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Man what a start to my training. Sore back which finally got better then my two weekend rides.
It was suggested to me that I take it easy and go for a shorter ride but go uphill. My children were with me for the weekend so that's exactly what I did. Each ride was uphill and around the one hour mark.
On Saturday I rode up Kelson and on Sunday I rode up Tirohanga.
I got up to 49.3km/h but I'm a little bit conservative and I'm still conscious of my feet being locked in to the pedals so didn't go as fast as I could've.
Note to self - get Go Pro because it would be cool to have that footage to share in my blogs.
"Yeah!! I'm getting the hang of these cleats" I was thinking to myself. Makes it all a bit easier although I probably do need to go on a ride with someone who knows what they're doing so I can make the most of them.
Made it up and down the hill unscathed. YES!!!!
Went down toward the subway, turned a sharp corner, over balanced and ended up on the ground. A quick look around confirmed that no one had seen me so no one was laughing... except for me. No real damage done.
Note to self - remember to unclip your feet!!!
Tirohanga - This ride just proved to me the importance of fuelling before a work out. I'd had a shake for breakfast and then got absorbed in what I was doing and before I knew it it was time to ride. So I wolfed down some nuts, fruit, crackers and cottage cheese and got on my bike.
What an effort compared to the day before!!! It wasn't until I was further into my ride that I felt the effects of having fuel on board.
Note to self - Fuel properly. And order my shakes so that I don't run out before the next lot arrives!!
My goals for these two rides was to just make it up the hills without stopping - tick. I even did an extra bit up a road where Harbour View meets Tirohanga. Then raced down the hill.
Back alongside the river, slowly, because there was a walking race that morning and to be honest I wasn't feeling the flashest. (The kids have been sick so looks like I've picked up their bugs.) A man and his dog were coming towards me. With dogs being a little bit unpredictable I thought I was pretty clever unclipping one of my feet...ya know, just in case. Turns out my just in case was bang on, unfortunately I toppled in the opposite direction towards the foot that was still clipped in!!! My biggest fear about cleats, realised twice in one weekend!!!! And this time it was in front of people!! Oh well I suppose it could've been worse. Lucky I was wearing the gloves my parents sent me. And the man was terribly sorry his dog got in the way - told his dog to come back and apologise to me (interesting) but I just said "no problem" as we do and they carried on with their walk.
***Sigh*** the chain was off so I had to fix that (with the help of a lovely passerby) THEN I could carry on MY merry way.
Only short rides really but it is still super important to make sure I fuel adequately if I want better results and a better ride. And get better at using my cleats and learn not to fall off!! HAHA
She'll be right mate. I'll do better next time!