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Even in my wildest imaginings, I can't visualize moving as fast as some of these elite athletes who swim 1:15/100 yds, bike 26+ mph, and then run 5:30 min/mile. Inconceivable!<br><br>
Which got me to thinking. How fast <i>can</i> I imagine going? And does that change over time? How fast can other people imagine racing?<br><br>
I'll start. I can not make my brain envision going any faster than:<br><br>
Swim - 1:20/100 yards for a mile.<br>
Bike - 24.5 mph for 25 miles.<br>
Run - 5:40 min/mile for 6.1 miles.
 

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Funny you should ask this, as I was thinking about this yesterday while skiing. I'm sort of a speed chicken and yet told my husband that after cycling more last year and getting more comfortable with "speed" (it's all relative!) on the bike, I felt better about skiing faster this year. I mean, my running and swimming are s...l...o...w.<br><br>
For me.... speedy would be faster than 8.5 min mile running, faster than an avg of 22+ mph on a bike course, and faster than 30 min for a mile swim. I still wouldn't win any races with that, but <b>I'd</b> feel mighty fast!
 

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I don't know - don't think I want to know. When I started swimming, I couldn't imagine ever doing a 2500 - 3000m workout. Now, they seem pretty ordinary. This kind of reminds me of the 'goals' thread we had over at CR. I'm eager to hear what folks have to say.<br><br>
The speeds I can't imagine right now are faster than what's faster than I am right now. If I can get better, then what's not 'possible' all of sudden becomes my next step.
 

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Swim 1:45/100yd for half mile<br>
Bike 20 mph for 10 miles<br>
Run 7 min/mile for 5K<br><br>
I am not even close to these goals but I can envision them.
 

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8:30 pace on the run, any run for that matter. I tend to like comfortable speeds, nice and slow.<br><br>
20:00/1000m swim-this is one of my goals...right now I'm at 22:39. I know that I will hit this speed in the next couple of months. I know it.<br><br>
18+mph on the bike. I'm a 'speed chicken' like Carrie was talking about. Last year I did 12.9 and 14.1 for my races...S.L.O.W. A lot of that is getting used to riding.
 

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Me and fast will never be in the same sentence. Luckily for me though speed is not that important to me.<br><br>
Some goal paces I would like to hit this year are:<br><br>
8:30 min/mile run<br>
20 mph bike<br>
1:45 min/yd swim
 

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I did a 5K on New Years and held a 7:35pace. I never, ever thought that was possible!<br><br>
Bike, way back when I was a kid I used to average 15-18mph for tours. That ain't happening these days. Not sure what I can do these days.<br><br>
Swim, I still suck at swimming, so as long as I'm not finishing DFL, I'm happy!
 

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Good question.<br><br>
For me<br>
Swim - 1:40/100 m<br>
Bike - 20+ mph on flats<br>
Run - Sub 8 min miles
 

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I have a few friends who go 30 for a 40K, I really want to get to that level, I'm not sure if I have the genetics, mental toughness or position but it's something on the outer bounds of what I'd like to be able to do.<br><br>
For running, I'd like to be able to break 6 minutes pace for 5 miles, I have run much faster many moons ago so I can see it in my mind, but my body really strains so many years later...
 

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Hmmm...interesting question...<br><br>
I can imagine myself going 20+ mph average on the bike.....last season I just to just 19.8mph over 10 miles and 18.6 early season for 25 miles, so I think for 10-15 miles, I could possibly go 20 or 21 mph.<br><br>
With running, last season I was imagining going 8 min miles for a 5K, but after ITBS, I have a hard time imagining that anymore!!! Hopefully as I lose the weight I've gained since my injury I'll get back to that dream...<br><br>
I don't know about the pool....I feel like such a slug in the pool so far this winter!! I'd love 1:30/100, but can only envision maybe 1:40.<br><br>
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what a great question!!<br><br>
you guys are all fast!<br><br>
Today--I feel like a fat slug--so I am not even going to say what I think I can do!<br><br>
But would LOVE to run under 10m/miles<br>
----------------------------no idea on swimming (not a swimming--I just try not to drown)<br>
----------------------------bike--I average 22mph on the bike gym (but not the same on the road)--when I get my new bike computer, I will take my bike off the trainer and see how fast I really ride?
 

