This may be getting tedious for some of you, but yeah, I went back to the track again yesterday. Well, I had a goal for August of 1,200 km and I arrived the morning of August 31 with a balance of 60 km remaining. I mean, I had to do it right? So a quick check of the wind direction confirmed a NE light wind which meant head out east, and get pushed back west. The track it was.
Let me tell you a little about the goals. My annual riding objective is 10,000 km for this year. This includes riding I do on the indoor trainer in the winter months at both ends of the calendar, the commuting on the fixie, and of course the riding I do on the road bike. I broke out the annual target into monthly chunks, taking into account the seasonality etc and I ended up with a breakdown that looks something like this (Jan – Aug):
My total year to date comes in at 6,440 km, giving me a balance of 3,560 km to ride between now and December 31. Basically, I am on track which is enormously satisfying. This is also the point in the year where the road cycling (on the Marinoni) catches up to the fixie mileage which is done on the seemingly endless commuting I do. The breakdown for the year looks like this:
So back to the point of today’s entry and that is to highlight another successful trip to the F1 track. I do love going down there. The ride down is brilliant, the track itself a treat to ride, and then another scenic return trip along either the canal or the lake. Third week in a row visiting the track and third week in a row of improving track times. Quite remarkably so in fact – I felt positively brilliant which was slightly surprising given that this was day seven on the trot. Four laps of the circuit today and two of them, not surprisingly the first two, in under seven minutes each. Boo YAH!
I feel I should point out that there was no drafting, either from man or machine, the whole ride today. Almost all my rides are solo (I love getting out with Andy and/Sluggo but it has been close to a month since we’ve had a chance to ride together) so wind against me or behind me, it’s all me. Needless to say I was dead chuffed with these lap times, not just at the circuit, but the entire spin.
While we’re looking at numbers, I was keen to see how that average of 34.3 km/h stood up against the history of rides since I got the Garmin. I knew it would be up there, but I couldn’t place exactly where.
Bronze spot on the podium then for yesterday’s ride. Frankly I consider it more of an achievement than the two rides above it as the mileage was considerably more and I managed an almost identical average speed. OK, enough bragging…for now!
September begins today and a new goal. I’m taking today and tomorrow off out of the saddle, but I’ll be back on Tuesday with a commute to the campus on the fixie. Here’s to a weekend that’s pedal free – first in a while!