So, my new toy for my bike is cheap little speedometer. We picked it up from Halfords yesterday, and Mr Tuna set it up on the bike for our trip out today.
[As an aside, I was supposed to be getting a remedial ride with one of the coaches from the tri club today, but he was too busy. Until I get that, I don't think I am exactly encouraged to go out with the "beginners" ride, so I had to persuade Mr Tuna to take me out. Actually, he offered. I feel guilty about needing him to take me out, but I'm just not confident enough on my own. On the plus side, I didn't get as irritable as I sometimes do so he said that he really enjoyed today. And on the double plus side, because I have plans for Sat and Sunday next week he could do TWO rides on his own next weekend if he wants].
Anyway, it was fascinating to see my pace, and a good incentive to try and keep pedalling hard to hit the numbers. Mostly, going along, my pace seemed to be 13-14mph. I slowed down quite a lot to go up hills (down to about 8-9mph, but I was still moving, and I guess that's faster than walking!), but I speeded up sufficiently fast going down the hills and up the other sides to hit over 20mph a few times. My average pace was 12.9mph; I had pushed it very hard though, and I need to be able to maintain that pace for twice the distance that I covered on Sunday (29 miles...).
I can definitely improve my average pace too as I noticed a big drop off in pace for going round corners and approaching junctions (probably don't need to brake quite so much so soon) and I still brake going down hills. Although less. I need to get to first the stage where I don't brake going down hills and then to the stage where I pedal as wel!