50 Miles am I too slow?

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50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby mhughesuk » Sat Apr 06, 2013 21:14 pm

I'm new to road cycling having got my bike recently as a way of dropping some weight, currently pushing 15 stone unfortunately.

Today I managed 50 miles averaging 14.3 mph according my GPS.

I'll get faster with more training and dropping weight, I know the drill but I was wondering whether this is ridiculously slow?

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby zx6man » Sat Apr 06, 2013 21:22 pm

Err, I would say not at all

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby mhughesuk » Sat Apr 06, 2013 21:24 pm

That's re-assuring. It's only my 5th ride and I was absolutely spent after today's jaunt! I guess I'll get fitter quickly.

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby paul2718 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 22:10 pm

Spent means the speed was good.

There's no rule about speed, it's between you, your body and the road. There are two truisms though, every time you go faster it feels better, and there is always going to be somebody faster than you, generally a lot faster.

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby elderone » Sat Apr 06, 2013 22:18 pm

Thats very good for such a few rides and that average is well acceptable.Nice one.
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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby Kieran_Burns » Sat Apr 06, 2013 22:20 pm

Good God. No.

That's a good average! Don't compare yourself to ANYONE else, just enjoy it.
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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby Canny lad » Sat Apr 06, 2013 22:30 pm

That's a really good average, you should be chuffed with yourself. Well done, keep it up :)

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby Team4Luke » Sat Apr 06, 2013 22:31 pm

speed has no relevance. Someone who is superfit might average that but it may be a really windy day !
Think more about getting fitter, losing weight and feeling better on the bike and feeling better off the bike.
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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby TakeTurns » Sat Apr 06, 2013 22:51 pm

you've only ridden five times, and have managed to bang out 50miles already?! well done I'd say!

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby Sprool » Sun Apr 07, 2013 00:31 am

i got my road bike 6 months ago and have cycled over 1500 miles so far, I dont get over 13mph average round my area, on 15 - 30 mile routes, but it is very hilly here. Terrain make s a big difference on your speed. I think if I did 50 miles on my 5th ride I'd be crippled for weeks!

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby GSVBagpuss » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:16 am

paul2718 wrote:There are two truisms though, every time you go faster it feels better, and there is always going to be somebody faster than you, generally a lot faster.

Paul


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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby ianbar » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:31 pm

id be very happy with that. i did 14.6 over 43 miles a few weeks ago and was over joyed. i personally have a summers target of 16mph over 100km, might not happen but a target. there will always be someone faster, but unless your racing do they ever really know anyway? your doing well keep going
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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby pride4ever » Mon Apr 08, 2013 13:46 pm

mhughesuk wrote:I'm new to road cycling having got my bike recently as a way of dropping some weight, currently pushing 15 stone unfortunately.

Today I managed 50 miles averaging 14.3 mph according my GPS.

I'll get faster with more training and dropping weight, I know the drill but I was wondering whether this is ridiculously slow?


How flat was it?
Was there an headwind?
Did you go downhill more than uphill?
the deeper the section the deeper the pleasure.

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby James Q » Mon Apr 08, 2013 13:46 pm

For your 5th ride thats a great average. And the weight will soon fly off. Since August last year I've lost 4stone. Got into cycling to loose weight and now I'm addicted!

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby Calpol » Mon Apr 08, 2013 16:06 pm

mhughesuk wrote:I'm new to road cycling having got my bike recently as a way of dropping some weight, currently pushing 15 stone unfortunately.

Today I managed 50 miles averaging 14.3 mph according my GPS.

I'll get faster with more training and dropping weight, I know the drill but I was wondering whether this is ridiculously slow?

Cycling 50 miles is an achievement to be quite proud of. As many other have said there is no way of gauging how good a ride it actually was due to the massive amount of variables, such as wind, road surface, terrain. At 15 stone you are no doubt lugging around some extra weight which makes it more impressive. i found that I made quite large gains quickly as I got a bit fitter, dropped a few pounds and learned how to ride more efficiently. If you are anything like me you may become slightly frustrated when your rate of improvement slows. I did a 50 miler yesterday, 3000ft ascent at 15.8mph and was quite pleased. A week earlier I did 52 miles with less ascent at 14.8mph - that was a horrible ride with probably my closest experience to a bonk.

Pushing above 15mph as a solo ride in undulating terrain is a very respectable performance in my book, however it doesnt take much to knock your average speed back a bit so probably best not to obsess and just enjoy the riding.

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby Tangoringo » Mon Apr 08, 2013 16:07 pm

Just to echo the above....nice one!

Like one of the above posters said,just enjoy it and try not to compare....but now you've started it it seems IMHO that you're doing just fine. I'm at a similar speed,albeit can't compare terrain, over about 40 miles (1500ft vert) and Ive probably ridden about a dozen times since Jan( def not enough!) since starting again after a 20yr layoff.

It is always so tempting to compare to others ( and yep, I'm addicted to Strava) but its all to easy to forget the simple pleasures- being outside, enjoying the scenery, enjoying the camerarderie and watching the weight fall ( ok maybe drip! 6 kgs in 3 months ) off. I can't believe what this new hobbie has done to my general perspective and well being.

Good on yer and keep it up- you're doing just fine ( typed with very jealous taps!!)

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby Mikey23 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 16:58 pm

I would be delighted to do 50 at 14.3... Well done

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby Wirral_Paul » Mon Apr 08, 2013 18:45 pm

As others have said - its a decent enough average but after 5 rides - you really shouldnt even be worrying about how fast you're going. Keep going with the miles and you'll get fitter and stronger. The speed will naturally rise - but its of no consequence to be honest.

What are you trying to acheive in your cycling? Sportives? Racing? All generally require base fitness / stamina first and foremost - so keep going with the miles and worry about the speed next year... or the year after even.

50 miles after only 5 rides - cracking effort. 8)

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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby pride4ever » Mon Apr 08, 2013 18:50 pm

Brilliant at this rate youl be breathing down Spartacus's neck this time next year, well thats if you creep up behind him in a pub toilet.
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Re: 50 Miles am I too slow?

Postby kevdewell » Thu Apr 11, 2013 19:43 pm

Sounds like your flying to me! People are right comparing is futile but then we all like to be competitive! Strava is the best way I've found to compare myself to others and makes a long lonely ride a whole lot more fun!


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