Monday, November 30, 2009
"There is NO Normal..."
And yet, when he gets a chance to ride, which is not too often, he considers 40 miles to be his minimal distance, but really feels good about getting in 60 to 70 miles...in one ride...on a bicycle. I try to avoid driving somewhere in my truck that distance. He just completed the 109 miler of El Tour, beating his previous year's time! In short, he is an endurance monster on two wheels and I am envious and inspired at the same time!
If you have been following this blog, you have read where I describe any ride above 20 miles to be a "long ride". So, given that Neighbor Ted and I seem similar in so many other ways, I wondered how he could regularly handle rides 2-3 times as long as a challenging "long ride" for me, at a much higher speed?
So, after our ride today, I was asking him about his "normal speed" and "normal distances", just to try to understand why, after my months of frequent riding and ever-growing "long rides", I am nowhere near his mph or distance.
His response was patient, reassuring and simple: there is no "normal". Among us amatuers, factors such as weight, bike, history, workout routine, nutrition and psychology are going to be so different from everyone else's, so it is foolish to try to compare or calibrate between two different cyclists' abilities. There is no normal.
The only comparison that really matters, is to our own previous results. This month, I have ridden 158 miles! That is more than I rode in October, or any other month ever in my life. So, my November mileage is above "my normal"...and I will be content with that for now.
But someday, I want to be like Neighbor Ted.