Blimey. I'm just back from a quick 42 mile (67km) early morning ride out, thought I'd get up early today and have a quick blast whilst the roads were quiet. Arriving home, I've just realised that I rode my fastest ever 40 miles on the bike. I averaged 15.9mph over the route, despite a fearsome headwind, I'm well pleased.
I nipped out on one of my fellow club members routes (Pablo in the house), shooting out from home, over to Croft, Culcheth, Glazebury, Dunham, Altrincham and Hale, quick coffee, then back again.
What's driving me on is my new bike coming. I've got a fancy nancy Dolan Ares bike, all specced up to the max with custom paint job coming. It's a thing of beauty (if you're into bikes). There's a saying in cycling "all the gear, no idea," and I'm acutely aware that I'm still a beginner really and might well be accused of going a bit OTT with the bike, relative to my capability.
My theory is this. I work hard, this is my hobby, it's giving me a real incentive to improve, I will appreciate it greatly. I don't do one upmanship, this is my reward to myself for losing some weight and further incentive to get fitter and faster. I should get it in a couple of weeks, I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas!
Ride summary. Total distance 42.4 miles, Avg. cadence 87, Ride time 2hrs 39 mins, Calories burned (est( 2368), Avg speed 15.9mph.