Best ride of the year!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by jonny jeez, 23 Apr 2010.

  1. Today was "The one":biggrin:

    I've put a little effort into planning for my commutes over the last few weeks and have even adjusted my diet to assist, now the warm mornings are here I feel so much happier on a bike that during the more limited rides I made through the winter (I wish I could have been more motivated in the cold and the dark and made one or two extra rides in...still I didn't too bad)

    I've switched from riding on 3 consecutive days to 3 alternate (allowing a days rest that revolves around sport as well...all very dull and technical)

    But today it all paid off.

    after a 15-16 mile run, I felt better than I've ever done, was awash with energy, had seemed to have picked up "someone elses" somewhere along the way ...I sprinted (proper standing up!) for around a mile up from the embankment (in London) through to Kensington Olyimpia ...so fast the I spun out and had to sit down (laughing to myself)

    after which I carried on at a record pace to the office (another couple of miles)...but stayed in the saddle except for the lumpy bits when I stood up and allowed a little spring to my "step".

    I could have done another 10 miles, not just because of the energy, but it was just such fun.

    Best of all...my computer has been down since December when the pick up battery died in the cold...I haven't replaced it as i like riding a little blind and not getting too into my personal best....s for now, its just a clock

    But when I looked at the clock I found have completed my run.... in 56 minutes...that's almost 10 minutes quicker than I usually do.

    Wonder how the journey home will be, cant wait to find out!

    amazing what a bit of sun can do
     
  2. BrumJim

    BrumJim Poster

    "The One" here too. Looks like it will be getting a lot warmer from this weekend, so today was the last of the cool rides. And the rain has to come down again at some point.
    Quickest ever - 18.9 average speed and almost 20 for the first 10 minutes.

    Was more shattered than laughing when I got there, but been grinning ever since.
     
  3. Downward

    Downward Veteran

    Location:
    West Midlands
    It was about 0.2 degrees when I left. Hands were freezing. No idea how long it took me to get in either as I tend to cruise the last 2 miles so I can walk into work without a drop of sweat on me !!
     
  4. Same here Downward,except it was my feet that were freezing,hands OK but I'm back to wearing all my winter stuff again(base layer,shirt,jacket and tights) trouble is for the way home I'm well overdressed.
    Nice to be out in the sunshine though,be even better when it's warmed up a bit.
     
  5. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    It is definately one of those days Jonny.. my fastest commute today for many months..
     
  6. Downward

    Downward Veteran

    Location:
    West Midlands
    Hmm Ironically I got to work in the quickest time ever. Add to that on Monday evening I got home in the quickest time ever.

    Mind you it's not so much pootling as getting lucky with the traffic i think.
     
  7. Downward

    Downward Veteran

    Location:
    West Midlands
    Yeah homewards just a long sleeve jersey. Had to carry the rest in my bag for a chilly start tomorrow.
     
  8. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    Same here-13 miles, first time over 19MPH av. This year. Like a chuffing rocket.



    Suffered like a dog on the way home though.
     
  9. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Best two weeks of the year so far for me. Assuming I make it through tomorrow, then I'll have completed two full house weeks of commuting, so almost 450 miles.
     
  10. Downward

    Downward Veteran

    Location:
    West Midlands

    Thats great, In 3 months I did that many miles so it's fair going
     
  11. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    Location:
    South Croydon
    I only wish it was, had my worst friday legs today than i have had the whole year. Total pain and unfortunately my last mile is a climb all the way!
    I've bumped my commute up to 15miles each way, which is only just an hour more. but it's on much faster roads and i'm keeping up a higher average speed, but i'm certainly feeling it!
     
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