That was pretty much the key aspect of the last week's training. With Tasmania coming up next weekend, it was all about the VO2max efforts and longer LT workouts. Saturday was spent out in the Brindabellas doing some LT climbing work. I did an easy loop then the second time through it was all done at race pace. This is pretty much 90-95% max heart rate. The downhills are considered recovery - thank god for them.
There is a descent coming down from Condor Creek where there are 2 60km/hr left hand sweepers. These 2 remind me of the descent down the Poggio in the Milan San Remo where Paolo Bettini railed (literally) the guard rail prior to winning this classic. He is resplendant in his World Champioship Stripes and Number 1 dossard.
Take note at 1:15 into this clip. This is what I am talking about! Bettini attacks everywhere in this race, he is always on the gas. The accompanying Euro trash disco is just perfect for this montage. The look on Fabian Wegmann's face when Bettini shunts him into the pain cave is one that I think everybody has had at least once.
Anyway on Sunday I backed it up with some Stromlo efforts. I was pretty pleased with the results today, as for this taper I was a good 30-40 seconds quicker up Stromlo than the one done prior to the Australian Titles. Only time will tell if this translates into appropriate results.
All that is left to do now is a few more tempo rides and packing the bikes into the bags for the flight down as well as all the associated spares, clothes, etc.
I have vistsited every state in Australia except for Tasmania so that will be new and something to look forward to. We have a place right on the Derwent River so a peaceful time should be had also. I will have been fortunate to have raced in every state of Australia after this weekend, another box to tick!