Hopefully your bike computer has an avg speed function. This device will take into considerstion of going up and down hills. The average speed is calculated as what you would have done if the course was flat relatively speaking.
Otherwise you will have to use the ole formula: Distance (D) = Rate (r) x Time (t) Thus in your case the formula would be r = D divided by t (do not forget to convert the minutes to the fraction of an hour.
I LOVE riding tandem!!! We have a Cannondale tandem and we are getting ready for 3 big rides/races Sept, Oct and Nov! It's such a great time for my husband and I to ride together, I highly suggest it, too!
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Congrats on the 25 mile ride. It sounds like you're doing a wonderful job of enjoying your Trek and getting great exercise too. My biggest tip for non-sore butt is to buy the padded riding shorts. My life changed when I bought my first pair. I debated hard - $75 for a pair of ugly riding shorts is hard to do, but wow, what a huge difference! Keep up the great work.
I am a very new cyclist, also riding a Trek hybrid (Navigator 2.0) and ride at about 10-11 mph usually. Today I did my first 25 mile ride, and about 2 miles in there were signs that read "Watch Out for Turtles!" I was sure they were talking about me, lol.
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Hi!! You sound a lot like me! I also can't get going more than about 10 mph. It is discouraging sometimes, seeing how much faster others are going. I deal with the same thing with hubby too. He goes faster than me. I do at least 10 miles a day, every day, so it sounds like we are in the same weekly distance too!
Chelsae: Welcome to the group/team! It makes me 'happy' when I see others that love to ride! As for me, I have a daily BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) where I need 1850 kcals for the day. If I know I am going a distance, then I figure conservatively how much I will 'burn' and add that food as not to take away from my daily needs. I do some carbs and some protein before the ride and most protein after the ride.
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Thanks for the warm welcome and good wishes. That is so helpful when I'm just starting out.
It sure looks like many of you have had great success. I love reading your Spark Pages!
Just a couple of quick questions - if you do a long bike ride (or other strenuous activity - burn say 500+ calories - 1000 calories), do you typically change (increase) the calories that you intake that day? If so, do you add mostly carbs or protein? Before or after the ride?
Also, in figuring my speed on my bide, I know how to figure it from my bike computer, for relatively flat terrain, but how do you count it when it is just one big hill after another. I did a short 7 miles tonight, but in a park that I can do downhill about 25+mph, but on some of the uphills, I am lucky to be at 5-6 mph in a granny gear at that. The 7 miles tonight took me about 35 minutes. I just want to enter it correctly on the cardio log. Definitely cardio - those hills are killer!
Welcome - you are doing great. Don't worry about your speed, it will improve. I started out REALLY slow and and have seen my speed gradually increase over time. The main thing is that you are out there riding and having fun.
You are doing great on the hybrid! You'll know when your ready to get the road bike. I was lagging behind our group rides but nevertheless keeping up on the hybrid. Then the time came for a road bike. You ride like you love it. I am always hoping for good weather/ good ride, like this morning. Three of us finished 47 miles in 3 hours and it was great! We are training for a 100 mile ride 8/30. I use the hybrid alot for training rides. Keep up the good work and Enjoy the Ride!
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I ride with my husband too and he is much stronger than myself. It really helps me to stay motivated.
I have few friends (that are girls) that want to ride the distances that I want to ride so I just ride with my hubby and his friends. I sometimes lag behind but it's no big deal. I always catch up eventually.
The diet plans on this site are great in my opinion. I am a terrible cook so it gives me a jumping off point and has helped me to get a bit more creative in the kitchen :)
Best of luck!
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This is my first Sparkpeople week - so far so good with the diet modifications. I am a slow cyclist at about 10-11 mph on average, but I love to go long distances. I am averaging 50-80 miles per week during the week this summer, after work. When I spend a weekend day on my bike, that can really be fun! My husband is a better cyclist than I can and really has helped me to get stronger and have more endurance. I ride a Trek Hybrid - thinking of getting a road bike - maybe when I reach first goals here. Thanks for having me. I look forward to participating and learning and helping where I can too!
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