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Been wondering(11 posts)

Been wonderingmackgoo
Sep 24, 2001 2:44 PM
I'm 42, just finished 42 miles today, hm coincidence? Any way I did the 42 at an average speed of 18 mph. I'm curious how that compares to the rest of you guys? Obviously terain may have alot to do with it. I would call it hilly terrain.
re: Been wonderingmarty
Sep 24, 2001 3:19 PM
18mph for 42 miles solo is a good strong effort. Suggestion, don't get too hung up on average speed, in fact you might find it liberating to not even track it.
re: Been wonderingfartslapper
Sep 24, 2001 4:05 PM
Sounds like a hell of a ride. no matter the avg. speed
SmokingKerry Irons
Sep 24, 2001 4:55 PM
A ride that is 20% climbing at 6% grade (therefore 20% descending and 60% flat) cuts your average speed by 20% (16 mph vs 20 mph, 26 kph vs 32 kph). So 18 mph on a course like this (very hilly) is booking right along. Less hilly means a faster average, but I'd say you were cooking.
Faster than MeRich Clark
Sep 24, 2001 4:55 PM
But then, so was some old guy on a Huffy that passed me going up a bridge the other day. That wasn't you, was it?

I'd Ibe happy with itterry_b
Sep 24, 2001 5:46 PM
I'm a wee bit older than you and I am always happy with any 30+ miles ride that averages 18 or more. As others have said though don't get too worked up with averages - statistics are not your friend. A little bit of lost time makes a huge negative difference.
It makes me feel ...Tom C
Sep 24, 2001 7:03 PM
well, good. Saturday I averaged 20.2 mph for 51.5 miles over a hilly route and I celebrate my 50th birthday next month. My best 10 mile time trial this year has been 25 min 41 seconds which is something over 23 mph. I should add that my life is my own as I've been retired since 1984. Point being that if you had the free time to work at this sport without time considerations or outside obligations you'd be saying this too! I hope it inspires.
Great average and retirementrtolle
Sep 24, 2001 8:44 PM
Hell, I'm in my senior year of college. Sounds great to retire at 33 and be able to ride like that. It's bad news when you haven't started working and you're already thinking about retirement.
Great average and retirementTom C
Sep 25, 2001 8:07 AM
I was just lucky, I guess. I got a seat on, well lets say, one of the Chicago exchanges in the late 70's. My company was taken over in 1984 and all the officers of the company except of course the CEO (also chief stockholder) were let go. I wouldn't be rich but there was enough to enter into an agreement with my wife. I would buy the house, we would give up our DINK life, she had our daughter in 1986, went back to pursue her career and I became one of the pioneer stay at home dads. She pays property taxes utilities etc. and banks the rest. I cook, chauffeur the family, do the repairs remodeling etc. and watch the pot online. We're free on the weekends i.e. no yardwork, shopping etc. but I still have to ride on the weekends, but I do the longer rides during the week. She's happy and she only does the laundry because, "I don't like the way you do it, you ruin my clothes ...zzzzz...." I'm happy, I get to see my daughter grow up in front of my eyes and now she started riding with me. Reading this as I write it makes me feel like something of an ingrate. I really am lucky.
re: Been wonderingLLSmith
Sep 25, 2001 1:57 AM
I have 6 years on you, but you would have passed me like a flash. Did 40 miles Sunday on hilly terrain and averaged a fuzz over 15 mph.You were moving pretty darn fast.
last Sundayalex the engineer
Sep 25, 2001 3:53 AM
5 of us broke away from the club ride, and did 48 miles @ 20.? mph, terrain was flat, but 1/2 of that was with a nasty headwind. We had a break in the middle for fresh cider. I'm 40, and was the youngest in the bunch. We had 2 old treks, 1 old bianchi, and 2 C'Dales, one new, one an older caad3.