Sunday, 24 May 2015


Vegemite chocolate review:
So Cadbury, the chocolate company, seems be be experimenting with new flavours and/or cross market malarky at the moment. Don't know what I'm talking about? Chocolate with Vegemite. Yep, sounds odd... but oddly appealing... but really odd.

See, this is where I'm here to help you, to buy a 200g block and eat it. Not only that, eat it as race food, and evaluate it's performance in a performance setting. This blog is about riding bikes after all!

I've never reviewed chocolate or yeast extract spread before, but I've eaten more than my fair share, so I'm going to go ahead and give myself the nod to carry on with a review of a combined product.

The first thing you should know is that it's not just chocolate and vegemite, no, it's chocolate, caramel and vegemite. Put another way, it's choclate with a salted caramel centre. Sounds a lot more appealing now doesn't it?

I'd go so far as to say it tastes good. I gave a try to quite a few people, and even the tiny Canadian (who is staunchly anti-vemegite) agreed it's not bad, and at best/worst it only has a hint of vegemite at the end of the palate.

So how's it go as race food?

Well sadly I didn't get to finish off yesterday's race, but even by the time my front tyre ceased to love me, I was feeling like the sugar high was waning. I was feeling pretty happy though, so it's possible that the extra (added) B vitamins of the vegemite were bouying my mood more than normal. So I reckon that's an advantage over cramming a regular block chocolate in your face before a VO2 smash fest.

PMPW: 84kg

Saturday, 23 May 2015


Rush shop ride:
I wanted to get a few kms this morning, but not destroy myself. I figured I'm racing today, but that the race isn't the be all and end all, so some extras would be good.

Anyway, the easiest option was ye olde shoppe, with some turns in the faster group on the way back.

DK was out, and making sure everyone got an extra workout each timed they rolled through. He was taking great pleasure from holding the pace high each turn, to ensure everyone had to really work to get over the top of him.

Strava link.

D: 61.2km
A: 229m

Dirty Deeds CX:
I rode across town to the Brunswick velodrome, and pinned on a number for a grade. Other than a general Pepe Lepew strategy, it was all I'd planned and hoped for the arvo.

I let most people through at the start, and then after a couple of laps to settle in, I started to work my way through the field. With so many hairpin turns bunted into the grass inside and outside the velodrome it wasn't always easy.

By about 3/4 of the way in, I'd finally got myself past big Al from My Mountain, I knew Russ Collette was ahead somewhere and had begun to review where on the course I could make up time, and how best to manage the first signs of cramps in my quads.

Sadly that's as far as my racing went. Over the back towards the club house I suddenly found myself on the deck, my front tyre burped of all it's air.

The results say I was in 10th at the time, around 4 minutes off the pace. I think I miiight have been able to push on for 9th, and that's kind of cool. That's me not only riding semi competetively, but also my brain thinking about competing. It gives me confidence to hurt a little more and to race a little more.

Strava link.

D: 51.9km
A: 256m

PMPW: 85kg

Friday, 22 May 2015


Reverse Burbs:
I simultaneously remember this ride as 100% having a chat, and 100% half wheeling shenanigans. Obviously they're mutually exclusive, and they're equally probable given I was riding with Ricky... so I'm really not sure what the story is here. The best I can come up with is there was some kind of compromise, but that doesn't sound like Rick and I riding together at all!

The route for the morning was ye olde burbs loop in reverse. Maybe trying to remember all the descents from years ago when I last rode the bunch was what's causing the uncertainty of how we rode.

After some eggs and a couple of coffees I rolled home. I got myself over to the boulevard, I figured it would make a nice quiet route, but it was only when I was on it that I remembered if you pass Yarra St, you go up Yarra St.

Strava link.

D: 53.5km
A: 947m

PMPW: 85kg

Thursday, 21 May 2015


St Kilda East - Mordialloc - St Kilda East:
I feel like I'm struggling to hold decent cadence at the moment, maybe it's that I wasn't pushing hard on the pedals today, maybe its that I've been doing more riding and am tired. Whatever the reason, 80rpm was my happy place.

Strava link.

D: 51.6km
A: 230m

PMPW: 85kg

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


Today was the a day for CX bikes on the Belgie, as the birthday boy Pikey demonstrated best when he fishtailed his road bike up the single track climb up to Pony club.

The CX protagonist was Bing, he was hard up the cobbled Ivanhoe alleys, and again up the afoer mentioned single track climb. I did what I could to stay near him, but always had a sense that at any second he could choose to ride away.

*this is totes Dusty's photo*

The high heart rate bits aren't what stick most with me from today though. What sticks was the tiny, greasy, singletrack descent after they alleys. Bing hit it first and though I was on his wheel at the start, he had comprehensively gapped me by the bottom. Adding this question about line choice/over braking/cornering ability to concerns about my fitness, it paints a painful picture of what is to come at DDCX this Saturday.

Strava link.

D: 55.9km
A: 504m

PMPW: 85kg

Tuesday, 19 May 2015


Intervals - Sufferfest There is no try:
Strava premium comes with a few Sufferfest vids (thank's Leigh for the reminder), and I've heard good things, so instead of another 5x5, or ladder, I decided to give "There is no try" a shot.

I've gotta say, I struggled with it.

The issue was what power/intensity to be going at at any given moment. Sure, there were instructions stating stuff like 7/10 (on a perceived effort scale), but I was never sure if it meant go at 70% of what I could do for the duration, or 70% of my max TT effort, or 70% of my sprint. In other words, I longed for power figures to go on.

I may pre-calculate some power numbers in the future, but that takes away from the simplicity of just looking at one place (the screen). Maybe with time I'll learn the required levels, in the mean time, I need another coffee.

Strava link.

PMPW: 87kg

Monday, 18 May 2015


Recovery roll:
This is going to sound crazy, but hear me out.

Riding at lunchtime is actually pretty good, especially when the sun is out.

Crazy right? Yeah, well today I rode sans arm warmers, sans gillet, sans gloves, sans leg warmers, and sans hat. Yep, just bibs and a jersey, and it was amazing.

Strava link.

D: 50.7km
A: 198m

PMPW: 86kg