I don’t think I have ever ridden in wind that strong, not just gusty, but so strong that I had to lean into the wind as it blew across me and strong enough to leave me almost at a standstill going downhill into it. The strength of the wind did mean I wasn’t going to break many records today, but this was more about getting some miles in and not the time it took.
I may have wobbled a few times, but I didn’t fall down.
This was another ride of firsts and records for me. This is the furthest I have ever ridden, even though I took the same route as usual, I rode up to the windmills rather than driving up as I have the past few times. I also managed to ride faster than I have ever been before – just over 37mph, which I think is probably near to my highest possible speed on the bike that I currently ride, after all it is a mountain bike and not a road bike.
Even though it was windy and I had a few near misses in the gusts, I still managed to get a couple of personal best times on Strava, including one that has been eluding me for some time, a short sprint up a fairly steep hill. I guess I just hit the hill at the right speed in the right gear because I took nearly 10 seconds off my best time, which stood at just under 1 minute and is now down to 46 seconds.
Unlike a couple of weeks ago when I was nearly sick, I enjoyed this ride and really do think at some point I will be able to crack the 20 mile barrier – the next big milestone in my fledgling cycling career.
Distance: 14.7 miles
Time Taken: 1:31:36
Elevation Gain: 900ft
The photos for today look across the valley from the windmills at my back towards Emley Moor Mast and across towards Wakefield. Both are taken from the furthest point away from home.