Well the day came around for my usual Wednesday ride but today was different as I was allowed to ride my husbands Giant TCR Advanced 3!
For the last six months I have been riding my Mountain bike with road tyres, it has served me well on my weekly rides and got me round my first Bupa Challenge back in January and I do still love it.
I did not want to stray too far from home on my first ride so I thought an up and back routine would be a good start on roads I know and where help can be easily sort it I get stuck or stack it.
First job was to move the seat height with that done I started a very wobbly rode down to Moana. I had to spend a few minutes figuring out which way to change the gears up and down. Next challenge I had was trying to signal to the traffic that I wanted to turn at junctions, I was very wobbly to start with.
The headwind was terrible and very nearly stopped but I thought actually this is loads easier than riding my MTB so I will keep persevering and see if I can be more comfortable on the bike. My garmin was playing up a bit but I could still see I was moving faster than I normally would do into a head wind.
At Moana I thought this is going really well and thought I would have a go at strava segment Moana, esplanade north to Port Noarlunga. I pushed hard but not full on all the way back to the river having to slow down behind a car on the downhill. Time to turn around and do it all again, into the head wind I just settled into a gentle ride back down to Moana again.
At Moana for the second time the Garmin lost satellites and shut down got it going again but I did not know that it was not recording. This time I wanted to really attack the segment and see how fast I could go, pushing harder all the way. Glancing down at the garmin I was really surprised at how fast I was going and really hoped I had recorded a good time.
It turns out I have beaten a few of my fellow club riders and also my husband - do you think he will lend me his bike again?
Took a minute and half off my previous best on the MTB, I know I had a good tailwind but that can't be all of it can it? I can't wait to be allowed out again on it. It will be my bike of choice until I have saved up the dollars for my own.