I started Wednesday off with a gentle 10 mile bike ride to work and round campus and Galgate, nothing daft, just spinning the legs. Got to work and realised that I hadn’t put my pump back on my bike. When we tested the car/bike carrier last week I took everything off the bike that could have flown off…..and although I remembered to put my saddle bag with the spare inner tubes back on….they wouldn’t have been much use without a bloody pump ! Numpty !!
Lunchtime saw me head to the pool again, I’ve no idea how far I Swam, I was really concentrating on my technique…..swimming relaxed and on my side. I had loosened my goggles quite a bit and they didn’t leak but the biggest bonus came in the fact that I didn’t have a headache when I left the pool. Hopefully this is a breakthrough?
After work I knew I only had about an hour before I had to get Em to her mates for a Trafford Centre trip. So to maximise my hour on the bike I thought I’g get as many hills in as I could. To those that don’t know Lancaster this won’t mean a lot but to those that do here was my route : Out of the University, up the hill along Hazel Rigg Lane through all the crossroads before making a right down the 20%gradient of Little Dale, straight across and up the Fell Road up onto Caton Fell and Crossgill( bloody hell that was tough – John had warned me about that one ), turned round at the top and back down and back UP the 20% of Little Dale, turn round and back down heading back towards Caton Fell, make a right about half way up and follow Rigg Lane into Quernmore. Turn left at the crossroads and head upto to Bowland Tower ( that never gets any easier ). Reach the top, admire the clear views across the bay, a fast descent before climbing back up the otherside of Quermore Valley through the hairpins of Wyresdale and head for home.
So although it wasn’t far distance wise it was very very tough, didn’t get out of the granny ring much, and thoroughly tested my new gear cable – no problems there. I covered 15.44 miles in 1:10:30 with an average speed of 13.1mph. My top speed was 38.2 coming back down from the tower, the decent back down from Crossgill was much scarier with gravel on the road and blind corners, do that a few more times and I’ll need new brake pads !!
Then went home and watched Ironman Western Australia on DVD ( thanks Viking ) for inspiration. Wow those guys make it look easy….8 hrs !! But you know what I just want September 1st to be now, I’m raring to go.
So pleased with the training so far this week, feel the virus is almost out of my system. I’m having a rest day today, well I’m playing 2 hours of Badminton tonight which is a rest day from Triathlon anyways…