Saturday, December 19, 2009
This week has been pretty much a write off with regard to training. The lungs and the head are clogged with either a cold or really bad allergies. Phlegm is not good for cycling!
SO in the meantime, I have been watching the cricket, installing a watering system and cleaning up the garage waiting for my head to clear up. It is a good time to dial in a few of my bikes, new chains, new push rod lever kit for the Avid Juicy Ultimates. No more slop at the lever!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Avg HR: 175bpm
Max HR: 189bpm
Distance: 28km (so short!)
Avg Speed: 20.91 km/hr
Total vertical metres per lap: 222m (888m for the whole race)
That is like climbing from my house to the top of Majura every lap!
Short track was just as hard, same sort of numbers, just a bit more dust with a bigger pack. Just a blur of pain - especially the soggy flase flat at the top of the course -every lap 185bpm trying to get through this to the bit where it starts descending.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Anyway, I rolled over to Majura on Thursday for the weekly short track racing. With the Tour of Bright being on this weekend, Brad Morton, Mark Tupalski and some others didn't show up. Dylan Cooper has been doing 30 hour weeks as of late, and I hadn't seen him since Sunday, when we chased the draft of a truck up to Stromlo on Cotter Road.
Gareth set a brute of a course (which secretly I was loving). Drag race up the 3% fireroad, hard left into singletrack, tight and twisty, then hard right to cross a fireroad and go up through some rocky rooty ultimate tech singletrack - just awesome. Now we have been climbing since the start, so this really hurts. Then a tech downhill, one foot drop off hard left onto the fireroad, then back though some twisty Majura magic before hooking back up with the main fireroad.
So, when the start call went, I made sure I got the holeshot into the first bit of singletrack, as the steep pinch halfway along was causing all sorts of havoc in B and C grades.
I made a mental effort to start 'slowly' - ie not go too deep, otherwise lap 3 would really be bad. I had Matt Rizutto nehind me for the first lap. I sprinted out of the saddle all of the way up the fireroad for the start of the 2nd lap trying to increase my lead just a little. Slowly but surely I stretched away from Matt, until by the start of the last lap I had the entire straight. I had some great support from friends at the side of the track which always goes a long way to making the pain seem normal. 2 and a half minutes late I sprinted acros the line for first place, very pleased.
Kylie pulled out a pearler on a course tailor-made for her skillset and won the female class and got 10th place in B grade against the guys.
Today, was a relaxed work day. A colleague is leaving so we went out to another colleague's house on the river and went fishing, drank some beer, watched some cricket, ate some food and talked some crap! - It may just become a standard friday afternoon 'thing'!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Former Gerolsteiner and Cycle Collstrop rider David Kopp has been given a one-year suspension for cocaine use by the Flemish cycling federation. The ban was post-dated and expires on December 31 of this year.
Kopp, 30, tested positive for cocaine at a Belgian national race on September 11, 2008. The German denied having intentionally using the drug, and said that someone must have spiked his drink at a club two days earlier.
This is what happens when you go out drinking with Tommeke!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
- 5 laps
- 6.1km lap
- 100m climbing per lap
- ~31km total distance
- Avg HR: 174bpm
- Max HR: 187bpm
- Avg Speed: 24.7km/hr
- Max Speed: 63.5m/hr
- 2 litres of EFS drunk - far out that is a lot!
- Temperature: 25 degrees
- Humidity: 55%
- Oakley Radar - Retina Burn
- Tyres: Kenda Small Block 8
This week was a recovery week of sorts. Mainly the volume was lower. Plus with the Short track on Thursday called off due to Total fire ban because of 38 degree weather, the weeek just got chopped! Now to tune out the diesel over the next 2 weeks prior to going to Hobart for the first National Round.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday and Sunday were both slated for 4 hour tempo rides. I was going to race the Rocky Trail Entertainment 4 hour race at Stromlo, but with a proposed start at 12:30 and a proposed temperature of 33 degrees, i decided to skip it.
So out to the West I went on Saturday. Round and round for a bit, coming back I decided to climb Stromlo to get some water and saw a really big dead snake at the side of the road - just as I had come up beside it. Scared the crap out of me. Kylie said she saw one out on the farmer plains up out of uriarra crossing.
Later that night trev and I consumed a lot of Belgian beer to see what it would feel like to be Tom Boonen. Jokes aside, the smallest one which was a Jupiler at 250mL was considered to be 1.8 standard drinks. The funniest one (which may not even be belgian) was the HoeGaarden. Ah yes, that is where I keep all my ladies!!!
