Thursday, 28 November 2013


Yesterday I had the day off work to run some errands north of town, today on my way home I ran into Brad Eastwick who's started working southside at knog on chapel.

I pulled up to say g'day, and my first reaction on finding he'd only been this side of the river since Tuesday, was to tell him where to get great coffee. He looked happy, and it took a moment to realise that not knowing a dozen good places to get a good cup around north Fitzroy yesterday was part of the slightly lost feeling I had.

For me this is sort of like racing. Wait... what?! Yeah, stick with me a moment, I'll see if I can justify that statement. In a new race or on new terrain, unless you are leagues ahead of everyone else, information is king. You need to be able to use your energy efficiently, and feel assured that you're doing so while you're doing it. In a race, knowing where you can get a good wheel, or even just when you're going to need one, can be the difference between being pack fodder and collecting a small white envelope.

The last couple of races I've panicked a little and gone early, either because I thought I had no chance, or because I didn't have a feeling for the timing of the end. Next week I'll be slightly better armed with knowledge. I know more about my competitors, I've reinforced how the courses and race styles play out.

D: 4.9km
A: 36m

PMPW: 94kg

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