Spring is in the Air

Distance: 41.5 miles. Elevation: 1482 ft.

A beautiful day for riding around the Vale of Kent!

12.5°C with a slight breeze. It was a beautiful sunny day. The roads were mainly dry. Although there was still a fair bit of slosh around, I didn’t wear my shoe covers because I would have been too warm – good decision. I wore my Castelli Sorpasso Bib Longs for the first time and they felt great – it’s true: you get what you pay for!

Boyton Court Road

Boyton Court Road

I chose a flat route for this ride – this is about as flat a route as I can ride around here considering that I live at the top of a hill. My knee is still not back to normal and I didn’t know if I could cope with a 40-mile ride. Even though it was nearly all flat, this ride took it out of me – I’m more out-of-condition than I had realised, having done no real cycling since mid-December. It’s amazing how, in the space of ten weeks, you can go from doing a very hilly 140-mile weekend comfortably to struggling on a flat 40-miler. I even felt uncomfortable on the saddle after about 30 miles! Also I have realised that turbo-training for 30 mins every day still doesn’t prepare you for spending 3 hours in the saddle outside!

Forsham Lane

Forsham Lane

There was one very unusual aspect to today’s ride, and that was the fact that in all those 41 miles on such a mild sunny day, I didn’t pass a single other cyclist! Weird!?!

I’ve just noticed: This ride took me nearly 20 minutes longer than it did a year ago!

 

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