Tuesday, 26 August 2014


6am NRR:
I rolled a turn here or there, probably like 3 in total, but the pace was pretty decent and I was getting a reasonable workout just hanging out in gold class. What I did do was use any small gaps, and the BP sprint as a chance to practice holding a low sprint form.

It still feels odd, and after 4-5 pedal strokes the smooth action breaks down and it's a bit pig rooty. I recall Dunny saying for him the sprint stops when the form fails. I believe he is trying to reinforce only the proper behavior, much like how I try and teach track standing (if you're going to fail, pedal out rather than clip out). I might keep that in mind next time, and only sprint for as long as I can sprint smoothly.

Strava link.

D: 47.9km
A: 183m


D: 8.7km
A: 47m

PMPW: 90kg

Monday, 25 August 2014


Ok, so I worked out where I read the piece on childhood sports development that I couldn't remember last Thursday. It wasn't an article, and I didn't read it. It was a Tedx video linked by Carl, and it's worth the 14 minutes of your time to listen to it.

D: 5.8km
A: 35m

PMPW: 90kg

Sunday, 24 August 2014


MTB Shenanigans:
It's very likely that when Steve and I used to ride the Yarra trails on our hardtails regularly, we did so faster than we did today, but that didn't decrease the fun we experienced this morning.

The epic downpour last night just added petrichor to the air, rather than making a boggy mess like we both feared. I doubt we were the only ones to fear a mess either, as we mostly had the run of the place right up until several hours later, when we parked our clean, dry arses at Three Bags for a coffee.

From Steve's instagram.

We rode up and down, in and out, and often found ourselves riding a memory of the tail, rather than what it currently is. Hopping over things that have long since eroded away, and taking lines that have since been replaced by years of paws, feet and wheels. Remembering times when we'd chased world champions past rocks and trees, or fished others (and ourselves) out of the brown Yarra waters.

Strava link.

D: 48.7km
A: 519m

PMPW: 90kg

Saturday, 23 August 2014


Rush Shop Ride:
A slight northerly made the roll down easy, and kept the work home honest.

The trip back with the fast group consisted of rolling turns with Jimbo, Dave Sewell, Ben Abels, and couple of others. I took a couple of sits when I felt over extended, but mostly forced myself to keep moving onto the wheel going forward and putting myself into the wind.

It's a slightly slower ride than Northy,but that means I can spend more time on the front, and that makes it better training stimulus right now.

Strava link.

D: 60.5km
A: 244m

PMPW: 90kg

Friday, 22 August 2014


I used to dream in black and white, though I've since started dreaming in colour. I prefer the latter, though I'll be the first to admit it's just a pigment of my imagination.

PMPW: 90kg

Thursday, 21 August 2014


St Kilda East - Port Melbourne - St Kilda East:
DK wanted an easy roll, and I wanted croissants.

We had a good chat about something Carl first introduced me to, the conundrum of developing good junior athletes. It's a conundrum, because in a super over simplified way you need to push people to be their best, but if you push kids too hard, you end up breaking them, and then you have no kids to push.

As a nation, we've crafted a system that's going to keep chewing up a heap of kids, simply by the nature of how we fund sport. The sports that win world and olympic medals get the funds. So, all the sports academies (AID, VIS, etc) are geared very heavily towards producing gold medal winners.

DK was obviously a product of those institutes, and though he's a phenomenal athlete, and an even harder worker, he's not overly praising of his experiences.

I read an article the other day, and for the life of me, I can't remember where, nor find it with google, about this very topic. About how to shift the focus from winning, which has a lot of negative impact, to something else. Their secret elixir was the phrase "I love watching you play". If you google it, you'll find many people have latched onto it as the fountain of fun. It's not about saying that winning doesn't matter, it's that it's not the most important thing.

Anyway, I think this whole thing is an important topic for people who care about their kids, and/or people who care about their sport.

Strava link.

D: 22.7km
A: 46m


D: 5.6km
A: 33m

PMPW: 89kg

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


Forgive me if I've covered this idea before, but it's been bouncing around my head since a comment Dunny made during crit season. He was talking about practicing sprints, and in my mind it was about the technique, rather than the horsepower of it. Regardless, that's what my thoughts have been about.

I know I generate some decent power numbers for a roadie, though my kick is somewhat muted by my weight, but even taking a kick out of it, I'm often out gunned top speed wise too. So, technique, or more to the point, body position on the bike has been on my mind. I like a short sharp kicker of a hill/sprint, I can generate awesome power numbers, but like a gate start, my torso is pretty upright. At high speeds that cant be doing me any favours.

So, the thought that has been bouncing around in my head, is to practice the low torso sprint. As I ended up being in the leadout position this morning, I didn't get a chance to try, but I did slip in a quick one on my way home. It feels odd, and the power wasn't anything to brag about, but it bears more practice to see if in time it delivers a different sprint outcome.

Strava link.

D: 46.0km
A: 184m


D: 6.7km
A: 21m

PMPW: 90kg