode it for about 3 months. One day I went back to the first route and noticed my average jump to 14 mph.

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I achieved 17mph average on 10.5 mile ride this morning. This is only the 2nd time I've done it. I thought I was gonna die near the end of the route.

My ride was only 35 minutes, though... not an hour.
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I rode nearly 12 today at 15.9. Fought the wind. On that route theres only a few hills. Nothing real steep. I hate hills, but they make you stronger.
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Originally Posted by DomaneS5 View Post
I achieved 17mph average on 10.5 mile ride this morning. This is only the 2nd time I've done it. I thought I was gonna die near the end of the route.

My ride was only 35 minutes, though... not an hour.
That's awesome, I got a way to go before I solo a 17mph ride of any sort.
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Putting in the miles will eventually get you there. Add at least one all out sprint to your rides.

One thing that I have done that has increased my speed is that I run up the stairs at work. I work on the third floor and no longer use the elevators. It has built up the strength in my legs and my speed has improved.
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