Saturday, 4 July 2015

4/07/2015

St Kilda East - Iron Bark - Mine - Hewitts - School - Christian - Flat Rock - St Kilda East:
The only bloke I could convince to come roll some punchy hills with me today was Ryan from Rick's Tuesday morning bunch. Our twosome did swell to a 4 man party when we stopped to help out Ritchie who'd flatted off the Peak cycles ride, and he and his mate Josh decided to join us until Cottles Bridge.

The first feature hill of the day was Iron Bark, and it quickly became obvious that only Josh had the legs to play today, I figured I had his measure though, which made him dropping me at the top of Mine road harder to swallow. Up Hewitts he gapped me almost instantly and I had to settle into my own little mental and physical battle. It was the former of the two, the mental battle, that was hardest. I've ridden with Josh a few times on the Helly, and assumed I was as good if not better. I also think of myself as good on these little punchy roads, so the whole lot was doing a number on my confidence.

In hindsight it was all good though, I rode some decent times and it was simply beaten by a better bloke on the day, and rode on my mental and physical edge a bunch. That's good, that's what training is for right?

After Flat Rock, I turned Ryan and myself for home, skipping the extra couple of climbs in Christmas Hills I had planned, and thus making to Eltham before the rain started.

Strava link.

D: 118.8km
A: 1,787m

PMPW: 84kg

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