Thursday, 23 October 2014

23/10/2014

Commute:
For a change, I ordered a pot of finely flavoured earl grey, and one of mild oolong. I told the waiter I wanted a to enjoy the subtle teas.

D: 6.0km
A: 43m

PMPW: 87kg

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

22/10/2014

5:45am NRR Long:
I lay in bed after my alarm went off at 5, working out if I'd told anyone I would be at the ride, working out if I'd done enough training yesterday and over the weekend to be able to explain away not riding today. After a few moments, it was a single thought that got me up and going.

"You never regret going."

With a slightly more awake brain it's obvious that it doesn't hold true in all situations, but it did today, and it was the difference between action and inaction. For that reason, those few moments flat on my back with a HR of around 55bpm, were just as important as the 8 minutes I spent on Canadian Bay and Two Bays rds with a HR soaring past 180bpm.

There were some good legs in the bunch today, but a mix of upcoming races (Grafton-Inverell) or lack there of, meant there weren't too many being aggressive on the front. Bensley, well... he was worth several men this morning. He attacked on every single climb, forcing riders to ask themselves questions. I asked a couple of questions of myself, and mostly the answers were drool filled mumbling.

Strava link.

D: 93.4km
A: 513m

Commute:
Some folks at work needed a tender delivered to the CBD pronto. So with great delight I volunteered to get it there personally. Little did they know, I'd also planned to live out some minor cycling related fantasies.

For a brief few moments, I was a pro rider, as I totes got paid to bum around on two wheels. While I didn't do any mad skids, and my fixed gear bicycle is equipped with a hand operated brake (which I used), I still nodded to all the couriers I saw, an act of camaraderie. Basically I was just a walky talky, front rack, massive messenger bag, many tattoos, disdain for traffic laws, and an actual job with a delivery company away from being the envy of several 2007 hipsters .

D: 19.1km
A: 231m

PMPW: 88kg

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

21/10/2014

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

Commute:
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

20/10/2014

Commute:
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

19/10/2014

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

18/10/2014

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

17/10/2014

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

Commute:

D: 8.3km
A: 62m

PMPW: 89kg