Thursday, April 28, 2005

Thursday Club Ride

Great ride today. Weather was good around +10c and sunny.
I switched group and joined the "Middle Group" who aim at an average speed of 30 km/h.

Major part of the ride was just riding at 30 km/h but in the middle they threw in some faster sections. Before halftime break we rode +35 km/h switching drafter every 10 second for about 5.5 km. With 15 riders i was up about 3 or 4 times. This felt great and after the break we agreed to bump up the speed to 37.5 km/h. At first this felt great but after a sharp corner with lots of really big scary gravel (more like small stones) i split the group in half by lowering my speed. This resulted in major legwork for me trying to catch up with the group. And when i finally managed to catch up we rode up a short hill and then it was my time to draft. I was pretty exhausted by then and should have backed down the chain a bit but as the newbie i am i followed through and as a result, bonked out. Luckily this was at the end section so i managed to recover pretty quickly and the rest of the ride was good.

Lesson learned: Stay in the back of the pack if you are tired.

Stats including warmup and recovery transfer

Total distance: 62 km
Ride time: 2h 11min
Average speed: 28.2 km/h
Max speed: 51 km/h

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