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Newbie training question(4 posts)

Newbie training questionslickwillie
May 21, 2003 5:52 PM
Recently started riding a road bike for fitness. After a few rides, I bought a cycle computer to measure time/speed etc. I now realize that I am averaging about 17.5 mph for a 25 mile ride (n=12) Having never ridden with anyone and with no comparison, I wanted to check if this is a good pace or if I need to push a little harder.

I am riding (what I think is) a steady pace on generally the same route each time. I try to keep my pedals moving to where my legs feel good but not stressed, changing gears to keep the same general pace relative to wind or grade.

Thanks in advance for any comments or training tips.
re: Newbie training questionblakester
May 21, 2003 8:05 PM
Everyone is different, and has different fitness/strength levels, but that seems prettty good to me. Ask around at a LBS or online to see about club/group rides in your area.
17.5 mph average is great!Fredrico
May 22, 2003 7:40 AM
If your legs feel good at this average, flirt with going harder from time to time. Do 1-5 minute intervals, or hit some good climbs twice a week.

On a 17.5 mph average day, that could be 27 downhills, 22 on the flats, 13-14 up hills. You're not taking any breaks going along at 15 mph on the flats. The best guys don't often average much more than 17.5 mph by themselves, only if they're in a group and can share the workload. The fastest group rides I've been on averaged 21.5 mph over 25 miles. You could probably do that now.
17.5 mph average is great!slickwillie
May 22, 2003 2:00 PM
Thanks for the perspective. Having never ridden before, the knowledge helps. I am going to start to work on intervals and do more hill training.
I will start seeking out group rides as I think I would enjoy it more...starting to get a little dull by myself. I find myself chasing down people on bikes in the distnace, only to find little kids on big wheels:)