Sunday, it was hot already in the morning. But I managed to smash it out to the dirt after Condor Creek in a pretty quick time. The climbing was going well, and the voices inside my head were debating whether it was good form, or a good tailwind. When I turned around, I still went fast, but climbing out of Blue Range, I found the headwind. And it was also fast down Mount MacDonald, where Kylie again managed to pedal down to the corner and exceed 70km/hr beating me by 1km/hr. Girl got skills.
After filling up at the Cotter, I pinned it up to the base of Stromlo, then slammed it into a big gear and grinded my way up Stromlo to get some more water. The snake had gone, which was weird. I wasn't complaining though.
After getting home I weighed 2 kgs lighter after drinking 3.5 litres on the ride. It was slightly hot(ish).
The weekly training objective was met, but I need to start heading out earlier I think in order to beat the heat and not do too much damage to the body. We'll see how that works out.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
- It was warm and muggy
- Race Time: 10:40
- Avg Speed: 26.1km/hr
- Avg HR: 173
- max HR: 184
- Dusty as!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
- 1 SuperD
- 1 24 hour race (6 man team)
- 1 100km race
- 1 hillclimb
- 9 cross country races
- 16 short track races
- Super D - 2nd
- 24 hour race - 2nd
- 100km race - 6th
- Hillclimb - 7th
- Cross country - 2 x 1st, 3 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 2 x 4th, 1 x 5th
- Short track - 5 x 1st, 8 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd, 1 x 4th
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
At the Scott 24 hour race this year, I was fortunate to catch up with an old friend from junior racing days, Ben Monroe. It was good catching up talking about bikes in general and what he was up to now as RockStar Racing strategy consultant. A film is in the works documenting the Scott 24 hour quest for the Rockstar boys. I was fortunate to be interviewed in the film, hopefully it turns out alright - it was in transition waiting for Trev to come in!
Pete Smith, Ben Monroe, Scott Finlay and myself were part of the shop team back in 88, 89. Back in Brisbane, in the late 80s there was a strong shop presence in the way of Edward Street Cycles. Laurie Cranley, who now heads up Bikestyle Tours, and Brian Johnson sponsored the local guns in the emerging MTB world.
In 1989, Ben and Scott went over to Mammoth Mountain, USA for the world championships. Ben was fortunate to win the junior downhill event thus becoming the first Australian MTB champion in the process. When he got back I rode with next at the 1989 Australian MTB titles at Pierces Creek at Stromlo. This was probably the first trip away from home for me, being 15 years old! Ben won the Cross Country and the Downhill that year, Scott got 3rd in the XC and I got 6th in the XC.
Even back then I figured that Canberra was a pretty cool place to ride. It might have been something to do with being away with a bunch of guys who loved to ride and race bikes. We drove down from brisvegas in a hired tarago, towing a trailer full of bikes. It was a week long trip and pretty much opened my mind to the big world out there!
Of course, people move on and do new things, there are still probably just a handful of people from those days that still race and ride. The longevity of these people is testament to the pull that 2 wheels has for a lot of them. I am pretty much addicted to the wheels. I currently have 4 bikes, my girlfriend currently has 6 bikes, I own 3 bike helmets, 4 pairs of cycling shoes, 10 pairs of cycling gloves, 5 team outfits, way too much Assos gear!, over 30 pairs of Oakley sunglasses and devour as much information I can in the way of books, magaizines and internet pages.
Strangely enough, I don't hark back to wanting to ride a steel, rigid, singlespeed. There is a reason why technology has advanced!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The roads were still wet from the rain last night, but I was banking on a slight tailwind up mount ainslie. Ainsle is an interesting hill. It lulls you into a false sense of grimpeur ability on the lower slopes. Then it kicks up about 3/4 of the way up to about 11-12%.
The first run was into a block headwind. The legs were blocked a bit also, could have been from the cold, the caffeine, or because yesterday was a rest day off the bike. The next 2 runs up were almost identical times, and faster than the first one - that is a new one! The fourth time up I saw an asian 'alberto' climbing up. Full yellow jersey, cycling cap (sans helmet). His enthusiasm got the better of him and he blew at the 12% point. Poor fella.
The 4th and 5th climbs were the fastest, the tailwind placebo was helping, the legs were getting unblocked and I had chased down 'alberto', classic.
