Sunday, 17 July 2016


St Kilda East - The Patch - The Crescent - St Kilda East:
I wasn't sure if I wanted to go out with DK again, I was afraid of the pain, while simultaneously knowing that I really should be embracing it for my own betterment. We didn't have an exact plans, just agreed on a precoffee time/place, and that we'd head east to the nongs.

We rolled out High St, and though it wasn't as all out as yesterday, we pushed hard tempo with our weary legs on all the rollers. I figured Devils Elbow would be a logical route given the angle we'd approach the mountain, but the lack of planning meant we got to embrace the suggestion of something different.

"Let's go round the back."

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An emergency poo, and some dodgy singing later, we were heading east of Belgrave, under the trestle bridges of Puffing Billy, around through The Patch and up towards Kallista. There was the occasional car, but mostly it was just the sound of us breathing hard into the frosty morning air. A quick turn into the dirt of Waterfield road turned our fingers to ice, and our faces into grins. The small creek running parallel to the road under the shade of the tall gums kept both the air and the road surface moist. Our aero road bikes squirmed beneath us, spitting globs of mud around with abandon. My thoughts too moved around freely, and I realised I've once again fallen into a pattern of describing the pain and sacrifice of training, rather than the joy and excitement of riding. There was a very real risk that I was taking myself and riding my bike seriously.

So, when we rolled past a side road (Moxhams) that pointed skyward, I was quick to jam on the anchors and chuck a u-bolt when DK asked "shall we?"
. It looked hard, we had no idea where it went and the name reminded us of a mate (Malachai Moxon), in hindsight it was the perfect diversion. A km or two later we were at the bottom of the wall, beginning what felt like a proper serious training moment. A km after that we spied the dirt road exiting the outside of the hairpin and decided to rip down that instead.

My bike is going to need a wash, I'm going to need a shower and a rest day, but I regret nothing.

Strava link.

D: 106.7km
A: 1,620m

PMPW: 90kg

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