My first naked ride
March 31, 2007
No, not without clothes (too cold for that) but rather without technology and I was 13% faster over my North Downs route.
I was trying to find my fastest pace by paying close attention to how hard I was breathing and how my legs felt instead of how fast I was going and what my cadence was.
I got the idea from this week’s newsletter (no.288) from RoadBikeRider.com.
When your breathing is steady and regular, say one in-breath for every two pedal rotations, it means you’re below or at your lactate threshold even though the effort feels hard. But if you start to pant, you’ve gone over the edge. Back off slightly to find your lactate threshold again.
Listen to your quads too. When the effort makes them merely uncomfortable, you’re fine. But if they start to burn and throb, back off.
It worked a treat. I felt great throughout the ride and I could concentrate a lot more on the road and improving my technique.
The best part was I had a lot more energy left for the last three hills of the ride between Underriver and West Kingsdown and I arrived back at Longfield station in time to catch the earlier train back to London.