Mon 6th May Around Milton Keynes
I set off on a 50 mile ride around the perimeter of Milton Keynes on a route I have done before. It is a very rural and hilly route. It was a pleasant ride at a steady pace. As Monday was a national holiday in celebration of ‘May Day’ there seemed to be plenty of other cyclists about celebrating the pleasant spring weather on their bikes.
I did encounter one of my fellow club members on a different mission at one stage and we rode together for about 10 miles before going our separate ways.
Tues 7th May Fast Ouse Valley
This was a fast ride around my ‘Ouse valley’ route as I was trying to ride my bike more than I have done recently so I had a quick 20 miles in the late morning.
I went for a ride with Steph from the cycle club around one of my favourite rides which Steph had seen on Strava so I introduced her to it. She is a very strong rider who does many miles every week.
I should have seen the warning signs in that. It was a very hard ride of just over 47 miles with no cafe stops but neither of us likes to stop anyway. Just as well as there was actually nowhere to stop on the route. I do it quite comfortably on my own with no stops but the increased speed would have made a cake and coffee interlude very welcome. My legs ached from the start due to the increased riding I had been doing in the previous five days. I managed to keep them turning to the end.. just.
This resulted in me revising my increased riding plan for a couple of days of recovery time before the Saturday ride.
Sat 11th May TMK Carlton
This turned into a very hard ride. Firstly because I battled the 12 miles to the start of the ride solo into a terrific head wind and secondly the ride itself was hard and fast pretty much from the start to the finish. The final average speed on my Garmin was 16.9mph, and for the first 12 miles, on the way there, I only averaged around 14.5mph such was the strength of the wind. All this despite the fact the published average speed for the ‘C’ Group should be 15/16mph.
The thing is that there are a few riders who should probably move up and be riding in the ‘B’ Group if they want to ride that fast. They seem reluctant to that. If they did it would help reduce the excessive numbers there are in the ‘C’ Group every week and the ride would be more comfortable for the regular riders in the group.
It wasn’t so bad because we were in a group and I made sure to keep away from the front, my legs were still aching from my exertions earlier in the week. However some struggled because once again the group split in two. Not because of some plan but due to natural selection because of the speed.
Sun 12th May, 27 Miles with Harry
This was a pleasant ride for us around a local loop north of Olney. A steady pace and we probably could have gone a bit faster but I don’t want to rush things. He appears to be quite content so just sit behind me for now or maybe he just doesn’t like to come past?
The weather today, Monday, is not good. I had vaguely arranged a ride with Harry again tomorrow afternoon but I think it will be too wet according to the forecast. I might get a longish ride in on Wednesday but the forecast for then isn’t good either.