Today’s ride was deliberately split into two distinct sections. The idea was to spend the first half just meandering around, checking out some areas of Preston I’ve lived around all my life but never been down before. This involved quite a lot of stop / start, be it at junctions, or those annoying turnstiles designed to stop cars (I guess). And then the second half of the ride was a more steady paced workout.
What I can tell you is if you are in need of any drugs then Preston’s Guild Wheel is a fantastic place to start your search. I feel I could have got high just passive inhaling as I passed so many clumps of kids smoking weed. Great times.
It was supposed to be a hot one today. That turned out not to be the case. Very overcast. I took my jacket but didn’t need it. The arm warmers certainly helped as it was super windy at times, particularly on the open stretches.
Whilst I did manage to visit a number of new places today, I can’t say any of them were picturesque or even pleasant enough for me to have regret at not visiting them sooner. Such is life in Preston, I suppose. I did manage to knock the top off my oversized water bottle meaning I had to do a U-turn and go back and hunt for it on the side of the road. Total fail.
It definitely felt good to get a little longer out on the bike today. 30km instead of my usual 20km. Due to the early portion of the ride being so stop / start it inevitably took a bit longer than I’d have liked. Hopefully tomorrow I can get in another 30km or more. Its supposed to be up to 24c tomorrow, so we shall see.
One thing that I’m really pleased with after today’s ride is to have got a top 10 spot on a local hill I’ve been up and down many times ever since I was a kid. I got very lucky today with no vehicle traffic coming in the opposite direction, and very very light foot traffic to avoid. Also they may have done some light resurfacing or pot hole surgery as last time I went down there it was more like the moons surface. Anyway, pleased with that.
Overall though I found it difficult to consistently ride hard today. I had a few stints at over 4w/kg for several minutes at a time, but by and large I feel like I’m really struggling to find consistent form outdoors lately. I don’t know if this is a mental issue from the messed up Zwift SST session, or physical as suggested by Phil in the comments after that post. Either way, it’s not great.
Anyway, it’s late and it’s time for a rest. Who knows what tomorrow has in store.