October mileage goal set; Yesterday’s ride; Might be getting a road bike today.
The totals for September are in: 345.78 miles ridden (most of that was mountain biking), more than 28 hours in the saddle, average heart rate 161 BPM and an estimated 20,000 calories burned (according to Garmin Connect).
My goal for October is to exceed the number of miles I rode in September. I think 400 miles is a nice round number to shoot for, and so that’s my goal for the month.
Yesterday Mike and I did a 27 mile urban assault around Lake Dora. I was on my mountain bike, but the ride was 100% paved. This was a new route for me, and it involved riding on some fairly heavily trafficked roads. As most of you know, I’m not too keen about riding my bike on the road. Distracted drivers are all over the place, and I don’t like putting my life in their hands. Thankfully 99% of the drivers who past us by gave us a nice wide berth.
The weight of my mountain bike bike, the stiff headwinds/crosswinds (especially around the very large lake) and the slow-rolling tires definitely increased the workout’s effectiveness. My average speed was 16.2 MPH, I hit a top speed of 36.3 MPH and my average heart rate was 161 BPM. A good workout.
It was a solid ride, but 27 miles on the road is nothing like 27 miles mountain biking. I remember a while back I remarked that a “dirty century” (100 miles mountain biking) was clearly a much more difficult ride than a road century. I got an email from an irritated roadie that said a road century was just as hard as a dirty century. Oh, bullcrap. 100 miles on a road bike is not even close to comparable to 100 off-road miles on a mountain bike.
I’m going to put my money where my mouth is. I’m getting a road bike very soon (in fact, I may be getting one a little later this morning), and I’ll do a 100 mile ride on it before the year is out. One of my goals for next year is to do a dirty century, and when I do I’ll be sure to compare the two rides. I was trying not to laugh as I typed that.
I’m pretty excited about the road bike. I do enjoy longer rides, and road cycling definitely plays to two of my biggest strengths: power and stamina. I think once I start doing some hardcore Sufferfest workouts on the road bike (attached to a fluid trainer) and take part in some long group training rides, my speed on a mountain bike is going to increase considerably.