Tuesday, 21 October 2014


6am NRR:
I think it was slow today, or I'm tired, but I worked turns all the way south and my HR stayed pretty low.

The only time it passed threshold on the way back was when I tried to 1 man the Blackrock-Sandi hill. It wasn't a convincing effort, and Dave Tozer roller over me a bit past half way.

Not a very exciting bunch of words, and I suppose that's fair as it wasn't an eventful ride. Coffee on the other hand was an event worth getting out of bed for.

Strava link.

D: 45.8km
A: 177m

I cut a few sneaky lunchtime lake laps with the tiny Canadian. I tried to keep the pace fast enough that there was a breeze, but easy enough that I didn't sweat too much.

D: 21.6km
A: 110m

PMPW: 88kg

Monday, 20 October 2014


Somewhere between my commute home on Friday arvo, and the one today, they made the hill from St Kilda rd up High st steeper and longer.

It's fair to say, that I feel tired today, but despite CBFs I still had to get on the foam roller before bed and work on my ITB so that I'll be functional tomorrow for Northy.

D: 7.6km
A: 21m

PMPW: 88kg

Sunday, 19 October 2014


St Kilda East, Blairgowrie, St Kilda East:
There were 3 things vying for the coveted title of "hardest things about today".

Firstly, getting to the start of this ride at 5am was definitely not easy.

Secondly, hanging on when Dom got bored and laid out watts on the front gave my recent power numbers a good nudge.

Finally, setting tempo between rounds of Dom destruction, into the northerly insistent on shoving every piece of pollen in victoria into my eyes and up my nose, was taxing too.

The ride was a joint venture between AMG Berwick and Rush. They provided a couple of hundred black clad riders up for an adventure. We provided a few dozen pink clad riders to help make that happen, and happen happily. Like the regular Saturday morning shop ride, there were different speed groups, to allow for a range of abilities.

I set out first with the fastest group bound for Blairgowrie and a cooked 2nd breakfast. I had my nose in the wind for most of the trip from Frankston down, then all the way back. Our little bunch of happy riders got split up by the kick of Olivers, so I rode with a few of those that got tailed off until breakfast. After some eggs, bacon and a coffee, we set our little group back out onto the road and into the headwind. Dom was obviously the strongest rider, at times dragging a ragged single file line of riders down the road, so he stayed on the front for all bar a few kms before Mordi. I put myself next to him as often as traffic (cars and cyclists), and my legs allowed.

Strava link.

D: 175.8km
A: 888m

CE: 1/2

PMPW: 88kg

Saturday, 18 October 2014


Hell Ride:
I felt pushed during the very middle and the very end of the Helly today, and both were times when I was on the front. Otherwise I felt pretty relaxed about it all, and that's a confidence building experience.

It was Olivers and the subsequent rollers that made me happiest. I was able to chase down a break and drop everyone up Olivers, and then helped a small group stay clear through to Mt Eliza. CJ Fuller was the dude who attacked first on Olivers, and after waiting for others to cover it, I took it upon myself to get up to him and another, then clear over the top.

A last minute decision on the run into Ricketts saw me put myself at the aid of Lach from Artisan for the sprint, pushing the wind and the pace from before the final right hander into Black Rock to around 200m to go. It was a good chance to think about and practice a continual increase of speed until the final drop off.

In summary, it was a top morning weather wise, there was no naughtiness in (my part of) the bunch, and couple of solid efforts for my legs. All that's left is to try and

Strava link.

D: 95.5km
A: 401m

PMPW: 90kg

Friday, 17 October 2014


St Kilda East - Albert Park Lake - St Kilda East:
I'm not saying that rolling a few easy laps of the lake, then having a couple of coffees on Chapel st, before finally going home for a further two coffees was a mistake... but I had a shorter attention span than a goldfish on meth, while at work this morning.

Strava link.

D: 21.7km
A: 113m


D: 8.3km
A: 62m

PMPW: 89kg

Thursday, 16 October 2014


You know you're on the early morning bandwagon when getting up at 6:30am to stretch feels like a super sleep in. Granted the tiny Canadian might not fully agree with those thoughts, but this is my blog, she can write her thoughts on hers!

D: 7.0km
A: 45m

PMPW: 86kg

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


I rolled into this one with a poor mental attitude, and in return my body never wanted to party. I sat on the front until Southland, a move motivated by wanting to be near the front, and not wanting to be the jerk who rolls up and pushes in at 5th wheel. After Southland I didn't get further forward than 3rd wheel until there was 900m to go in the ride (to BP).

I probably should have validated the first idea up there before typing it out, but it's done now, I'm 4-5 lines later and there's no going back. I suppose it's not really a bad thing that I had an easier day in a week that I've designated as one where I want to take it easier. I had a vision of having less hard days, but still going moderately hard on those days, and I guess that's where the poor attitude thing comes from. On a micro level (individual rides), I thought I should be going hard, on a macro level (the week as a whole), I feel it should be easy.

Strava link.

D: 44.1km
A: 151m

In other news, I'm told that today is ride to work day. Coming off the end of northy I joked about walking to work. I rode, you know... because walking is silly, and was surprised that there was less evidence of people riding to my office building than on normal days.

On a micro level that's good for me, as I got a bike park. On a macro level it's a worry, Steve puts it best "more people on more bikes is more better.".

D: 6.9km
A: 36m