As I had a rest day on Friday I was ready to get out there on the bike, I had planned to do a new ride which upped my mileage to 50, 10 more than my last long ride. I'm really enjoying the road bike and I cant wait to get out there again.
On my last ride I ran out of water about 10 miles from home, so I went out and bought a new cage for the bike, and put on another bottle. I also have been given some aero bars to try out, and I tell you what they were amazing and there the reason I ended up doing more miles than I planned. I spent 80% of the ride on them, I found it pretty easy to get my balance on them, so there was no stopping me. As I was borring them from a friend I want to keep them in the best conditional possible, so when I thought I lost a part of them I was really worried. About half way through the ride I hear a little pop, and as I was going up hill I though nothing of it, and after cycling 10 miles down the road I had noticed one of the rubber bar ends from teh bars had fallen out, so I turned arround and went back for it, I cycled down and back up the hill and couldnt find it, so I hopped off the bike, stopped the Garmin and walked down the hill and I only bloody found it! The bit that went missing is squared below its about 3 cm!
But enough of that, more about the ride. It was 7 am went I got out the door and it wasn't raining, the weather man had got it right, so I was keen to get going before the rain came. I packed the Oakleys just in case the sun made an appearance. I've only got dark tinted glassed for my Oakleys, so I need to invest in so light enhancing lenses as the sun never shines in Wales. The roads were all mind on the way out, I have a few climbs on the way out and a pretty steep one about 12 miles in so stayed in the saddle for as long as possible, I managed to complete 90% of the climb, but on the last 10% I got out the saddle and it felt good, a good burn.
After this main climb, it was mainly full of small hills to the half way point. The roads were still very quiet, a few delivery vans, a few tractors and a few caravans that was it.... oh and a few cyclists that gave me the "nod" on the way past.
When I arrived at the turn point, I munched on one of my new PowerBar energy bars and a gel, took a snap and I turned around for home.
After making my way back, I decide to extend my route by going right to the next coastal village, the same place I went last weekend, only an extra 4 or so miles, before clicking that I had lost the aero bar part so I had to go back for it which made me have an extra 5 miles I hadn't banked on. I stopped the Garmin for the search party and forgot to put it to go again until 8 miles down the road... a right mess up, hence the straight line on the map!
I did work hard on the bike, but when I got home I felt like I could go hard and further so I need to plan a further route ASAP maybe for next weekend or I may just stay and 50-60 for now, but I need to work beating this time. I did get to 166BPM for to to hardest climbs of the day but I did average out at 137 BPM, which is still about Zone 3-4 for me.
All in all a very enjoyable ride, one I will look forward to completing again, even though I said I could go on, harder, and further im sure my legs will disagree on Sunday and I may be forced to have the day off.
Duration 03 28 14
Distance 52.17 miles
Average HR 137BPM
Max HR 166BPM
Average Pace 14.7 MPH
Top Speed 36.7 MPH