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13mph average on a 20 mile ride...(14 posts)

13mph average on a 20 mile ride...Wagnerite
Feb 25, 2002 9:10 PM
Havn't ride in about two months, busy with school work. Teaching High school sure takes a lot out of me.

anyway, went for a ride today, only 21 miles but the average speed was only 13mph, hahahah, when i got home i had a good laugh. Although,it was good getting back on the saddle tho.

by the way, it was about 75 degree here in socal. it was so warm, i even wore my sleeveless jersey and my regular bib.
Keep it upDWridesGT
Feb 26, 2002 12:42 AM
Glad to hear you're back out there riding. Keep it up and the speed will increase and the distance will get longer. Have fun.

'bout two and a half years ago...Js Haiku Shop
Feb 26, 2002 6:09 AM
i'd ride the road bike from my house to a turnaround point about four miles away, then head back. i'd have to stop in a church parking lot about halfway back from the turnaround point (about six or seven miles into the ride) to breathe, put my head between my knees, and try to stop shaking and suppress the urge to hurl. i was averaging maybe 12-14 mph, heavier by more than 40 pounds, and had been about a year without a cigarette. how things change!
Confession is good for the soulKristin
Feb 26, 2002 6:24 AM
Thanks for posting. Sometimes I think I'm the only slow rider out there. I'm averaging 13.6 MPH on the few rides I take these days. Over the summer I had achieved an 18.1 MPH average.

On Sunday, I knew I needed to do some exercise that could be considered "base" training or just aerobic. It was 60 degrees, but windy. So I actually could NOT ride my bike as it would have been impossible to keep my HR under 150. I walked 8 miles instead. Sad isn't it? But hey, at least we're opting for a healthy life-style and not sitting on our bums eating chips while watching the olympics. (Though I confess I did a little of that too.)
Confession is good for the soulkeep it up
Feb 26, 2002 6:53 AM
After a battle with gout in my right foot I have started to again ride my bike. I'm up to 200 miles this year and getting back in some kind of shape. Every little bit helps and keeps the mind free and clear.
sounds familiar. are you in US? what part of country? nmJs Haiku Shop
Feb 26, 2002 7:05 AM
NorCal NMkeep it up
Feb 26, 2002 7:30 AM
wrong side of country. oh, well. glad you're better now. nmJs Haiku Shop
Feb 26, 2002 10:33 AM
That wind on sunday was murder (Saturday too)Alex-in-Evanston
Feb 26, 2002 10:32 AM
I did a fixed gear ride both days and almost wept when I turned around to face that strong south wind - 28 miles from home.

Are you going to do a snow ride tonight?

I feel your painKristin
Feb 26, 2002 1:03 PM
I only did about 12 miles on Saturday afternoon. I took the wind on the way out. Chugging, out of the saddle in 39x19 going downhill. Aaarrrggghh! But the ride home was nice!

Should I put my 23's back on for the snow ride tonight? LOL. Next summer I've got to find me a junker. Enjoy the ride.
re: 13mph average on a 20 mile ride...Len J
Feb 26, 2002 7:02 AM
4 years ago, when I took up riding again after an 8 yr layoff I figured that I'd just get on the bike & in a few weeks be back to "Respectable" shape. (Memories of how easy it was to get back in shape in my early 30's dancing in my head).

Boy was I in for a rude awakening. I'll never forget that first ride. 3 miles from home and I have completly blown up. Legs are shaking, can't catch my breath, for the first time I can ever remember, I have to stop & get off the bike, bend over & hope I don't pass out. Well, anyway, I did survive, even made it home on the bike (albeit slowly). I actually think that getting on the bike for the next ride was incredibly hard. But once I accepted that I was 43 years old and that it was going to take time to get back in shape & gave up the ego, it became fun again.

By the end of that first year, I was doing centuries at a 17.5mph average (flat centuries). Each year has gotten a little better & I've gotten a little stronger.

The hardest lesson for me is how quickly I loss fitness at this age. I recently (through a combination of business, & family issues) was forced off the bike for two weeks after working a pretty structured training program concentrating on Aerobic miles for 8 straight weeks. When I got back on the bike, I could tell by my heart rate vs speed that I had lost some of what I had gained. It really sucked. But each ride since I have gained back some so it seems that my recovery is quicker that it used to be (4 years ago)

As in most things, there is pain & there is gain.

My .02

average can be deceptiveTig
Feb 26, 2002 8:10 AM
Thanks to slowing down/stopping for lights, stop signs, and anything else, the average displayed on the computer doesn't reflect our actual ability sometimes. Sure, it's accurate for the miles ridden vs time, but how many times have we ridden at a certain pace consistently throughout the whole ride, only to be disappointed by a much lower average displayed? Don't let the numbers fool ya! You are back out there and that's all that counts. 21 miles is a good ride for being off so long. I think the time spent on the bike is more important than the average when it comes to basic fitness.

11 months ago I got back on the bike after 2 years off. I was happy just to get 10 or 12 slow miles in at a time. Later I worked up to 20 and 25 medium-slow miles, and kept building from there. You have to look at your progress like climbing stairs in sloooow motion... one... step... at... a... time... and before you know it, you are feeling great and flying along! Of course, aging does throw in a monkey wrench on the rate and pain of this progression. I kept trying to make promises my body couldn't keep!

I'm glad others had stories about how difficult it was when they started or got back into riding. I'll remember it when my wife starts riding, which will help me to understand what she will face and be gentle on her.
re: 13mph average on a 20 mile ride...johnjohn
Feb 26, 2002 9:01 AM
I appreciate the "humaness" in this post a lot. Thanks.
hey!Hardy Harhar
Feb 26, 2002 11:10 AM
That's over 20 kph!