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Does anyone have a favorite length of ride?(10 posts)

Does anyone have a favorite length of ride?koala
Aug 17, 2002 2:48 AM
For me 35-40 miles is optimum. Good workout in the rolling hills of the fingerlakes and the constraints of the rest of my life can still be adressed. Without pushing I am home in a couple hours to the responsibilities of work, fatherhood and old houses that need work. Ride safe.
Centuries and longer ...Humma Hah
Aug 17, 2002 8:49 AM
... 35-40 is a nice ride, but I don't usually feel like I've challenged myself until I hit about 60. If I were pushing for speed, 35-40 would be plenty challenging, but I rarely concentrate on going fast.

But I adore centuries, and my absolute favorite form of torture is trying to break personal distance records, now standing at about 152 miles. Frankly, while those epics usually are not much fun for the last 30 miles or so, the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment after finishing more than makes up for pushing thru the fatigue at the end.
longer the betterDougSloan
Aug 17, 2002 4:53 PM
I'd never stop riding if I had a choice. I've done up to 250 miles in a workout, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just don't like to stop.

did you forget to come home?Fez
Aug 18, 2002 4:37 AM
250 miles?! how long did that take you? endurance ride or just a regular weekend ride?

in the DC area there is a guy who broke a 24 hour inline speedskate record. he did just over 330 miles in 24 hours.
I've been passed by inline skaters ...Humma Hah
Aug 18, 2002 7:30 AM
Riding in San Diego I was once passed by a pair of skaters, Dutch or Belgian, I think, who were training there. I believe they are international figures in the sport. Passed me going uphill!
I've passed a few bicyclists myselfFez
Aug 18, 2002 8:34 AM
as an ex inline speedskater. But I won't comment, since the novice rollerbladers are hated by many on this board.

Actually speedskaters are very bike friendly (most of them are road riders themselves), but there are a bunch of bad apples that give inlines a bad name (mostly beginners).

Salomon has a real good team that competes in Europe. They come to America for a few distance skates and clean house.
60-80 for meRay Sachs
Aug 17, 2002 5:57 PM
I like doing the occasional century, but they usually end up feeling like more of a challenge than a blast some time in the last 20 miles or so. Unless I really pace myself, but that's not as much fun as blowing up at mile 90 :)

I do plenty of 30-40 mile after work rides during the week. But my favorite rides seem to be in the 60-80 range, where I go long enough to get into a really good groove, but short enough to go reasonably hard. And I still feel really good at the end of the ride.

I'm sure if I rode more I could get to the point that centuries would feel like that and I'd have to do doubles for the challenge, but I like the amount I ride. Always seems to stay fun.

I just need more time, the mileage fits the time!rwbadley
Aug 17, 2002 9:15 PM
I really like longer distances, the 60-80 mile mornings are great. If I didn't need to get back for 'it's always something' I would do more 100+ days.
Its rude when life crowds your obsession...n.m.koala
Aug 18, 2002 4:31 AM
Its rude when life crowds your obsession...n.m.Rich_Racer
Aug 18, 2002 5:21 AM
I do between 25 and 50 miles most days. i feel 35 miles is about optimum. I've had a couple storming 50 milers. I've done a few centuries now - tend to get a bit demoralised in the last 20.