Slowing down...

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by gom, 8 Feb 2018.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I so wish I had returned to cycling earlier; I cycled everywhere as a kid and a young adult but then got into motorbikes, which are terrible for fitness because you can park so close to your destination. It wasn't until I came back from working in France and settled down in Lancashire at the age of 32 that I discovered mountain biking and it wasn't until I grew tired of that at the age of 53 and discovered the cleaner, more subtle joys of road cycling that I got properly fit. Now aged 61 I've done a hilly windy 10 mile TT in 29.20, which I reckon ain't bad on a standard non-aero bike.
  2. I was finishing a ride recently at Sevenoaks station. I'd noticed that my total time was some hours and fifty odd minutes and thought it would be nice to finish in under some+1 hours (I can't remember exactly what the hours were or how long the ride was, probably 9 hr for 100 miles).

    Anyway I was pushing hard as I turned off the A25 and clocked a couple of lads hanging around on BMX or mountain bikes similar. I thought nothing of it and blasted on along the generally uphill speed-bumpy road towards the station. I got to the top of the hill safe in the knowledge that I'd hit my arbitrary target, and past me whizzed the BMX boys, who must have decided to chase me as I passed. I was seriously impressed.
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  3. Yes, but kids are all about converting sugar into energy.
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  4. fatjel

    fatjel Über Member

    West Wales
    I don’t know when exactly but in the 90s i acquired one of those cycling computers.
    I remember averaging 6 mph or so.
    These days I seem to average 11 mph ish
    I’m only 62 imagine how fast I’ll be when I’m an hundred !
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  5. Illaveago

    Illaveago Veteran

    I thought for a moment you were in your 90's .
  6. fatjel

    fatjel Über Member

    West Wales
    Feels that way some days
  7. Illaveago

    Illaveago Veteran

    It is hard to tell if I have slowed down that much. As they say "with age comes knowledge ". I find that my bikes are maintained better than they were when I was younger. It used to be jump on the bike and off I would go. Brakes rubbing , tyres a bit flat and wheels out of true, which would all help to slow me down.
    Now my bikes are maintained better and are easier to ride but other things have altered. Yes I have aged and I'm over 60 and I am on a few tablets but the road conditions have deteriorated so much that a similar distance has now increased over the years due to avoiding pot holes and rough areas. Rolling resistance has also increased due to the way that road surfaces are just treated with wet tar and loose chippings. It is amazing how fast you can go on a lovely smooth tarmac surface.
    I may not have the stamina that I had when I was younger, but I was never any good at long distances. I find that my mind is too busy finding interesting things to look at . I ' m too busy looking over hedgerows looking at strange features in the landscape, stopping to look at the wildlife, or turning round in the road and going back to look at something that had fallen off a vehicle and ended up in the gutter.
    So as far as I can tell I can still average about 10 to 12 mph. Which would include a couple of stops to get my breath back, which I would still have done in the 90's.
  8. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Hah! I took up Audax last year (mid forties), so if it is any consolation, I’m getting my butt kicked consistently by the village elders on a monthly basis. Many of them are much older than you. I’m fairly certain you would spit me out too.

    Keep enjoying yourself as much as you do.
  9. Maenchi

    Maenchi StoneDog

    At 58 and 3.1/2 years back riding after a 10 year break i'm aiming for 50 mile rides, (when it warms up and is not so wet) currently 30~ish miles is enough with no discomfort afterwards, so....perhaps, inspired by some replies on here i'll be riding even further than 50 miles...(8 hours seems 'hard core' to me).....:notworthy:
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  10. The Central Scrutinizer

    The Central Scrutinizer Über Member

    I'm approaching 65 but looking back at my strava times from 5 years ago my average speed hasn't altered much.Average on a flat route is 16mph+. Hillier routes(yes we do have hills in essex :whistle:)is 15-15.5.
    Retiring in june so i'm hoping my annual milage should increase.
  11. Most people you’ll encounter on the public roads, on a ride, in this country, are leisure cyclists. Some are massively deluded, about their capabilities, some are chasing ‘Strava’ things, occasionally, you’ll happen across a pro. It’s easy to tell who they are, as they generally don’t ride like total knobs. Yet more ( the vast majority, IME) don’t give a monkey’s about ‘Strava’ things, smashing stuff, and “BEING THE BALL, YEAH”. That’s the fun thing about cycling, it’s different things to different people. As long as you’re getting out there and riding, who really cares about all that other stuff?:thumbsup:
  12. User1252

    User1252 Guest

    Ah, that's why people so often ask me if I am a pro rider.
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  13. Thinking about coming across pro riders, a couple of years ago I was out for a tootle in France, near the the place from which the Tour was due to start in a couple of days. I heard a vehicle approaching from behind. An odd whirry sound, possibly an agricultural vehicle. It turned out to be one of the teams (I forget which one) out for a gentle spin. I gave them room, and they zoomed past at incredible speed. Despite their speed they were all sitting up, chatting and clearly putting in no effort at all.
  14. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Veteran

    If you want to get back to your old average speed then you will need to work on your fitness. This will mean harder effforts. We often fall into the trap of doing long steady distance. Nothing wrong with that but your speed will drop.
  15. Yeahbut who cares?
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