Lofty Beast

I had lofty goals today. I wanted to get out for at least 4 hours, and I wanted to get close to 120km. Did I do this? I don’t know. I was disappointed by my ride until I saw my ride stats on my phone, which didn’t match my bike computer.

Of course I was sick that last month, and haven’t even ridden since May 19th.

Anyway, no more excuses. I ran out of steam before my goal, and it got me to thinking. Can I really do the distance the day of the ride? I’ve got 18 more days until the ride, can I get in more miles so that I can finish without bonking, or hurting myself? Should I drop down to the 100KM distance? The mind is a terrible beast at times.

My route was a good one though. From my place out to Munn’s Rd, then Wallace, to West Saanich. I wanted to follow the Tour de Victoria route as much as possible from here, but I missed a turn off West Saanich, and ended up on Lands End Rd. Not my intention. I flubbed my way through Sidney, then got on the water and headed back. Yikes, was it windy today!

Before I got to Mt Doug though, I had decided to call it quits on my ride. I took Blenkinsop back until I could get onto the Lochside Trail. While spinning along here I was mad at myself for giving up. I decided to try and extend my route a bit and headed through downtown, watched about 30 seconds of the Bastin Square Grand Prix, then headed for home.

My bike computer registered 4 hours, and just under 100KM. My phone though told a different story. Which do I believe more? At this point I don’t know.

View Tour de Victoria June 03, 2012 in a larger map

View Tour de Victoria June 03, 2012 in a larger map

Total distance: 109.86 km (68.3 mi)
Total time: 4:15:26
Moving time: 4:08:59
Average speed: 25.80 km/h (16.0 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 26.47 km/h (16.4 mi/h)
Max speed: 76.11 km/h (47.3 mi/h)
Average pace: 2.33 min/km (3.7 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 2.27 min/km (3.6 min/mi)
Min pace: 0.79 min/km (1.3 min/mi)
Max elevation: 367 m (1202 ft)
Min elevation: -103 m (-337 ft)
Elevation gain: 6926 m (22724 ft)
Max grade: 213 %
Min grade: -114 %