Last August I got back on the bike seriously, after being encouraged to enter the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge by a group of friends. A 12 week zero to hero saw me complete the 153km course in 7:30. Having enjoyed myself and not suffered "too bad" I declared a public goal of returning this year and completing the course in under 6:00.
Well, a year of training has paid off. On saturday we returned to Taupo and the great event.
I completed the course in 5:31! Woohoo!
I made plenty of mistakes and could have ridden even quicker, but, goal achieved. I got lured by some of my Saturday riding mates into starting with too fast a group and went way too hard early in a futile effort to stay with them.
Here's the strava course if any are interested: http://app.strava.com/activities/29421547
Next year, sub 5:00.