Monday, 28 July 2014

28/07/2014

Commute:
I had a fully unco accident with a car this morning. I was turning right, and they were oncoming, but turning left.

I waited for them to turn and then spotted up the footpath to a local coffee shop I was about to frequent... then looked closed to home and realised the car was stopped dead in front of me and I had no where to go.

I pushed my bike left and tried to roll my momentum over the top of the car, but my quad and wallet thunked into the rear 3/4 panel. The worst thing is, the barrista saw it happen, and now due to shame I'm never going to be able to go back there.

p.s. Voss is the boss.

D: 9.5km
A: 44m

PMPW: 90kg

Sunday, 27 July 2014

27/07/2014

St Kilda East - Port Melbourne - St Kilda East:
It makes me a little sad panda that the only time I get to ride with DK at the moment, is on his recovery days. He's working with Mark O'Brien to get faster, and the gap between his fitness and mine is only going to grow more vast.

That brings up a weird mix of emotions, on one hand you want your mates to do well, on the other, you want to spend time and share experiences with them. Thus, a mix of excitement, and sadness.

Strava link.

D: 22.1km
A: 75m

PMPW: 88kg

Saturday, 26 July 2014

26/07/2014

Total Rush Shop Ride:
I found Youngie and Beggers heading south down Chapel St, so rode with them instead of heading all the way the way up to the shop. When at Mordi they continued on towards Frankston, I flipped and rode north to find the shop ride.

The trip home was solid work into a slight headwind, cold rain. 4-8 of us rolled turns back up to St Kilda where I promptly headed for home and dry clothing.

Not an overly exciting day on the bike, but it turned out to be a good workout, and a shit day on the bike is still better than a good day in the office.

Strava link.

D: 65.9km
A: 250m

PMPW: 89kg

Friday, 25 July 2014

25/07/2014

Rest:
I didn't ride my bike today, but I did catch up on some latest 'research' done by the kids at Specialized in their fancy wind tunnel.

According to the tests they've done, the haircut I got today, is unlikely to make a difference. What I was surprised to find out was that there is actually truth to the idea that shaved legs are faster. Quite a lot faster.

Anyway, check out their youtube channel for videos of their 'experiments'.

PMPW: 88kg

Thursday, 24 July 2014

24/07/2014

St Kilda East - Port Melbourne - St Kilda East:
A nice chatty roll with Bones along the river, past the city to the back of the docks then back around the bay to a few lazy coffees.

Strava link.

D: 11.0km
A: 97m

Commute:

D: 26.3km
A: 116m

PMPW: 90kg

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

23/07/2014

Commute:
I thought I'd had an MRI before, but in hindsight it was a ct scan. Anyway, I found it difficult.

"Difficult?" you ask. Yeah, difficult, I respond in the second person.

So I'm hanging out on a bed in a tube, there's a rough structure around my knee, and I'm listening to JJJ being piped through my headphones. The machine hums away at a range of frequencies and makes my leg feel a bit funny. A few minutes later it stops and the dude in the booth asks me if I'm ok, and tells me they're going to have to scan again because there was too much movement.

I have just about enough time to think "wait, i didn't think i moved at all" before the process starts again. At which point my world collapses into the concept of my leg, and how much it is and isn't moving. It becomes a disconnected concept from the rest of me.

"Just relax, if you feel a pulsing sensation, don't worry you're not moving, just try not to work against it"  I'm told.

My leg is a pulsating blob of disconnected, wobbly jelly. I'm reminded of report primary school teachers telling my parents I have difficulty sitting still.

An eternity, and a mere moment of time later and it's over, and I have no idea if the $300 I shelled out has resulted in a clear image of what's going inside the joint between my femur and tib/fib. I wont know until my follow up with the sports doc in a week or two.

D: 5.3km
A: 34m

PMPW: 89kg

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

22/07/201

6am NRR:
Yep, 6am. The Jens led realizations I had last Tuesday about fear, and the reasons for not doing 6am, pretty much left me no choice but to roll myself and my new aero tubed road bike down for the big boys ride.

In reality, I should never have stopped, because as Boomtime said somewhere around Southland. "I love this ride"

Anyway, as for the actual ride, I made it through, managing to pull an accidental turn, and a couple of intentional ones.

Strava link.

D: 46.7km
A: 211m

Commute:

D: 6.9km
A: 40m

PMPW: 90kg