Tuesday, 18 February 2014


6am NRR:
Youngie and a few others got clear on a yellow light early in the ride. So I did what any good friend would do... I pulled turns with DK (and a few others) until we caught him around South Dandy rd. Then I went and found a few wheels to hide on, because I was very tired and didn't want to feel the wind any more.

After the Mordi round about, I sat next to Jan Rehula, chatting. We were sharing the draught of a single rider, but I felt ok. In fact, I felt pretty bloody good. So as we rounded Mentone I took some cheap positions, so I'd be well placed after Rickets. Then on the Black Rock - Sandy hill, I rolled to the front and set myself for a full noise effort. I was settling in when I felt a presence sidle up next to me. Youngie was trying to roll through after me, so once again I did the good mate thing, I pushed the pace harder to hang him out there and eventually force him to take shelter on my wheel. A bit later... maybe 3/4 of the way up, Paulie Adler attacked, initially I doubted I'd be able to cover it, but slowly slowly I closed the gap, finally catching him (and promptly exploding) at the top.

I tried to recover from there back through Brighton, but it wasn't easy, there were dodgy wheels everywhere opening gaps, and my legs were feeling abused. Still I found myself in the right area as we exited the golden mile. I took camp on DKs wheel and was getting ready for a loooong range sprint when the inevitable happened. A red light at Glen Huntly. Well Pinky, I did what we do every day, I set up to launch hard and get a kilo effort in. Somehow managing to hold everyone off to the line. As I crept along the edge of the road afterwards, Jez Hunt rolled past after, patted me on the back, and said "that was really good".

If hard training wasn't it's own reward, then those 4 words would have made it all worth it.

Strava link.

D: 46.0km
A: 165m

My commute was a bit shorter today than I'd hoped. Pretty much exactly half as short. It seems that someone else wanted to ride my lovely cx bike, and so removed it from where it was locked at work, leaving me to catch the tram like schlub.

D: 2.5km
A: 6m

PMPW: 95kg

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