This was intended as a private response to Dan, but I’ve never had luck
sending private messages to timelimit.unicyclist.com addresses. Is
there a secret to doing this from a dumb e-mail client?
Although, originally intended for just Dan, this post would probably be
of interest to anyone interested in one hour time trials on a closed
(round trip) course using a Coker.
>Total time for the 14.4 miles was 1 hour 51 seconds. This would make
>the average speed at about 14.2 MPH. The ride was extremely intense. I
>expected the ride to involve more skill than fitness. Turning the
>cranks fast enough to average 15 miles an hour for 15 miles does take
>skill and practice. Surprisingly, I had the skill to turn the cranks
>faster than I was, however my lungs would not allow me to do so!
>Unicycling will test your level of fitness in a hurry!
Excellent ride! As you repeat the course and become more familar with
it, you will be able to go a bit faster. The smoothness of the road and
knowing where slight inclines are will help you adapt your cadence to
the conditions. Wind can be an even bigger factor, since you will be
fighting a head wind longer (time) than going with the wind in the
Dan, I’m sure you will attain an average 15 MPH for a full 25km round
trip in an hour soon, but be careful, since dismounting unexpectedly at
15+ MPH can have very unpleasant consequences such as serious injuries
or worse. Once you are comfortable on this course, you might try
setting your goal to 15 seconds faster. When you can consistently
achieve your goal, set your goal to another 15 seconds faster, etc.
until the course can be done in an hour or whatever ulimate goal is
If your lungs are holding you back, try breathing deeply (not
hyper-ventilating) just prior to the ride and during it. It may take
several weeks for your lungs to adapt to the new demands of high speed
riding for a full hour.
I’m glad you took my suggestion of a 25km round trip in an hour as a
reasonably serious fitness goal. Although, some riders claim to be able
to maintain 18+ MPH for a few minutes, I doubt anyone could maintain
that speed for a full hour on a round trip course. Even if a handful of
(semi-professional) riders could do 30km in an hour on a round trip
course, that doesn’t make 30km in an hour a reasonable goal for serious
Ken Fuchs <firstname.lastname@example.org>