First Outdoor Ride

Summer weather in early April.

The first outdoor bike ride was a 30.25 kilometer loop. Total time on the loop was 1 hour, 8 minutes and 27 seconds. Average speed was 26.53 km/h with maximum speed of 44.79 km/h.

Cadence averaged 89 rpm with maximum cadence of 112 rpm.

Average heart rate was 140 bpm. The maximum heart rate for the ride was 155 bpm. Time spent in the recovery zone was 2 minutes, 59 seconds. Time spent in the endurance zone was 42 minutes and 34 seconds. And working a bit too hard for the first outdoor ride, 22 minutes and 43 seconds in Zone 3.

I burned 753 calories.

Lots of interesting data points. Surprisingly enough, my first outdoor ride last year was also at the same date. And it was almost as mild. I started with a shorter run last year. The loop was shorter by 9 kilometers for a 21.25 loop. Total time on the loop was 49.24 minutes. Average speed was slower at 25.82 km/h. And the maximum speed was also slower at 43.44 km/h.

Cadence was also down a little. Average was 87 rpm with a maximum of 110 rpm.

The heart rate was also lower. 137 bpm average with a maximum heart rate of 147. Only 556 calories burned.

Training indoors during the winter helps to maintain overall fitness. And I was pleased with the numbers for the first ride. Although not in the A range for average speed, the first ride held a solid advanced pace in the B range. Cadence was about where I would expect for the first outdoor ride. I generally pace around 95 rpm and I had no issues keeping the cadence high on the flats.

Heart rate was a little higher than I expected. However, last year, I spent over 70 percent of the time in zone 3. Not this year. Most of the time was in zone 2. That is a great indicator of progress. Faster pace, longer distance, better conditioning.

The saddle was the only thing that got to me. About 40 minutes in and I was struggling with the saddle. Might be time to try a Fi’zi:k Arione.

2 replies
  1. richard cleaver
    richard cleaver says:

    who the bloody hell r u I’m Richard Cleaver from Somerset U.K. Whats all this cycling lark!! I prefer a beer and a nice curry. My sister loosechopper is sitting behind me -she googled my (and your) name. R U american are there many cleavers there we are few on Blighty. Bye Bye

    • Richard Cleaver
      Richard Cleaver says:

      I am Richard Cleaver. But I assume you were able to gather that much from the title on the blog. There is also an about page which you can find off the main menu at the top of the site. That provides a lot of background about me.

      My father was born in Manchester, U.K. and emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s. I did live in England for several years. Home is Canada. My extended family lived primarily in Montreal although most have moved on to other areas of Canada.

      Thanks for dropping by the blog.


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