The weather is getting better and I woke up looking forward to today’s bike ride. This surprised me quite a bit. I had worked quite a bit more than usual this week and I definitely felt it on Friday–I didn’t fall asleep in class, but I had to stifle many a yawn.
Today’s ride was schedule to be 69kms. Add that to my ride to and from the meeting point and you pretty much get 80kms–my phone and my onboard cycle computer still disagree about this, but I was too tired to try and ride an extra kilometre just to be sure. Once again I rode with the C group. The B group seems to ride faster and longer. I hope to get there by mid summer, but I am pretty happy with the pace of my group. The only real challenge is keeping up the pace the whole time. I am strong in sections, but I get tired and slow in others. I guess I will have to dissect some of that Strava data.
The weather was really good for riding. I was a little underdressed at first, but as it warmed up, I knew I had made the right choice. I had on just my basic kit and thermal arms. It was certainly lighter than the full on jacket choice of last weekend.
During the ride, I thought we did a lot of hills. A quick check of my Strava shows 777 metres of elevation. I am not sure if that is a lot or average, but it certainly felt like a lot. The good thing was that I felt a bit stronger than last weekend. I wasn’t the KOM or anything like that, but I wasn’t always dragging up the rear.
There wasn’t much talking on this ride as the pace was higher than expected and there were lots of hills to climb. It’s hard to talk when you gasping for air. My Strava stats on average speed aren’t amazing because on the return from the finish, I was spectacularly slow. Consider it a cool-down ride.
It’s the long weekend, so maybe I will get in another ride on Monday. If not, I have a great weekend lined up.