Sunday, 10 May 2009

New 26 mile PB

I wasn’t sure what sort of ride to do today as I have been concentrating mainly on increasing distances in the run up to the Essex Countryside ride.

So I decided to go for a new personal best over 26 miles. The weather was good, with not too much wind and the roads fairly quite which all helped me beat me best time over 26 miles quite substantially. I beat my previous personal best of 1:45:23 (average 15.5 mph) by 1 minute 22 seconds and achieved a new personal best of 1:44:01 (15.7 mph). I also beat the virtual partner on my Garmin by just over 1 and a half miles. The virtual partner is a device on Garmin which is a download of a course I have already done and can then race myself against.

Today I went on a leisurely recovery ride along the sea-front – of just over 16 miles. And it really was an enjoyable ride. It was a sunny, refreshing Sunday morning with scores of people out cycling, jogging, walking or going for breakfast in one of the sea-front cafes. A really ‘good to be alive’ feeling.

All in all, I am feeling pretty good for next Sunday’s 60 mile Essex Countryside ride. So now all that is left is for me to start obsessing about the weather which, according to the forecast looks like it is going to be just about perfect – let’s hope it stays that way.


Wendi said...

16 miles is leisure?

dezandheath said...

I love those "good to be alive" feelings!! Most often, though, excersising gives me a "wish I were dead" feeling. Congratulations on your new personal best! And did I read correctly...60 miles? How long does that take?

Tony said...

Last year it took me four and a half hours ( but I want to improve on that. A couple of weeks back I did 54 miles in 3 hours 47 minutes, so I would like to try and do this one in under 4 hours 15 minutes

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