Well...got there a little quicker than expected!
This morning I managed to complete a 32km flat segment at 30Kph, and I am feeling pretty good about it.
I started out a bit slow, and didn't feel very motivated. There was a bit of a head wind on the long Southerly pull, but then I suddenly had energy to steam home the last 5km. I thought I was a minute or two off the pace, but then it dawned on me I was pushing a bigger gear than I normally attempt.
From the Village Temple to highway 24, along Road 2375, is clearly marked as exactly 8km...Strava reckons it is 7.7km...it is along due North, flat, mostly smooth and with a broad shoulder for local traffic and motorcycles.
I have decided to use it as a personal sprint challenge. Here is my effort, today. I am quite pleased with 35.2kph average speed, and was quite out of breath. There wasn't a lot let in the tanks for the return roll.
I seem to be closing in quickly on the person challenge to cover 30km in an hour...managed 29.4 on my 30 km segment this morning...I think the following helped:
* a bit more air in the tyres
* a bit more efficient in taking drinks
* pushed a higher gear than usual in a couple of places where I felt I was rolling well.
Really enjoying learning to ride the Gip.
Found a nice, clean, smooth circuit of about 33km...by cutting a bit off it I have created a reference ride of 30km, on the Gipiemme road bike. I have a target to ride this segment in 1 hour, so there is 5 1/2 minutes of improvement required. I think I can improve a little just by working on drinking without almost stopping, but the rest will have to be from improving my fitness.
Gentle ride, looking for a Khmer Ruin I was told existed not far from my house. Eventually found Prasat Lalomtom about 8 km West.
A pleasant ride, quite a lot on single track or rutted unmade road, then a quick time on a 7.5km segment going home.
First ride on the road bike gave me last time I was in Australia. This is a well-setup bike, and the one Jake used when he made the Victorian State Junior team and rode in the National Junior Road Championships. It is a Gipiemme Steel frame, with Shimano Ultegra Groupset, Mavic rims with Dura-ace hubs, Shimano clipless off-road pedals.
I love cycling, whether rolling about in Bangkok or on country lanes. Recently I have also been attracted to bike racing as a means of challenging myself as I mature into that category known as The Elderly.