Bad weather, only rode 53km this weekend
Saturday’s weather was -10 with -18 windchill. No riding
Sunday was brighter and only -10, wind chill -14 so off I went.
I loaded up my back pack with extra shirt, sweatpants (layers for possible snow flurries). Also loaded up with water, banana, V8 juice, sandwich, and other snackes, plus a camcorder/camera, cellphone. Carried two mp3 players, but batteries only lasted 1.5hrs.
Wearing just sweat pants over cycle shorts, light shirt, jogging jacket, and backpack I was ready.
I warmed up as soon as I was on the biking trails, no chills with light breathable clothing. Looked like it would start snowing when I was 25 km’s out, but it held off.
Since this is only my second time going long distance I decided to keep a steady pace of 10kph. I remember the story about the tortise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race.
Thanks to my Vetta cyclometer, I was able to keep accurate measurement of average speed, max speed, and distance travelled.
At the end of the ride I travelled 53.7 km at an average speed of 9.8km/hr, with top speed bursts of 14.9km/hr. No too shabby for a 29" wheel with 125 cranks.
Felt good at the end, could of gone longer. Next time I’ll pack lighter and go farther.
At least today’s run allowed me to see if I’m cut out to qualify.
Can’t comment of the hills I climbed, don’t know how tall they where or where to go to find that out.