In need of sleep as a result of that-and still have an essay to finish off and revision to do (maybe tomorrow), so I'll leave you with:
- Saturday's route- http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/35057862
- Sunday's route was similar, except we took in the climb up to the Nant-y-Moch reservoir, so was about 13 miles longer.
- Video from a selection I took on Saturday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-k25SehPh8&feature=g-upl&context=G2c5d799AUAAAAAAAAAA
- 12 hours,
- 15.8mph average
- Approximately 15,000ft of climbing (told you it was hilly!),
- Roughly 150bpm average HR (maxed out at 197bpm a couple of times on hill efforts, sounds high-and it is-but still a good few below my maximum)
I won't be posting particulars of sessions up here obviously, but that should give you a rough idea of the week!
Couple of things I've realised;
- even a 'recovery' ride round here seems to entail more climbing than a 'hilly training' ride back home.
- It's sooo easy for average speed to drop. Especially when you have to climb back up a rather large hill, tired, at the end of a ride. The same one that you hurtled down with gleeful abandon, fresh, earlier in the day.
- If your rear mudguard clip brakes within the first 10miles of a ride, you will want to rip the thing off and throw it asunder before the end.
- Caffeine gels have no effect whatsoever on me. Which is a bit of a disappointment if I'm honest; took one as I ventured off alone into the wind for the last hour today and if anything it lowered my heart rate and made me go slow! Could be down to hydration, but I think I covered that. Oh well, best experiment with freeze dried coffee ;)
I'll be back next week, sans essay and revision and hopefully with the race bike here! Can't wait :D
Bonne nuit a tous.