It was 9.9C yesterday and judging by the numbers of cyclists and dog walkers at the Beddington Pathways, plenty warm enough to put in some miles.
Having some time constraints myself, I decided to go for a few hill climbs on a 5 km route as a way to determine where my fitness is at.
Heading east with a 41 kph chinook tailwind, I maxed out over 40 kph but had to slow down for pedestrians, eventually reaching the east side of the gully.
First, I tackled the infamous pathway up to the parking lot on Beddington. 4th gear aught to work, I thought. Charging ahead at full warp speed (10-15 kph), I climbed the steep grade where several inches of water raced across the pathway from the melting snow. I totally maxed out my heart rate like an old model T chugging up a hill but since I didn't bring my heart rate monitor I'll never know if I broke my record (heart rate).
Having reached the benches at the top of the hill, it took several long, long minutes to recover but what a ride! It felt great to go blasting up the hill so there must be at least a little masochistic tendency left in me after cycling indoors all winter (LOL).
After recovering, I coasted back down the hill and noted the slope on my gps which increased to -12% grade before turning down to the Nose Creek pedestrian bridge (of which there are at least 3). Another hill came into my sights and I climbed that in 5th gear with a slightly lower effort after being winded on the first hill, although I could have probably done it in sixth gear. After a quick break at the bench, I headed west into the 41 kph headwind and tried my hand at aero positioning before my time was up.
It was only a 5 km ride but it was my first Spring Ride of 2011. What's your's?