Tuesday, 1 September 2015


Ricktastic Tuesday:
It was at the final corner of Pony Club that I simultaneously discovered that I'd successfully dropped everyone... and remembered that I was going to take it a bit easier today.

Strava link.

D: 53.1km
A: 655m


D: 12.3km
A: 51m

PMPW: 86kg

Monday, 31 August 2015


Today has featured an odd mental shift. The the past yearish the scale in my bathroom has been showing a lower and lower number when I've stepped on it after my morning poo. While I knew I'd lost some power, it a little re-assuring to think my power to weight wasn't suffering to badly.

Today on a whim, I chucked on the 20kg and 40kg kettlebells to see if things were iffy, and they were. So now I'm working to remember that the most important metric is time on the climb.

D: 28.9km
A: 120m

PMPW: 87kg

Sunday, 30 August 2015


St Kilda East - Mt Pleasant - Warrandyte - Park Orchards - St Kilda East:
I struggled today, partially with being tired from yesterday, mostly with my over competetive nature.

You see, I started the day by stating I'd just sit in, let others set the pace, and just chat with my mates. Instead, the second someone picked up the pace, or god forbitd attack, I was out in the wind, making sure I was part of the action.

Strava link.

D: 87.5km
A: 1,327m

PMPW: 83kg

Saturday, 29 August 2015


St Kilda East - Iron Bark - Mine - Christian - Flat Rock - St Kilda East
A couple of pints of white rabbit dark ale last night meant I slept very poorly, waking every hour or two to feel both the need to drink more water, and the need to pee. To make my morning even more foreboding, Ryan had pulled out, meaning it'd be just me and Dusty rolling hills.

Don't get me wrong, I like Dustin, he's a nice bloke, carries his end of the conversation well, and laughs at all the right points in my stories. The issue is, we're still not sure which of us is fitter at the moment. Riding without Ryan to temper our efforts, I feared it'd be a half wheeling, threshold smashing affair, not what I wanted after a crummy sleep.

Thankfully we ran into a group of Dusty's mates, and formed a little group to roll out through Nutfield, before turning back home via Hurstbridge and Eltham. Dusty and I even managed to keep ourselves mostly in check, though on the ramps of Flat Rock there was some solid work being done to try and shake the other loose.

While there's still some doubt as to the answer of who's faster (neither of us was fresh), the one blatantly outstanding question from the day is why didn't I do another 300m to make it a round 100km?!

Strava link.

D: 99.7km
A: 1,585m

PMPW: 83kg

Friday, 28 August 2015


Recovery roll:
The boys must have read the forecast or heard the rain over night, because I had a solo roll this morning.

Strava link.

D: 16.9km
A: 32m


D: 25.2km
A: 102m

PMPW: 83kg

Thursday, 27 August 2015


The weather was so bad this morning that I saw a habanero wearing a beanie. It must have been a little chilli.

D: 24.9km
A: 55m

PMPW: 82kg

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


5:45am NRR long:
I took a step today, and I'm almost as proud of that as I am of where I got to.

The pace wasn't super hard today, Sam Gifford was again being left to do most of the pace making, and it was groupo compacto at the top of Canadian Bay Rd. It was then that I made a decision to take a step. I rolled up to Sam and told him I'd push some air on Two Bays. I didn't want to see him forced to set tempo all day, only to get attacked multiple times by the riders we had with us, and as I started to set tempo, the noise of tyres behind me spoke to just how many riders we had. I decided to do something about that, I decided to thin the herd.

When we reached the numbered houses and Sam rolled through, there was no one left on his wheel, so I dug a bit and took up position behind him, trying to hold down the feelings of deep satisfaction until later. Straussy ended up bridging and putting in a small gap he held to the top, but that didn't affect the grin that was on my face long after my breathing got back under control.

Strava link.

D: 105.8km
A: 528m


D: 12.3km
A: 55m

PMPW: 83kg