The fundamental training rule

A few days ago my brother said to me: “When I look your rides up on strava, you’re not really faster than me. I can also ride an average speed of 27 Kilometers per hour.”
And he’s right. On most of my rides I average under 30 kp/h now. And I’m a little bit proud of it, because there was a time when I didn’t understand how training works. 

2010 my first year in road cycling: I rode a black aluminium road bike, which was too big for me. I had a triple front chainring and an estimated tire pressure of 6 Bars. Plus I rode in trainers and flappy clothing. 

But I averaged more than 30 kp/h at every ride. And that’s beacause I first started my cycling computer outside of the city in full movement and stopped it, before I entered the city again. 
So basically, I tracked just a segment (thanks strava) of my ride. And that was, what I wrote into my online training diary – to show off a little bit. Poor ego 😉

But till now, I learned it.  Here’s the fundamental training rule: You have to ride your hard days freaking hard and your easy days painfully easy. The bigger the difference between this rides, the stronger you get.

It doesn’t matter anymore which speed I average. I start my computer with my first pedalstroke and it stops automatically when my bike stops. 

For an example a 40 Kilometer round track: In my solo endurance rides I average 27 kp/h whereas at my FTP-rides I average 33 kp/h here. First pedalstroke to last movement of the bike. 

In fact, I created somewhat of a rule for my endurance rides: Don’t go over 30. If I’m getting too close, I back off and relax again. It’s somewhat like a constant reminder 🙂

If we are honest to ourselves, no amateur rider averages more than 30 kp/h on a solo endurance ride 😉

What’s your solo speed?


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14 responses to “The fundamental training rule

  1. I live half way up a steep hill and getting back up it at the end of a ride takes my average speed down massively (or so I like to claim) but if I ride 20 miles (32km) on a flat ish route with just the homeward hill as a serious climb I can average over 15mph (24kmph) which pleases me no end.
    Lovely piece, Stefan, thanks. 🙂

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  2. Wise words here. My training is all based around my heart rate. If my bike ride takes me longer on one day and shorter on another day – so be it. So long as my heart rate is what I want it then I am happy.

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  3. Completely agree. I don’t track speed so much as heart rate; I’m primarily a mtn biker. I hate, hate, hate those recovery/endurance days when you’re supposed to go light and guys in fancy kits whiz by me. :-/ I want to scream “I could catch up to you!!”

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  4. I have no idea what my average speeds are, I’m only interested in power, heart rate and duration as viable training metrics 😀 good read though.

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  5. I agree on your view, my worst recovery day recently, being overtaken by someone on an electric bike. I found myself speeding up and latching onto their wheel preparing to pass before common sense returned. Does that mean I need an E-Bike for recovery days 😉

    The rider on the Ebike was moving with little visible effort.

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