I can't remember who stated it,"You don't get fitter, you get faster"
I think that when riding you don't notice the fitness improvement over a given loop, say ridden once per month, you still feel tired when finishing, and the climbs still hurt, however you do tend to go a bit quicker each time as the training\fitness improves.
My average speed is increading all of the time, the more I train, the fitter and lighter I get and the time improves, but you do need to push yourself
Thanks for all the replies I am going to start making some changes to the bike plan and see how that goes and poosibly drop a run session to fit in another bike.
I helped increase my brothers average speed by not letting him coast down hill
only stop peddling if you're above 35mph .... it's supprising the difference it makes
I did this in my ride last week, pedalled all the downhills etc and felt much quicker, even though i wasn't gong to spend less time coasting and more time pedalling, just hope I can keep it up for 112 miles in August
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