Yesterday, we again decided to do the round Mumbai but taking a detour to Vashi & do a loop over Sion Panvel Highway to add that extra kms to make it a century. The only difference was we decided to take it easy this time & keep a consistent pace...sort of base building ride.
The ride started exactly as we planned, slow & steady with a few fast sections at highway(lap 2), which was blowing us back with strong headwinds...but both of us were riding chatting all the time.
an hr into the ride we hit the Eastern express highway (Lap 3) was a relief from the continuous headwinds, but Prabu suggested something both don't like....a break. we took about five mins to gobble up some water & a chocolates. Thanks to my Gamin we were constantly reminded there was a turn we need to take to Vashi, I for a change didn't want the rain today...but we were welcome with a light drizzle.... it seemed very English
& just about when we were beginning to enjoy, I had a flat. quickly installed the a new tube but the hastiness must have damaged the tube, so had to take Prabu's spare, we got it right this time & pushed ahead. & moments later we were doing 40s on flat road....sort of making up for all the delay ;P. we reached vashi took the U-turn back to the highway, but began searching for a puncture repair shop since we were out of spares...... & just then BAAAAMMMM a loud noise & a blast of air on my face.... Prabu's rear tyre had blown up. Prabu looked in for a Taxi & I thought what to do????. I decided to push ahead & complete the ride...I had to ride about 60kms alone. I tried keeping the consistent pace...again on the express way I was greeted with a drizzle & then with sunshine ;P, past Thane when I hit Godhbunder, my bottle was empty.... took a break of few mins to swap with another bottle & fill it with Electral.
Lap 4 I hit the climb section of the ride.... the last time I was here the avg was 20kmph & I wanted to improve this & decided to push myslef a bit & when i finished the section hitting Lap 5 I was quite happy with myself & knew that i had done better than before, only to later find out how much to my surprise.
But the Lap 5 destroyed the avg due to heavy traffic, because the Police had blocked the road from Bahyander till Dhaisar for some blasted politician. This really bugged me & cause lot of pain in the back from constant cleating-uncleating, I even had to walk a few times our push with one leg. Though I was very frustrated, but I was happy looking at the stats here it is - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/10358066
the split data says it all... http://connect.garmin.com/splits/10358066
Lap 1 - from Start to Wes.Exp.Highway
Lap 2 - WEHg till Sion
Lap 3 - Sion-Vashi-Est.Exp.High
Lap 4 - EEH till Godhbunder Climb section
Lap 5 - Climb section till Bahyander
Lap 6 - Bahyander till End point
This ride was a bit diferrent in many repects but esp the cadence....since I got my FD working, most of my ride was on the 52 ring & it feels really good riding on it. In the end it was a fantastic ride & I'm happy I chose to continue & finish the ride... & we have it on our menu again next Sunday.... hopefully without the jinx