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3/10/08 10:35 P

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I would rather ride than run. Then I would probably do no more than a 5k right now if I were to go for a run. However, that competition thing is kicking up and I want to go for longer distances so next will be a 10k and then whatever is the next biggest run. Soon to be a half marathon and who knows maybe a marathon some day.


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3/10/08 4:05 P

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I do love to ride and I am competitive. I see it come out when I see a cyclist in front of me and I find myself, unconsciously, start to speed up. I just have to pass them. If I am aware of someone trying to pass me (the days I wear my rear view mirror) I speed up. I donít make it easy to pass me.

I like flat or rollie rides and do my best time on these types of rides. I can usually beat my husband on this type of ride (Look! Thereís that competitive side again). But he kicks my butt on the hills. I like riding around 40-60 miles at a time.

I had the same reaction when I ran 5 and 10K!


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3/10/08 2:37 P

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My goal is to get the ability to go faster. But my rides aren't all about speed. It all depends on who I am riding with, what the weather is like, if I have time constraints, If I have the *ability* to go faster, then that will also serve me well as I increase distance. It doesn't mean I have to race all the time.

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3/10/08 2:35 P

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LOL No, Sparty, I wasn't referring to you specifically just people who like to race and compete in that regard.

On my most recent ride, I was trying to push myself faster and realized I was missing out on the wildlife and that kinda sucked to me. I really do love the ride just for the ride.

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3/10/08 11:53 A

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Ooo, it's all about speed for me. While I'm in no danger of placing (let alone winning) in anything, I LOVE to go fast. And that shows in the stuff I like to do too - events with a touch of endurance but with ample chance to go hard, 5k-10k runs, 15-40k TTs, cyclocross.... Similarly, you'd never find me doing a marathon or a long cycle touring ride, I find them kinda boring.

Saying that though, with my cycling it all depends what I'm doing that day. While I love jamming hard intervals, I'm also perfectly happy spinning out for an easy 1-2hr ride and getting in some saddle time.

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3/10/08 10:27 A

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I suppose I do push myself enough to improve on a bike, for speed and endurance, but I'll never be like my boyfriend, who wants faster faster faster. I ride and keep up with him just fine, but he's definitely more speed oriented. We took a 50 mile ride yesterday on the touring bikes, and even then, he was a man on a mission. I do like to have the ability to keep up with pretty much any cyclist I ride wish, so I try to do enough to keep to that level. But I'll never be a person that is fretting about cadence and heart rates and bettering my speed. I'm out to enjoy myself.

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3/10/08 10:19 A

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I'm very competitive...with myself, always have been and always will. Always gave 100% then pushed past that.
That being said...I am old enough and have had enough over training injuries in my youth (ok. It's not the AGE it's the mileage) that parts of me have just worn out.
I am forced, now, to take things gradually (sanely) and build up distance and endurance rather than speed right now. Does it drive me slighty insane to have to hold back? YES!!
I'm starting to enjoy having more energy left at the end of a long ride (for me right now it's only 20 miles). I'm only averaging 10 mph right now, depending on hills, but look forward to being able to keep up on group rides as my body adapts and my speed gradually increases.
I also get to enjoy more of the scenery.

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3/10/08 8:45 A

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I ride for the ride but every year I track my time on the trail and always try to beat my time from start to finish. I do it for me, I enjoy pushing myself and working toward something. I like seeing how far I can ride in the shortest time. There are days I will go along at a slower pace, mostly as a rest day because I like to ride everyday and when the weather is nice it is hard to take a day off when you know you only have so many months to ride. I have the competitive gene for sure but am ok with getting passed. It just makes me work harder and I really enjoy it. OK I don't like it but I accept it. I joined a bike club this year and am hoping by the end of the year to be riding with the 'fast' group but if that doesn't happen, that will be my winter goal. "Something to work toward"

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3/9/08 10:33 P

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F: I'm not sure if you were referring to me about that "competitive gene" and all or not. I have to say that I have it in spades but I have really repressed it for the sake of my happiness. I have found that I can be happier just being me and riding for the love of the ride. I only get competitive when I'm in a race or running at work. Then that gene jumps to the surface and you can't keep me down for anything. :P Well good luck and keep up the love for the ride. I love this team and look forward to learning more about all of you.


