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  • Premier Icon paladin
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    Damn fit, I get admiring glances wherever I go 😆

    ask1974
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    Not anywhere near as fit as I’d like, I’d say about average for a part time cyclist as that’s what I’ve become 😐

    Haven’t been in the saddle for over a month now due to work, kids and social. Can’t whinge as whilst I miss it life is pretty good right now but really need to sort it out as no time for other activities either. Here’s looking forward to some clear, frosty, Autumn mornings – without doubt my favourite riding conditions 🙂

    Edric 64
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    Not unfit but nowhere near fast enough !.Time trial pbs of 23 .23 for a 10 and 1.00.54 for a 25 would like to be under 22 mins and the hour next year.Now dieting im 6 ft 4 and 15 st 7 at the moment would like to get to 14 st 2 which will be a 10% drop from my starting point a couple of weeks ago

    yunki
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    I’m perhaps not as fit as I was five years ago, but I’m certainly heading that way..
    I seem to have turned a corner finally with an injury that’s been bothering me for the last few years.. I think I could soon be on my way to becoming as fit as an average part time cyclist..

    Sorting my diet would be a good step

    cynic-al
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    Somewhere between weekend fit and race fit.

    Just entered the Strathpuffer so will give myself a doing over the next 6 weeks in prep for that, I then focus on London marathon, then an Ironman in June and possibly another in August.

    TiRed
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    Top third in E1234 masters racing fit. Fast enough for top 10 in Cat4 racing and targeting sub 4:30 century. Now at the point where a training plan is required to go further. Road fitness benefits my off-road SS climbing, but I haven’t raced an mtb race this year. The fittest I’ve ever been and the same weight I was 20 years ago (70 kg and 179cm).

    yunki
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    From Strava last night

    Ridden 1841 times by 624 people
    Men
    00:12:42
    Wouter Sybrandy
    Women
    00:14:07
    Maryka Sennema
    My Best Effort
    00:29:43

    although to be fair I was on a steel MTB with draggy tires 😳

    Premier Icon ononeorange
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    Probably about 3/10 on a fitness scale that I just invented. Appalled at how unfit and unhealthy I have become. According to BUPA I am borderline obese, I have brought it down a stone since though, have high bp and ragingly high chloresterol (latter is clearly genetic as I don’t really touch red meat, cheese etc and don’t drink in the week).

    Can only manage a sedate 14mph average on a local 1 hour loop (in the summer so when it’s not muddy), as I don’t have the opportunity to ride / exercise much in the week, but have just started spinning again. They have a board which ranks everyone’s positions according to power output – and yes, I am being destroyed by younger people at each session. Depressing.

    All in all a pretty sorry story really, but then I was strictly non-sports at school. Envious of all those above who can get out regularly and get themselves fit.

    samuri
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    Probably very fit for normal people, above average for cyclists. Ride most days and do it fast. No such thing as an easy ride for me.
    I came about mid-pack in the three peaks this year with absolutely zero training. All I did was put a knobbly tyre on the back of my bike and took the lights off.

    I could easily make myself fitter but simply can’t be bothered. Enjoy food and drink too much. Some weekends I do absolutely f all exercise.
    I remember in the past I would do a 70-80 mile sunday ride, then take my son out for another 20-30 miles, then go the velodrome for two hours. Tough cookie back then but did nothing with it.

    I’ve absolutely no intention of changing things now.

    Losidan
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    I think I would come under the Chubby checker/slightly but not very fit category if there was one.

    Fastest 10 mile TT this year (1st season)was 24:30 which given it was on the m62, i mean v718 isnt quick.

    What am I doing? Riding my bikes more and running on the moors more and trying to lose weight. That’s it.

    It’s taken me weeks of detailed analysis and thought to come up with this indepth intricate plan.

    I am not a gifted athlete, but I reckon I am not far off as fit as I am going to get. To keep me motivated I am just looking to try different things. I have been mainly road riding/tting, but am starting running and returning to a bit more tame mtb stuff. I will start swimming again when I lose interest in timetrials.
    I saw the other day I have >600 hours activities logged this year so far and over 10,000 miles.

    Losidan
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    @iamconfusedagain
    Are you actually finding you are losing interest in TT’s? I have only done one season and as much I have enjoyed it I find I am already losing interest. Especially now I am back on the MTB.

    geologist
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    12 years ago was running 2:35 marathon, and was 3 stone lighter than I am now. Injury put pay to that. Im now swimming 12 to 15 miles a week with an easy bumbling pace of 7 minutes per 400m. So in swimming terms not far off my former running standard. But I feel no where near as fit.
    At the moment riding the mtb 1 to 2 times a week too.

    emsz
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    Pretty happy actually. I’m aiming for 3.5 marathon next year ( maybe) and maybe I haven’t got the definition I had when I was ODing on gymnastics, but I’ve not got fat bits anywhere!!

    Mr Woppit
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    Broke my back on Sept 1st. Just started work – doing the physio and walking for exercise. Having a first go on my road bike at the weekend, see how it goes…

    Premier Icon Yak
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    Variable. Mostly riding twice a week and compete in the odd race/event and come mid-pack-ish – sometimes better. I have a habit of re-occurring bouts of CF/ME which tend to keep me off the bike for a while, then I recover with gentle graded exercise until i’m back to where i was.

