meic wrote:That sounds pretty normal for me whilst in town. As a cyclist you find it improves your ability to be in a safer position if you apply full power for short bursts on a frequent basis. You really get into the swing of it.
Then when I get back out to the countryside it is more sedate but relentless.
I suspect that leaping straight into that sort of commuting from nothing may be problematic.
I've been commuting a few days a week since late September but had much of November away from cycling. I can choose not to embrace racing taxis and buses by going through a park but tend to prefer to use roads tbh. For about two miles I reckon I am faster than any car across Cardiff without pavement riding or jumping lights whether on the Brompton or my Dawes Clubman but when the roads open up I tend to back off.
A lot of my older role models have been very sedentary or gentle in their exercise so even being able to do what I can at the moment (50 miles commuting, 70 miles rides this week) has opened my eyes that I don't need a shawl just yet