The rain is pounding on the roof when my alarm goes off. I listen to it for a few seconds, deciding whether I want to get out on my bike in the wet or whether I want to wait an hour until the rain stops. It’s not a difficult decision: I get out of bed to hit the road. While I’ve spent most of the summer avoiding riding in the rain, I’m now committed to the Byron Bay Triathlon so will get out and ride in the rain.
My session today is a 90 minute ride with three 10 minute sets at 40km pace.
I start with a 10 minute warmup at 26.5kph. It turns out perfectly because I hit the main road at exactly the 10 minute mark. I click the lap button on my GPS and set off at a cracking pace down the main road. The rain has stopped and I crank it out down the main road. There are a few hills and traffic lights along the way but I still manage to complete the first 10 minute set at 35.3kph, slightly faster than my current 40km pace.
After a 10 minute spin (at 25.7kph) I tackle the next hard 10 minute session. This session takes me through the backstreets of Point O’Halloran where I tackle lots of corners on slippery wet roads. It’s good training for more technical courses and I work hard at driving my legs out of the corners and at taking them safely. I complete the 10 minute set at 32.3kph, a speed I’m happy with given that it’s not being done on a straight road.
I take another 10 minute spin (at 22.1kph) along the Point O’Halloran waterfront. The Brisbane Bayside Runners and Walkers are out running along the same road so I wave at my running friends. It’s a beautiful spot to spin despite my fatigue. If I’m honest the new training schedule has left me fatigued and I know my performance in training is suffering. However, I also know I’ll adjust so I stick it out.
For my final 10 minute speed set I do laps of the Point O’Halloran road at 33.8kph. The road along the point is flat and fast, then I turn left and climb a long gentle hill into a headwind before taking a short side street back to the point road. I complete three laps in the 10 minute set, riding past my running friends a few more times. I put my leg fatigue to the back of my mind and pushed myself beyond where I thought I could.
After my speed set I cruised along the waterfront to Victoria Point and on to the bakery where my running friends had met for their post-run social. I joined in and caught up with some friends, which was delightful.
On my ride home I totally bonked. I hadn’t eaten breakfast before I set off so my body ran out of fuel. It was difficult to continue my ride but I hung in there and enjoyed the last part of my ride until I got home.
Total: 43.49km @ 27.5kph.