    I’m good again right now so might look at some of the Brass Monkey series this winter as i really enjoy races at around 4hrs in length.

    I have just started climbing again too. Used to on-sight around F7a and trad up to about E4 up to around 2004, so it would be nice to get something of that back again. Just pulling on plastic now so need to get out to the crag to see where i’m at.

    So, probably not too bad for a regular person, but some way off a regular cyclist. The key for me is to keep fittish, not to knacker myself which sets me back months and to keep entering races/events which force me to prepare properly and measure progress in a fun way.

    Also like beer, wine, cheese, etc a little too much. 🙂

    Gary_M
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    The past few months I feel the fittest I’ve ever been. Joined a gym in July and do a full body work out Tuesday/Thursday, ride 20 miles each way to work Monday/Wednesday Friday and also ride at the weekend so do a minimum of 150 miles a week.

    Up until I joined the gym I was riding to work 3-5 days a week, and cutting it down to 3 with a rest day from riding has definitely made a difference. I’ve learned its not just about the miles.

    Weight 68kg, age 46 and feel great.

    Not very

    Just had a bacon sandwich

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    I’ve no idea really. As others have said, fit enough to be able to do anything that I want to do bike-wise and to be honest, that’s all I want to do. I have entered a few events and not finished last or been the slowest, so that’s good enough for me. Riding is my only “real” exercise, aside from occasional walks/runs and very occasional swim.

    I do eat and drink too much though, I suspect with a little self control and a bit of weight loss I could actually be quite a bit faster/fitter, but I don’t think that’s going to happen! 🙂

    campkoala
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    Just polishing off my second bacon roll so I must be twice as fit as you

    Just polishing off my second bacon roll so I must be twice as fit as you

    Chapeau, sir

    95kg but fit enough, which is annoying as ive not the motivation to get down to say 78kg. I’ve got the power/weight that makes its ok uphills etc so I dont see a challenge in doing 100 miles or similar so theres no target to aim at!

    Decided I want to get back into sailing where the power wont be so much use so anything over 78kg is dead weight. That should hopefully provide some winter motivation.

    Fit enough to finish the hardest MTB race in the World 21st out of 120 in July 😉 8 of the hardest days of my life! Fit enough to get an Expert MTB license last year and a Cat 2 road this year without much effort or many races and fit enough to go out and run 5 miles at 7min/mile pace without trying (I dislike running a lot)
    So at 35 6ft 1 and 90kgs fairly fit.

    What am I doing about it? Excepting my ex-rugby playing physique will never go away and starting to broaden my activities away from just cycling, maybe Crossfit through the winter.

    campkoala
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    I assume we’re talking sloely about cycling fitness here?
    Even so, I’m not really sure how to quantify fitness. I do know my strengths and weaknesses though.
    I probably ride between 10 and 20hrs per week (I have a lot less free time every second week) and this last year have spent a lot more time on the road bike to improve stamina for longer mtb rides, I’m at the point now where 80 miles on the road bike in the evening after a days work with no fuel is easy, and the only challenging thing about completing a century is coping with boredom at the slightly reduced pace required.
    On the mtb my strengths have always been core strength and sprinting, being a well above average descender and jumper with increased endurance fitness I’m now able to enjoy longer rides much more.
    Ideally I’d like to improve my climbing and take sprinting to another level but this would mean losing a couple of stone and a much more interval based training plan.
    Don’t really know why but I just find it incredibly hard to give it my all when doing intervals, I don’t sleep enough and am never fully rested is my guess. and I like food and drink far too much to get down and stay at a proper climbers weight.

    So, am I fit? Dunno is still my answer.

    Premier Icon BadlyWiredDog
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    Fitter than some, not as fit as others. Mostly though just enjoying riding my bike. What am I doing about it? I plan to go on enjoying riding my bike.

    soobalias
    Member

    i just had a pork pie for elevenses

    and its only half ten.

    campkoala
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    What’s the hardest mtb race in the world? 😯

    What’s the hardest mtb race in the world!

    I guess Trans Rockies, although the Cape Epic, and Conquistadors would be up there as well

    campkoala
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    Never heard of them, will Google. Thanks

    brakes
    Member

    campkoala:

    So, am I fit? Dunno is still my answer.

    from your post, you sound fit.
    is that what you wanted to hear?

    This thread has been a good kick up the backside for me. Two years ago I stopped doing triathlons and ultra marathons and was keen to try AR as something different. Hence the interest in being a better MTBer. But the last twelve months have been pretty dire for various reasons so the fitness has dropped off, the weight gone on and only one MTB race to show for it. Endurance is still ok (4 hr rides no problem) but speed and strength gone and rhaps more importantly my flexibility.

    So thanks for the nudge. First target weight and flexibility to Xmas and then up the speed work and intensity in the new year. A 6m 400m swim would be nice too! Time to get some events in the diary then there is no excuse!!!

    campkoala
    Member

    Maybe I’ve missed something but 30-50km a day? For 1 week? In summer? Sounds a piece of pics to complete, well done tho.

