Ride this morning had to take in a few hills and I won't say they were easy- Just easier than last weeks. I decided to test a few comments that were made in a posting by jppe a few weeks ago. And that is butt position while climbing. Whenever I get to climb- I move forward on the saddle which is the opposite to most others. So there I was going up the hill and just let my butt rest where it wanted. On the hoods and and I was on the nose of the saddle. Another point I noted was that if I climbed with the hands on the top of the bars- I did sit back in the saddle but I was too upright for the legs to work efficiently. For some reason the legs were tiring and I was slowing. Then it hit me- I was only pedalling on the downstroke. I tried to get the upstroke working and couldn't hold it naturally. Back onto the hoods and the circle pedalling came back. So for me- No more upright stance when climbing. Then I decided to try something that I do not do naturally. Riding in the drop position. Hands were on the flat of the drops and not covering the brakes. Then I did sit back in the saddle but I could not hold the position for long. Wish I could because my speed went up by 1/2 mph whenever I got onto the drops. At 8 mph there was no headwind so I doubt that I was more aerodynamic. I checked this out 4 or 5 times and it was the same each time. So Time for you to carry out your own tests and come to your own conclusions.
Then it was coffee time but the attachment is of a well known building in this part of the world. Bell Tout Lighthouse. As you can see- it is on top of the cliffs and many years ago it used to be a coastgaurd station for looking out at sea. I also believe it was a Lighthouse but not sure about this. Now believe it or not- It used to be a lot closer to the Edge of the cliff. It was in danger of falling into the sea, but a multi Million £ rescue fund was set up and it was moved away from the edge of the cliff that was already falling into the sea. The way the coast is eroding round here- It might need moving again shortly.
After coffee it was stretch the leg time again to build up the milage so off to the Marshes for some flatland riding. Soon after I got on the marsh- I passed a Roadie and I did not bother to stop- Just passed him. 2 minutes later he was alongside and chatting- I was just beginning to breath firmly and I wanted to keep the legs under strain so kept my pace up of 18 to 20 mph for about 5 miles. It was not long before He had dropped behind and he had tucked in. Got to the end of my 5 miles and decided I had put myself under enough strain so slowed and waited for him to take a pull. He just pulled along side and chatted again. He was surprised that I was going so fast after the hills I had done and What cadence was I doing and what computer was it I had. It suddenly dawned on me- This was a Brand NEW rider and he was.Only been riding a month and he was trying to get fit after being invalided out of the Army. He had an incident in Iraq and that was the end of his career. He had a top of the line Bike- his gear was all matching and even his leggings had the look of class about him. Leggings? On a hot day like today? One false leg was under the leggings. New One legged rider, admittedly on a top class bike, and I could not even get him out of breath. Wish I was young enough to join the forces again if that is the fitness they get up to nowadays.