Training ride today in preparation for the Spam Biking Winter Challenge
on the 30th.
50km at an average of 11.6km/h
A bit slow, but I can't resist exploring so I end up lost in the woods walking up impossible to ride steep hills. I ought to work out a circuit on good tracks and stick to it.
I'm experimenting with eating and drinking while I'm out as well. Normally I just take a water bottle and that's it. Today I wore a hydration pack with 2l of water, a 1l water bottle full of chocolate soya milk and two Nakd apple bars. I also had a carton of soya custard before I left.
I got through about half the water while riding and took the opportunity while stopped at gates or walking hills to have a drink of chocolate or eat a Nakd bar.
I've never felt so good after a long ride before. Normally it turns in to a plod after 30km or so, today I was charging flat out right up to the end.
I'm also experimenting with clothing. I bought a thin hat to wear under my helmet and tried it on a short ride with the dog before the main ride. I soon got too hot, so left it off. Short sleeve shirt, thin long sleeve shirt and windproof jacket with tights and overshoes was about right for sub zero temperatures.