Saturday, 23 May 2015

23/05/2015

Rush shop ride:
I wanted to get a few kms this morning, but not destroy myself. I figured I'm racing today, but that the race isn't the be all and end all, so some extras would be good.

Anyway, the easiest option was ye olde shoppe, with some turns in the faster group on the way back.

DK was out, and making sure everyone got an extra workout each timed they rolled through. He was taking great pleasure from holding the pace high each turn, to ensure everyone had to really work to get over the top of him.

Strava link.

D: 61.2km
A: 229m

Dirty Deeds CX:
I rode across town to the Brunswick velodrome, and pinned on a number for a grade. Other than a general Pepe Lepew strategy, it was all I'd planned and hoped for the arvo.

I let most people through at the start, and then after a couple of laps to settle in, I started to work my way through the field. With so many hairpin turns bunted into the grass inside and outside the velodrome it wasn't always easy.



By about 3/4 of the way in, I'd finally got myself past big Al from My Mountain, I knew Russ Collette was ahead somewhere and had begun to review where on the course I could make up time, and how best to manage the first signs of cramps in my quads.

Sadly that's as far as my racing went. Over the back towards the club house I suddenly found myself on the deck, my front tyre burped of all it's air.

The results say I was in 10th at the time, around 4 minutes off the pace. I think I miiight have been able to push on for 9th, and that's kind of cool. That's me not only riding semi competetively, but also my brain thinking about competing. It gives me confidence to hurt a little more and to race a little more.

Strava link.

D: 51.9km
A: 256m

PMPW: 85kg

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