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25 mile TT, what time should I be shooting for?(11 posts)

25 mile TT, what time should I be shooting for?Scummer
Apr 8, 2002 1:01 PM
Our club is hosting our first a 25 mi. TT (flat course). What kind of times should I be shooting for? I'm 45, 6', 170 lbs, in decent shape , but certainly no racer. I did a sub 5 hr. century once (unassisted, no drafting, clock never stops), but that was 10 years back. Any folks in a similar situation? THANKS!
that's sort of hardRideLots
Apr 8, 2002 1:12 PM
There are so many variables, it's hard to say. I'd think that given what you stated, anything over 22 mph (68 minutes) would be good.

re: 25 mile TT, what time should I be shooting for?brider
Apr 8, 2002 2:24 PM
Well, Kent Bostick went well under 50 minutes for 40K well into his 40s.
re: 25 mile TT, what time should I be shooting for?Scummer
Apr 8, 2002 3:09 PM
Let's see, that works out to about 30 mph (ballpark). Lance Armstrong I ain't... I think I'll quit before I start.
Apr 8, 2002 3:36 PM
Yup, if you can't timetrial at 30 mph better you're a no-good, pond-scum, bottom feeder of a "rider". I guess that applies to every single person who has ever posted on this site, though.

Most Cat 4/5 racers can't even timetrial over 25 mph for 25 miles. It is geometrically more and more difficult to gain each additional increment of speed, too. 30 mph is like a hundred times more difficult than 25. My bet is that most riders couldn't average over 20 mph for 25 miles solo; that's no put down, just reality.

Just try it and see what happens. You never know.
Well if your going to measure yourself against LA.........Len J
Apr 8, 2002 5:33 PM
you might as well guit now. ;-)

Seriously, do your best, it's gonna hurt & worst case you have something to beat next time.

That's the ticket!MB1
Apr 9, 2002 4:52 AM
It will be your first 25 mile TT, use it as a benchmark. Remember to warm up well, hurt the whole way (after all it is only 25 miles) and enjoy.
re: 25 mile TT, what time should I be shooting for?Krypton
Apr 9, 2002 5:33 AM
I trained once for a couple of months for a 40k TT. I did it in 58:52min. I was doing lots of 50 and 60km rides full out to be able to sustain the max effort for the 40k and I was also running alot of 10k. I would think that if you have not trained for it specially (and who does? I know I dont anymore), I guess something around 1:10hr would be very good. But just doing it is what's important.

One thing to remember in a TT, its more mental than physical. You have to be able to forget the pain and not slow down. Keep thinking about pushing and don't let go. At the end, you will be tired, but you'll be satisfied just knowing that you where able to go all out and push yourself to the limit.

Good luck, you'll do well.
more mental than physical?RideLots
Apr 9, 2002 5:42 AM
So Einstein could have beaten Eddy Merckx? :-)
RE: more mental than physical?Cactus1
Apr 9, 2002 6:07 AM
There's a difference between intelligence and attitude. Mental toughness (attitude) can be the difference separating two similar athletes. Meuseeuw said that cycling is about character--which I think means that mental toughness day-in day-out, in the long run, is a necessary quality a good bike rider has. Of course, you need some physical gifts to ride at the top level, but it all applies for club riders and 25 mile TTs to centuries etc.
more mental than physical?Krypton
Apr 9, 2002 6:13 AM
Nah! All that hair would have slowed him down, maybe with an haircut and Merckx with both tires flat :-)