Start of high-end speed work, session of 3x8min efforts. 1st set of 40x20, 2nd set of 30x30, 3rd set of 20x40. Found the recoveries in the first set really short (no surprise), but was able to keep a consistent pace up. Was able to give a good sprint effort for each of the efforts in the last set. Found this surprisingly enjoyable (surprising as was expecting to hate this due to first speed session of the year).
Road cycling tempo 2:08:36 74.97 km (35.0 kph) +511m ahr:144 max:169 shoes: Kinesis Racelight v2
ARCC chaing gang, group 1 tonight. Good group out, and my first in the front group with full roster of riders. Despite the weather being quite intermittent, I was the only 1 on winter bike so at a disadvantage straight away. Took my turns all the way out to Ilkley, but started to suffer on the climb out towards Addingham. Sat on the back for 10mins and started to pull through again as we were leaving Ilkley. Gaps started to appear quite early on the Chevin, and I had to put in a big effort for 30secs to get round and onto the back of the front group of 6. Clung on for dear life at the back and kept up until the final 400m when the wheel in front let a gap grow. Made it to the lights with 10secs to spare, and gave a good go at sharing workload to the end. Pace ramped up after Bramhope and I clung onto the back to at least see the sprint finish. Happy with ride on 1st session with 1st group, hopefully make it more even with summer bike in a fortnight's time. Got caught in rain shower again on the return leg home.