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Discussion in 'Road & Cyclocross' started by jacksonpt, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. jacksonpt

    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    I'm curious what kinds of goals you all set for yourselves on individual rides. Recently my goals have been to complete my rides without using my little ring and to average at least 15mph for the ride.

    To have fun and enjoy the spin is a given...
     

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  2. JRB

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    I set speed goals before, but now I see how low I can keep my heart rate on big climbs. I also started making myself spin more. I am more energetic, and faster on climbs.
     
  3. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    I probably should set some goals?
     
  4. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Lately I have been very inconsistant on the bike, some days I feel like a rocketship and others I feel like an anchor. I just ride to see how I feel, if things are going well I drop the hammer. If not I just cruise.
     
  5. Reactor

    Reactor Turbo Monkey

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    I try to work on one area each ride.

    concentrate on spinning
    concentrate on really lifting the pedals during the upstroke
    Crush hills
    Sprints/intervals
    Ride at XXX heart rate (recovery or speed training)


    My goal is not to be dropped by the cat 1 monsters that show up to our group rides.
     
  6. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    My goal is to ride as much as possible.
     
  7. Morryjg

    Morryjg Mr. Ho Jangles

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    Drinking a beer at the end of the ride. That's always a good goal.

    Actually, I do little goals along rides too. On my commute in to work I have speed goals for climbs. One climb is to top out still holding 20 or better. Another one is to top out still going 12 or better, etc.
     
  8. G-Cracker

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    I mostly just try to concentrate on my spinning and getting a smooth cadence. I agree that some days I feel fast and other days I'm dragging a parachute behind me.

    But for the most part, my commute (10 miles each way) has improved. My average speed went from about 16.5 to now around 17.5. I think that is a pretty sweet improvement.

    My other goal... to get used to riding in groups so I'm not a complete dork when the El Tour de Tucson rolls around in a couple months!
     
  9. DBR X6 RIDER

    DBR X6 RIDER Turbo Monkey

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    Ride as often as time will allow (aside from commuting) and not end a ride at an ER.
     
  10. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    I try to concentrate on keeping an even cadence and to really pump it out over hills
     
  11. G-Cracker

    G-Cracker Monkey

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    Considering three people were hit by cars last night (two dead), a goal of mine is NOT TO GET HIT BY A FRIGGIN' CAR!
     
  12. DBR X6 RIDER

    DBR X6 RIDER Turbo Monkey

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    That sucks major ass...sorry to hear. Seems like there's alot of that going on in that general area in comparison to some other regions.
     
  13. G-Cracker

    G-Cracker Monkey

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    Yeah, it is the gas prices. They're bringing everyone out of the woodwork on their bikes. Only bad thing is that most of them now riding don't know a thing about safety. The two dead ones were riding AGAINST traffic and not wearing helmets. The third was just bombing through traffic and T-boned a car.

    For the first time ever, I had some guy yell at me "You're going to get yourself killed!" as I rode by yesterday. I wasn't doing anything wrong!
     
  14. G-Cracker

    G-Cracker Monkey

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    Forgot to mention... I hit my best average speed yesterday. My commute usually hovers between 16.5-17.5, but I really felt strong yesterday and got it up to 18.3! HItting a lot of the lights green helped, too... but it was awesome!