Much better session today. Started off warm and sunny and wished I left my baselayer at home, got cold when the high cloud rolled over a few hrs later and wished I'd taken a jacket.
A moderate Nor East blowing. Did the same course as last week to try and improve, and this time didn't have to keep getting my stopwatch (with its broken strap) out of my back pocket to see how fast I was climbing. Just put a bit of tape around the bracket for my CC to stop it rattling around and it worked fine and didn't reset itself mid ride for once
Bit quicker to Purau as wanted to catch my daughter up before she made it cycling to the shops at D.Harbour( 80m) to try and inspire her interest in Cycling
Rode pretty well up the Purau saddle as still fresh. But man, coming up the other way from Port Levy, that hill is soo hard! Starts off around 8/9 percent which is quite nice. Then kicks up. After riding at 12percent for about 6minutes it kicks up again to about 14+ which just kills me after trying to keep a good tempo. Keeping it around 11.5kph on the 12percent section which was about as fast as I could maintain, but as soon as I hit the steep stuff was into the 9's!
Got down to a 9.3kph and for the first time in age really just wanted to stop, and get off my bike! Quite demoralising. Was just thinking this is exactly the kind of place where guys attack in Le race. No way could I respond in that condition.
Rode hard back to home and the legs were a bit sore. But just wanted to keep it going for the rest of the way as its about how fast you can climb when tired and stuffed rather than fresh. Determined to do a respectible time up the Cat 2 Gebbies/Bastard combo. Legs more stuffed afterwards and was hard to keep a half decent pace up the undulating Summit Rd. Was slowly catching this strong woman up ahead, but was a bit worried that after i passed her i may not be able to keep away if she was determined to latch on. Luckily she stopped to put on a jacket
as was getting bloody cold after a warm start. Just about came a cropper heading down towards the SOK. Thought there was no one behind me, but a couple of guys who'd had stopped at the top chatting had turned around. Was going to turn up this driveway to fill up my bidon, but luckily at last min heard this woosh behind me as I began braking. Was a split second from turning into the rider flying up behind which wouldn't have been pretty!
Was a good reminder to always look behind you just in case.
Tried really hard to keep an ok pace up the hills on the way home which wasn't easy with leaden legs. Did a PB effort up the Last Hill but legs not up to going fast no matter how hard I tried
Lost a few minutes on loop to the SOK and home, but good to be a hell of a lot faster than last week(15mins). Less than 3mins slower than my Feb effort so pretty happy. But still would like a bit more go in the legs in that last hour.
35:28 Purau/Port levy saddle
49:38 Bottom P/PL from
1hr54:04 1st Cattlestop
2hr12:12 Top of Bastard
4:37 Last hill
Hill 1 430m 21min35 versus 22:52
Hill 2 430m 20min30 versus 21:05
Hill 3 460m 24min57 versus 27:00
3hr6:53 76km Home 24.3kph Av 1840m climbing
3hr18:10 80.69km 24.4kph Av 71.5kph max