Author Topic: Pacing on a long distance ride  (Read 4173 times)

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Offline johnsondasw

Re: Pacing on a long distance ride
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2012, 01:09:40 pm »
As can be seen from the variety of responses this is a popular topic. I have found the primary consideration is your level of fitness. It always amazes me how as a trip wears on you become noticeably stronger and how quickly your body adapts.

Yes, this was true for me up until maybe my mid-forties.  Not so much now at 63.  I have to break in slower and be more careful about sleep, nutrition, rest breaks, etc.  Still riding, though, and that's the good part.
May the wind be at your back!

Offline litespeed

Re: Pacing on a long distance ride
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2012, 11:44:00 am »
When touring I usually need a rest day about a week out. Also whenever a really tough day (headwinds, mighty climbs, storms, etc.) leaves me wasted. It's not hard to tell when a rest day is needed.

Offline jrswenberger

Re: Pacing on a long distance ride
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2012, 12:42:34 pm »
For us, touring is typically about the journey more than the destination. Over many years, my average daily mileage has decreased from the 70's to a average target of about 60 miles per day. This allows for plenty of riding, stopping and lazy mornings. We make a point to stop every 1-2 hours for a 5-10 minute recharge break as well.

If there is a need to ride 80 - 100 miles in a day, we get up early, have a quick breakfast and get moving. But to do this regularly defeats our view of touring.

Of course, YMMV.

Jay
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