Went out on my bike last night after work and was quite up for it but I found it hard going because of the wind. I hit the fells and it was bloody freezing up there, which ever direction I went in the wind seemed to be in my face. By the time I got home almost 2 hours later I couldn’t feel my feet I was that cold !!
I put some serious hill work in last night as I battled the long 17% gradient 2 mile climb up through Quernmore and up to to Jubilee Tower this climb was in to a very strong headwind making it all the more difficult. I was on the granny ring and standing on the pedals, to give you an idea of how hard this was my speed was 4mph and my heart rate was 165 !!! Think the climb is about 200-300m?? My legs felt like jelly as I looked back over the bay towards the Lakeland hills and south to Blackpool. Dark clouds loomed over the Irish sea as the wind swirled around on the top of the fell. Quick drink and off on the usually fast descent towards Abbeystead, although I didn’t get over 25 mph because of the headwind.
A few minor nasty climbs round Abbeystead before heading to Dolphinholme, Galgate and back home. I was knackered and my legs ached but more so with cold than anything, thankfully I’d had a wind jacket with me which I’d put on at the top of the climb but my exposed legs and feet were freezing !
Probably the only ride I’ll get in this week with circumstances. Am going out riding in the wirral on Saturday morning.
time: 1:54:01 distance: 24.7 miles av speed 12.9 mph max speed 39.8 mph
av HR : 123 Calories: 1310
So the time compared to the distance shows how tough this ride was with the hills and more so the weather, I think on a good day I could knock a good 20-30 minutes off that time.