Thursday, 27 September 2012


St Kilda East - Devils Elbow - One Tree Hill - St Kilda East:
It's occurred to me a few times that if I want to race at the level of DK, it might  pay to train at DK's level. Last night I sent him an SMS about riding today, then committed myself to one of the sillier start times I've had this season. We met at 5am, then pointed our bikes along High St (Rd) towards Mt Dandenong.

I was enbackpacked (that's totally a word now), Dave was not. Dave has quads that could make a baby rhino cry, I do not.

We hit the bottom of Devils Elbow and Dave drew slightly up the road, where he got the crayons from I do not know. No, but seriously, he started off a fraction faster than me and I was instantly battling my brain.

"Ignore the backpack!"
"Ignore the fatigue!"
"Close the gap!"
"Ok, how about limit the damage?"
"Shut up legs!!"

I closed the gap a little into the elbow itself, but as we approached the sweeping right hander it was soon back out again. Then I saw him stand up. Dave isn't an out of the saddle kind of guy.... 

"He's tired.... GO!!!"

Then I made it to the right hander.... and hit the headwind. Dave hadn't cracked, but I almost did. It felt like my pace had halved in a matter of metres.

From there on up the climb I tried to get back into a tempo, ignore where Dave was and ride my own climb. Pegging the HR at 176 beats, my lactic threshold, I finished out the One Tree Hill extension with sweat dripping from my brow, past my open and flapping jersey and on to my stem.

The trip home was a giggle, Dave singing and me making my first attempt at the #cadencechallenge.

I'm a little off Dan Wilkins, and a fair way of Hendo, but it's a start and I've still got a few days to limber up and spiiiiiiiiin!

Strava link.

D: 68.3km
A: 1,077m


D: 19.7km
A: 124m

PMPW: 92kg

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