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I took 15% off of my personal record(3 posts)

I took 15% off of my personal recordBulldozer
Sep 25, 2003 8:46 AM
A couple of weeks ago I started commuting home from work on my mtn bike. The first time that I recorded was 51:01. The second time that I timed myself I got a flat tire so I had to throw out that ride. The next attempt was on a pretty windy day and I only missed the PR by :15.

The ride home seemed pretty normal to me. I was making most of the stop lights and felt pretty good. My BB was just "overhauled" and greased and the chain lubed. It was the quietest ride I've had in a long time. Anyway, my time ended up being 43:16 and I thought, "that can't be right." I checked the mileage and it added up but I still thought that it was wrong.

The reason that I'm able to commute one way is because my wife and I work together. If I leave 30 minutes ahead of her we get home about the same time. I expected her to be home but she wasn't. I waited around about 10 minutes and played with the dog. When she got home I asked if she made any stops or left late and she didn't do either.

During the ride I kept telling myself that I shouldn't be riding so hard all the time since I seem to be mostly anaerobic. I think I'll start wearing my HRM to confirm. Anyway, I just thought I'd post up about how surprised I was, especially on a relatively short ride. If I'm not careful, I'll be leaving at the same time as her. Anyone else have a similar experience?
re: I took 15% off of my personal recordboyd2
Sep 25, 2003 9:05 AM
I always ride faster on the way home, even though it is a tougher route. I just don't do well in the am.
sort ofcyclopathic
Sep 25, 2003 10:40 AM
but I judge by avg speed, too many stop signs, sharp turns, traffic lights and pedestrians. Avg on 16.5mi commute ranged from 11.8mph /really tired dragging feet/ to 17.5mph /feeling good/. Going faster would require harder sprints or running signs/lights.

Generally as you start commuting you'd see improvements in first few weeks part b/c of fitness part b/c you learn route