    Aren’t those mental snow races far harder?

    campkoala
    Member

    Thanks brakes, I’m still unconvinced myself tho

    campkoala – Member

    What’s the hardest mtb race in the world?

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    The Swedish Chef – Member

    What’s the hardest mtb race in the world!

    I guess Trans Rockies, although the Cape Epic, and Conquistadors would be up there as well

    Ironbike in Italy people from all over the globe who have raced every other big MTB stage race agree, it is the hardest. 390 miles over 8 days in the Alps, 32000m of climbing (More than the TdF does in 3weeks with rest days!

    _tom_
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    I would say I’m above average for a mountain biker but below average for a roadie. This is based on the fact that when I ride at a trail centre or something I usually end up overtaking a lot of people up hill, but if I ride with others on the road I struggle to keep up. My road average is only about 16-17mph (or lower if there’s a head wind) and I don’t really know what to do to improve it – any suggestions? Give me some good websites to have a read through 🙂

    I do a bit of running but haven’t for ages and I’m not very good at it. Can only run for about 15-20 mins non-stop before I feel like I’m going to die. Not that bothered tbh as I don’t really enjoy running.

    I try to lift weights 3-4x a week. One of these is a 5×5 session of squats, deadlifts, bench press and overhead press, the rest are dumbell exercises. Finally starting to see some progress on this, more definition in my arms and my legs are getting ripped 😀 When I get my own house I’ll get a rack for the shed so I can do the proper 3x a week stronglifts programme 🙂

    campkoala
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    That sounds more like a real challenge for the title, well done cooper!

    The more I think about it, trans rockies just sounds like a biking holiday without the beer. 😉

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Give me some good websites to have a read through

    If you really want to get good, but Joe Friel’s The Mountain Biker’s Training Bible.

    + TransRockies is no more, new event called SingleTrack Six has taken it’s place

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    This is based on the fact that when I ride at a trail centre or something I usually end up overtaking a lot of people up hill

    That’s no indication though. You only overtake the ones who are significantly slower than you – you have no way of knowing who’s as fast or slightly faster because you never see them. There could be 10x as many people going the same speed 🙂

    graemep
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    I think I hit my fitness peak around 2008, local rides multiple times a week, trips away round the UK etc. However since then I’ve steadily ridden less and less and now haven’t touched a bike for months. I fear for my waistline/arteries as my food intake has remained the same 🙁

    Premier Icon cr500dom
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    I’m 5’6″

    At 23 I got Sober and decided to get fit, I was cycling everywhere and 3-4 sessions in the gym a week

    I ended up 9.5 stone (From about 13ish), resting Heart beat of 44 beats a minute and a recovery time from 80% of maximal HR to resting in 1min 20s

    That was my fittest

    Started cycling again reasonably seriously about 5 years ago
    Club rides, regular MTB rides at the weekend etc
    But not really losing huge amounts of weight

    Jan 2012, I had had enough when I looked in the mirror at 12st6 so I started on the “iDave” Diet.

    I lost 19lbs in 3 or 4 months and dropped back down to 11st1 which made a huge difference to performance uphill on a bike and I felt much better.

    2nd child had by then arrived, with some complications etc, got out on 2 wheels about 4 or 5 times in the next 12 months, Diet slipped as it requires quite a bit of preparation and discipline, and there was so much else going on in our lives that something had to give.

    Now, riding to work 5 miles each way on the cargo bike 3-5 days a week
    and a ride of some sort at the weekend.

    Still cant sort the discipline / diet out with any sort of regularity

    Back up at 12st 7 🙁

    Diet needs to happen again, but I`m normally so knackered, that I cant face thinking about preparing a meal at the end of the day, so just eat something convenient / quick

    I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, dont do drugs, 41 this month and it gets harder to lose it each time.

    Other than MTFU I don’t know what to do next really ?

    campkoala
    Member

    Smoking and drugs help 😛

    _tom_
    Member

    That’s no indication though. You only overtake the ones who are significantly slower than you – you have no way of knowing who’s as fast or slightly faster because you never see them. There could be 10x as many people going the same speed

    Yeah true, not exactly the best measure but the overtaking combined with the majority of them being overweight and (presumably) middle aged leads me to believe my fitness should be a bit better. I know I’m not really that fit though as I regularly get dropped on the road bike and like I said my running is poor.

    I’m back to squatting my own body weight again, however that’s only 75kg so I don’t know if that’s really very impressive either 😆

    Like a lot on here I guess – fitter than at least 80% of the people in the office but average at best as a cyclist. Was 12th out of 18 in my first race as a Grand Vet on Sunday. Good job I’m 50 though – would have been 26 out of 28 if still a Vet 🙁

    Premier Icon zilog6128
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    Diet needs to happen again, but I`m normally so knackered, that I cant face thinking about preparing a meal at the end of the day, so just eat something convenient / quick

    slow cooker! Perfect for iDiet meals as you can bung in loads of beans/lentils. Get up a few minutes earlier and put it on in the morning. That and steak/chicken/fish with microwaved veg (takes bugger all time) are my staple healthy meals when pressed for time

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