Aim for this ride was to ride steady. Ideally at Ironman race pace. What actually happened was very interesting. I teamed up with my good buddy Jon Heasman. He’s clearly stronger than me at the moment with Ironman Lanzarote round the corner and him gunning for Hawaii qualification there. I thought it would be nice to give him some company. Here’s what happened.
Jon was pushing. No doubt pushing out at least 10-15 more watts than I did as I sat on his wheel the entire way. I knew he was stronger, he knew he was stronger and I think we were both happy with the arrangement. However I would add that I did suffer quite a bit to stick with him. Suffering for 4 hours isn’t pleasant either but it was a great workout!
I don’t have the stats for the Hell of the Ashdown which is annoying (my watch died) but for the Surrey Rumble we averaged 241 watts for 4 hours 15 mins and we were the 3rd and 4th fastest on the day out of a big field. I was 3rd as it happens but that’s because I made Jon wait on the start line. I couldn’t have gone that fast on my own either of course. With a slight wrong turn in Cranleigh we ended up covering 76.5 miles at a shade under 19mph. Not bad and thanks for the ride Jon!
On the Monday I could have really done with some treatment from www.thetritouch.co.uk but I’ve got to wait another week as have one booked in for Tuesday 15th. Can’t wait Aurelie!