7 days no alcohol
I wake up early on Sunday morning and it is Fathers Day!! What better way to start Fathers Day (besides a bacon sandwich) than a nice 80km ride up Paekakariki Hill! I leave early and after last week know that I need to make sure that I have enough food on board. I am feeling a lot better than i have in previous weeks and the last time I did this ride I was nearly cycling on the spot as I was coming up the second to last hill on my way home. The ride out is perfect and I have left reasonably early so there is no traffic on the road. I make my way to the base of Paekakariki hill where I stopped about three weeks ago and continue to ride as I am feeling good. I begin the climb up to the top of the hill (hill in the middle of the picture below) and get into a good rhythm. This is shown by two things, the green line being my cadence (speed of pedals per minute) and the speed itself (blue line). Before I know it I am up at the top of the hill. I have a little break before and a quick bite to eat and take a photo of the beautiful Kapiti Coast before jumping back on the bike and heading down the hill.
As I head down the hill I pass large groups of riders that are heading up and I think for a second and only a second, do I turn around and do it all over again with them...no not this time. I hit the flat and begin the long trek home, again ensuring that again I am constantly eating and drinking. I make it home 17 minutes faster than I have just three weeks ago and put on the Vibram's for a quick 1.25km warm down run before enjoying a nice Fathers day coffee in my Fathers Day mug.