I was riding my bicycle this morning and was paying close attention to my average speed. Lately it has been 11.5 mph give or take. Today it was 12.5 mph. That meant that I got home 30 minutes earlier than I usually do. Riding faster doesn’t just mean that I will exercise faster, it also means I will burn more calories every time I ride.
I have these index cards which I used to use to keep track of my bike riding. I would write it out so I had a hard copy because digital seems to get deleted a lot. I first started writing it down on November 3rd 2008. My average speed was 10 mph and I only rode for 38 minutes burning 345 calories. Gradually over time I can see that my speed goes up to 10.7, 10.9, 11.1 etc.
My last entry was when I hurt my shoulder and I stopped riding, that was July 20th 2009. My average speed was 14.0 mph. That of course was doing 23 miles in 1 hour and 38 minutes. Of course I was probably gone from the house for 2 hours with breaks but I don’t seem to recall. I also see that I started riding in October 2009, I only got 3 bike rides logged then stopped, my shoulder was still in a lot of pain but I wanted to get exercise. Then my shoulder got better and I started riding again and had 2 entries in July 2010 for 23 miles each but the next day after my 2nd bike ride my back wheel broke and the log entries end right there. Of course I wasn’t used to riding anymore so my average speed was only 11.9 and 11.0.
I will add all of those old logs to my Bike page soon.
Today my average speed was 12.5 mph which has gone up from 11.2 since July 6th, 2 weeks ago when I started logging my cycling times again. I had been riding since early June but couldn’t get my bicycle computer to work since I put the tire on backwards which meant the magnet was on the wrong side. Oopsie.
I think that I am progressing very well and I’m sure that it won’t be too far off when I’m going 14 mph again, or even 15 mph. The riding times will get shorter even though I will still be doing the same 23 mile route. If that becomes the case then I will step it up and continue on to Hart Park. That will add 10 miles to my route, 5 miles each way. I have mapped it out:
That start point (A) is my halfway point where I stop riding and rest for a few minutes so this still might be a resting point before I continue on to Hart Park. Once I get used to the ride then I will probably just continue on until I get to Hart Park and rest there.
Of course I’m probably talking many months before I’m in enough shape to do it but I will eventually do it. When my average speed gets up to 15 or 16 mph then I will definitely do it. In fact, I was ready to start doing it just before I had to stop riding because of my shoulder in July 2009. I made a video and put it on YouTube that showed my bike ride from where I get on the bike path over on Truxton all the way to Manor St. and made a sequel from Manor all the way to China Grade Loop. I wanted to do a 3rd video from China Grade Loop to Hart Park but… my shoulder and all. So that never happened.
My goal now is to continue as I am now (training) until I am not in as much pain from the bike ride so that I may ride to Hart Park. The day that I plan on that is the day I will bring my video camera with me to film it. I know it’s boring to most people but it is an achievement to me and I’m sure to others.
I can’t wait to see how many calories I will burn from riding 33 miles every day. The fat will just melt off, I hope lol.