Decided that they only way to improve the training was to buy a gadget.
So, I am now the proud owner of a garmin cycle computer.
Apparently, it measures altitude, cadence??, distance, time, temperature and speed – Oh and it will also tell me when I have exceeded my max heart rate, but I guess that will be obvious….
Once I work out how to fit it to my bike, I’ll let you know if there is a marked improvement.