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Old 06-11-22, 07:19 PM
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Same time all the time.

There's a 40-mile ride with 3000' of climbing that I've done regularly for a few years. The riding time is 2 hours and 43 minutes, plus or minus a couple of minutes. Some days I feel full of energy, others the opposite, and occasionally have a slight hangover. Sometimes I feel fast, sometimes slow. Sometimes one coffee shop, sometimes two. But the time is always almost the same. Does anyone else have the same weird experience?
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Old 06-11-22, 08:53 PM
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Years ago I used to wake up at 1:23 then 2:23 then 3:23 then 4:23 and finally at 5:23 every night for about 3 months. Does that count?
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Old 06-11-22, 09:02 PM
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Doesn’t sound weird to me, I ride the same 40 mile route, not the same as yours, routinely. Not as much climb though, but that’s OK, switch it up by riding a different bike, weekend runs sometimes start with a hangover, usually cured by rides end.
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Old 06-11-22, 09:22 PM
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On my return home, there's a 700m stretch of main arterial 60km/hr road where most cars are going over 70km/hr. I can either pedal like mad or leisurely but it always takes me 1min10sec to reach the traffic light where I turn into my neighbourhood.
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Old 06-12-22, 12:12 AM
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Have you seen ‘Groundhog Day’?
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Old 06-12-22, 05:58 AM
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I know the phenomenon from a commute to work. I could sprint and wear myself out and shave two minutes off a 40 minute commute. But I now I'm retired and don't use a bike computer, so it doesn't matter anymore.
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Old 06-12-22, 06:10 AM
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Originally Posted by kirbyx View Post
There's a 40-mile ride with 3000' of climbing that I've done regularly for a few years. The riding time is 2 hours and 43 minutes, plus or minus a couple of minutes. Some days I feel full of energy, others the opposite, and occasionally have a slight hangover. Sometimes I feel fast, sometimes slow. Sometimes one coffee shop, sometimes two. But the time is always almost the same. Does anyone else have the same weird experience?
yes, I have a regular ride. do it w/ 3 diff. bikes, all year long, in varying conditions. the distance never changes. the times vary only slightly
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Old 06-12-22, 07:17 AM
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Interesting. I guess I’m so accustomed to Strava segments, I don’t have any idea what my overall ride time is like. Or maybe it’s an interval training mentality which causes a bit of myopia? Dunno, but I do know, thanks to data, that even when I feel like I’m bustin’ my butt, I’m not necessarily going any faster, so maybe that’s the same phenomena the OP is talking about.
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Old 06-13-22, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by kirbyx View Post
There's a 40-mile ride with 3000' of climbing that I've done regularly for a few years. The riding time is 2 hours and 43 minutes, plus or minus a couple of minutes. Some days I feel full of energy, others the opposite, and occasionally have a slight hangover. Sometimes I feel fast, sometimes slow. Sometimes one coffee shop, sometimes two. But the time is always almost the same. Does anyone else have the same weird experience?
Doing the math, riding 1 mph faster across this route would shave about 6 minutes. But riding 1 mph faster would require roughly 12% more power, and that is a BIG number. So it is not surprising that your power remains pretty constant and so does your average speed.
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Old 06-13-22, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by kirbyx View Post
There's a 40-mile ride with 3000' of climbing....
My rides have almost no climbing, so I can probably narrow down the time even closer. Did I get stopped by any additional lights? Did I drink water more times, or less? It variables like those that can make a difference for me, but they don't add up to much.
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Old 06-13-22, 12:11 PM
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Maybe getting a good night's sleep counts more than having the latest parts...
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I have found that shorter rides are faster after riding longer rides.

I can’t say how much of an improvement in your 40 miler if you ride 60 to 75 mile rides, but I’d guess there would be some improvement if you put out the same effort over a longer duration.

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