For me, the weather this weekend has been perfect cycling weather. Some people prefer it cooler but I love cycling when the sun is out and the breeze is flat-to-non-existent.
Saturday is my usual rest day but the weather was so perfect that I couldn’t resist and decided to head out for a blast round my usual 32 mile training route. I’ve been doing this route for 2 years and yesterday I did it in a personal best of 1hr 45m, which is nearly an hour quicker than I was 2 years ago. I was feeling pretty strong so decided to attack the hills and get up them as fast as I could. The result was an average spped of 18.1mph which I was pretty pleased with.
Today I drove to the picnic site at Barley in Lancashire to meet Martin and Graeme and do a route plotted by Graeme.
The route took us up Waddington Fell and out towards Bowland, stopping in Dunsop Bridge at Puddleduck’s for coffee and cake. Then down to Longridge before swinging left towards Clitheroe and back to Barley. I have to say that the weather was beautiful and on days like this there is nowhere better to be than in the English countryside.
In the past week I’ve been up Waddington Fell twice and the Nick o’ Pendle from both sides. So much for thinking I wasn’t doing enough hills a few weeks back! It was a really enjoyable day, with a great route plotted by Graeme and great company. Absolutely loved it.
Saturday : 32 miles in 1hr 45m @ 18.1mph, 1,849ft of ascent. 142bpm average HR and 1,413kcals
Sunday : 49 miles in 3hrs 40m @ 13.4mph, 4,569ft of ascent. 120bpm average HR and 2,477kcals
*You may be wondering about the title of this post. Apparently, at the end of last weeks audax, Martin was so tired near the finish that he started hallucinating. He described seeing different coloured fairies who would wave their wands and shoot rainbow stars at him. When the stars hit him they drained his energy. All I can say is who needs drugs when you can get the same effect from doing an audax! Maybe Martin should do some more and start designing computer games too…