So Sunday’s ride was a more brutal affair, not only did I have to contend with the wind but also the rain Today I was looking to do about 60 miles so I took a fairly flat route around to Stirling and then back home. The ride started out raining but by the time I got to Kincardine it had stopped so I thought I had got past the worst of it but I was so wrong Once past Kincardine and Airth the heavens opened up and it poured it down for the next 30 min, I didn’t stand a chance, I was soaked to the bone by the time I hit Stirling and I still had another 30 miles to ride back home Thank God it’s not cold otherwise I would be screwed, probably only around 16 degrees but warm enough for me to carry on cycling home. As per usual I had the headwind going to Stirling which didn’t help with the bloody rain but a decent tailwind home but not windy or warm enough to dry me off, I was still damp by the time I got home. So 58 miles clocked up at just over 16 mph, not too bad but would have been better without the crap weather.
So with Garmin partially back up I can post my weekend rides. Saturday’s ride was a damp windy affair, with the bad weather I was keeping the ride short, 40 odd miles was enough. I was riding into a head wind as per usual until the leg home where I would have a tail wind. It did rain a little bit but not enough to bother me. Because of the bad weather I did put my foot down a bit which was why the avg speed for today was over 17 mph but I did skip out Knockhill and just go via Saline.
So today I decided to ride to Stepps, just outside Glasgow, I did think about going into Glasgow but this would mean a 100 miles bike ride and I’m not ready for that just yet and it was hard enough just to do the 80 miles. I would be riding the first 40 miles against a robust headwind that is to say I hated it! It may only be around the 15-16 mph head wind but that knocks the shite out of me and I was tired by the time I got to Stepps with my legs aching something rotten. Thank God I had a tail wind going home otherwise I would have been in deep dodo. It’s not a particularly hilly ride but I still managed to clock up over 3000 feet of climbing which starts to accumulate against what energy reserves I had left. Anyway by the time I got home I was knackered but had clocked up 81 miles at an avg speed of 15 mph so I’ll live with that
Distance 46.77 mi | Time 2:36:21 | Speed 17.9 mph | Elevation 1,988 ft
Source: Ride 12/07/2020
So first ride back after 2 weeks off with the bike in for it’s service. Nice enough day so decided to do my Forth river loop primarily since I don’t remember the last time I did this, probably when I was living in Falkirk. Anyway the weather was pleasant enough, head wind to start with but not to windy and tail wind for the leg back home. Given I was off for 2 weeks I was hammering this one at nearly 18 mph in fact it only dropped to under 18 mph in the last 10 miles or so which being all up hill was the reason it dropped but I’ll live with that I did better than I was expecting