Tuesday, 5 March 2013

A sweaty 200m vertical gain day!

Route                                                      Distance,  Time,  Week Total, Total
Home – Heswall – Neston – Home          24           2hrs 50       24        138.3
Clear blue sky, very little wind,  10’c.  Spring has sprung!
Storming start straight up the hill to Thurstaston along the main road – wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated. Big surprise at the gradient on Heswall bends - you think you have climbed to the highest point when you reach Thurstaston but you haven’t! 
Interesting unadopted road route down to Lower Heswall.  Must try it going upwards!  Along to Neston and across the Chester High Road then down onto the Wirral way all the way back to Caldy.  A final climb up the millionaires road, Kings Drive, actually was OK!  Am quite pleased I was able to get to the top without stopping and it meant a glorious cruise back home.
So not a bad ride but really need to start picking up the pace and upping the mileage as well as trying to fit in longer rides on consecutive days.  Not much work left to do then!!!  Scary thought that the mileage grand total as it stands is only 10% of the recommended preparation mileage of 1400 miles.  Eeek!
Learnt some interesting stuff on this ride –
·        Its not a good idea to scream round a gravelly bend in top gear no matter how much fun you’re having zooming along – even nobbly off road tyres don’t grip well on loose gravel.
·        It is possible to have sweaty cold feet! Really must try and sort that out!
·         A thermal, a long sleeved bike top, a short sleeved bike top, a fleece and a rain jacket is waaaaaay too many layers when the temperature is 10’c and there is no wind!!

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