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14th September 2020
Mt. Biking: Ipswich Levington
Wind Direction: East
Wind Stength: 6kts
Surf / Sea State: n/a
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: n/a
Max Speed: 26.4 mph (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 40.8 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)
Great day for riding, sunny but not scorching, with a gentle easterly
breeze to boot. After fitting a new chain to the Hybrid / MTB is was time
to give it a decent run out on / off road.
I had been avoiding off road due to dodgy tyres and old chain. Recently had
fitted Schwalbe’s bullet proof Marathon 700 x 32C biased to road riding, so
need to see the off road performance as I went minimum width from 38C to
32C. Also went for top of the range Shimano chain, hoping to prevent
failures on my long rides.
Today was 40 mile target, hoping to mix road with 30% off road. My off road
route turning at Claydon towards the historic church St Mary’s all off road
thru fields towards Henly, then cut back up towards Ipswich by pass and the
normal road route to Bucklesham via Rushmere. Onwards to Purdis Heath and
cross at Straight road to Old Felixstowe road, crossing towards Nacton
Turn right to Nacton shores, next to the school entrance and down to the
shores, riding some rough terrain along the shores to Levington, then back
up to the Ship pub and reverse the route.
I haven’t ridden for a week so decided not to push it but keep the HR over
a 100 into fatburn / cardio zones. Tanked up with half of litre + cereal
bar setting off to hip-hop artist 2 Pac blaring out in the Livall Smart
Pacing to music I was already up to PB’s clocking the first 5 miles in 20
mins (15mph), but HR was now 135 which is too high for 40 miles but the
left run off road at Claydon was approaching so kept the road pace up.
Certainly 32C on my Hybrid / MTB with the front shoxs locked to hard is
nearly as quick as my road bike.
Not having ridden off road for awhile, it was a shock how hard the up
slopes were, but the tyres kept good grip so was well happy, although the
surface was dry. Not sure if I would get decent grip in the wet (not
planning to test that either). This off road stretch from Claydon to Henly
road is real nice country side and I didn’t see another person. I was
tempted to ride up to the historic church, but didn’t want to lose too much
time as started late at 2pm.
After first feed station I realised I had lost my 2nd bottled water, from
the shirt off road, which was a pain as I really need 2 litres on 40 miles.
Tagged some roadies on Colchester road all the way to Purdis heath which
was great boost but as I wasn’t chasing time, I dropped off their pace of
just over 15mph which really is slow for roadies.
Nacton village downhill to the shores was flat out, but a few cars were
leaving the carparks so had to slow up. Nice breeze along the shore to
Levington, but I nearly came a cropper trying to get up the one hill I have
never manage – not sure why I keep trying. First the hill gear kept
slipping (another poxy fault to sort) but I slowed so much, I hit a tree
root and fell, crashing the cliff side and nearly went over the edge with
the big drop! HR went up then. Lucky no damage.
Nice bit to Levington off road but loads of dog walkers slowed me up, so
switch route and went back up the road to the Ship pub instead of riding to
the Marina. I started getting knee pain and knew straight away my saddle
had slipped. Amazing how ½ inch makes the difference! Yep after checking
my tape marker, it had dropped ½ inch. Corrected that but I still had no
low crank and even when I kicked it over the rear derailleur weren’t
selecting some gears, and always the ones I wanted.
Stayed on road all the way home from North Ipswich due to the low gear
issue, but really nice ride at decent road pace, non stop apart from
walking up Nacton shores hill and fixing the seat.
Did 40.8 mils, burnt 3520 cals in 3hrs 27mins, average HR 105 maxing out at
152HR, so it was a decent work out. Off road is so much nicer than busy
tarmac, and my suspension bike is so much more comfortable and so easier
than 40 mls on the road bike.
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