I ended up cycling over 75 miles and the outbound ride to the shop, with the wind behind me, was completed with an average speed of 20mph.
The interesting stats from my Garmin show my average cadence is 80rpm. I stayed on the big Q-ring for the entire journey and consciously kept the crank revolutions fast. I have noticed that when I start off and am warming up my muscles I tend to push a bigger gear and occasionally the Q-rings give me a niggling pain above the knee. I don't get the same niggle on a regular chainring. Anyway, I am making an effort to use the gears more and change frequently to keep the cadence higher, which must be working as I previously used to average 74rpm.
Today's weather was great; dry, 16 degrees, blue skies and a steady 14mph wind from the West. I wore a Rapha ensemble - shorts, jersey, arm warmers, knee warmers and socks, and my scalp became a target for other cyclists. Two caught me on the road from Great Barford to Willington but as soon as they passed me they slowed to a pace which was less than I was travelling and I re-took my scalp easily before they diverted to Danish Camp. Another cyclist (Taylor Phinney?) riding a team BMC and wearing the USA national champion kit passed me on my final mile but I sat on his wheel until the turning for home.
Statistics for the week:
- Miles completed 125
- Weight loss 6lbs
- Strava Lower Thames St dash league position 53