Sunday, 15 October 2017

Week Ending 15/10/2017

The week started with legs barely functional after last Saturday's CF session, I'm going to point my finger at the 180 air squats that got done. Pain wasn't going to stop me getting out for a roll and a coffee on Tuesday (where I tried to push myself and ended up exploding and both metaphorically and physically dribbling to the top of pony club.

Sore legs also didn't stop me from a rolling into the olympic lifting session at CFStK on Wednesday evening. There were only 3 of us and no direct coach, so the vibe was very different to the normal tunes, jokes and heavy thuds. Saturday's Olympic lifing session was all about jerks, with a lot of split jerks prescribed. I so need work on my split jerk. My weight is forward, meaning the back leg isn't doing much of anything, and when the weight starts to feel heavy (around 55kg), I can't even rely on my brain to coordinate a leg to go forwards and the other to go backwards.

I probably could have fit a crossfit session in, maybe two... but after coming home hollow from a ride with Rick and Cam on Sunday, it's hard to argue I have the physical capacity for heaps more. We rolled out in the cool air that lingers for the first few hours post sunrise. We chatted until Bonds Rd, we half wheeled until the end of Mt Pleasant, then I assumed we were turning for a lazy roll home. I was incorrect, as Rick routed us through some lumps on the North/West side of Eltham that left my quads screaming at me, and me whimpering at my stem.

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Week Ending 8/10/2017

There was a few overarching themes of thought this week, firstly trying to manage stress levels because my sleep has been kind of crap. Lifting things or turning the pedals both adds stress to the body, and relieves it from the mind, so I'm never sure weather exercise is the answer, I did it anyway.

I skipped bikes on Tuesday in favour of some clean and jerk practice at CFSTK... but either that or life in general left me with nothing on Wednesday arvo for a snatching session. I doubled up in the gym on Saturday, getting a WOD in before more snatch practice. The WOD left me a bit of a shakey legged dribbling mess, but now that it's done I'm going to say it was fun.

Then suddenly that brings us to Sunday, and the first non commute ride of the week. I rolled to SKCC again and marshalled E, Womens C, and B/D grades. I wasn't super present though, and that's the second idea that's been on my mind this week.

We had a mindfulness session at work, and given my thoughts on stress I figured I'd attend and see if there was anything that gelled. During one of the guided meditation/mindfulness portions we were instructed to imagine a time when we experienced a feeling of calmness. The instructors place was some gorgeous rice paddies in Bali... mine was a combination of physical places that could be summed up as "on the front of a bunch on a hill". Seriously, Pony Club, Iron Bark, Canadian Bay / Two Bays... these were my "happy place".

It makes sense to me though. Those are the times when I choose to be where I am. To be in the moment I'm in. Where everything melts away and all that is left is a process... turning the legs over smoothly. That focus on process rather than results is (to me), a powerful mindset.

So yeah, I don't think I was actively deciding to be in the moment on Wednesday at CFSTK barbell, or on Sunday at SKCC crits. I was there because I knew I should be, but I wasn't engaged in the activity.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Week Ending 1/10/2017

Oh g'day, so yeah, a week worth of stuff to write about.

I got on the bike a couple of times to continue the journal of realising how far my power has fallen in the last year. Tuesday was out for a Rick loop without Rick. Berg is in the same place fitness wise to me, but Waz is still holding onto some athletic ability. Sunday I rolled around SKCC crits as a marshal, and fuck I loved it. Sure my heart rate was way too high for the grades I was with, but it was the advice and assistance to new riders, and the shit talk with old hands that made me grin. My underlying injuries... continue to be a work in progress. My physio has given me some tools to alleviate the symptoms, but it's a bit like when I first got patella tendinitis, diagnosing a tight ITB is great... but what's causing the tight ITB? Anyway, that basically means I'm not down for 20 hour weeks or 6 hour rides just now/

In the gym I had some good times and some deep in the hole dark times. Wednesday barbell had be almost match my 1RM Clean and Jerk weight for a touch and go double. Friday was "Andy", which left my legs in a sorry state, while Saturday was 4 x 6min AMRAP that was basically all legs... you know... maybe that's why I was no good at Sunday's crits

Thursday, 14 September 2017


Yeah, I haven't posted in a few months.

It wasn't the cumulative load of 9 and a bit years of daily posts, it was the uncertainty and frustration about my future with bicycles that did me in. Not knowing if I'd be able to do bikes in any meaningful way (even just a regular commuter) was difficult to process.

Anyway, I think I might take this blog from a daily update to a weekly one. Hopefully that'll mean there's actual content in every post.

I'll figure out when in the week I've got time to pen that post, and which week I'll start penning it.

Monday, 10 July 2017



D: 16.5km
A: 85m

Sunday, 9 July 2017


A. Squat Clean
Result: 82.5kg

B. For time, 15-10-6
Thrusters 60/45kg
Bar Muscle Ups>>Chest 2 Bar>>Pull Up
Result: 9:45 (45kg and 10, 5, 1 pull ups)

I had no motivation, but pushed through the cleans to see if I could get a 90kg rep done. I tried twice, but each time I ended up exiting backwards from the bottom, unable to stick the catch. Maybe in a week or two... or maybe just on a day with some joie de vivre.

The metcon was mostly just me getting some disheartened pull up practice.

Saturday, 8 July 2017


3 x 5 Front Squats @ 90kg
3 x 5 Dead Lifts @ 115kg
3 x 5 Press @ 45kg

I couldn't make it to the CFSTK Olympic lifting session this morning, so settled for some strength work after lunch.

It was slow and heavy work, with a bunch of sitting on random bits of equipment, listening to a podcast and watching dudes super-setting narrow grip bench press and bent over rows, and some kids doing calf raises.