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How fast can you go and still enjoy the scenery?(7 posts)

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.

Pete
"Fast guys" ??!! Gee ThanksMSA
May 24, 2002 8:19 AM
Pete-
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
Mark
that's what slow days are forDougSloan
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.

Doug
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!

Alex
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...
Keep riding...Ciao
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.

Regards,

Alex