Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Last night I had a 90 minute massage to loosen up the legs in preparation for this weekend. My masseuse is a genius. My legs were so trashed after the training undertaken for this event. Now they feel great.
It is meant to rain all weekend down in Geelong. Therefore the mud tyres have been packed. Apparently I won't need them as the You Yangs are pretty well drained, but we shall see.
Amazingly this time we didn't get charged for excess baggage. We did howver, have the most cranky check in lady. I though that we would be done for sure.
On a totally different note, we have had a landscaper come in and totally rip up the backyard. Right now it is a dust pile, but add some sand, pavers and new plants and voila, it will be livable - with not a weed in sight!
Anyway, I have packed every combo of cycling clothes - you have to whenever travelling to Victoria, every lens combination for the glasses. As usual I am sure that one set (of everything) will always do the lot - but if I don't bring it, I'll be screwed!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The 23-year-old sprinter still plans to join his Team Columbia teammates at a training camp on the island of Mallorca this week, where he will no doubt be the subject of jokes and comments.
Stick to the bike tiger.
"I'm committed to riding for the best guy," Armstrong said, reiterating statements he made earlier this year after he announced his return to the sport.
Knowing what sort of guy Lancey boy is, I can only assume that he is referring to himself here.
Sort of feel sorry for Alberto.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Today's ride was pretty good. It was a funny day with sun, cloud, humidity and puddles.
Therefore I sweated - and passed through a bit of body-salts!
Stats for the ride
My pedals need an overhaul, they were squeaking under my immense power! Couldn't tell if it was the cleat, the pedal or the disc for ages.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I'll get a massage tonight and that should clean the legs up for the next 2 weeks of intensive training before the Geelong National Round.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
We stayed on in Adelaide until Thursday. In that time we did some pretty awesome training and relaxing and recovering. We rode the rest of the trails at Eagle on the Hill. There are some pretty cool trails around here, and a million koalas everywhere.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
From the front door to the start line at Majura took about 13 minutes at a truly leisurely pace, about 10 laps were done for practice / keeping warm
To say that I was awaiting the arrival of the dirt crist was an understatement. I really enjoy the flat biscuit style of racing. The fact that it is a short event and racing is in close confines with other riders ensures that tactics are called in as well. Truly the best test for the higher abilities in the cardiovascular game. I also was buoyed by the fact that I was wearing my new Lonsdale St Cyclery team kit. This gear is really fast!
Kylie raced in B grade with a bunch of the regulars, but there seemed to be some new faces also. The secret training I have her doing seems to working well, as she managed to take the win in the Women's class with a comfortable lead over second place. She also finished just outside the top 10 of B grade racing against the blokes so she was happy with the overall outcome there.
In the A grade ranks it was good to see that a lot of the B graders had moved up and there were some new faces also. A few fast dudes were missing also, either racign the road super crits or doing secret training for the National Rounds. Gareth Paton got the holeshot into the first corner and I ensured that I was on his wheel. Ben Cory, Michael Baker and Nick Menager were all going flat out behind me as well. After the first lap, I made a break up the fireroad to get past Gareth and took over the lead. I manged to hold the lead until the 6th lap at which stage I let Michael Baker take the front after the fireroad. I sat on his wheel through the singletrack and at the next roo-line fireroad Nick made a good inside move up the inside to take 2nd, which left me in 3rd place.
The start of the last lap was at the bottom of the fireroad, where I put the power down and passed Nick. I ran out of room before the corner so was not able to lead into the singletrack. I followed Michael as I knew there was one last passing spot on the roo-line fireroad. Luckily for me, I took the inside line here and braked later than Michael and was able to get into the singletrack first. I was then able to hold this lead for the last 400m and take the win. I was fortunate that this move stuck as the finish line was a bit too close to the exit of the singletrack and there would not have been enough room for the sprint.
The race course was about 1km long and 7 laps were raced, which took about 13 minutes. This should be a good little step up for the longer national round short track events which will be 15 minutes plus 3 laps - which ends up being 20 minutes minimum.
Max heart rate in the race was 191bpm, average for the race was 175bpm. Sunlight had gone, luckily I had the persimmon lenses on. And it was freezing, with a cold front having come over in the last couple of days. Kylie and I wanted to ride a bit further after the race but ran out of sunlight on the way home, so just took an 'exit' trail and bailed home.
Thanks to Lonsdale St Cyclery for the new kit made by Sugoi and for sorting me with a short track weapon in the form of a Scott Scale. The fact that you don't notice anything while racing is a major plus and a testament to the comfort of the knicks and jersey. Bring on the weekend.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Understatement of the week.
Recent rumours in Italy have indicated that Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere tried to lure Alessandro Ballan to his squad but the world champion declined the offer.
