Wednesday, 29 May 2013


NRR Long:
I wanted a hit out in the hills. Just the hills. Just to see what it felt like.

So I sat in on the way down, and assigned myself as gate keeper on the way home. Even with all this energy savings I was found lacking in the hills. Kars was alright, but a few guys kicked hard at the top and kept the pace on for the descent and climb of Baden Powel. 2/3 of the way up the round about climb of Baden Powel Matt Boys hit it, Nick Bensley responded, and despite being on his wheel I was immediately gapped and left to chase with a few others. I got us to the top of that climb and Darcey Wooley and Dan Wilkins did the chasing through to the top of the highway climb and the start of Canadian.

I went after the riders that kicked at the bottom of Canadian... dangling a metre or three off their wheels until 2/3 of the way up the first ramp, where I ungracefully imploded. The remains of the climbing wasn't pretty, and I rolled in as one of the last finishers.

On one hand it was good to push my limits, to get deep into the box. On the other hand I'm a little disappointed that I was getting into the box well before others. I've got some room for improvement.

Strava link.

D: 94.6km
A: 525m

I was initially put off of limit for this weekend's Fred Icke handicap and it has given me my biggest (cycling) moral question of memory. 36 minutes headstart on scratch is basically a win delivered on a silver platter. I've now been moved back to the bunch in front of the chopping block with Ry Moody, and it has been moved a minute closer to scratch (6 minute bunch, it used to be the 7 minute bunch).

On one hand... wait... how many hands do I have? Are these the same hands as earlier? They are pretty big hands so could possibly carry more than one set of issues at a time. On one hand, I'm happy that I've been handicapped properly, it means I have no moral issues. On the other, I'm sad I didn't get to make the decision myself. Before I'd made up my mind to contact the handicapper or not, the changes had been made. It would have been an interesting test of character.

D: 6.7km
A: 55m

PMPW: 93kg


Anonymous said...

My legs STILL hurt!

neil said...

there was no amount of food capable of ending the hunger.

Lee Turner said...

I smashed you ABOC just say it, just say it!! I gave you the look, then kicked and you just sat there crying. BOOOM :-)

neil said...

it is true,lee tuner beat me up two bays, flashing past me out of the saddle with a massive grin on his face.