Today I was doing our club sportive the Tour of the Kingdom, I was doing the 70 mile loop, had the weather been better I would have done the 100 miles loop. It started off dry but it was scheduled to rain today which it did start doing towards the end of my ride but not enough to worry me. I was riding this alone today as I wanted to go at my own pace but I started out the block far too fast, I was averaging nearly 17 mph in the first 30 odd miles so I decided to slow down and ride with some of the other club members, at least until we got to Cleish At Cleish I put my foot down and went it alone again, by this time my avg speed had dropped to 15 mph and I didn’t want to go any lower. So for the last 20 miles I kept up a steady pace until the finish. I only stopped once to eat so by the time I got back home i was starving but not absolutely shattered so it was a good days ride for me
On a damp day I went out with the 09:00 wrecking crew which meant this was going to be a fast ride. We were heading to Bannockburn in a round about way which was where we stopped for a cafe break. I kept up with the group until Kincardine but at that point I decided to go it alone as I was struggling to keep up with the group and I didn’t want push myself to the point of not being able to get home. My avg speed to Bannockburn was over 17 mph but by the time I got home that had dropped to 16.8 mph but I’m not complaining I’m quite happy with that
On a wet rainy day I went with the 09:00 group, I did consider the 08:30 wrecking crew as there would more people in that group but as it turned out 6 of us turned up for the 09:00 ride. We decided to skip out knockhill today and just go via Saline which was fine with me, either route requires riding up a hill to get back to Dunfermline. Avg speed was 15 mph and given the weather I wasn’t expecting much more especially given the head wind we were plowing through on the way home.
It’s another pleasant evening so a quick ride around the area
It’s a pleasant enough evening so I decided to go for a quick ride to Kirkcaldy and back.
It’s another sunny day a bit warmer than yesterday and less windy so we did the same route as last week. I was again looking to cover 60 miles today but so were some of the other club members so I stuck with them all the way round today. Another good distance and avg speed a little less than yesterday but satisfactory for me.
Distance 67.28 mi | Time 4:10:58 | Speed 16.1 mph | Elevation 3,612 ft
Source: Ride 11/05/2019
Well it’s a reasonably sunny day although still a bit on the chilly side but I was out in my cycling shorts for the first time today but I still had 3 layers on and glad that I did as cycling into the head wind was cold!. Out with the 09:30 crew doing the usual route but I decided I would bump up the millage to 60 miles today so I stopped at home for lunch and then headed out again. I wasn’t really paying attention to where I was going and as such I ended up doing 67 miles which was fine with me. After some sore legs I realised when I got home I was an avg 16 mph which wasn’t really my target (I was expecting 15 mph) but I’ll take that
So this is the first time I’ve done the 10 am ride with the club, usually I would ride with the 9 am wrecking crew, so I wasn’t sure what the route would be. As it turned out the route was perfectly fine with me, I was looking to do another 50 miles today and thats what I got. The weather was dull and cold again but this time with a head wind so I wasn’t leading this time but that was fine with me I got close to the 15 mph again although it was a slightly slower day but I was a bit sore still from yesterday and wasn’t looking to go crazy today so I’m happy with today’s stats.
So finally after 2 weeks of not having my bike because it was in for it’s service I got out on the group Sat bun run. I was expecting this to harder than it was given I hadn’t ridden in 2 weeks but thankfully it was fine. I even bumped up the mileage as I wanted to ride 50 miles today and gain some lost performance so I rode home via Kingseat. I lead the ride most of the way around which was nice since I could set the pace and thus I was spot on 15 mph, my target for the day. Weather wise it was bloody cold and a bit windy, especially for May, but I had enough layers on to negate that
Distance 27.82 mi | Time 2:05:41 | Speed 13.3 mph | Elevation 1,775 ft
Source: Ride 20/04/2019
With the road bike in for it’s service this week I was out on the mountain bike, probably for the first time in 6 months or more. I kept this ride short as my saddle was on the road bike and the saddle on the mountain bike is not comfortable for very long. Decided to ride to work just to see how far it was and how long it could take me should I decide to ride to work one day. It’s fairly short, 13 miles or so and I did that in 50 mins on the mountain bike which means I can do it quicker on the road bike. Went a slight detour on the return journey just to give me some variety but my bum was getting sore towards the end. If I had my saddle I would cycle further but I don’t, maybe I need to invest in a second Brooks saddle