Wednesday, December 07, 2005


This is going to sound really trivial to most of you, but it was a big milestone to me. Last night I was riding my bicycle on the indoor trainer (a Cyclops magnetic one) and finally managed to break 20 MPH for an average speed. Normally, that is no big deal. My outdoor speeds average 19-21 MPH for 20-60 miles, and my indoor speeds are normally between 20-21 MPH.

So, why the big deal? Well, on August 23 I had an encounter with a Ford F-150 pickup truck. I lost. So did my bicycle. I was on crutches for 6 weeks and have been slowly recovering. Well, slowly by my standards; the physical therapist thought it was very quick. But, my average speeds on the trainer were hovering around 19 MPH, and have been for over a month. Last night, though, the average speed was 20.1 MPH. And that was with my normal settings: maximum resistance, 42x17 gear. Although I was strong enough to kick it up to 42x16 last night, which is probably why I broke 20 MPH. My cadence meter is broke (victim of the encounter), so I don't know how fast I was pedalling.

Now you know :)


Anonymous said...

not trivial - congratulations

Jim said...

that really is a great accomplishment. I personally hate a bike. Furthest I've ever ridden was 20 miles and I swore I would never do it again. I'd rather walk.

So your accomplishment is even more amazing to me. Excellent.