I love stats! I love them so much that I trundled round exactly the same route as last Sunday. Last Sunday I covered 100 miles in 5hrs5 mins for an average speed of 19.6mph. The average HR last week was 135.
Today wasn't as windy as last Sunday and I was certainly feeling tired from yesterdays run. Due to the clocks going back and also lacking in motivation I actually set off at 1.30pm!! I seem to get the sessions done but some of them have been a real struggle. Maybe the result of a 6 month build. How on earth I managed 12 months last time I'll never know. Sundays in the Barr household have far more appeal than slogging it out on my lonesome on the road. I'm really looking forward to a few lazy days with the most activity being helping Lauren down at the play park. Todays ride started slowly with a favourable tail wind out to Windsor. I opted to use the ride out as a warmup but was holding a pretty reasonable pace with the wind behind. I then did a race pace (holding 140hr) lap which only took 1hr6mins30s and the average speed was 22.2mph. Pretty impressive stuff. The only change this week was the aero helmet and the slightly reduced winds. The wind direction was certainly the best for the Windsor race course. Somehow it seemed to be more helpful than last week. I decided that it was best to reduce the effort level for the rest of the ride but still managed to roll through the 2nd lap with an average speed over 21mph. Did a 3rd lap but without drift road and returned home with an average speed of 20.2mph and 100 miles covered. Very very pleased with this as my heart rate average was only 126 (9 less than last week). It's possible that after a long run my heart beat low and actually I was not at true race pace for that first lap. who cares really. The data is encouraging. I'm really confident I can hold a 21mph average at Arizona now.
Call me a camel, but I only drank 2 full bottles of fluid (carried 1 water, 1 SIS and 1 ribena), ate one Powerbar and one peanut butter sarnie. Felt fine but will be drinking and eating a lot more in Arizona. There's a marathon to run there. The only thing I ran after this ride was a bath ;o)