Thursday, 26 June 2014


We almost didn't make it up to the very first of the Silver Springs lakes, but I'm glad we did, it's god damned pretty.

The reason we didn't make it, was swarms of mosquitoes the size of drop bears. At some moments I sort of wished they were drop bears, as one taste of the vegemite coursing through my veins would have placated them

D: 6.6km
A: 347m

Monday, 23 June 2014


Fernie MTB Shenanigans:
My brother organised for us to hire a pair of mountain bikes from Fernie, and I organised for a pitcher of beer at lunch. The bits before and after the pitcher, we worked together to create a day of adventure, and wondering if we were retardedly unfit, or if the Canadians really did just have steeper hills.

I'm not sure the answer to that either, though it's probably some kind of combination of the two.

Anyway, the trails were lovely, and we had a great time... until the moment we discovered a poo with fur in it. Yes it was an oldish poo, and yes it was fur and not lycra, but it still made us feel a whole lot less like the top of the food chain all of a sudden.

I'm going to have to come back to Fernie with my own bike, possibly a squishy 29'er, but definitely a bike that is dialled to my liking.

Strava link.

D: 23.9km
A: 1,237m

Sunday, 22 June 2014


Ok, I'll admit it, for significant periods of this little walk along gorgeous Rocky Mountains pine forest trails... I was imagining riding a mountain bike.

It turns out when I'm walking, and imagining riding, instead of riding, and actually riding... I hit a lot more blind jumps.

D: 4.6km
A: 195m

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


I'm going to cheat and skip most of the next few weeks. It'll be the first time I haven't written something for every single day, but there will be limited things relating to my riding going on to talk about.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014


Ok, so the other day I threw out some other blogs/sites that I've come across that are worth your time. They were mostly professional endeavours, or at the very least, well put together. The thing is, one of the great things about the web is it gives everyone a voice. So here are some other sites of note, or to put another way, people I know personally.

I've known, raced and ridden with the Stay True kids for close on a decade now, spanning back to when I joined the Deluxe MTB club, run by Malachi out of the old Spoke(n) store in the city. Mostly their blog is the voice of Nick (a smart cookie), though Tim and Wilko also chime in occasionally. Sadly even with a combined pool of posters, actual posts are infrequent. Link.

Michael 'Bing' Crosbie is a good kid, he weighs far too little, and as a result goes up hills faster than seems fair. His love is MTB, and mostly he posts about u23 MTB world cup races. I expect he'll go pure road in the next year or two, and probably find himself with a pro contract soon after. Link.

Aimz is another local who should probably eat a few more sandwiches. Currently she's racing road in the US. Link.

Pauly VDP on the other hand, is not shy about food. The dude is a giant, yet some how manages to mix it up on the world cup MTB circuit. In fact, he's the reigning world champ of Cross Country Eliminator (XCE). Link.

The Llama, or as he's occasionally known, "Shane", is an inspiration to obsessives everywhere. Mostly he channels his mutant power of attention to detail into ripping up ITTs. Link.

There used to be heaps more locals whacking up content, but sadly blogging seemss to have fallen a bit out of favour, or perhaps twitter has replaced it, maybe I just haven't found a heap.

Now while I'm not into twitter, there are a few mediums that are worth a look at. Instagram is great, unless everyone you follow is in Adelaide for the TdU and you're not, then it's horrible horrible torture. I'd suggest checking out Jeremy Dunn, and Jared Gruber.

Slightly more left of field is Pinterest, Caddy maintains a pretty good collection of bike aesthetics. Link.

Hopefully that lot tides you over until I come up with my own content again.

Monday, 16 June 2014


6:00 NRR:
I'll be away for a few weeks from tomorrow, so I figured a lazy roll with the monday bunch was my last chance to get a ride in, so that's precisely what I did.

Strava link.

D: 46.0km
A: 190m


D: 8.2km
A: 21m

PMPW: 91kg

Sunday, 15 June 2014


MTB Shenanigans:
The trails were a little greasier than last week. You;d be hooking along, bike bent over through a turn, onomatopoeia (I'm too lazy to make one up), but before you know it, you'd be gripping again. This left me slightly giddy and a little bit giggly... but I was riding solo. For a while I pondered if that made it ok to laugh like a school girl or not. On one hand, no one was around to witness it, but on the other, if someone did come across me giggling to myself...

I started off the session at the Kew pump track, and finally, after years of scrubbing speed, found the perfect line through the tight corner, which left me going fast enough to hop pump some of the rollers. After a few dozen laps and only a couple of pedal strokes, I was stoked, and possibly over confident, because later on, descending above bellbird park, I got a bit too cocky and high sided myself.

Even with a tweaked wrist and slightly bruised ribs, I continued to have some of the most delightful monos of my life. At times it was zen like. I could feel an issue, then take my time to make the exact correction required to literally keep the good times rolling.

Strava link.

D: 39.0km
A: 501m

PMPW: 90kg

Saturday, 14 June 2014


Rush shop ride:
Coming in to Black Rock, there were ominous looking clouds ahead of us, so Skinny, Bones and a couple of others made the strategic choice to whip around the round about, and head for home.

When we caught up with Sewell later, he told us that it has been dry the whole way. Oh well, getting back early ensured we beat both the cyclist and non cyclist coffee shop rushes.

Strava link.

D: 46.0km
A: 175m

PMPW: 91kg

Friday, 13 June 2014


Ooh, it's Friday the 13th! I am of course running my desk calendar upside down.

D: 13.0km
A: 47m

PMPW: 92kg

Thursday, 12 June 2014


Given that I'm not giving much content right now, it's probably best that I promote some people who are.

I mentioned Ross Enamait the other day, he's got an ability to show up any excuse you've got.

