That is certainly very fast. I am only happy at 16mph for that kind of
distance, I am running anaerobic at 18mph. This is also with 110 cranks.
I had a quick look at the speeds that rhysling was actually doing in a
little spreadsheet (it is only rough). I have just thrown it up at
http://www.unicycle.uk.com/Cranklength.xls you will see that rhysling has
a foot speed of over half as fast as mine at 16mph and over 20 cadence
higher as well. Wow that really is impressive.
It is so good that so many more people are going faster on Cokers, please
bring them to UNICON and ride in the unlimited race. In China there was
little effective competition, I was able to win riding at an average of
probably only 13mph which was well below what I could have done even on
that mountainous course.
Do we have a marathon course set out for the next UNICON? is it likely to
be relatively flat. Also is there any chance of a longer race, it takes me
over 5 miles to warm up.
The UK’s Unicycle Source http://www.unicycle.uk.com
----- Original Message ----- From: “rhysling”
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<email@example.com> Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2001 9:15 AM Subject: Re:
36 miles, 2 hrs, 1 Coker
> I’m tickled by the incredulity! Now I can use monikers like “Fantastic”
> or “Increadible”! Thanx!
> 30 mph IS amazing, and hard to conceive- then again, so is water
> polo;those guys just ain’t human! I, on the other hand, am. After
> gaining 20 lbs jockying a desk for a year, I decided to get back on
> a wheel- and not just any wheel, but a 36" that could hit 20mph! I
> was stoked!
> I started by sprinting 20 floars every day on one of my breaks at
> work (I thought it would kill me, the first couple of weeks). After a
> month I felt great and it was just an anoyance that I knew I could
> not stop doing without turning back into a slug. (Back in July I
> tried my hand at hang gliding after preping myself with only 2 weeks
> of excersie. Who was I kiding? 2 weeks?). Anyway, as you may have
> read in a previous post, John at the Unicycle Source talked me out of
> a $300 sale and into a $70 trainer… for which I am most greatfull;
> there was no way I could have riden the Coker after an 11 year
> hiatus. So instead of stuffing my face every day at lunch, I rode for
> an hour- and lost 2 inches from my waste line in one month!
> Am I in the shape I would like to be? No. Am I in better shape every
> day? YES! (well except for me knees, which are hurting right now- I will
> not let myself ride for another 2 days). I am not physicaly
> extra-ordinary- just extra determined! After a lond day at work, when
> the moon is full and the night is buetyfull, I just can’t sit in front
> of an idiot box- I go kayaking, or lern to ride a Coker, or whatever
> (check out my earlyer post, Cokering by Moonlight- which actualy happend
> earlyer the same day- which puts my total miles for Saturday at 40,
> Don’t underestimate your own potential- and don’t feel a need to measure
> your own accomplishments against anyone elses (god, if I did that, my
> spelling alone would make me feel like a failure!).
> The distance was measured by my cars odometer on the 600+ trips I’v
> driven to work, as well as by mile markers. The terrain verried from
> flat to gently sloped, ending in rolling hills.
> The Coker was stock, with the exception of the pedals, which are Twisted
> Odyssey. The wheel was out of true by 2 cm, damaged in shipping (which
> was rectified at my destination- a bike shop. My support crew never
> showed, so I need a ride, and I knew they would let me use the phone).
> By the way David: back when I was just playing with the idea of geting
> back on the wheel, I found the NY Unitics web site. Your site, like many
> other, encouraged me. I knew I had to have a Coker when I saw pictures
> from the Europian ride. (I wish the Unitics site had more pictures).
> Nathan, don’t under estimate yourself; what you are dointg (Muni) is
> MUCH harder than my ride. I find the big wheel is much easyer to ride at
> 18 mph than it is at 10.
> The first 12 miles were fun. I thought about turning back- but that
> would put me short of my goal (cycling to Jackson from my home), and I
> would have to cycle 24 miles, anyway. The half way point clinched the
> deal: there was no point in going back. The worst part was the damn
> seat. At one point I relized I had been siting on some important organs
> (to me, anyway), and could no longer feel 'em. With the exception of the
> fall, this was the only reason I stoped 4 times- getting back up on the
> wheel took much more energy than did riding. Every time I dismounted,
> the likely hood of getting back on was reduced.
> I REALY wanted to quit at around 22 miles. If I did, then I would have
> failed- and I would not have been able to say “I did it”.
> It’s amazing what YOU can do when you don’t quit.
> (Throwing the boomerang is not one of them: the muscles in my uper leg
> scream everytime I lift 'em into a pedaling postion, so Sunday I
> convoless at the cinima!)
> David Stone wrote:
> > Once again, I don’t want to be a spoil sport, and I know I’ve been
> > about these things before (like when I doubted that someone could
> > hit 26mph on a Coker, only to hear that Christian hit nearly 30mph
> > on the European ride)…but it’s hard to believe anyone could
> > maintain the
> > required to ride 36mi in just over 2 hours. I know that it’s hard to
> > ride 36 miles in even 3 hours, but to approach 18mph for as long as
> > hours is hard to believe. Was that done with really small cranks?
> > Were there no hills? Was the distance measured by the cycle computer
> > or by a more reliable source?
> > the rider in incredible condition? What makes me doubt it all the
> > more is the line: “First day on the Coker.” I don’t think anyone
> > could pull off a 36mi ride in just over 2 hours on the first day.
> > David Stone Co-founder, Unatics of NY 1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
> > 2:30 @ Central Park Bandshell
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