Wednesday, 29 July 2015


5:45am NRR long:
I did a little work on the way down and the way back this morning, but I'm still looking at the hills as both my form guide and my quality training, and for them... I kept my noise firmly out of the wind today.

It was effectively groupo compacto until just after the dip in Canadian Bay Rd, a few gaps opened here and there, and I may have nudged myself forward a bit to ensure the one behind me was harder to close, but it was all back together for that first kick. After that first kick it was like a violet crumble that lay forgotten in the bottom of a school bag for a week, shattered. 5 of us were clear, and only some hard chasing by Lach down to Two Bays changed those numbers.

I can get myself up Canadian Bay rd with pure grunt, but Two Bays being that little bit longer finds me lacking more often than not. I didn't want to be found lacking today, and that made the difference. Heart rate and Power were irrelevant, pain was inconsequential, I didn't even look down at the data because what I needed to know was in front of me. When a gap opened a wheel or so in front, I gave the riders a moment to react, then drove into the gap solo, in the wind for the first time, chasing the 2 leaders.

 The data tells me it was one of the better times I've done up Two Bays and passing Dan Pickering and Allan Iacuone on a climb was icing on the good vibes. I know they had both worked hard and were having off days, but I'm writing it in my diary in red pen, maybe even hanging a postit note out the side so I can find it quickly. It feels good to feel good.

Those good feelings subsided a little on the way home, as once again it became a smashfest.

Strava link.

D: 94.9km
A: 530m

PMPW: 85kg

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