Inrng is has some savant like talent for finding new ways to look at the sport of cycling and the things that surround it.

Klaus @ Cycling Inquisition is just a passionate columbian dude living in the states who dabbles in media. He's also got a funny weekly podcast with his brother and mate (Speed metal cycling). is great for race coverage. It has great (large res) photos of most major races, not just crummy finish line shots.

If you'd prefer a few more words with your race images, it's still hard to go past Cycling tips. Wade has a few contributors now (and to be honest, i'm not digging Mr Stokes's articles), but stuff like the Rocacorba is solid.

For a different perspective, Cam Wurf publishes big posts after all his big races, if you get past the spelling/grammar issues, possibly forgiving them because he writes on a blackberry, then they're a great insight to life in the peleton.

PMPW: 91kg

Wednesday, 11 June 2014


I think I fall for this trap every year*. I go for a ride, and enjoy a gorgeous clear morning with beautiful angled light. Then I think to myself this isn't so bad (read: what a wonderful world), winter isn't horrible... then once I've been lulled, whammo, shit turns fully nasty.

Well not this year winter! I've got my eye on you! Just because today you gave me a glorious ride along the bay and the lake, does not mean I'm going to fall for your petty parlour tricks!

D: 16.0km
A: 44m

PMPW: 93kg

* I've probably written about it every year too.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014


I've been reading a book on anti-gravity, it's pretty hard to put down.

D: 15.0km
A: 106m

PMPW: 93kg

Monday, 9 June 2014


MTB Shenanigans:
When my road riding partner fell through after I'd pulled on my bibs, but before I'd grabbed my shoes, I made a literal and physical pivot towards my mountain bike shoes instead. The day outside my window looked crystal clear, and I hoped the trails were dry, because I was keen to get some dirt therapy in.

The roll across town again made me lament my lack of CX bike, but cutting lap after lap of the Kew pump track before snaking my way through a bunch of the other inner trails, it stopped mattering. Fat tyres stopped feeling like cheating, and started to feel like a gateway to more aggressive lines and opportunities to get airborne.

The knee reminded me a few times that I was probably well into the over doing it zone, but I didn't really care, there were trail features to pump and corners to rip.

Strava link.

D: 37.2km
A: 429m

PMPW: 93kg

Sunday, 8 June 2014


St Kilda East - Slack Rock - St Kilda East:
I had shit to do later in the morning, so I slipped out for a sneaky Slack Rock return, and I've got to tell you, it wasn't that awesome a ride... but obviously way more awesome than not riding at all.

It wasn't awesome because by the end my knee was aching again, but also because there was a ripping southerly for the first half (distance, not time) of the trip.

The ripping taily home that let me reclaim a Strava segment near my house was kind of nice though.

Strava link.

D: 40.6km
A: 136m

PMPW: 92kg

Saturday, 7 June 2014


St Kilda East - Frankston - St Kilda East:
The Stay True crew had a bunch rolling down to Arthurs Seat this morning, and I figured I'd tag along until Frankston, and get a slightly longer test of my knee, given it's been feeling more and more normal of late.

The verdict on the knee is a Obama like "not bad".

I was happy that I wasn't solo on my way home, a few others had had the same idea as me, and we picked up a couple more riders when we paused at BP. The couple we picked up were Annabel Luxford and James Tomkins. Not a bad way to spend a 40km roll, chatting to a couple of ex world champs.

Strava link.

D: 83.6km
A: 276m

PMPW: 91kg

Friday, 6 June 2014


I'm sure I've linked to Ross Ennamit's blog before (linky), but if you're unfamiliar with him, you just need to know he's a trainer of boxers/fighters, who believes, teaches and writes about strong work/training ethics and a lack of reliance on any single exercise or piece of equipment.

I bring up Ross, because the dude continues to identify ways in which I am mentally weak, and nail me to the wall as an example like an entomologist pins a bug in a display.

"You need to become accustomed to performing in environments where you lack comfort and control."

Link to the article that's from.

D: 7.5km
A: 22m

PMPW: 91kg

Thursday, 5 June 2014


I was thinking about how we train ourselves to react differently to situations, but could remember who did the studies on the topic.

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

PMPW: 92kg

Wednesday, 4 June 2014


Lower Plenty Loop:
It was a gorgeous morning for a roll with Caddy, but I suppose in hindsight it didn't start that way. There's a few studies on memory out there on how he form memories, and the last peak/trough tends to strongly skew our memory of the experience. Today would be a good example of that.

We rolled out of town along some main roads, and despite going against traffic, there was always the back of the mind feeling that riding two abreast all the time was unsporting for other road users (for the record we singled out at times). When we took a sneaky early turn on the LPL loop along Grand Blvd, the ride changed. As we dropped down to quiet back roads, the sun rose and case a rosy glow over the morning.

Strava link.

D: 55.4km
A: 688m


D: 9.5km
A: 13m

PMPW: 93kg

Tuesday, 3 June 2014


I was talking with a running mate of mine today, and it struck me our roles have changed.

Backing up a bit, I've been coaxing him through getting back into a steady program, but now he's at 5 weeks of 5 days a week on the trot... and I'm not. So, I'm going to take a leaf out of his book, which is possibly a leaf out of my own book, which I probably took from someone else.... you get the point.

Doing something, even if that something is at a low intensity, is way better than feeling sorry for yourself because you haven't done anything.

D: 13.1km
A: 46m

PMPW: 92kg

Monday, 2 June 2014


The other day I was trying to remember how to throw a boomerang, it eventually came back to me.

D: 8.0km
A: 33m

PMPW: 92kg

Sunday, 1 June 2014


What did the hat say to the tie?

You hang around, I'll go on ahead.

PMPW: 92kg