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The 40km Project – Part XII

This entry is part 12 of 16 in the series The 40km Project

OK, this is getting ridiculous! Both the lack of posting on this blog, and the fact that the 40km project is still ongoing.  On June 3, I rode the first of the ABC 40km TTs for 2012. I didn’t break the hour mark. In fact, I wasn’t even close–finishing in 1:02:45. Considering that my best time last year was 1:00:22, I have a fair bit of ground to make up. However, I am reasonably happy with the time, considering I’m just now getting over a 5+ week period of sickness that left me feeling tired and congested for the race. Not ideal. The tiredness meant that my heart rate was low–and I couldn’t get it up and keep it up. I ended up with an average heart rate of 171, rather than the very consistent 178/179 that I was able to maintain last year. Conditions were almost perfect, so I have no other excuses. The next TT falls after a very busy weekend, but I will have to try my best to be well rested for it!

Other than the TT, riding has been going well. Last weekend was the Rideau Lakes Tour, and I had a great ride with Steve and James. The weather cooperated almost perfectly (only a bit of rain when we set out on Saturday morning) and we even had a fun bit of gravel on McDonald’s Corner’s Road!

Tomorrow is a last-minute trip to Lake Placid. I’m going to ride a loop of the Ironman Course (minus the out-and-back) but add in the Whiteface Hill Climb. Wish me luck–I might need it!

Series NavigationThe 40km Project – Part XI (aka Total Burnout)The 40km Project – Part XIII – The Definition of Insanity

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