Wednesday, 7 August 2013

7/08/2013

NRR Long:
That was the biggest bunch I've seen go long in, well, a long time. Some of the turns, where a good portion of the bunch were rolling through, were neigh on excruciating. It wasn't just the whip effect of being that far back, it was the anguish of waiting, like the lead up to a sprint, but without the potential pay off of a win in the offing.

I kept myself tucked away on the hills before Canadian Bay as best as I could. I did have to cover a small gap up Baden Powell, but mostly I sucked wheels and sucked air until we hit the bottom kicker on Canadian. From there I pushed more air than I hoped, setting my own tempo to the false flat, then having to continue the effort when the only one to come around me was Danny Kah, and he did it by sprinting over to the front few guys.

Down to the bottom of Two Bays I tried to recover and regain ground. A tough combination that meant I still had a few metres gap when we made the turn into the climb. Like last week I attempted to just settle and set my own pace. Unlike last week I never found the happy unhappy place, and had to spend a lot more mental effort.

None of the key times were amazing, but the moderate pace down and strong pace home helped bump up the over all stress score.

Strava link.

D: 95.3km
A: 129m

PMPW: 96kg

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