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Jun. 30th, 2002 | 07:02 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

I was trying to meet some people for a hike at some park, and I decided to try biking there instead of driving. It took longer than I'd expected, but I did manage to reach the park, rest for a while, and then return.

Round trip, 29.5 km, (18.33mi).

Okay, so with the resting at the park and then at the grocery store when I got back the whole trip took about 3 hours and 2373 KCal (according to my heartrate monitor).

I think what hurts most isn't the distance, but the heat.

I'd think I'd accomplished something, but several students at Caltech mentioned riding from Caltech to the beach, 72 km (45 mi) away.

Though they went down about 250 meters, and I climbed 200 meters. Does that cout for anything.

p.s. Since no one in the US uses meters for daily life other than me, should I be spelling it metre? (the UK/European convention).

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Go Metric!!!

from: wig
date: Jul. 8th, 2002 05:18 am (UTC)

I live in the UK and I am the only one in my cycle club to have my cycle computer set in kilometres. It will pay off when I go to France next week.

Of course ascending/descending counts for something! It counts for a lot in my book. Also, if the students you mentioned cycled in a group they could slipstream. It is always easier to cycle in a group than have to face all the air resistance on your own.

Anyways never mind comparisons, what matters is you're riding a bike!!!

Hope you don't mind this intrusion, saw you on soulsong's friends page and was feeling particularly pro-metric and pro-cycling today.

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Diane Trout

Re: Go Metric!!!

from: alienghic
date: Jul. 8th, 2002 09:02 pm (UTC)

Actually I did another 29.1 km yesterday and it wasn't anywhere nearly as hard, this time the route was relatively flat. The other neat thing was several months ago I did half of the trip I did yesterday and had to crawl into bed and sleep it off I was so beat. This time I did it, said that was too easy, and went further.

Admittedly I did better about avoiding overheating and drinking enough water and was using a lighter bike, but still I think I've improved greatly.

So riding in groups is really that much easier?

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from: wig
date: Jul. 9th, 2002 07:54 am (UTC)

So riding in groups is really that much easier?

Absolutely. If you ever watch any cycle racing on TV you will see that the riders make formations so they can avoid air resistance. They take turns at the front, coz it's the hardest work up there.

I saw a diagram in a book which showed the percent power savings, depending on what you are following (so, you get small savings if behind a single cyclist, more savings if behind several cyclists, and even more savings if you're behind something like a tractor!) The figure that stuck in my head is 33%, but I can't remember which situation it applied to. Anyways when you get a chance to cycle with someone, ride right behind them and you will feel for yourself how much easier it is. :)

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