Wednesday, 12 March 2014


St Kilda East - Anderson St reps - St Kilda East:
Slept like crap, nervous about this morning, I even forwent breakfast, and instead grabbed a caffeinated gel on my way out the door, though I didn't end up consuming it. I didn't know for sure what we'd be doing today, but I assumed it was the same as last week.

It was.

Anyway, we had good and bad intervals. A good run was generally paid for with a bad one on the next rep. I went well on #10, cracked pretty badly on 11, but rallied for 12, where as DK suffered a rare loss on #10, smacked me on 11, and died on 12.

It was competitive, it hurt, it was hopefully good for me. I'm going to assume it is good for me, and overlay a general sense that I went better than last week, though I haven't dug into the data to confirm if it's true or not.

With both of us pretty hammered, Airlie St was skipped in favour of rolling the legs down past the lake, and getting caught in the rain just as things were starting to feel ok with the world. Unlucky.

Strava link.

D: 23.2km
A: 329m


D: 6.6km
A: 104m

HCC Crit:
A grade sold out tonight, and before we began, I sort of wished I'd arrived to late, because there were some scary dudes lining up to register. I hadn't though, I already had a number, so I was going to give it a go, and get some quality in the legs.

From the gun Pat Drapac hit it, still being a little pissed that he kicked off the winning move a few weeks ago I chased him down. We were clear as a pair for the lap, but round into the bottom corner it was obvious the bunch was having none of it, so I got myself onto the hill and eased my effort slightly to give 20 or so guys a chance to get past me, then tucked in to the line.

Up until nearly the end of the race that was my lot. Stay in the top 20 or so, and keep my nose out of the wind. Guys would sometimes swarm along the bottom of the course and I'd drop a few places, an OCBC rider was diving up the inside into the hairpin, but in all situations I felt I could take back the positions on the uphill.

Towards the end there were 5-6 riders up the road. I was a little worried about it, as they had some solid legs, and reasonable team representation. They dangled out front for a few laps, never achieving the critical out of sight gap that pretty much seals a victory. Cam Clamp drove into the gap, and that was a road too far for me. Cam has been bloody strong in breaks at HCC this year, and in my mind, his presence guaranteed there would be no sprint finish. So, I went after him and the dude he was towing. I didn't really care if the bunch was with me, so I just drove a hard pace up the kicker, closing on them over the top of the course, just as they were doing the same to the break. Then they sat up, and I decided not to cover the break as well. A counter attack came, so I repeated my effort on the next time up the hill.

Finally after a couple of months of training I felt like I was racing again. I had the fitness to make choices that effected the race, and it felt good!

I decided to let others finish off the break's advantage, and get myself mentally and physically ready for the sprint. As I slowly moved myself from around 20th back up towards the top 10 by taking a place here or there, we were shown 3 to go. It was too soon, I wasn't in place yet, I wanted more time for others to wear out their legs.

I did what I could, coming through the bottom corner around 10th, and thus not a chance at an envelope, but I finished off my race with one last effort and got myself up to around 8th.

Next week is the last Wednesday night HCC crit for the season and I cant wait.

Strava link.

D: 51.2km
A: 488m

PMPW: 93kg

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