Once again I am going out this weekend and attempting a sub 1-hour 25K (15 mile), out and back time trial. Once this mark is finally met, hopefully others will be interested in attempting to do the same. I will post my time, good or bad.
In the event some of the readers were not around when we were talking about this event several months ago, I will briefly explain the premise:
The consensus amongst the group is that a sub 1-hour 25K, or approximately 15 mile out and back time trial is achievable for most people. Some will do it rather easily, but most will need to train very hard in order to accomplish it. This distance is short enough so that a near maximum effort can be sustained for the duration, and long enough to require a good amount of endurance just the same. For the most part, the 25K is the optimal skill and fitness measuring stick for the speed and distance unicyclists.
I will start a spreadsheet as soon as someone posts his or her time. As we have discussed, this is a good first step towards defining, and keeping track of our own records. The bicycling and running community did not wait around for Guiness to establish speed and distances, and either should we. We need to establish distances that are significant to us, and forget about what Guinness requires. They can print from our records if they so choose!
I would encourage those that participated in the Rag Bri tour to go out and test themselves at this distance. It would be interesting to see if they have the speed required to do a sub 1 hour. Obviously they wont have any problem with the endurance part of it.
BTW-No one to my knowledge has yet to post a sub 1 hour out and back 25K TT.