Another good example for Alicia, and others, of how helpful math can be in your real live life.
If you—or I—cycle at an average of 15 miles an hour, 100 miles will take 6.67 hours. If you ride 20 miles an hour, it’s five hours. At five miles an hour, a hundred miles takes 20 hours! (Miles divided by MPH= Hours)
That is actual tush time in the saddle. Not counting pee breaks. Not counting a rest or a stretch. No built in time to change the flat tire that you sure as heck hope does NOT occur. To put your chain back on when it falls off, which you hope it won’t.
Also no built in time:
To stop and open the Clif bar you cannot manage with your teeth while you’re riding.
To refill your water bottle.
To take two Advil.
To call your spouse.
To take a picture.
To reapply sunscreen…or any number of other things you might be inclined to do to take a break.
Today I rode about forty-five miles, much of it hills. Pretty warm weather. Windy part of the time. Hard of course, but it felt good. Mostly when I was done, but also great satisfaction during in knowing I’m getting stronger.
How fast do I ride? Depends. On the flats, average maybe fifteen. Downhill: 35 miles an hour, could be. Uphill: 7 miles an hour, could be.
How long does it take to ride 100 miles?
A long time.