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3/9/08 9:18 P

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there is one local ride that i time myself on. when i was in junior college 20+ years ago, i average 18 mph on my old schwin la tour. so now i am mid fortys, on a lighter bike and i do a self check occasionally and do it 18-19mph riding solo.

other than that, i do some easy causual rides, ride that are faster and harder with boyfriend-drafting and trying to stay on his wheel. i try to do a couple easy rides about 15 mph and maybe one hard ride in a typical week when we are not covered in snow. i ride much more when its summer! i usually look at the times fro my hard ride just to see.

the main situation when i look at my time is when i race. i figure if i have all my base built, and do a little speed work, it will show in my race times. (sprint tri's)



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3/9/08 7:37 P

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I'm like you in that I'm not really interested in racing and seem to lack that competitive gene that makes me want to pound after someone when they pass me. But I am interested in getting faster only so that I can finish sooner and or keep up with other people. Plus, I'm always looking to improve in my endeavors. Realizing that I was more interested in miles at a time vs. speed made me pick the bike that I ended up with, a Kona Sutra touring bike with the option of shortening and extending the wheelbase.

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3/9/08 3:03 P

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I would have to say that it depends on the ride. If I'm doing a flat, which is really tedious then I just ride. When there are variables then it will affect my ride. I try to ride a little faster then that rider up there so I can catch them and then keep going for a while. If I'm all alone then I go for a particular cadence or HR overall. I rarely go for speed. Instead I let it come with the other work. Running on the other hand I go for speed because it's a part of my job. So if I'm not fast I won't be around for long.
I hope this put it into perspective for you. Do what you want to do unless you have a goal. It is better to ride and ride rather then ride and stop. Good luck and keep on peddling.


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3/9/08 11:18 A

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I just ride. I do know the more I ride, the faster I get. I start out slow as molasses at the beginning of the season, but pick up speed as I go. I am able to keep up with most of the cyclists around here that we ride with, which is a tall order. My boyfriend is all about endurance AND speed. He's a tough cookie to ride with. He starts out slow on a ride, and people think that heck, this is too easy. But 5 hours later when we roll back in, Dave is flying, strong as ever, and fast as ever, when others are rolling in on very tired legs. I see it every weekend during the summer.. we own a bike shop, and so one or both of us host rides. I outclimb him, but he is double my weight, so he always catches me on the downhill, no matter how hard I push it.

On the mtn bike, I am more aggressive. I entered my first mtn bike race and won the thing. LOL But in my heart of hearts, I am about endurance, not speed. I will never be hugely competitive. I just wanna ride my bikes.

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We all have different motivations for this, so informal poll-- is going faster a driving factor in your rides?

Honestly, I don't think about it much or have any structure to what I do. (Even when I'm not pregnant and I don't have a convenient excuse not to push. :) ) I just like riding. In running, I at least read into what it takes to go faster, etc. With bicycling, I pretty much stick to time in the saddle and pushing however I feel like pushing that day.

The only time it really twinges is when it comes up in a detail - I get invited on a group ride, or want to try a group ride, but am too slow; or I finish a ride close to the next mile per hour (ie, a 50 mile flat ride at 16.9 mph- I remember that ride and thinking, couldn't I have at least pushed it to 17?)

Part of it is my personality. I've always enjoyed endurance in activities over speed, and the former has come easier to me. Plus, I'm in no danger of winning anything-- everything I do, I do because I love it, not because I'm interested in any competition.

So do you strive to go faster, or do you just ride?


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