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!