The Pearson 150K cycling sportive is a good progress marker. Having done it before it allows me to see how much my fitness and speed on the bike has improved.
I previously did this event ‘in anger’ in 2011 and it took me a time of 7 hours 10 minutes. Yesterday I did it in 6 hours 28 minutes.
So this is very positive. Especially when we factor in the following:
- I trained a usual volume of training leading up to the ride. The Mon – Sat I clocked up 8 hours and 45 minutes training. The day before the ride I did a 75 minute OWS and an 80 minute run. So the Pearson ride was done on tired legs and still took off over 40 minutes
- Putting my event number on my bike at registration, I moved the Garmin holder and in doing so I broke it! So I had my Garmin on me but not in sight. So pace, HR, food and drink intake had to be done on feel. My pre plan of ‘eat’ every 20 minutes and take a gel every hour goes out the window when you don’t know how long you have been riding. So food and drink intake was all done on feel.
- I finished the ride strong. I powered up Box Hill and caught and passed three other riders towards the end. So there was plenty left in the legs.
So the above points make yesterday’s ride even more encouraging then just the time achieved.
So I am very pleased with the progress I am making.
My run pacing is also progressing very well. Last weekend I did a run with the following 2K splits: 11.22, 11.32, 11.46, 11.41, 11.41, 11.47, 11.58, 11.42.
This is good, fairly consistent. But I started faster and I slowed. So I actively want to start slower and build. This weekend’s splits were as follows: 11.44, 11.48, 11.42, 11.35, 11.33, 11.34. So my pacing is progressing.
And Saturday I did my first OWS at Heron Lake. No big tricks here but I got into it like a duck to water (BOOM! see what I did there) with consistent lap times per 1,000 metre laps. This is encouraging as swimming has taken a definite back seat over the winter but it hasn’t impacted too badly on my swim times.
So, all in all, everything is going very well.
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