Lose one, try to gain another. After Schumacher tested positive and can no longer play, Quick Step try to get hold of the current World Champion. Maybe they have a thing for rainbow stripes.
After the retirement of Bettini following this year's world championships, Cunego told La Gazzetta dello Sport that, "I am not going to be called the new Bettini"
Good idea. Being known as the "new somebody" is a sure jynx to ruin a career. The new Miguel Indurain, the new Armstrong, the new Merckx - just doesn't happen.
In more important news, the Melbourne to Warrnambool is on this weekend. This the world's longest one day bike race, at a shade under 300km. Joel Stewart, who was on the victorious Lonsdale St Cyclery 6 man team at the 24 hour race at Stromlo, is heading off this weekend to rack up some serious racing miles. Pin it you muppet!
Got my new team kit on the weekend. All I can say, it is fast. I have already clocked faster times up the "Dog Hill" repeats than this time last year whilst wearing this clothing. The "Dog Hill" is a painful 3 minute session that starts easy then gets harder as you go. It must be done in the 'big dog' (large chainring). The slope approaches about 16% in places. It is a full on 95+% MHR climb that produces sensational results. But it hurts like hell. Swearing and cursing is compulsory on this hill.
The new gear will get its first race showing on Thursday at the CORC dirt crits at Majura. Just look out for the blur of orange, black and white.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Stats for the weekend:
Hours ridden off road: 7 hours 15 minutes
Vertical metres climbed: 2400m
Number of times the black mountain magpie snapped me: 8
Heart rate while being snapped: 168bpm
Heart rate after being snapped: 178bpm
Snakes seen: 1 - size of a pencil - but the parents were probably not too far away.
Calories burnt: 9135
White gloves worn: yep
White knicks worn: no way
Slices of Janie's cake eaten: 2 (big slices)
Bee stings: 1
Energy gels eaten: 12
Bottles of Cytomax and Nuun drunk: 10
Chains worn out: 1
The temperatures were nice at about 20 - 25 degrees. However out at Stromlo, you tend to bake a bit due to there being no trees and the white reflectivity of the trail. Good to work on the underside of the arms and legs with regard to tanning.
On Saturday night Janie and Trev put on a bbq. Joel, Rachael, Will, Kylie and I ate a feast of fine food. After the food we checked out some pictures from the Scott 24 hour race, and then the night degenerated into watching dodgy clips on you tube!!. As we all know, there are some shockers out there. The guy who bought the farm while racing the moto TT on the Isle of Man surely takes the cake. He clipped the inside of the tunnel with his shoulder then exploded into about 100 pieces after hitting the barricades on the exit. Just a bruised lung at 200+ km\hr.
2 weeks now until the Adelaide National round. Sweet, can not wait. Great town, great trails, great shopping, great sushi.
On a local note, the Thursday afternoon dirt crits start this Thursday. The first race kicking off in my back yard at Majura. I have been racing and riding these trails since I moved to Canberra in 1991. Back then they hadn't invented singletrack, but it was still good. Some of the singletrack is a bit tired now, but when you are racing you don't see the flaws in the trail, only the sensations of pain through the body.
Monday, October 13, 2008
much haul everyone back, then I got a flat tyre. A quick stop and I had it back running - a bit light though - to get us in 5th place for the first lap. My Heart rate had gone mental and maxed out at 195bpm - and I thought my max was 187!!
Anyway after that we all pretty much dialled what we needed to do and punched out consistent laps.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
This morning, I thought it was all ok, but it seems that milk was not ready for the mostly empty stomach. Back out an hour later - and through my nose as well - that was disgusting.
I can not wait to get better - even surfing the web hurts. My doctor sledged me for looking yellow. I felt yellow, green and crap all at once.
Oh well, that's life.....
Monday, September 15, 2008
Just some stats for the last week.
Distance ridden this weekend - 156km
Total flat tyres - 3
Jelly snakes on the road - 2
Ice creams on the road - 9
Number of times I thought about eating the snakes - 2
Kilometres ridden in the rain this weekend - 55km
Hours Slept over weekend - 18 (a bit under-done)
Bowls of pasta - 5
Calories expended on Saturday - 3500
Magpies who used me for swooping practice - 3
I also took the opportunity to rebuild my rear wheel - I got a new ZTR rim, DT revolution spokes and laced it to my Chris King rear hub. If I can find another Chris King rear hub, I might build it up as a spare - I have a few spokes, nipples and a one year old ZTR rim lying around now.
I think I need to clean out the garage as well. I have just finished selling a few items, but the garage is full and it is getting hard to move around. I think I might have a 'life on the lawn' moment next weekend or so and just clear it out and start from scracth - we'll see how that works for me.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
My legs were happy on Wednesday night - got a massage finally. A lot of miles have gone in between massages and they were pretty hammered.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The race was at Kowen old homestead. Nice spot to start the race, but there have been truckloads of motorbikes in and around, not to mention that this was the site also for a few years worth of muddy 24 hour races.
