The last day of this challenge and finished it off with an 18 mile cycle around Ardfert,Barrow, Fenit and back to Tralee via The Spa.
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The second last day of the challenge and finally some break in the weather for a change. Took out the mountain bike and headed for Ardfert, The Spa before heading back to Tralee with a total of 12.5 miles on the clock.
Another wet day but still managed to get 28 miles in. Legs felt strongest today since hte Ring of Kerry spin and some life seems to be coming back into them. Went in the direction fo Farranfore, Ballyfinnane and home with a strong breeze at my back from Castlemaine.
Day 27 and the wet weather couldn’t dampen my need to go for a spin today. Ended up with 21 miles of mostly quiet north Kerry roads and most of it in the rain. I took the mountain bike as it bothers me less if that gets wet as opposed to being on a racing bike and I feel safer on it on wet roads. Today’s route was Ardfert Ballyheigue, Kilmoyley and back Home via Ardfert.
Hard to imagine it’s day 25. This morning’s 15 miles spin bought me in the direction of Abeydorney before heading back towards Ardfert and back into Tralee. Other than nearly getting run over in Abbeydorney by some lunatic behind the wheel I enjoyed it.
Woke up this morning with tireder legs than expected as they felt good yesterday evening after 106 miles but the night’s recovery had not improved them. Under normal circumstances the feet would be up for the day but at this stage I just got on the bike. 11 miles of very easy pedalling around Tralee town on the mountain bike. No land speed records broken today but another day down.
Today was day 23 and what better way to spend it than cycling around the Ring of Kerry as part of the 28th Annual Ring of Kerry Cycle. Was a little apprehensive as to how the legs would hold after 22 days cycling in a row but I do think that the mileage in the legs made the event that bit even more enjoyable. I was cycling it with some buddies so was taking it pretty easy for the day in general. The morning was a little bit dull but dry. I was astounded at the numbers involved and found it really difficult to get a parking spot in the morning even though I though I knew all the “good spots”.
Really enjoyed the entire day with the highlights either being a pint of beer shandy in An Siopa Dubh in Castlecove about half way around the Ring or else the Jacuzzi at the end of a long day’s cycling.
Day 22 and the final day before the Ring of Kerry so took easy. Headed off for an early morning spin whilst the weather held in the direction of Ardfert, The Spa before heading back to Tralee. Legs feel good and looking forward to tomorrow’s spin.
Day 21 and this evening was a supposed relaxed spin with the club. Setting out with the best of intentions to take it easy does not guarantee that it will remain so. From a gentle start some of us got impatient and headed off for some lively cycling. Ended up with a nice 31 miles this evening. Left Tralee and headed off towards Farranfore and Castleisland and back to Tralee. Tomorrow will be an easy day before the Ring of Kerry on Saturday.
Today was the Kerry Time Trial Championship which was organized by Killorglin Cycling Club in association with www.ibike.ie and starting in Tralee. It was 20K and the same route as the Kerry Time Trial League, so from Ballycarthy Roundabout to Castleisland and back. There were 19 starters and I was off in position number 8. The outward journey had the wind to my back and the first 10K was covered in 14 minutes but turning at the roundabout for the return was a real eye opener with a cold and lively breeze straight into my face. I really suffered on the way home and ended up with a time of 33:46 for the 20K and ended up finishing mid table. A bit disappointing considering my last time (33:04) but I am happy that every ounce of energy was left on the road and I could not have given any more.