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  • #46
    Time to get distance...yes, that is what I'm after. I reached 18mph in my quest for speed, which I've decided is enough for me for the time being. 20mph can wait a little longer. I've got a different way to kill my body now . This summer is going to be my last before I go to college, so I want to do something special. Ed Pratt and his youtube vids have been an inspiration lately, so I'm considering just starting out my front door after graduation and seeing how far I can make it before the fall semester starts, unipacking as I go. I'd like to be able to comfortably ride a good 50 miles--and wake up ready to do it again the next day, by the end of May. I've been increasing my distance lately. I was at 14 miles last week. Yesterday I went for 22 miles in 2.5 hours and it almost killed me. I was wobbling all over the road on the way back! I'd prefer not to quite do that to myself again...does anyone know if I could get to 50 miles in that time, and what a reasonable mileage increase per week would be?

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    • #47
      Originally posted by TheOracle View Post
      Time to get distance...yes, that is what I'm after. I reached 18mph in my quest for speed, which I've decided is enough for me for the time being. 20mph can wait a little longer. I've got a different way to kill my body now . This summer is going to be my last before I go to college, so I want to do something special. Ed Pratt and his youtube vids have been an inspiration lately, so I'm considering just starting out my front door after graduation and seeing how far I can make it before the fall semester starts, unipacking as I go. I'd like to be able to comfortably ride a good 50 miles--and wake up ready to do it again the next day, by the end of May. I've been increasing my distance lately. I was at 14 miles last week. Yesterday I went for 22 miles in 2.5 hours and it almost killed me. I was wobbling all over the road on the way back! I'd prefer not to quite do that to myself again...does anyone know if I could get to 50 miles in that time, and what a reasonable mileage increase per week would be?

      Paul
      I think for consistent long distance riding you have to pace yourself. For training the 22 miles in 2.5 hours is good but for long distance day after day, take it easy and take frequent breaks. Last year I put in a 70 mile very relaxed day (12 hours) but on a single training run I'd only did about 15 miles in a single run.

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      • #48
        Thanks for the replies! I forgot to mention that the 2.5 hrs was with some breaks; I think I had 4 or 5 breathers in there. Breaks do help, but I think 9-10 mph is about optimal on a 36" with my 100mm cranks that I have on right now (they are the 100/125/150mm).
        Originally posted by bungeejoe

        Yes, it sounds doable. I would not find it a problem. Many sports and cycling coaches recommend weekly increase of 15% or less as a guide. 50 miles daily is a good goal. I’ve tried 80 dairy with the 7th or 8th day a rest day hard to sustain. 60 miles daily was more enjoyable. You are a lot younger, so I'm sure 50 miles daily maybe attainable. I have managed 1000+ miles in two and a half weeks with a support vehicle unicycling the coastal route from Canada to California. Self-support is increasingly difficult as you try to carry more and spend less.

        One wise experienced touring cyclist shared the recommendation of only plastic. YES, one credit card and what you need to ride today. I’ve found his method of touring most satisfying.

        Many, if not most, younger touring cyclists find a need for many more material possessions than just a kit, a couple bottles, and a credit card.

        if you run into problems I try to be available. Last time I tried the PM feature was not yet working. Just put a shorty note or phone number in the subject and only one character in the message and it worked for me.

        Enjoy,
        JM
        15% increase sounds like a doable number, and it would get me to the requisite 50 miles by the end of May. I dropped down to an 18 mile ride this week over 1:45 with breaks when I tired out, and that was very easy to do. Weight will be a little difficult for me. I think I'll be able to make a frame to put bags on, and then look at getting the bags from Cary Grey (if he still sells them). I live in Michigan and would probably head towards Banff National Park, then see how far north I could make it after that. End result would hopefully the Dempster Highway through the Arctic...but I doubt I could make it there over the Summer. All pending on the fact that the border will be open at that point... I agree, going light is the only option. I've been doing some looking at ultralight backpacking for it. However, there are stretches where I would probably have to make it for a week without resupply. A credit card might not taste too good at that point :-). But point well taken, only one pair of socks. I'm used to roughing it anyway.
        Side note: PM sent in specific manner, it should get through.
        Paul

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