Needless to say that taking the hardtail out to this course was not a great idea. I saw Bec, Trekkie and John and we went for a practice lap. This was so bad. The course started out by going up some pine needles with some logs to guide the way. It had rained a bit during the week also which made it not roll very well. The course was 8km and not very inspiring. Usually on most courses there is at least 1 spot that you look forward to. Not here unfortunately.
Most people seemed not to like it much either - there was a really high DNF count.
So I had the Scale all sorted, with the Stan's Crow tyre on the back as these work well at the Kowen East course. It was ok which was good. I copped a pounding on the hardtail, and was using the fireroads as recovery. Following a rider on a full suspension bike - it was all I could do to keep close to him through the rough stuff. Then on the fireroads I would try to get past him but he was too powerful and also blocked a couple of my efforts. I stayed in touch for the 40kms and then put all of my eggs in the sprint basket. The finale was a nice 2% grade up a fireroad. Perfect to unleash the fury of a pounded ass, in a 20 second all out sprint for the line. I got it by 2 seconds.
Pretty lame stats for the race:
avg BPM: 157,
avg speed 20.5km/hr.
I just couldn't get the heartrate up today, plus it was cold. I had three layers up top, knee warmers, arm warmers, plus neoprene booties. I am a cold weather wuss.
Brett Bellchambers on his singlespeed caught us and sat with us for a while. To keep things interesting we just talked shit whilst going around.
On the first lap, I hit the last wooden bridge at a nasty angle for the slick rear tyre and ate it reasonably big. What was even worse was that I had just styled it up doubling over a bunch of roots for Marky Mark and Darren who were wisely not racing and just taking photos.
They just thoguht I was some punter who had stacked - fair enough - it was lame.
Right now I am pretty bruised all over, but I have a massage tonight and that should get rid of all the crap.
Kylie did her training then came out to feed me and hand bottles up. Sensational work as always - the feed zone was probably the fastest part of the course- but she had the turbo bottles going great.
2 weeks time - NSW state titles down in Appin and 4 weeks time - World Cup in Canberra. I love Stromlo.
Kylie and I went out there on Monday after the race. First I took her to the BMX track and she did some jumping for an hour then she rode with me around the trunk trail. She hammered me up the climb riding it all in the big ring. I was trying to just do a recovery ride (yeah right). The berm track which will be a feature in the World Cup is in fantastic shape - the berms are super high and the trail builders have almost made them idiot proof and built so that you can't skid through them. Some mongers will undoubtedly prove me wrong though.
I can't wait......
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
od. He beat Kim Kirchen, David Millar, Cadel Evans and Fabian Cancellara. As a bonus he inherits yellow - got to be better than Gerolosteiner blue anyway.
I found some good Youtube clips.
They are in my favorites now.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
- Races contested in last 6 months: 42
- Podiums: >50%
- Top 5: >75%
- Mechanicals: 0
- National Series Championship overall titles won: 2
- Ordinary races where it felt crap: 4
- Dislocated fingers: 2
- Races where I couldn't feel my fingers or toes: 1 - Tumut 3 hour - so cold
- Dehydrated after races and throwing up: 2
- Times I wish I had a hardtail: most of them
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I am really impressed with this bike as a whole. The stiffness afforded by the lefty fork impresses me hugely.
I love how light it feels and how you never seem to feel fatigued on it.
I have been able to smash some lap times and hill climb records on it also which is extremely pleasing. Definitely one to recommend.
AT the moment I am on a course of antibiotics due to an annoying infection picked up from somewhere. It was so bad on Saturday I had to cut my ride short and went home feeling absolutely frozen for about an hour then feeling hotter than the sun for the next with a fever. It'll be better soon and I will probably hop back on the bike tomorrow after 3 full rest days.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
You know when you are riding like this when the knees flick up really fast and strong. Of course, I knew I had a plan to keep to and rolled it home on the particular hour that I had sorted.
Right now it is a little cold when I am heading out. Well it is cold for me. I had a pair of windstopper socks on, some Assos wind stopper toe covers and a set of Roubaix booties. The feet were just about right. Warm and not sweating.
I scoped out some new roads to visit, which always helps. I don't really enjoy the 'chip-seal' roads that are becoming all too common. Actually working for the Government department that actually decides how and why these roads are commissioned always is fascinating. A bit of asphaltic concrete wouldn't go astray. Saving money isn't always the be all end all.
But as a cyclist you just ride it, what other choice do you have? Wind trainer? Well if your name is Kylie, then that is a viable option. 3 and a half hours of tempo on the wind trainer watching Alberto Contador and Michael Rasmussen attack up a mountain pass. I swear that she doesn't go out if it is under 15 degrees C. It is no wonder that there is a nice little groove starting to appear on the flywheel of the wind trainer.
