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9th May 2020
Mt. Biking: Ipswich to Trimley
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Stength: 6kts
Surf / Sea State: n/a
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: n/a
Max Speed: av13.24mph
Distance Covered: 40.32 mile (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
Nice first ride today on a faulty Carbon bike Focus Cayo 2.0 (2014) I
picked up. Decided to leave the faults except changed tyres and tubes to
25mm puncture protected type with slime tubes as don’t av a support vehicle
if breakdown. The front derailiers was stuck in the large crown so hills
were going to be challenging.
First thing I noticed from MTB to drops was the wind buffering improvement
on the lower handle and the smooth rotation on level road. Drops are
definitely easier to spin the crank with a 25mm tyre. Compare to my MTB
Seat is inch too low and a 58cm instead of a 56cm frame would have been a
better size but comfort can be gained in adjustment. Also shocked how light
these bikes are unloaded!
This was going to be a 40 miler so I was a bit cautious going too hard at
the start. Also I was trying out my MTB saddle because I have too much bum
soreness with the needle type saddles.
Plan was to hit PB’s every 5 miles against my fastest ride set out on my
notes on the phone bag. The phone app was shouting PB’s which was great a 5
/ 10 miles going up a steep slope in the first sector towards Felixstowe.
However I was only a couple of minutes up even though I thought I was going
I have to say the PB on my MTB over the exact same route was bloody hard
and needed to rest a day after, whereas on the drops roadie, I could have
gone faster. 40 miles nonstop is never “easy” for me but I was very
comfortable so up the HR to 125 from 115 to get into cardio / performance
zone along the Bucklesham road stretch which is a couple of miles of
straight road. I hit 18/20 mph flat road and was gobsmacked when 2 girls
and a fella came past like a bullet train on their noisy aero bikes! They
must av been clocking over 25 mph, fantastic!
10 mls was 48 mins and 15 about 1hr 10 mins so was on target for the 40
miles PB. Turning right at Purdis golf club along the straight rd toward
old Felixstowe road and Levington was very fast but as I hit the long
Levington road the buffers came down as I hit a bad lazy patch. My arse was
sore and with the saddle stuck an inch too low I began to lose the plot.
The breeze towards Trimley always pee me oft but the 20 mile PB was coming
up so had to push on. Hit 20 miles in 1 hr 28 ish so new PB, but not by
much. However I knew the journey to Felixstowe is mainly painful elevation,
with my back to the place I was def motivated with the breeze up my arse.
Was now riding at a steady 15 mph instead of 12 mph, so that really is the
difference for me between MTB and dops, prob 2/3 mph but easier on the
I do interval training during rides, (1 min sprints + 1 min out of saddle
cranking the top crown + 2 mins rest for 30 mins) normally toward
Felixstowe but decided to do it going back which is easier. If am honest
that was a mistake cos the legs had lost a fair bit of power and speed
burns never hit 20mph, as normal.
Have messed about with the handle bar adjustment as the previous owner had
stupidly cut the head stem and I found myself on the cross bar a lot
instead of the hoods. However strangely for the same wattage, if I went on
the hoods it was marginally slower than the cross bar!
So 30 miles came up PB 2 hrs 17 ish and was OK. Loads of cars and bikes in
the sunshine. Luv windsurf and biking in hot sun, no probs for me anyway. I
was now out of 2 water bottle and energy bar and was dehydrating, could
feel it coming on, so started cruising at 12 mph which seems very slow on a
roadie for some reason.
A nice down slope was coming up so smacked it 28mph to pull back time and
went through a barrier to stop cars driving on the Old Norwich Rd, almost
hitting it, up the hill with momentum and maxed out road a bend to keep
momentum for the Claydon / Sproughton stretch.
Again a train of 5 roadies came by and I hung on for a minute just to show
willing. That stretch is a long lonely part and to be honest I will well
glad there was only 5 miles left. Hit the 40.3 miles in 3hrs 02 mins,
averaging 13.24 mph, compared to previous 40.23 on MTB in 3hrs 33 mins
averaging 11.32 mph.
Both rides were hard for me but def road bikes are easier if you push them,
especially if you get low on the down slopes or freewheeling. Did 3813
calories on the MTB and 3864 on the roadie, so similar effort more speed.
Spent 75% of the ride in m Cardio/Performance HR zones
Tyres were at 90 psi (roadie) and were OK so will run at 100psi next ride
as am over 100 kg now. Saddle up an inch and set up front gears adjust
handle bar should see a better time next long ride.
Not really missing windsurf at the mo.
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