Beautiful day here in Adelaide. Lots of blue clouds. Light breezes. Birds singing. And the lass went back to her mother yesterday so the lad and I are on our own and can go for some long rides.
Only we can't go for too many long rides together. He plays club soccer and now is the time for trials for next year. He's trying out for two clubs and starting wednesday, he has eight trial sessions (of 2+ hours) over the next week and a bit.
So I scrapped my plans to go exploring the Adelaide Hills with him.
Today though, we hopped on the bikes and headed off down to Willunga. Just a gentle roll through the countryside, a Pasty at the bakery and then return home. That was the plan.
Well, we went through the countryside and had our Pasty (they were out of Cornish Pasties ). The 'gentle' bit possibly needs a bit of revision, though it was gratifying to see the lad working harder than me for a change (though he lasted better).
Total distance: 68km (40 miles) His longest ride to date.
Ave Speed there: 24 km/hr (15 mph)
Ave Speed on the return: 22 km/hr (14 mph) - the last 20km (13 miles) of the ride is a steady climb and that always takes it out of you.
Now for the fun bits. Remember, I was going to be a 'good' boy wasn't I.
On the way there, my average HR was a nice 139 (over the hour and a half). Burnt just over 1000 calories.
But, on the way back, the 'good boy' grew horns. I averaged 154 No wonder I feel tired. Burned 1500 calories on the way back.
I leapt on the scales when I got home - I'd lost just over kg on the ride ... and I reckon most of that was still in my jersy.
So the numbers were fun. Should help with the weight loss, as long as I back it up with more riding in the days to come.
But best of all, it was a good ride with the lad. The weather was perfect. Lots of birds to watch, many of them pushing prams The Lorikeets were out in force, as were the Magpies (which weren't swooping thank goodness). A few family groups meandering all over the bike track (it is still school holidays here) - why is it fathers on bikes rival teenage girls with Ipods for the 'lack of consideration' award?
The lad's now hoping he'll be recovered for his first soccer trial tomorrow evening - I keep telling him he'll be fine, but he's not convinced.