Thursday, 30 October 2014

30/10/2014

Rest:
I was going to write about the pencil I broke today, but it was pointless.

PMPW: 89kg

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

29/10/2014

Commute:

D: 5.2km
A: 48m

HCC Crit:
It's never a good sign when after finding out it's your first week back racing, that people giggle. Right up until that point I was in a calm and stable mental place, I knew it was going to hurt, but it was what I had to do. Post giggles, I was nervous. Had I underestimated how much pain I'd be going through?

In the end though, I did about what I expected. I hurt, I made it to the end of the race, I did a tiny bit of work.

The power data suggests the demands were on par with racing last year, with heart rate matching some of the harder races. This means I am down a little bit aerobically, which is about where I thought I was. The upside is, if I can get that extra aerobic ability back, I will be able to mix it in the race more, rather than a half hearted break, and a final lap effort to try and bring back the break for Adrian Jackson.

Strava link.

D: 47.9km
A: 500m

PMPW: 87kg

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

28/10/2014

6am NRR:
With a race tomorrow night, and no riding on the weekend, I felt it best to get some hurt in this morning. Sitting at the very back of the bunch talking with Boomtime wasn't the answer, so after we'd exchanged pleasantries, I rolled myself all the way to the front and pulled a few turns.

I don't recall when, but a little time later, I made myself a rule for the ride, and given how well it served me, might need to go into the playbook. Any time my HR was 160bpm (or lower), I had to go to the front. If I was 2nd wheel... to the front. If I was 30th wheel... to the front, and perhaps consider not being soft and drifting so far back next time.

This rule gave me some good moments, including a turn from mid pack as we came around the bend in Mentone towards Rickets. I was holding a solid 450W with only a few wheels left to cover when we reached the right hander back into the wind. 450W became 650W and those last few wheels seemed like a herculean task to cover. It got the hurt in alright.

Strava link.

D: 43.8km
A:186m

Commute:

D: 11.5km
A: 114m

PMPW: 87kg

Monday, 27 October 2014

27/10/2014

Commute:
The worst part of this morning's commute was convincing myself to do it. Once rolling it was actually pretty fun. Cars drivers were slowing to a crawl, and loosing their minds.

If I was on a bike with full fenders,  I probably would have extended my gloating route.

D: 6.5km
A: 30m

PMPW: 88kg

Sunday, 26 October 2014

26/10/2014

Rest:
If they were important enough for old cowboys to write the song 'Get along little doggy', I wonder why sausage dogs didn't feature more in their films.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

25/10/2014

Rest:
Alright, the forecast for next week is starting to firm up, I think it's time to publically commit myself to a course of action, to give myself no wiggle room, and ensure that it comes to pass.

I'm going to race HCC's crit next Wednesday night (29/10/2014), in A grade.

Friday, 24 October 2014

24/10/2014

Rest:
I'm sure I've asked this question before, but it bears repeating, as I've never really come to a satisfactory answer.

If a ride happens without any form of data tracking... did it really happen?

PMPW: 87kg