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Miles(12 posts)

Aug 17, 2001 3:06 PM
I've been at the sport for 2 weeks now with my new Trek 1000 and i've racked up about 125 miles now. But my longest distance on a single ride has only been 32 miles in 2 hours on a slightly hilly area.

What i'm wondering is how long it took everybody to get some good distance rides in and how long it took. Sometimes it's hard to find a good chunk of time to go out and ride cause i'm so busy. Which leaves me to riding only about an hour at a time.

re: MilesAkirasho
Aug 17, 2001 3:57 PM
Congratz on your your new ride and your milage to date!

Your question has no real answer... it varies too much by some of the reasons you mentioned... and an individual's physical and mental abilities as well as their goals.

So far, sounds like you're doing fine. When I first returned to cycling, a thirty miler was out of the question and I settled for 8 to 12 mile loops, done in about an hour's time. Now, the limiting factor for my milage is time, or a lack thereof.

You'll need to optimize what time you do have to get the most bang for your buck... as time goes by, you should be able to cover a greater distance in the same amount of time... and to a point, increase the amount of effort needed to do so (eventually, you'll become more efficient and you could use less energy to cover 32 miles in an hour and a half than you use right now).

A busy friend of mine calls it "Stealing Time". You need to look at where you might be able to shift things around a bit to get a few more minutes of cycling in your days and weeks. Commuting is a good way...

For me, cycling is my main physical endeavour (knee and back problems) and I make it a high priority in my day's plan (along with rest days). There have been times when a quick wash up in a sink has given me 30 to 45 more ride minutes than a shower and shave... or quick and easy meals (pasta and canned sauce) vs. big dinners... Riding from home vs. driving to an area to ride... you'll have to decide.

As far as length of time for "serious" distance, again, no real answer... I'd work on riding first... the speed and distance will come when it's ready.

Be the bike.
Thanks Akirasho nmsral
Aug 17, 2001 4:06 PM
A beautiful post! the spirit of mtbr...(nm)rollo tommassi
Aug 17, 2001 4:31 PM
re: MilesTig
Aug 17, 2001 4:43 PM
It sounds like you are doing very well so far, especially for a newbie. It takes time to build endurance. Once you feel stronger you will be able to up the pace as well.

My best tip to increase your milage, speed, and most of all, enjoyment is to ride with a group sometimes. Check the local bike shops about clubs and rides. A racing team will not be a good place to start though! Group riding requires some basic rules to keep it safe. Ask questions. Watch what the better riders do and listen how people communicate. Good luck and happy riding.
Thanks Tigsral
Aug 17, 2001 6:14 PM
I'm loving every minute on the road so far!
re: Milescycleguy
Aug 17, 2001 6:27 PM
Don't worry to much as a new rider as to how far, how fast, etc. Just ride when you can, as often as you can. The simple joy of cycling is just, well riding. Enjoy everyride as much as your first and the time for everything else will come.
After 43 years of riding ...Humma Hah
Aug 17, 2001 7:13 PM
... My typical daily ride is only 23 miles, but I go for longer ones when I can get a chance. I try to get in at least 70 a week, and am averaging 73 miles per week so far this year.

I've gotten in 3 centuries since January, with plans to do a 150-miler next month that will probably leave me barely able to walk afterwards. That will hopefully be my new 1-day record, which presently stands at 140 miles (my legs were trembling after that one, too).
After 43 years of riding ...are you nuts?Jon Billheimer
Aug 18, 2001 3:13 PM

You want to do a 150 mi. day tour on a 70 mi. per week base? You must take perverse pleasure in hurting yourself.
Why not? I did ...Humma Hah
Aug 18, 2001 3:20 PM
... my y2k 140 with maybe a 50 mile per week base. Of course, it darned near KILLED me!

That 70 miles per week is since January. In the last couple of months it is WAY higher. About a month ago I did a 105-mile ride in a week that hit 190 mile, the week before that was 143, with a number of 100-125'ers in there. I should be OK unless the trail is soft and muddy (normally it is a good, fast, well-groomed surface, or so I'm told. And, as a canal tow-path (the C&O), it is nearly flat, and we'll be going primarily slightly downhill.
I Should Know...Jon Billheimer
Aug 18, 2001 7:03 PM
that anyone who get his kicks from doing 15% hill sprints on a 30 lb cruiser would find doing a long ride that's three times his average weekly mileage normal! Give the class a full report of your experience upon completion of your project!!
I'll have you know ...Humma Hah
Aug 18, 2001 7:24 PM
... the bike weighs 42.5 lbs, and I usually have about another 10-lbs in the pack, just to be sure I'm getting enough exercise.

OTOH, I can't climb 15% very far without gearing it down to 36:18. 12% limits me to short climbs, 8% is about my limit for a long climb, and for 150 miles, it really should help if its DOWNHILL ALL THE WAY!