Last weekend of March ... end of the first quarter of 2014 ...
Tell us about your cycling adventures this weekend.
Saturday - 121.35 km
Longest ride in a long time!
Rowan designed this route ... Brighton, Middle Tea Tree Road, Richmond for lunch, Midway Point, Seven Mile Beach for snack-time, back to Hobart and some twists and turns to get the distance over 120 km.
This route is relatively flat for the area. In other words, if you come from Manitoba, you'd find it quite hilly ... but for the Hobart area, it's almost dead flat. There were only about half a dozen significant hills.
It was a nice day ... started cool (14C) and warmed up to about 19C, but felt warmer than that. We had cloud to start, then it cleared and became quite nice and sunny until near the end of the ride, when clouds moved in and we had a bit of drizzle.
And for some reason that I can't explain ... it came together for me on this ride. I have been struggling with the distance rides all summer. We've done four 80-90 km rides, and two 100+ km rides since mid-January, and I have struggled and slogged through most of them. I've done the distance, climbed the hills, battled the wind and made it through each time ... but it was a slow and painful workout.
However ... this ride felt good. I had energy. I wasn't struggling with my breathing as much. I wasn't in as much abdominal pain. My speed even improved!! And I don't know what made the difference.