Saturday, 6 September 2014

6/09/2014

Hell Ride:
As I was standing around, waiting for 7am, I noted I'd seen 1 police car, and 2 police motos. I haven't done the helly in a while, but that number of police suggested that either the bunch is a bit messy, or that the police were looking to enforce some strict rules. Either way, I wanted to stay out of legal and physical trouble.

I rolled out a minute or two early, aiming to get the legs moving and miss the initial reshuffling that occurs, then spent the day trying to stay in the top 20 to 30 riders, but outside of the top 2 or 3.

All that silly administrative stuff aside, we all know the crux of this ride is Olivers, and the couple of rollers that follow. I got over Olivers with a fair heart rate, but it gave me confidence. The next hill came and went, and then it was the rise up to Canadians. The bunch felt too slow, but the riders in front looked like they were working. The confidence from Olivers suddenly found itself in full bloom and I pulled off the wheel and rode to the front. I was holding solid power, I was in great form, I was the king of the world, I was getting passed by riders, I was losing power, I wasn't as confident any more. Nah, seriously, I had a dig, a few guys got on my wheel and kicked past, but I'm pretty happy that I was even able to have a dig.

I might do a few more Helly's in the coming weeks. If I continue to poke, prod, stretch, and roll the muscles around my knee, I'm starting to feel confident that I'll be ok.

Strava link.

D: 97.5km
A: 415m

PMPW: 88kg

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