Apart from a ride with the daughter to the wheatsheaf and back and a small 2km cross country training ride with my youngest(he ran, I rode) did no riding last week. Daughter hadn't ridden for awhile so had lost her cycling fitness so I had to push her up some of the hills so it wouldn't be too painfull for her. Quite a good lesson in a way, as any cyclist knows how quickly one loses ones fitness back to zero. Short but steep is the "1st/last hill". Another thing she's learning is that pain/hills are temporary so aren't really that bad. You get a sense of achievement in getting to the top, and you quickly recover with a fun downhill afterwards.
Noticed the fitness slide today. Quite a few riders out today when I left so caught a couple up "1st hill". Instead of keeping my pace ego kicked in as passing(pretending to be a hotshot cyclist or something
) and rode up it 14kph instead of comfortable 10/11kph. Lucky I was fresh but not a good idea when the fitness has definitely ebbed! Think I impressed them, but then they couldn't seeing me gasping for breath with my tongue sticking out 200m up the road
Quite a fresh Southerly blowing so a reasonable HW to top of Gebbies. Long sleeves and leg warmers today in the sun. HR was pretty high. Up the bastard were a few guys up ahead which I couldn't gain on at all. Cool passing this one guy on an old healing ten speed, 90's helmet, toe-straps out there enjoying it, going a decent pace. Felt like a bit of a tryhard wanker in all my gear, carbon bike only going slightly faster. Then taking daughter to netball in town saw the same guy still riding at Govs heading presumeably to town over Dyers 3hrs later(double loop of some sort over hills?). Respect!
Caught a couple of young guys on Summit Rd I presume I saw earlier riding together up the big B and good to put on the pace and leave them behind as didn't really feel like a race. HW From town to Gebbies valley but glad to get there before the wind changed as it nearly always does before the next approaching front. Running a little late so glad for the push home.
25:50/55 top Gebbies( 7min)
43:42 top big B (17:47)
2hrs6 Gebb Valley
Gebbies 6mins50 (TW)
3mins43 Last hill( on stra KOM is only 3:30. shhhhh!
70.3km 2hr36:50 26.89Av 79.4Max(Gebbies)
20 58 20 148A 180M 1807Cals