Thursday, 28 July 2016


Given I was once again a Chinese snot breathing dragon on Northy this morning, it seems fitting to continue with the eastern philosophy.

Hinduism, like Buddhism acknowledges desire putting us into a never ending cycle of more desire. When we fulfil it, we move on to the next desire, and to the happiness is fleeting.

"Desire is life, and the reason we desire things is because we are alive. Desire is energy expressing itself. The only way you could get rid of desire would be to get rid of life."

So if you can't give up desire, then we need to by transmuting them, to desire things that are more refined. Instead of desiring just to make ourselves happy, we desire to make our family and friends happy, too.

Right, well, um.... I'm not buying any of you Baums!

Strava link.

D: 52.2km
A: 214m


D: 8.9km
A: 33m

PMPW: 90kg

Wednesday, 27 July 2016


Two commutes diverged at Chapel St, and I
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

D: 22.0km
A: 137m


Tuesday, 26 July 2016


6am NRR:
Buddha's teachings, specifically the four noble truths, are on happiness. They're a road map to understanding how to achieve happiness, and that it lies through understanding suffering in our lives.

According to the teachings, suffering is a natural state of life, but that it can be overcome. Suffering arises from craving, of wants and needs, and by taking a good hard look at our life, and these wants and supposed needs, we can transcend.

I don't think Siddhārtha was thinking about riding bikes, but I bloody well do, and in the moment we rounded the big left at Elwood, and I rolled to the front to bring the NRR train through to the sprint, I contemplated life and the state of suffering. I chose to accept that what I thought I needed (for the pain to stop) was at best a want, and quite irrelevant. Each time that sense of being overwhelmed by the situation arose, I released the tension in my body and mind.

Once I flicked off at Glen Huntly, I had a deep sense of satisfaction. Maybe buddhism does point the way to happiness on the bike. Maybe it's through the realisation that suffering is life, and the acceptance of that suffering into yourself that true happiness is achieved. Maybe.

Strava link.

D: 51.5km
A: 191m


D:  7.9km
A: 15m

PMPW: 90kg

Monday, 25 July 2016


I used to have a soap addiction, but I'm clean now.

D: 16.0km
A: 109m

PMPW: 90kg

Sunday, 24 July 2016


St Kilda East - Iron Bark - Flat Rock - St Kilda East:
It's hard to be serious when the temperature is hovering around zero, it brings an air of ridiculousness to adventuring out in mere layered lycra. We did though, DK, Bing (for a short while) and I. We put a couple of coffees in our face and headed north before any heat started to permeate the day, so that we could get some kms and smiles in before the forecasted rain.

Like last Saturday,the day's agenda revolved around over threshold efforts on any positive gradient, and in DK's words "easy" on the rest. I disagree on his definition of easy as often I found myself pushing the same Watts as yesterday's efforts. At the end of Bannons Lane the clouds forming behind the ridge of Kinglake West suddenly loomed large, so we turned for home, opting to stay warm and dry rather than get in Mine and Christians roads.

There was some fun in the efforts, testing to see if DK was pacing himself appropriately, seeing if I could finish them off harder and maybe slip a wheel in front at the top... that is until I cracked and resorted to an emergency gel on the way home through Kangaroo Ground. The joy though, the happy times, the thing that makes getting on the bike high on my priority list, was rolling through the few laden foot hills of Kinglake. Riding along bubbling brooks, and beside ruby coloured Rosellas. There were sections of grass, hidden in the shadows of ridge lines, that sported frosted tips like a 90s boy band.

Strava link.

D: 95.5km
A: 1,166m

PMPW: 90kg

Saturday, 23 July 2016


1 x 10min E1 (inc 1 x 7sec HCLR)
1 x 5min @ 310W
1 x 5min E1
1 x 20min @ 310W
1 x 5min E1
1 x 20min @ 310W
1 x 10min E1

There were some emotions, but surprisingly the legs did what they were told fairly well. I sat, I span, I sweated, and I watched an hour long replay of last night's tour stage.

I'd love to say there were lessons learnt, or insights into happiness, but it's 70 minutes on a stationary trainer. It's not done for love of riding, it's done for fitness, so I've got nothing.

Strava link.

PMPW: 91kg

Friday, 22 July 2016


A man walks into a bar with his giraffe and proceeds to get it drunk. eventually the giraffe falls over and the man goes to leave. Alarmed, the bar tender shouts out "you can't leave that lying there!", to which he replied "that's not a lion, it's a giraffe".

D: 17.0km
A: 92m

PMPW: 90kg