Did the school run today
Actually, I did the run shown, then continued along the beach to Glenelg, back up the Sturt River, then the above run in reverse ... which meant I had to go UP Expressway Hill
I actually rode the bent up Expressway Hilll
... apart from the 150m steep bit where I walked. You hit that steep bit about 2km into the climb and it's around 10% grade. I guess I could have stubborned the thing out but the HRM had hysterics and I've learned that if I stop and walk early, I recover and the rest of the ride is easy whereas if I push into my max HR zone, I'm stuffed. Give me a month and I'll barely notice that bit ... sort of
I even fell off
Turned left onto a road - very low speed, steep turn, gutter across the road, car coming up from my right. As I looked to see where the car was, the front wheel side swiped the kerb and boomp, over on my rump onto the dirt. No damage or injury, though the speed sensor was bumped and I rode for nearly half a km before I noticed the computer thought I was still stationary.
45 km trip.
2h 25m so a low average, but the climb is done at around or less than 10km/hr and there's 3km of it. I also found myself loafing along rather than pushing it, which is fair enough. I do this ride for fat burning and fitness, not race training. It's probably also a reaction to my inexperience n the bent too.
Hit 61km/hr coming down the hill
and that was just coasting
I'm looking forward to doing a speed run down it one day
I'm getting this pedalling business sorted out. The forces are all so different from an upright bike that it's hard knowing exactly what is happening.
I've developed a feel I call 'loose feet'. I've found that a lot of pressure I've felt in my legs is actually pushing hard at the end of the stroke and hence is wasted effort and probably not real good for me. So I started to concentrate on the old 'scrape something off the bottom of your shoe' technique, only modified slightly. I aim to feel as though I'm pulling the pedal down (actually feel my foot move in my shoe). Clearly, that in itself isn't efficient, but I get that feel and then relax and suddenly I'm spinning cleanly and freely. No pressure in the legs. No sense of the back pressed into the seat. Great power and good climbing.
The learning curve goes on, but at least it's not as steep as it was a month ago.