I’ve been feeling good currently as a result of I’ve been doing nicely in my age group on some native Strava Koms. However earlier than my head will get too large I assumed I’d put issues in perspective. To begin with, these are all flat routes so don’t actually deserve the title “king of the mountains”. King of the flats, or KOFs, perhaps?
Second, I wished to see how my instances evaluate towards elite athletes in my age group. So I regarded up the instances in nationwide time trials, placed on by the Nationwide Senior Video games Affiliation within the US, with comparable teams conserving us growing older athletes challenged all over the world. As of 2019, the 10K report within the 70-74 age group was a time of 14:00 minutes, which is a median of about 26.6 mph. If I work actually onerous at it, I can get my common a bit above 20 mph. That may make me a champion within the 90-94 age group (for which the report is 21:57, or about 17 mph). So to be an elite athlete I’d must get so much sooner now, or not decelerate any for the subsequent 20 years. I nonetheless really feel fairly good about doing decently in my native space in my age group. However my hat is off to all of the actually quick older women and men on the market.
I feel probably the most astonishing report I got here throughout was 80 12 months previous Guiseppe Marioni’s 80-84 hour report. He went 24.24 miles in an hour on a velodrome.
Guiseppi owns Cycles Marinoni in Montreal, Quebec. I’d love to go to Montreal and pay his store a go to.
I’ve competed within the native Bay Space Senior Video games prior to now in each the 5K and 10K time trials. So studying up on these data gave me the concept it could be good to have native 5K and 10K segments on Strava. A lot of the native time trial segments are level to level, sadly. It’s higher to have an out and again or loop course so the wind doesn’t consider. So I mapped out a 5K and a 10K route in San Martin, the little city to the south of us. The roads there are superb as a result of they type an excellent grid and are frivolously trafficked. Right here is the 5K route:
And right here is the 10K. I couldn’t give you a easy loop that was precisely 10K so I did an out and again with a loop for a tail:
I’ll attempt the 5K out on our subsequent sunny day (thursday) and the 10K within the close to future.