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I missed the training ride on Saturday so today I rode the Mt. Vernon trail and I have good news and bad news. Good news first: the bike is fine, my butt is as tough as ever. The bad news is how slow I am. I left the house around 10 and got back around 4. It took a while to get to Rosslyn (I took the subway) but even if it took a half an hour each direction that still leaves me with an average speed of less than 8mph. A 75-mile course would take me 10 hours. I did stop a few times, but I would do that on the real ride, too. I guess that's why they want us to, y'know, train.

I have a question for ednoria. Comparing treadmill and stationary bike miles, I seem to ride about five times as fast as I walk. So how about if I count a 38-mile ride as a 7.6 mile walk? Or should I just log real walking miles for the walk to Rivendell? That's two question marks, but only one question; however, I have thought of another. Who makes your pedometer?


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Apr. 10th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
It depends on how much of a purist you are. Since this challenge is all about what your own personal goals, you could even count riding miles, if you wanted. Radical, I know, but perfectly ok. One of our walkers counts every step she walks, since she's trying to up her activity level. (I am way too much of a perfectionist for my own good, so my brain will not let me count anything other than aerobic steps, and even then I have to walk at least an extra minute for the entire distance to count. Little Ms. Obsessive, that's me. Heaven forbid I should get injured and be unable to walk -- I'd probably only count miles crawled.)

If you want to change riding miles to walking miles, I'd suggest one of two methods. Either divide by 5, as you suggested, or go by time -- 20 minutes of biking equals one mile of walking (or 18 minutes, or 15, or less, depending on the intensity level).

And now you've really done it -- you've asked me about my pedometer, which I consider a close and personal friend at this point. I put it on when I get up, and take it off when I go to bed. It's marvy. werewulf clued me in, and we're both in love with them. The brand is Omron, and you can get it from Amazon here for less than $20; if you decide to go that route, order another one for me, ok?
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
I ordered one for you; we get free shipping, too, woohoo!

I am way too lackadaisical for my own good, but in this case--what am I saying? every case--what the hell. I think I will go with the 5:1 rule for biking.
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
Doing less than 75 miles is perfectly valid. The Tour offers 30, 50, and 75 mile routes, and I'm only doing 50. My top speed is 15 mph.
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
True, I could adjust the ride if need be. I haven't been timing myself for quite a while, though, and I was surprised. Last time I rode a century it started at 7 and I finished around 2. That's almost twice as fast as yesterday's ride! And it's the same bike, so I have only the rider to blame.
Apr. 10th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
You've ridden a century?

2 mph?

Oh gawd. I am a silly little dilletante dabbling amongst serious bicyclists and I shall make a fool of myself and I huff and puff my way across the finish line while the rest of you point and laugh. I'll just stick with Fozzie and we'll have a fine time together, I'm sure. Oh dear.

What kind of bike do you have?
Apr. 10th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
Silly, maybe. But we'll be laughing with you because these rides are so much fun.

My bike is a Fuji hybrid, it's old. You can see it on my donation page. One thing that is not so great about it is the straight handlebars, which don't allow for much gripping variety. My fingers go to sleep on long rides, but I work around it by flapping my arms around when I can. Don't confuse this with pointing! I am not pointing at you!
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