Yesterday and today I was out on an overnight ride of about 85 kilometres each way, in preparation for a tour this summer. To sort out load distribution and to understand weight issues and speeds, I had the same load Iím planning to use this summer, which is around the same as Iíve used on most of my bike tours.
Yesterday, despite having a nasty headwind for the first 60 kilometres, the ride went well. I left home at 3:30 and stopped for the night around 8:15 p.m.
Today, on the way back I had a great ride for the first half. Then I encountered a headwind again, as well as two big climbs. That combination and possibly the heat as well took a toll and the last 20 kilometres were tough slogging.
I know Iím easily capable of much longer rides with the same load. Iíve done them in the past. The temperature reached around 30 C today under sunny skies and while Iíve been out on hotter days, it was a bit of a shock since the spring has been cooler than usual this year. Iíve been home for several hours now and Iím feeling good again, as if I could handle more riding without issue.
Iím trying to understand what went wrong and more importantly, how to prevent it from happening in the future.