I tried to but you were MIA!! Didn't you see my smoke signals!!! Anyway still up in the 'Naki...
Decided to ride round the Mountain today on the old MTB (Mt Taranaki 2516m-I think from memory- Cone shaped dormant Volcano which should erupt again in the next little while. Voted the 2nd most perfect shaped volcano after Mt Fuji).
Anyway it's a 154km round trip. Bit of a tough ask especially on the mtb as the most I've done in training recenty is about 90k's on the roadie. Conditions were pretty good although the mountain was shrouded in cloud except around the Southern side where you could see about 3 quarters of it. Even had a bit of Sun!
Its quite undulating so was a little tougher than I thought. Anyway half of the ride was headwind and tailwind to Opunake. And the same again to Eltham. But then the temp dropped around 5degrees and had this nasty headwind all the way to Inglewood(32km) which really sucked as I hit it at the same time I started to bonk and ran out of food. Bloody terrible! Felt like absolute shit!
Didn't have my speedo but felt like I was going about 15kph! Which wouldn't have been far from the truth...
Stopped at a Dairy (shop) and bought a fake coke. Guzzled that down so bought another one and stuck it in my water bottle. Who needs fancy sports drinks eh! And I was back up to speed! Thank God! Luckily the wind wasn't hampering my progress anymore (direct crosswind) and was able to use my muscles again with a bit of energy in my system.
Had to stop for a puncture on the outskirts of New Plymouth(start/finish point) which was a little annoying but in the end did it in 6hrs flat which wasn't too bad I suppose on a mtb solo. Thought I'd be around 5:30 or so- Oh well...
So not quite as fast as the National champ who did the whole thing in 3hr36 the other day
AvHR 137 MaxHR 165 Intime 5hr40:31 Over time 34s