Last long training ride before Taupo
After a busy weekend helping at an dressage event I was laying in my tent thinking about what day this week to do my last long training ride before the up coming Taupo fun ride - a long training ride in this case meaning a ride over 150 km and where to go for a ride
As I road into town enjoying the nice weather I thought about maybe heading out the next day for the longer ride - after picking up some hammer suff ( the food/drink mix that I use on my longer fun rides and getting some new bike shorts I looked up the weather forecast for the next day or two - fine with a low of 2c.
maybe head out on a night ride tonight ?
By the time I got back from town to where my tent is ( a 25 km round trip) I desider to go for a long night ride doing a lap of the lake as my last long training ride
After getting a few things together and packing a few things on the bike that I will need on the ride like warm clothing ( it's going to get very cold out in the hills riding around the lake tonight ) and the hammer drink/food mix that I will be using as I ride around the lake I head back into town
Leaving town around 6 pm I start up the first of the many hills for the few hours the riding is mix of a flat bits and some longer hills - just on sun set at about to only place I might have remembering the turn on the course I stop to put on some warmer gear before getting back on the road passing the tihoi tavern ( one of the places I had a short sleep on last years ride ) riding around the lake I spot some of the landmarks that I remember from other rides around the lake - the stars are out and there's some wind
From about 20 km out of turangi? I note my speed starting to drop off a bit as I get a bit sleeper - getting into turangi around 12:30 am I stop for a pie and to get some water to mix the few hours of food mix - at one point I stop to put my leg warmer over my 3/4 bike shorts to keep my legs a bit warmer
As I head around the lake there are times when I only do a few km between road side naps so it's a very slow ride a round the lake back to Taupo climbing the hatepe hill around 3 am and getting back into Taupo about 5 am stoping at a bp for pie and hot drink to help stay awake for the last 12 km back to my tent - must of been a cold night as there was ice on the tent
I had about a 2 hour sleep in my tent before taking it easy reading a few ebooks on the laptop for the rest of the day
All up I end up doing around 210 km - 2 round trips into town - 50 km and a lap of the lake about 160 km
Over the next few days I will be working on a list of things that still need work - like the best way to do sleep breaks as I start to taper down my riding so I'm not over trained and too tired for the fun ride