Sunday, 21 September 2014


St Kilda East - Frankston - Rosanna - St Kilda East:
I had a ride with Rush this morning, a dry run of one in a few weeks time. After a couple of piccolo lattes at the shop cafe, I rolled out with 100ish boys and girls to Frankston. The massive bunch inevitably, naturally, and thankfully split up, leaving me to sit on the front of a manageable group of peddlers through to Frankston.

For the trip back to St Kilda, we split the bunch like the shop ride, a fast bunch out front, and slower riders to follow. I went with the quicker one, and from Mordi onwards sat on the front again, but this time without a tailwind to take the sting out of the legs.

Ride done, and a 3rd coffee consumed, I went the opposite direction of home. I had medical orders to work on my tan lines, and DK was heading off for extras, so I rolled North with him to extend my time in the sun.

Strava link.

D: 140.4km
A: 701m

PMPW: 88kg

Saturday, 20 September 2014


St Kilda East - Mine - Church - Flatrock - Nicholas - St Kilda East:
During the week, Jimmy and I went back and forth before finally agreeing on a route, only to go and change it as we rode today. It seems that Helmuth von Moltke's thoughts apply to even a friendly roll in the hills. No ride plan survives first contact with the bitumen.

We worked our way out past Diamo, before doing a bit of a lumpy loop around Hurstbridge. Mostly the pace was held at a pace that left us able to chat, but I used Church rd, and the Pony Club climb to stretch out the legs and see how my body would respond. It hurt, but mostly it all just reminded me of all the different times, with all the different people, that I've spent on these roads. Jim and I had many moments laughing at the pain and suffering we'd inflicted and had inflicted on the places we past.

Strava link.

D: 109.1km
A: 1,777m

PMPW: 88kg

Friday, 19 September 2014


I didn't want to do a Friday Northy for a couple of reasons. It'd but up against the weekend, making it 3 days in a row and I don't like messing with the TT riders gig. I obviously got past those reasons, and went anyway, because the weather had stopped me the past few days, and damn it, I needed to ride!

Strava link.

D: 45.6km
A: 175m


D: 9.4km
A: 47m

PMPW: 88kg

Thursday, 18 September 2014


I had an odd day, and I was getting ready to go home, half wishing that I didn't live so close.

I realised that I don't have to go straight home, and that Albert Park Lake is right there, ready to offer 15 minutes of continuous pedalling, and thus mental space for thoughts to melt away into nothingness. So, that's what happened, I rolled over the road, and started out slowly. Then a roadie went past, and I chased them, and somewhere between trying to spin my 74" gear, and dodging swan poo, the issues I'd had dissolved, leaving a much clearer mental space in their wake.

D: 10.5km
A: 149m

PMPW: 88kg

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


So after many mornings of sitting on the bog reading it, I've finally finished the RACGP paper on vitamin D testing and levels.

In short, most tests read low, and as such 50 is probably an ok reading to have.

That's not great news, because if vitamin D deficiency wasn't an issue, then I'm back to having no course of action to correct an annoying issue that's now into it's 4th month.

Next up this National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) paper. In the meantime, oral vitamin D supplementation, and operation 'sky's out, thighs out' continue.

D: 5.5km
A: 42m

PMPW: 88kg

Tuesday, 16 September 2014


6am NRR:I'm glad I got out this morning, but the truth of the matter is, the only reason I got up, was because there are no coffee beans at home. Once on the bike, that was all irrelevant, I was ready to pull some turns and feel some pain.

There was still some leginess from the weekend's hikes, but what I felt the most was the soreness in my feet. I'd put that down to the pedal action using different muscles, or the same muscles in different ways, but feet being a standard contact point.

I pulled a couple of turns on the way down, and a couple on the way back. Nothing to set the world alight, but a slight increase in the work I've done in the previous few editions. Then, as we came through Brighton, I tried to organise to chick the bunch with a BikeBug-NextGen rider who'd been chopping off all morning. It was not to be, but I enjoyed the process of finding a specific rider, and trying to deliver them smoothly to the finish.

Strava link.

D: 45.7km
A: 177m


D: 9.6km
A: 33m

PMPW: 89kg

Monday, 15 September 2014


I'm pretty darn happy that my knee gave me zero grief during, or since the 7ish hours of hiking over the weekend. I know I can't get ahead of myself and throw in a 15 hour week and/or 6-7hour Christmas Hills/Arthurs Creek ride, but I do feel that I should increase my efforts a little this week, then maybe ease back a touch next week, and see how things go.

Even just the thought that I might be able to train more has done silly things to my mood. Let's call this Episode IV, A New Hope.

D: 6.6km
A: 21m

PMPW: 89kg