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What's the fastest I can <i>imagine</i> going?<br><br>
I must be more imaginative than use guys...<br><br>
In the swim, I've pushed pretty hard of the wall and I've even dragged behind a water ski boat - I can <i>imagine</i> sailing through the water like a dolphin - able to leap through the air at will.<br><br>
On the bike - I've hit 40 or more on some downhills and ridden a fair number of motorcycles - I can <i>imagine</i> being in the biggest gear at my fastest cadence, swooping through corners.<br><br>
On the run - I've watched the leaders at Boston and track events at the Reggie Lewis Center - I can <i>imagine</i> my legs turning like a 100m sprinter for 26.2 miles and I break the tape and wear the laurel wreath!
 

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I find tis question very strange....even my imagination is based in reality....<br><br>
I've swam 100 in 1:35 (PR). I've seen the flags above go by at this speed. I could imagine this for 1.2M, just not in this lifetime. (Actual = 34 m/1.2M)<br><br>
I've ridden flat and level at 24 mph. I could imagine riding this speed for 20M, but not if I wasn't drafting my "real biker" buddy. (Actual = 20+mph for 60M)<br><br>
I've run a sub 5m mile. In this century I've run a 5:35. I cannot imagine running this pace ever in a race. Gasp. I get real smooth at about 6m/M. I cannot hold it for more than a mile. But I love the feel.
 

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This really is an interesting question, one that can be answered many ways depending on interpretation. Do I answer based on what could I imagine my top speed to be in an ideal world with a job only to get fast -- much like a Pro athlete -- or do I answer based on what I think I will do by the time age kicks in and my speed fades?<br><br>
I'll think about both:<br><br>
If my full time job were to get fast in sport, with no other job, and live the life of a professional athlete, within 5 years I know I could (or would be motivated to try)...<br><br>
Swim: 2.4 miles in 1:05 or under.<br>
Bike: Average 25 mph on a relatively flat 56 mile course or 24 mph for 112.<br>
Run: Run Ironman marathon in 3:10. Standalone marathon in sub 2:45.<br><br>
How fast will I get?<br><br>
Swim: 1:15 or under for 2.4 miles.<br>
Bike: 22 mph for 112 miles on flatter Ironman course. Goal for Lake Placid is to average over 20 mph. It's a slow course. Pro's average 22 mph. Top age groupers 20-21 mph.<br>
Run: 3:25 or under marathon in Ironman on flatter course. 2:55-2:50 standalone marathon. Think I'll try for that when I'm done with Ironman.
 

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<b>Swim</b>: I am not even at the point where I can conceive of speed. I only dream of distance which is 1.2mi.<br><b>Bike</b>: 20-22mph avg. on a particular hilly 15mi course. I've easily hit 40mph on a good downhill. I have a speedometer on my bike and I know what speed is.<br><b>Run</b>: This is another place I have a hard time with the concept of speed. I have certain goals but no idea what pace I could actually sprint at and how that would compare to someone who could say, run 6:00/mi. I don't even know if I can or have run that pace in an all-out sprint. I think it'd be over the moon if I could ever run 3mi in 24:00 (8:00/mi).<br><b>Triathlon</b>: Podium someday in the Clydes at Timberman.<br><br>
I am sure my inner-speediness in swimming and running is limited by my lack of imagination. If I can't imagine it how can I achieve it?<br><br>
My imagination for triathlon seems to be pretty lofty. I can't achieve that without being fast in each. I am even imagining cracking the top 10 or 15 this year. There is some disconnect here <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">.
 

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Swim: actual 2:00 per 100yd, goal 1:45. I've never swam competitively till recently.<br>
Bike: actual 20.5 in hilly ky, goal 22-23 in hilly ky. I've never ridden a flat course, so I'm interested in seeing how I do one day.<br>
Run: actual 7:15 for 5K, goal 6:15.
 

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With all the training time I wanted and being injury free I could imagine....<br><br><b>Swim</b>: 2.4 in 1:15<br><br><b>Bike</b>: 22 mph avg for 112<br><br><b>Run</b>: 26.2 in 3:30<br><br>
Now if genetics weren't an issue.... I could imagine myself running flat out as I pass Macca on the finishing stretch in Kona to steal the win. We are talking imagination aren't we??
 

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2 years ago I was able to devote most of my attention to training I stuck to my training plan but one day I just want to see what I could do. I could do a 5:40/Mile for 18Miles which total blew my mind! <img alt="shock.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/shock.gif"> At that point I had been running 7:00s max during training.<br><br>
It is a totally different world at those speeds! Running faster than 5:40s I couldn't imagine that, My long legs weren't meant to go faster! I don't know how the elites can do close to 4:50s over long races.<br><br><b>Swim:</b> I couldn't imagine doing an IM swim faster than 1:05, Thats flying!<br><b>Bike:</b> 25.0mph average on a century would be amazing!
 
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