Sunday, 20 November 2016

20/11/2016

St Kilda East - SKCC Crits (E, WB, D, A grades) - St Kilda East:
As I rolled into the driveway at lunch time, I saw my GPS click over from 149km to 150km, a satisfyingly round number. Strava claims it was only 149.9km, but there wasn't anything left in my legs or reserves of will to try and work out how to get an extra 100m added in.

I rolled over to White St early to run the 20 or so dudes around in E-grade. Half an hour of rolling around at 35km/h, nothing crazy but some nice miles to have in the bank. Given I was there, and didn't have anything else to do, I grabbed a marshal jersey and sat on the back of women's B, thus getting another 40 minutes at 36km/h. Then it was on to D-grade, which had several run ins with the back of B after averaging a snappy 43km/h.

The point there I guess is that before I rolled myself to the front of the waiting A-grade bunch, I had a good 90 laps of the White St circuit in the legs, and that was possibly too much given my lack of racing of late. Once rolling it was obvious that people wanted to get clear, guys would go up the road, a little bit of leash would be given, then bridging attempts would be made. Seeing strong riders going into the void, the bunch would inevitably give chase, and moments after the break was caught by the chasers, everything would be back together and ripe for another couple of riders move to go clear. I took part in some of that, managing to find myself right on Stu Hill's wheel twice as he decided that a break was a good idea.

After the second sojourn off the front, I realised I didn't have too much left, so drifted back into the bunch to consume a gel and see if I could conjure up some kind of sprint. The clock ticked down, and attacks continued to go clear, resulting in the bunch surging forward in chase. Each time I was along for the ride, but it was becoming obvious to me that there would be no miracle of recovery, and when things got lined out at 3 to go, I decided to pull out the side and call it a day. I was empty both mentally and physically, so there was no way I was going to do anything about 100m extra for a Strava file.

Strava link.

D: 149.9km
A: 44m

PMPW: 88kg

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