Originally, I thought I would be cycling to and from university to make up my 100km on Mondays and Wednesdays (classes started again today for semester 2). But the more I thought about it, the more an early morning seemed like a better option than still being on my bike at 10pm. And what a good decision it turned out to be.
My partner had to get up at 3:30am to go to work so I also rose ridiculously early to hit the road. The first 16km went well until I felt the telltale softening of my rear wheel. It turns out that I didn’t remove a piece of glass embedded in my tire since Saturday. So a quick change and I was off again.
The V1 is a bikeway that runs between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The section south from Beenleigh is fast, flat and fairly quiet in the early hours of the day. The only down side is the disgusting smell of the pet food factory. That just made me ride faster to get past it.
I got about 73km done in 2:40:22, which is fast for me. I rode the final 27km as a slow and steady commute on the Purple Monster.
I discovered today that I’m not eating enough. I felt a bit fatigued at work. I decided to log my food intake for the past two days on MapMyRide.com and found that I’ve got a calorie deficit of about 2,500 calories. No wonder I was a bit tired (not so fatigued that I was worried). So I spent the rest of the day eating lots of food and will continue to do so over the coming weeks.
Cycling for Hope cumulative total: 401.8km
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