|How fast can you go and still enjoy the scenery?||MSA|
May 24, 2002 4:16 AM
|When I am on a training ride, I am so busy focusing on my hrm, cadence and the back wheel of the guy in front of me, I don't get a chance to enjoy some of the great scenery along the route I ride. When I commute (my version of a recovery ride)I watch the sun come up and the world come to life. My cut off for really enjoying the world around me is about 22mph. Other offerings?|
|22 mph? I'd be seeing breakfast again. Not pretty scenery.||kyvdh|
May 24, 2002 4:45 AM
|You fast guys amaze me sometimes. I get all excited when I can do 10 miles, all out and see 21 mph. No, for me to enjoy scenery I definately have to be below 15 mph. To do that I usually need someone along (my kids) who know how to slow down and enjoy the ride.
|"Fast guys" ??!! Gee Thanks||MSA|
May 24, 2002 8:19 AM
Actually I thought I would have been one of the slower guys to post. And don't get me wrong...I did not post this thread to do a "dig me" type of thing...if it came across that way I apologize. Its just that getting a fast bike and working hard to get in better shape is only one aspect of riding which I think we all enjoy, and the other, which sometimes gets pushed aside, is enjoying the outdoors. And let me assure you of two things...when I say 22 mph, that is not an average...it is looking down at my computer in a pace line and realizing my heart is not jumping out of my chest. My average on a nice day when I am trying to stay < 85% maxHR is between 18-20, especially if I have a head wind leg, but I agree completely that to really enjoy the outdoors, 15-18 is the best speed. And again it depends on what bike I'm riding. I certainly do not do the same speeds on all my bikes...
Ciao and thanks for your thoughts
|that's what slow days are for||DougSloan|
May 24, 2002 5:19 AM
|Enjoy the scenery on the slow days. When I'm going hard, regardless of the speed (might be 5 mph up giant hills), I don't do much looking around, either.
At the Central Coast Double a few weeks ago I spent the entire ride enjoying the scenery, like it might have been my last bike ride in my life (it wasn't). It was a much different experience than hammering for 209 miles. Very enjoyable and memorable.
|I can only enjoy the same scenery so many times.||Alex-in-Evanston|
May 24, 2002 7:10 AM
|If I want a road ride 20-40 miles in length, I've got one option - up Sheridan Rd. and down Sheridan Rd. If a mailbox along this route was repainted, I would notice.
I've been looking forward to the lovely scenery around the velodrome. Three hour training nights where you can take in 370 meters of panoramic vistas!
|Take some time and go out to the country...||MSA|
May 24, 2002 8:06 AM
|you can train hard and get a nicer or at least different view...
|I have other options nearby, just not on the road.||Alex-in-Evanston|
May 24, 2002 8:19 AM
|There are lots of interesting rail-trails around here that I love to do on the cross bike. Also a beautiful 40 mile dirt trail along the Des Plaines River that's quite close to work. It's just road options that are limited.