Friday, 2 July 2010
Felt pretty good for the majority of the day but the heat hit me in the last 90 minutes and I was also low on energy, it's really hard to eat enough when riding in these sorts of temperatures and I have never had a problem eating enough before! All I could do was keep plugging away and in due course arrived in Spa which seems a really nice town, though there is no chance to explore.
I've added things up and in total today I drank about 7-9 litres of fluid, a mixture of water and energy drinks and I still ended up dehydrated, I can't really see how I can drink more! All I can do is try to make up the difference back at the hotel.
So, all that said, though this has been a very difficult day, the 3 cat 3 climbs at the end will I am sure keep the pros entertained when they reach them. The main thing is, difficult though this has been so far, I'm really pleased I'm having a go at it and I'll do all I can to keep going. A guy in a garage said that the forecast is for it to get cooler, I really hope that's right.
Extremely hot, 35 degrees with a wind that was rarely favourable and felt like a fan heater.
Ride Time: 10:55 hh:mm
Ride Distance: 124.1 miles
Average Heart Rate: 129bpm
Average Speed - True: 11.35mph