A dry day, but mudguards just in case

Did a good, (reasonable speed) 21 mile run yesterday as the poor weather abated.  Clear sky and a 5 degree temperature prevailed, so it was on with the lycra and thermals.

This week has been a mad rush – staying away for work all week until Thursday, and then finishing off with a work night out and lavish consumption of fine Italian wine and grappa putting paid to my fitness work.

So, mindful of the effects that Christmas will no doubt have, I got out and managed an average of 17.6 mph, not bad in my general riding experience, and half the ride going into an at times lively headwind breeze.

The route, back roads but still decent enough not to be too muddy/leafy/generally dangerous, was largely flat (as are most in Suffolk..) but one or two decent ascent/descents thrown in.

One thing that did hit me toward the 17 mile marker (maybe due to my higher average speed combined with lack of exercise, stress and tiredness from the past week?!!)  was that I felt close to blowing up – my legs were getting that awful empty feeling and it took me some effort to keep going – especially as the headwind returned for the last couple of miles.

I also picked up a set of Race Blades (the Orbea doesn’t have clearance for mudguards), and am in the process of fitting them – got the back one on in 30 seconds, but due to the computer, the front ones may take some thinking about!

Race Blades

Race Blades


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