Wednesday, 24 February 2016


5:45am NRR Long:
I'm rarely unhappy about getting 100km in before work, and today was no exception. It's a number of kms that even when thought about as a car trip seems like an effort... and it was done on a bike before work. Sadly not a single person in the corridors of the office asked me how far I'd ridden today. No one even steered the conversation near the topic of riding, so I couldn't even take a wild leaping segue to bring it up.

It's not all bad though, for a start it was a nice session. Sure the pace down and back wasn't as hot as it could be, but both bay roads delivered what I was after. Pain.

The kid in the flouro helmet who's now riding for Rush... yeah, um, no idea his name... well he hit Canadian Bay hard from the start. Normally I'd let someone else chase, but I was hard on his wheel after being away with him and Andy Doorman in an unconvincing move from the top of Baden Powel. Anyway, he went hard, and I dug a very deep hole getting up to his wheel. He kicked, and then kicked again, then there was some more kicking, by the time we got to the last ramp to the top I was "down"... yet he kicked a couple more times. I'm no expert on ethics, but I believe this behaviour is frowned upon.

After exploding spectacularly on that second ramp of Canadian Bay, I was joined by some other riders for the descent to and start of Two Bays. I let someone else set the pace, and was pretty happy that it wasn't killing me. It hurt a bit, but you know, I figured that meant everyone else was hurting a little. Then a couple of blokes attacked, then Tommy Nankervis rolled through to chase. Somehow I ended up following Tommy's pace, a couple of riders providing a buffer between me and his wheel, but it was the pace that I needed a buffer on. By the final right hander I was cross eyed, and on the final left... I once again exploded spectacularly.

I do wonder if I could have perhaps held on for a few moments longer on either or both climbs. I wonder if I could have forced myself to pedal smoothly and eke out a few more moments of power, but it's done now and I'll pose that unanswered question to myself on Saturday.

Strava link.

D: 106.5km
A: 510m


D: 12.6km
A: 59m

PMPW: 88kg

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