Yesterdays ride was a familiar one for me so no need of Garmin navigation systems for this ride. I rode my ‘Grafham Loop’ without actually going to Grafham. I side-stepped it as I didn’t intend stopping for a coffee.
I made the ride slightly harder for myself by engaging the big chain ring (50 teeth) after a couple of miles and staying there for the entire ride. Up until now this year I have always stayed on the smaller one (34 teeth) preferring to concentrate on cadence as I regained some fitness. I was feeling like pushing myself a bit yesterday as I am beginning to feel my fitness coming back. It did result in a higher average speed for the distance than I might have done before although not as high as I thought I was doing at the time.
I will explain that previous remark. I have switched my Garmin to record rides and data using the metric system and I keep trying to do mental arithmetic as I ride to convert kph to mph. I did this because more and more people are talking in kilometres for distance and speed, namely TV commentators, the cycling media and fellow cyclists at the club. I felt I should try and get more familiar with what the actual kph is in my head so that it becomes second nature to me in time. I have a few landmarks in my head, for example 32kph = 20mph and 24kph = 15mph. It also makes it easier to relate to the speeds the peloton gets up to in the races on TV. Not that I can actually relate to those sort of speeds and over those distances personally other than to be in awe of them. It does make for a reality check though.