Sunday, 26 February 2017


St Kilda East - Mt Pleasant - Nathans - St Kilda East:
Nathan Rd is a monster. The Strava segment for it is even called "Nathan's Rd Monster". On a good day it's 40 odd seconds of 1,000W, but today wasn't a good day, gravity was especially strong and my arms especially weak in their attempts to provide leverage to my legs.

It seems simple in hindsight, obvious even... but the best way to get to Nathan Rd, is to turn left at Nathan Rd. We however went straight, meaning there was no momentum to carry in, instead we came at it from the side and carried precisely zero momentum. Ahead of us was a wall that seemed to curl to an over vert steepness at the top.

Bad words were said. Mail was delivered.

Strava link.

D: 78.9km
A: 1,271m

PMPW: 90kg

Saturday, 25 February 2017


The tiny Canadian thinks I'm a procrastinator... but really... it's more of a hobby.

PMPW: 90kg

Friday, 24 February 2017


All of a sudden it's very dark in the morning. Even on a normal work day, there's a moment after my alarm goes off where I am convinced I somehow set it wrong and it's 3am.

Soon enough it will be the norm, soon enough I'll savour watching the sun rise over the horizon. Not yet though, I'm too tired for that now because I feel like I woke up at 3am.

D: 16.4km
A: 230m

PMPW: 89kg

Thursday, 23 February 2017


St Kilda East - Yarra trails - Carlton:
When CyclingTips started it was about tips for cyclists to make them better cyclists. I like that idea, and often wonder what I could contribute along that vein.

I consider frivolous things like "rules" for sock lengths, I've even typed out a few words on products that I think are worth their purchase price. What I think would have the most value, is also the hardest to achieve, and even harder to communicate. It's mindsets, and how to achieve them. The main mindset I think about is the willingness to hurt. The place you go to where pain is an inconsequential by product of being awesome.

Today I wondered about flow. About that place where you and your bike are one, and turns, berms and bumps are delights of centripetal force... today I wondered about the mindset of flow because I completely and utterly lacked it.

Strava link.

D: 20.9km
A: 224m


D: 8.4km
A: 29m

PMPW: 88kg

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


I've had a few moments where I get caught up in thoughts of what I do should I not be able to get comfortable on the bike again. The scope of which is pretty broad given how riding bikes has intertwined with and become the backbone of my life and identity.

There are totally times when it seems like to big a concept to consider, and too hard a prospect to face, so I was drawn to an article on The Age about sports people and depression post retirement.

The point I took from it... the comment that stood out most as important was "You need something to retire to, not something to retire from."

This is not a cry for help, it's thoughts written out. It's thinking about those thoughts and other thoughts which will be thought through thubsequently.

D: 16.6km
A: 90m

PMPW: 89kg

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


Ricktastic Tuesdays:

A post shared by Neil Robinson (@entyr) on

Strava link.

D: 48.1km
A: 611m


D: 8.5km
A: 23m

PMPW: 89kg

Monday, 20 February 2017


I'm currently planning on trying to get in 2-4 rides this week, to allow for some time on the new saddle and to respect the fit process, then go lift weights or crossfit or golf or something that lets my gooch rest.

Even the noseless Adamo isn't riding bliss, so I figured I need to reduce the saddle hours for a while, and find some other exercise fun. I've gone as far as turning off my Strava weekly and yearly cycling goals, as seeing them just reminds me I'm not riding as much as I used to.

D: 16.8km
A: 158m

PMPW: 89kg