That’s what I ended up with as we sped down a remote farmers lane last night on our bikes, I followed John ( as I did for the majority of the ride ) and got splattered in sh*t. Anyways it washed off in the shower and my skin is glowing this morning ha ha….which is more than I can say for my bike, it needs a serious clean at the weekend.
I was out cycling with John. John is a veteran triathlete, veteran as in several years experience of doing Olympic distance events including the Helvellyn Triathlon ( which incidently is the sunday morning after my wedding if anyone fancies it whilst they are up this way – I don’t !! ).
We set off out through Galgate, Dolphinholme towards Abbeystead and then basically did loops around the hills ( and there are some pretty nasty ones around there ). I tend to spin in a big gear whilst John favours a smaller gear but with faster repitions, this obviously is more efficient and judging from the way he was dropping me, faster. So a mental note after last night is to practice riding in a lighter gear but pedalling faster…after all thats what worked for Armstrong, and he wasn’t bad.
The climbing was tough, and my legs were screaming at me as we went up some of the hills, I’m unashamed to say that I had the bike on the granny ring and in the lightest gear possible and even then it took all my concentration just to turn the pedals, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Got to get plenty of hills into my legs before the White Rose in June. Hopefully now with the lighter mornings I’ll be able to get out and after work as well. The increased training should help the weight loss ( incidently still 210 lbs today – no loss this week, which I don’t understand but still ahead of schedule. )
Used the garmin for the first time on the bike last night and it matched my bike computer readings very well. So with the garmin I could measure what elevation of climbing we did as well……geeky I know……but I know you lot appreciate these things…..and if you don’t I do !!
distance 23.34 miles time: 1:47:22 av speed 13.1 mph max speed 38.9 mph
Av HR 132 Calories 1474 Total climbing: 1664 feet or 507 metres
I’d warmed up with 4 miles to work in the morning.