Wednesday, 10 April 2013


St Kilda East - Mt Dandenong - St Kilda East:
Rolling home with DK and Bones from an ascent of the elbow, DK observed a very shagged looking Bones and said something like "we didn't go too hard on the way out". I laughed, the way out had hurt, every hill was a demonstration of the power in his quads, and a dozen PBs on Strava backs me up too.

I let Dave ride off when we got to the elbow, I wanted to ignore him and just find my rhythm in the inky blackness of pre-dawn. I was 'comfortable' until the right hander that begins the ramp up to the Elbow itself, where by the 25t cassette forced a slightly more laboured cadence than I like to climb with.

I resisted touching the GPS screen, to see HR and power numbers that would define my pain, instead I concentrated on my legs. Solid and stable at the hips, smooth through the bottom of the pedal stroke and relaxed in the shoulders and hands. The zip of my jersey was soon open and flapping, arm warmers shoved down by my gloves. DK's blinking light was somewhere ahead, I tried not to think about the gap, to not look at it, but yet to keep my head up and my vision forward. To look down was to concede defeat. This was my pain and my challenge.

I crested the top, touched the cross roads with my front tyre, then wheeled around to go keep Bones company. I wasn't convinced I'd been honest in my effort, I was worried that I'd been faking the pain to myself. The data tells me I was 38 seconds off the PB I set last October when I was climbing as well as I ever have (17:15 vs 16:37). The data tells me I matched or beat my best power numbers for the 7:45 to 23:30 range. The data tells me I averaged 4 beats over threshold. The data makes me think I wasn't faking it. The data makes me wonder if I might possibly make it through Tour of South West alive in a couple of weeks.

Strava link.

D: 75.0km
A: 1,172m


D: 16.4km
A: 175m

PMPW: 94kg

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