Wednesday, 25 November 2009


6:00am NRR:
I rolled down for an easy ride, found Troy Van Trienen and sat at the back of the bunch chatting. The obvious happened, the bunch was split by lights and we were left with a gap. No drama I thought, the bunch is slow on Wednesdays and I'll just drag the bunch back with a TT effort.

So the lights go green and I get her wound up. The legs aren't feeling great, in fact they feel rather ordinary, but the gap was closing. Another red light. A few others including Downie coming through to haul us along, but we kept getting nailed by lights, and then at Mordi all the hard workers peeled off to go do the long loop of Mt Eliza/Two Bays.

The only item of note on this leg was the milk truck that had lost half it's load at Southland. A few fellows helped with the clean up effort, in particular Big M's.


The trip back up the beach had a better run of lights, but the front bunch was well out of sight, so we buried ourselves for giggles. I worked Mordi-Mentone, then Black Rock-St Kilda. My legs were feeling a little better, but still a touch off.

Coffee was needed and acquired.

D: 40.8km
A: 115m

D: 12.5km
A: 175m

I made a conscious effort to work on my pedal technique, efficiency gains are always useful and the short commute is a perfect time to work on it.

The late withdrawal of a team mate from Kona meant we had the prospect of racing as a 3. Something Steve said to me rings true. A 4 man team is racing, 3 man team crosses the line to survival. Thankfully Ash Hyatt has agreed to come race with us. I'm sure Jeff who has gone from a 2 man to solo will declare us soft for looking for a team mate. :D

A quote from Lance I found on another blog, I liked it and will try to keep it in mind this weekend and beyond.

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?

PMPW: 90kg

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