The 6th run was the last one, it was 10 seconds slower than the first one, but 5.3% slower than the fastest one. I try and always use a 10% rule. That is, when doing intervals (especially climbing), stop before the intervals degrade past 10% of the fastest time. There are a few reasons for this, but the main one is that once you have gone past 10%, there are no more physiological gains to be made.
I then cruised against the wind out to Hall, where my rear derailleur cable decided to snap inappropriately and provided me with a singlespeed. I stopped and locked out the rear derailleur to about the 5th gear. With the mental tailwind, and grossly undergeared bike I cruised back towards home.
5 minutes later the front tyre decided to go low at the bottom, 2 minutes later I decideded to stop and pop a new tube in. This left me with 10k to get home - all tailwind luckily.
A protein shake followed by a bowl of pasta to ensure that I can ride again tomorrow, went down way too quickly. I think I might go have a snooze.
temperature: 6 degrees
rain: a bit
hill repeats: 6
max speed: 85km/hr
avg HR: 145bpm
max HR: 178bpm
Vertical Metres climbed: 1700m
Clif blox consumed: 12 (2 per climb)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
The last 2 weeks have seen some pretty awesome things. I was out on a standard training ride a couple of weeks ago and my gears were just not shifting right. I finally figured out that the cassette lockring had come loose (lack of smooth roads!). Luckily I had seen a set of multi-grip pliers lying at the side of the road. So I used these to tighten up the cassette and finish off my ride. Since that day I have found another set of mutli grip pliers within 10 kilometres of the first set. No real need to bring an allen key set.
Saw Sven Nys riding on the fireroad near the RSPCA a week ago. Gave him the Euro-cyclist nod, got one back.
Another 15 hour training week. My favorite ride this week was Saturday. 5 times up Mount Majura. 10% grade, 9minute climb. Every 55 seconds shift into a harder gear for 5 seconds and get out of the saddle. Last 90 seconds out of saddle to top of the climb. Saw so many people out on the mountain that day. Then went out to Stromlo to watch the Elite Men's cross country race. Awesome.
Angry doctor coming up this weekend down in Mogo. Accomodation is sorted. Fish and chips after 100km race around the state forest surrounding Mogo. Should be a good one.
Finally broke 20 minutes for my secret XC test loop at Majura. It has taken me about 63 laps over about 14 months. Good benchmarking tool also for parts, tyre pressure, pacing strategies etc. Pretty happy with that!
The sun has finally come out also and this means that summer is finally on its way. there have been many rides lately with summer weight jerseys. The Canberra winter tan will soon be abolished - well sort of, it's all relative - got to keep the suncream on!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
- gone to Mogo to do a recce of the Angry Doctor course
- ate fish and chips at Bateman's Bay
- had an icecream at Bateman's Bay
- done a 15 hour training week
- got a new Polar HRM - RS800CX
- done a 4.5 hour ride in the wind in the brindies
- frozen my ass off doing stromlo hills in the big dog
- done the 4th fastest majura lap on my secret test loop
- done the 2nd fastest twin peaks loop up Ainslie and Majura
- had the best Italian wine with Kylie, Janie, and Trev
- watched Boogie Nights and Studio 54
- frozen my ass off in the morning on the road bike
- Have a strong race at the Sutton Rd XC clubbie
- experience some warmer weather
- do some cool stromlo singletrack
- receive a postcard from Trev from italy
- have a lighter week
- in all reality do a bigger build week
- have some good times!!!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
When I cruised back (on saturday) after the awesome descent, I hit the fog again - and it was thick - I could barely see about 50m in front of me. It lasted all the way back home. I even took a slight detour back up Mount Stromlo to see if it had lifted. Not really.
Today I looked out the window early and saw potential blue sky. A quick check on the Elders weather site said 'go climb some hills' A bit of snow in Thredbo has made it cold here. 4.4 degrees C windchill. 20km/hr winds. Time for some Assos windstopper and I was good to go.
A nice cruise up Majura, Black and Ainslie was only punctuated by 1 flat tyre and a punter trying to use my draft in the side wind. I stepped it up and flicked him off my wheel so I didn't have to worry about anything else. I don't do lead outs for muppets!!!
The hills were hard today with all of them having some form of headwind - as if they weren't hard enough. The descents were great though even with the wet roads. As a bonus 3 minutes after I got home it started raining - that has to be good.