Kylie got a new toy on Saturday. Trev from Lonsdale St Cyclery hooked her up with a Scott Scale. The picture attached is of Kylie testing out some key balance points of the bike.
Within a couple of weeks we should have it set up pretty much identical to her Titus Racer X in terms of parts and position.
I have my MTB set up identically in reach and seat height relative to pedal to my road bike. I heard that French muppet Julien Absalon does the same. He probably did it first, I am just copying him. It should make sure that the muscles are used in the same way on each bike.
So, on Sunday I headed out after the superb saturday. Always a bit of a funny one the second week-end day. The average was nice and high - 33.2km/hr, but I didn't remember the last 15 minutes of songs that were playing on the IPOD. I was a little hungry.
Cyclists I saw today: 25
Cyclists I saw today in fluoro yellow: 14
Kilometres of sweet tailwind today: ~50km
Walls in the house painted: 2
Coats of paint: 3 - quality job of course.
Blogs checked out: 14
Bowls of pasta consumed in last 24 hours: 6
Weight lost in last 3 weeks: 3kgs
Temperature while riding today: 6 - 11 degrees C.
Embrocation used: Quoleum Medium.
Average number of layers: 3
Hours ridden this week: ~14.5 hours
Bottles of Cytomax consumed this week: 8 large
On track for next week: Should be.....
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
15 interval sets
Feeling great on trainer - this only happens about once every 3 weeks at best
2007 Stage 8 - Tour de France.
David Orroyo over the barrier into the bushes.
Mick Rogers - rolls tyre off rim - later abandons - dodgy wrist.
Levi Leipheimer breaks rear derailleur, gets new bike and gets it
'fixed' for about 3km and latches back onto the 'poursuivants'
Chicken Rasmussen wins.
I got some new cleats for my road shoes.
Amazingly the bike fits properly again. I had worn down the left one especially.
This is the one that I primarily unclip from when not on the trainer. It goes
down onto the road first and slowly wears down over time. I got 2 years out of these ones
so that's not too bad.
I have already worn out a set of bottom bracket bearings and 3 sets of tyres.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I like to sit back and dream of summer.
For example the dirt crit series.....
One month's rainfall in an afternoon.....
Getting the holeshot on Soren from Denmark.....
(photo credit: Russ Baker)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Well, the program called for some road riding today. Pretty much how the weekend pans out at the moment. I am taking a couple of months off racing. I have raced about 39 races since November 2007. I mainly want to have a mental break so I can come back hungry again when the weather warms up.
Today, it was 10 degrees maxiumum, with the wind chill making it feel like about 6 with a standard 34km/hr wind. Heading out up to the base of Mount Taylor I was grinding it out at about 23km/hr up the bike way. Turn around at the top and it was a freight train down to Woden at 45-50kays. After heading onto Commonwealth Avenue bridge I noticed a roadie cranking pretty well.
He slowed a bit over the bridge and I caught up a bit. He looked around and saw me then he tried to drop me I reckon. I was doing my best to look like a roadie, but I guess it wasn't enough. The road up to Capital Hill starts nicely with a 1-2% gradient, but it just doesn't let up. My Heart Rate at the top was pushing 177bpm but at least I was reeling him in! He slowed to recover at the top then rolled down to the lights, where he got caught by the red. He kept sneaking glances over his shoulder checking things out seeing where I was. I just wanted to say g'day to him.
When the light went green, he took the whole intersection to clip in then it was hammer time again. He just put the power down and took off. I went after him, but by now he was really tiring, and got caught by another red light. He balanced for about 2 seconds then out of the blue decides to chuck a left and go down a side street. SOFT - come on and play, there was at least 5 more sets of lights to do sprints at!
Kylie got me some new Oakley Radar glasses with the blue iridium lenses. These are way better than the M frames I have been usign for the last 2 years. They offer a much better fit and the hydrophobic (water repellant) coating on the lens is awesome as I tend to sweat truckloads.
I am also thinking about seling my Giro Atmos. It is pretty good, but I also have a Specialized D2 which is 10 times better - lighter, fits better, more comfortable blah blah blah. Have to get EBAy rolling.
I rode for about 3 hours then went home to thaw out. Had a warm soak in the bath and some pasta (at the same time). Kylie had done 2 and a half hours on the wind trainer as she doesn't go out when it is below 10 degrees.
Went to Domayne and checked out a Tempur space shuttle certified bed. It is pretty awesome, and at $5000 it should be too. It has this thick conforming foam that feels a bit like quicksand and you sink into it.
Anyway - more secret training tomorrow hunting down rabbits.