Any way way you shake it, 1,000 miles in 30 days is a lot. Here is a look inside the numbers.
- 1,000 miles
- 66.7 hours (15 mph average)
- 4,000 minutes
- 560,000 heart beats (140 bpm average)
- 340,000 pedal revolutions (85 rpm average)
- 33,500 calories (500 calories per hour)
- 0 lbs lost (WTF?! How is this possible?)
Looking at all those numbers makes me want to take a nap. It is kinda hard to believe that I did that, but wow, I actually did! Being on the bike for 66.7 hours, I had a lot of time to think, and now, a week later, I’ve had even more time to reflect. So grab a BEER, and let me tell you what it’s like to ride 1,000 miles in 30 days.
On the plus side… My base fitness has increased immensely. I have always been the guy who stands up and powers over short climbs. I’m not sure my power has increased but I do feel that I am able to settle into a rhythm and grind through anything. Long, tedious climbs feel shorter and easier than ever. At nearly 240lbs I actually pass most people on ascents who had passed me on the flat. Now, I can easily hold a consistent pace for the long haul and don’t have to worry about them passing me near the top. I also seem to recover much more quickly from a hard sprint now vs. earlier in the season. The first day of RSVP is a long difficult ride at 112 miles (it’s not actually 112 miles, but I rode a few extra to get to the start line). Although this year I was disappointed that my legs were so sore, last year my friend had to drag me out of the motel room for dinner, and I could barely walk down the hill for dinner. Not this year 🙂
Bummer Dude! Negatives… It is always my goal to be faster, ride harder and lose weight. Putting in so many hours is a great way to build base fitness. However, just grinding out miles isn’t likely going to make you faster- my average certainly didn’t increase dramatically!
|This guy ran the entirety of RAGBRAI in one week.
An AMAZING feat! However, running/riding large quantities miles
is not the best way to improve.
There are more efficient and effective ways to build strength, speed and endurance. I realize that if I want to continue to improve as a cyclist, I am going to have to get smarter about my training. It was awesome to ride 1,000 miles in a month, but definitely a bummer not to see my speed increase or my weight drop. So it’s time to get motivated, find a good training plan, and put in the effort. It
should be an interesting journey and I hope you’ll stay tuned! Any good training plans out there?