Got a longer ride planned for next week and it will require hill climbing and speed. Both of which have been lacking recently so todays ride was a test to see if I have improved on either. About 3,000 ft of climb in the space of 5 miles and the rest of the ride would be flattish for whatever distance that was going to be. Well I am still slow on the hills in comparison to my ride mates but after 20 miles it was coffee time. They had to wait at the top of all the hills but I was happy with my turn of speed. Thats the trouble with going out with fit baskets- They get cold waiting for the slow riders.
BUT after coffee--flat 5 miles and I just took my pace while two of them tried outsprinting each other. Mick soon came and joined me as he realised that he was losing too much energy trying to stay with them and we gradually caught the other two. Soon as we caught them it was Mick or me leading the other two until we got to about a 2% slope for a mile. By the end of this it was me or Mick into the headwind- the others had gone. We slowed for them to get on our tail then we got back up to speed. Couple of miles further on and we were alone again so slow down to let them catch up. This was across the Marshes so pretty flat but every couple of miles we had to allow them to catch up. When we slowed down- we just changed down on gearing and kept the cadence up and I think this helped me get into a rhythm that I could sustain.
So 45 miles eventually and I may have been slow on the hills but not too bad but speed has definitely gone up on the flat bits and it looks as though my endurance is coming back. Finished the ride with enough energy to walk round the garden with a coffee- but that was about it. Knees were beginning to ache so time to go in and watch the F1 in Spain---I saw the start- and I saw the finish- but must be the Alzheimer's coming in cos I can't remember any thing in between. Wife said I was snoring but can't believe that.
Only effect from today is the knees. Feel Fine otherwise so it looks like a few quad exercises to get them back in trim and just hope that I can get them sorted by next weekend. If not it is going to be a painful ride.