#36

I had got up early to start an epic day an aim for some big miles. Big miles for me is anything over 20 per ride. I went out to the van to unload the 29er to find a rear puncture. It was finally time to get the crosser out of the shed to spin her into work. I had been thinking about it for a while but just didn’t fancy sticking to roads all of the time. It would be boring I thought and more of a close pass risk because I would only be on roads. Besides, I had more off road route options and had become used to the dilly dally of ambling around bridleways and feeling (if not always being) adventurous.

I decided to do a summer homeward route in reverse mainly because it was back roads and lanes through the countryside and also because it was 20 miles. Once I was out, I rediscovered that I could go much faster without trying, the set up, being completely different. I’d forgotten that. I kept up a good speed for about an hour until I hit Harlow and the early beginnings of rush hour. Then I wandered at a gentler pace along the uneven cycle tracks towards work. It was epic.

It was a strange ride home. I was expecting tailwind and there was of sorts. But the beginning lacked the rhythm that I wanted for another 20 miles. So I canned the route and just rode where the wheels took me. Once I decided that, it was epic. My average speed was similar but mainly because I put my head down and belted it for the last 3miles.

I think that I have accidently hit upon a winning formula. If I can go faster, I can travel further over similar times. The longer routes are perfect for this-quiet country lanes avoiding motor traffic.

Someone whom I follow on this platform is known to state, “if you want to be fast, you have to ride faster”. Thanks Jim, its all coming together for a great summer!

About biking2work

Sometimes bad tempered Dad to 2 sons who break things. Use the 2 wheels to get from A to B when I can
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3 Responses to #36

  1. Thanks for following my blog. How did you find it? Where are you? I’m not great at reading as I’d like but I am trying to finish my book. Keep up the good work!

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