But, by 9am it was brightening up, so I thought we should take the opportunity for a bit more training.
We did our usual (slightly extended triathlon course) - Hartlepool Marina to Seaton Carew and back, three times.
But although it had stopped raining, it was very windy - not sure what the actual wind speed was, but looking at the forecast it is likely to be over 15 mph, so would be ~20 km/hr. It was South-Westerly, so it was between a head and a cross wind going down the sea front towards Seaton Carew.
It was very hard work. Even Laura was struggling and was quite happy to tuck in behind my wheel - yesterday she had to stop and wait for us a couple of times. She was pretty had-it when we finished this time. It was the slowest we have done this route - it took us 70 min, which is over our 60 min target.
But how much energy did it use? Ridewithgps.com says 418 kCal (=1756 KJ, or just over 1.5 Mars Bars). My Heart Rate Monitor said 823 kCal (=3457 KJ, or over 3 Mars Bars). I am minded to believe the Heart rate as being more realistic, because the GPS analysis does not know anything about the wind resistance, or that I am pushing Benjamin along too.
The similar analysis for yesterday's ride from the Heart Rate was 3700 KJ - which suggests that I used less energy today than I did yesterday. I suspect this is a mental issue - we gave up on the idea of riding to a pace when we realised how strong the head wind was, so our first and second laps were maybe not done as hard as they could have been - I was saving energy to make sure we got around the last one. We also paused for 30 sec or so to re-fuel Laura on the second lap . An energy gell on the second lap may have helped the final lap too....So, for all today's ride felt like it hurt more, I may not have worked as hard as I did yesterday, it just doesn't feel like that!
I hope we have better weather for the race. My preference for weather would be:
- Cool, no wind, no rain.
- Windy (I don't like the wind as shown above, but Benjamin doesn't mind)
- Raining (Benjamin does not like the rain - he sits with his head in his hands and waits for it to be over, so it would not make it a fun event for him).