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Weekly training mileage PR's...?(9 posts)

Weekly training mileage PR's...?DT
Mar 12, 2001 7:50 PM
What's everyone's weekly PR for mileage without doing any organized races? I don't race (it wouldn't be fair to the rest of you, especially the guy who's bored with racing in America!) :o) I just ride because I truly enjoy it. The farthest I ever rode in one day was 194 miles in '97, the Seattle-to-Portland in a day, but this past Saturday I rode 85, the most I've done "just 'cuz". That topped my mileage for the week at 250, besting my previous PR by 15 miles. What about everyone else? I know there are people out there who smoked that, but I'm just curious...
re: Weekly training mileage PR's...?Peter Rhodes
Mar 13, 2001 4:22 AM
Well I'm actually proud of this since I never did it when I was in college, and now I have the 40 hour a week job. My PR for weekly mileage is 322 miles. It wasn't planned, it just happened that way. My best ever for 1 day (solo) was 125 miles. Talk about having every conversation possible with yourself.
I plan on killing that sometime this summer though and shooting for 400+
Mileage PRE3
Mar 13, 2001 5:21 AM
My weekly PR is 220 miles. Daily PR is 104 miles. I understand about having conversations with yourself. I ride 98% of my annual mileage solo.
"Just cuz": 140 miles in a day ...Humma Hah
Mar 13, 2001 10:18 AM
... but the weekly total was probably about 150.

Late this spring I'm planning a 160-mile one-day "just cuz", and again, the total for the week will be just about that.

I hate to DNF an event, so I've never signed up for a run I didn't expect to finish. If I'm out to see how far I can go in a day, it's a solo ride (the present strategy is to do it on a closed course, in this case a 5-mile bike path loop). I get dizzy after a while, but at least I keep passing the truck where I can stash my supplies and tools.
HH: you always seemed such a sensible fellow.bill
Mar 13, 2001 10:48 AM
You're going to do 160 miles in repeated five-mile loops? Why? (For the "why?" I want you to make sure you get the tone -- it isn't demanding or challenging, it's not disbelieving or scornful. It's just a bona fide, heartfelt, man, there sure are some things in this world that I would like to understand "why?")
Why? Why, if you were going to go that far, wouldn't you take advantage of the lovely vistas of your surroundings and do either a there-and-back or a big fat circle?
I agree, but there are reasons in this case ...Humma Hah
Mar 13, 2001 11:10 AM
First, this site is close-by. I can get an early start, and stagger home fairly easily when done (I had a bit of difficulty walking after the 140-miler). Second, the climbing is about 70 feet per 5-mile lap. I doubt there's another place nearby where I can get a loop flat enough to allow me to do that distance. Third, no traffic lights: there is some pedestrian traffic, hairpin turns, and a parking lot that requires some care, but I manage a higher speed average there than the local streets. Fourth, I get frequent opportunities to restock my goodies from the truck (although, frankly, the last four laps would probably be easier if I didn't keep passing it). And last, it is rather pretty.

All that said, it does get boring. I'd much prefer doing 25-mile loops. The week before the 140-miler I tried a long ride in the El Centro area, but got a late start, was unprepared for the heat, and the roads turned out to be less bike-friendly than I'd thought (narrow, with many big trucks). I found myself flirting with heat exhaustion after 40 miles, and had to quit. The following day I tried the lake, and easily did another 40 in the late afternoon, so settled on that.

There's a spot flatter and faster than the lake where I could probably manage a double century on the cruiser. But the idea of that many laps on the velodrome really does not appeal to me!

Once I'm back in Tidewater Virginia, a long loop probably will be practical, and I expect to try it.
Having your own SAGDog
Mar 13, 2001 1:33 PM
That's a great way to have your own rest stops; pile what you need in your car and do laps; 20 mile laps might be a little more like it, though :-)

Doug
Agreed ...Humma Hah
Mar 13, 2001 2:08 PM
... and if I could find a good, flat place to do it around here, with little traffic and few stop signs and lights, I'd be there in a flash.

Changing direction every 30 miles helped. A little. And the changing population of joggers, rollerbladers, and cyclists helped a little, too -- I could look forward to seeing the pretty girls coming the other way, or lapping the ones going my direction.
Going the distanceKerry Irons
Mar 13, 2001 3:58 PM
My normal weekly training distance is 350, once "century season" starts up. I ride 30 on M-W, 40 on Thursday (TT night), 100+ on F, and 60 on S & S. My longest single day distance is 180. The last summer I was doing self-supported touring, I averaged about 100/day, so I guess you could say my PR for a week is around 700. As an understatement, I like to ride.