Finally broke the 30 mile mark in a route shaped like a giant chicken
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    Cool Finally broke the 30 mile mark in a route shaped like a giant chicken

    I've been riding for about three weeks at this point, most of my routes have been in the 20-26 mile range but today I finally broke the 30 mile mark. I don't know why but I thought it was a magic landmark in my biking career. I've been trying to push my average speed on these rides, but got stuck at 15.9 average mph doing circles in my neighborhood, so I gave up and went inside. Other than slight neck pain/cramp after the ride it felt great, good weather here.
    I was looking at the CAT 5-4-3-2-1 requirements, other than entering a lot of races, is there some sort of speed benchmark to go from 5 to 4? I'm just sort of curious, I'd like something to work towards, even if I never get there.

    Now my lousy friends just need to get bikes and start riding with me.....

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    Cool, now we can call you "Chicken Legs"


    As for your friends, just keep raving about how fun it is out there.

    When you go inside, get the bike on a trainer and do intervals. You'll see some improvement really fast.
    It's a fire road.............
    I'm on a road bike..........

    They have enough in common to blast down it.

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    If you buddies dont bite the bike bug, find some groups at your local bike shop. Most have something going. It maybe informal, but you'll sure get better fast if you get with a group that is faster than you.
    It's a fire road.............
    I'm on a road bike..........

    They have enough in common to blast down it.

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    If you've looked at the rules, you know that the 5-to-4 upgrade requires 10 races. That's it, though you could petition to upgrade with fewer if you win them all, or place very high. There is no speed benchmark. Racing successfully is about more than ability to go fast. If you're really interested, find a training race series and try it. And do some group rides.

    Honestly, I think new riders should take the computer off the bike and just ride, as hard as you feel like, and as much as you have time for. If you must use the computer to help plan routes, at least stop looking at and thinking about average speed. It don't mean squat.

    Why are you riding circles in your neighborhood? It's a big world. Get a map and go explore.

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    excellent work, now if you could only conquer the ride shaped like a hippo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg View Post
    Cool, now we can call you "Chicken Legs"


    As for your friends, just keep raving about how fun it is out there.

    When you go inside, get the bike on a trainer and do intervals. You'll see some improvement really fast.
    Please explain intervals for those of us who aren't familiar exactly with how the concept applies to cycling.

    Thank you.

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    I also would tell you to not worry about racing yet.

    Just go and ride your bike, explore, find a group ride.

    It's a little late in the season to start racing this year.
    Most are in mid-season form and going pretty good.

    IMO; You would be better off finding a quicker group ride and trying that for this year.
    All while planing your attack for next spring. You can build up your base this winter, and work intervals to improve your fitness.

    Good Luck, and next spring,
    Pay your $$$...pin your #, and RIDE LIKE HELL!!!!
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    Haha thanks for the advice jr59. I'm going back to college in a few weeks and there's a handful of dedicated cyclists that have invited me to ride with them, so I'll be doing that this fall. I still haven't decided if I'm going to go all in and start racing and so forth, the question about the CAT or categories or whatever was mostly just curiosity. It does sound pretty fun though.

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