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5.33 Miles
Yay, I went for another bike ride this evening! This time I averaged 12.4 mph. Wow, that's way better than the 10 mph I started out at. Still not amazing, but I'm getting better. My knee hurts less, and I'm able to push the pedals more...but I'm still not strong enough to pedal while standing yet (not to mention the fact that I'm scared to).

Actually, I've gone for a (small) handful of bike rides recently. Sunday I rode for 5 miles, and a week ago Saturday I rode for a whopping EIGHTEEN MILES! That was pretty cool; it's the longest bike ride I've been on since I got this bike. In fact, aside from my crazy no-preparation 40-mile tandem ride last fall, I think it's my longest ride in about 2 years -- since I've been bike-less for almost that long.

I'd like to go on more longer rides, but it's hard since I've been working late recently. I wish I could ride with my bike club (which I joined for speedskating purposes, but that doesn't matter, I'm still a member), but it looks like even their "recovery" rides are around 14 mph. That's probably too fast for me. I was going 14 and 15 mph some of the time, but I don't think I'd be able to maintain it. Entry level pace is 16-18 mph! I guess that'll be my goal. But it might be awhile.

My sister has this idea that we should ride in a Century bike ride in the fall. That's 100 miles, all at once. It might be interesting to note at this point that, since I bought this bike, I have only ridden around 90 miles total. She has ridden even less this summer. So I'm not sure that's such a good idea....

She's also suggested that maybe we're better off just doing a "metric century", which is 100 KM, or around 62 miles. That sounds a bit more manageable. I like the idea of doing some kind of bike ride at the end of the summer, having something to aim for. Plus, it will be good for my knee to work it harder.
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netmouse From: netmouse Date: July 21st, 2004 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
glad to hear your knee is still getting better.

Bill and I have often talked about doing a century ride. I doubt with my shoulder I'll be biking before late august, but if you're still thinking about it next year, we might be up for one.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 23rd, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be cool! If we decide to try something like that next year, I'll definitely let you know.
anderale From: anderale Date: July 21st, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love your new icon, it's so you! :D

I agree that it's so soon for you to be doing 100 miles, I would think that 62 is even pushing it a bit...but I'm glad you're getting back in shape, I know how you love to be active. :)
From: ex_erikvolso370 Date: July 22nd, 2004 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Centuries aren't as hard as they first seem. You do need to work yourself up to them. Start by aiming to do three rides a week. Two for about 10 miles, then a longer one, say, 15, on the weekend.

Do that for three, for weeks. Now, add a third 10 mile ride in between the other two, and make the first two purpose rides. Say.

Tues. Form ride. Goal: do ten miles, spinning as fast as you can, without getting exhausted.

Thurs. Speed ride. Goal: do ten miles, as fast as you can.

Fri. Fun ride. Goal. do ten miles. Smile often.

Sun. Long ride. Start at 20, work your way over time to 50.

Once you hit 50 on a weekend, change the Speed and Long rides up to 15 miles. Once you do three 50 mile rides on the weekends, you've got a century in the bag. Back off the Tues. and Thur. rides to 10, skip the Friday, eat a bunch of pasta Saturday and sunday morning, and ride it!
operatic From: operatic Date: July 22nd, 2004 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Agreed; the new icon rules! :)
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