Wednesday, April 29, 2009

freezing

After the weekend, which was a super long one by the way, as it had the ANZAC day holiday on monday, plus a chill out day for me on Tuesday, it is officially cold. There is snow in the mountains and the wind bites through a bit also. 
 
This morning's ride was a quick blast through the loop as I had a chiro appointment to be at, at 8am. It was about 1 degree when I headed out, the kangaroos were looking pretty chilled eating grass under the streetlight at the end of the street. They didn't respond when I said g'day to them - in the zone probably. The wind-chill was just a bit too brisk for the first 20 minutes, I had just sort of warmed up by the hour mark. Time to get to the shop for some extra warm gear. It probably wont get any warmer in the next 4 months.
 
Yesterday Kylie and I cruised the wind trainer for an hour then got her a new set of Shimano MTB 310S shoes. Trev had his shimano white ninja gloves on while he heated them up in the oven. The oven was looking pretty tempting to stick a foccacia in as he then expertly fitted the shoes to Kylie's feet.
 
That afternoon, we hit up the trails on the back of Mount Ainslie to test them out. These worked a treat for her, and she was totally stoked with the outcome. I have had mine now for about 4 weeks and they are sesnational. My other shimano shoes M300 I still have, after 18 months of duty. They still go ok, but the new ones have the best colour combo - and that is hugely important!
 
The forecast is for more cold weather so I will just have to suck it up and get through the next couple of days.
 
Interestingly enough, cyclingnews.com has reported that a cyclist (from Italy) has returned a positive for CERA. An Italian newspaper has stated who it is, however this is probably not the best way to release these details. News to come....

Monday, April 27, 2009

Stromlo flyer

Cold. Wet. Windy. Superfast.
 
That pretty much sums up the opening round of the 09/10 CORC club series at Stromlo on Sunday. It was less than 10 degrees. The rain had been falling on and off for about 3 days. The wind was gusting up to 60km/hr. The average speed was 27.37km/hr for Elite Men.
 
I decided to move up to Elite men for this season in order to work on some of my top end speed. However as some of the local guns are off in Europe doing some international duties, I had to make my own speed. When the race director got us going, I decided to put the hammer down and just pin it. With the extreme tailwind, this enabled me to get a good gap on the rets of the field and the net result was a 20 second gap on the rest of the field after the first lap. These were short laps. 16 minutes for the first one, and 15 minutes for the last one.
 
After the first lap, I was joined by Matt Rizutto, who had had a bit of an off on the start. In his excitement to get back on, he had loaded up on the adrenaline and was absolutley stomping. We worked together for laps 2-5 to get a bigger gap on the rest of the field. This worked well as by the end we had put 2 and a half minutes on 3rd place. At the top of the climb of the last lap, I put the hammer down and sprinted like crazy as it was truly the only spot that I was able to keep Matt out such was the power he was outlaying. This worked and I was able to take the win by 3 seconds.
 
It ended being an extremely short race - 1 hour 18 minutes - probably a good thing as it was borderline hypothermia weather!
The track was relatively flat and thus extremely fast. When stromlo is wet it is super grippy which enables you to rail every corner.
 
Thanks again to Lonsdale Street Cyclery for helping me out with all my gear which always works a treat in any condition. Also thanks to the organisers as usual for running the best club races ever.
 
 

Friday, April 24, 2009

Racing again

After quite a while of not racing, there is a race on again. That's pretty cool. Speaking of cool, I think that the weather might be just that. 13 degrees, windy and a 90% possibility of rain. Lucky it is at Stromlo, where the rain just makes it easier to grip. The wind can be brutal though. With a race start at 9:30am it is bound to be cold, and probably wet also. 6 laps of a proposed 6.8km course should be doable though. No real rest or taper for this one as it is just a clubby tuner to see where things are. Still, if there are numbers attached and more than one person, it is always Sunday World Chapionships!
 
I got my new Scott Scale in from Switzerland where they were mining the carbon fibre by hand it seems. That exercise took 4 weeks. But the machine is built up and going well. The white colouring of the rear section looks great when it is clean, but when it is muddy, nobody will be appreciating my coordination with the saddle - also white. The orange stickers on the forks do match well with the Lonsdale Street Cyclery team colours though. It is the little things that count!
 
The other day on Stromlo, I was doing some hill intervals, and it was windy. Really windy. I was able to do 30km/hr up through the boom gate going up the hill, and could only manage 30km/hr through the boom gate going down the hill. The good thing about a tailwind up a hill is that repeatability goes through the roof. All 6 reps were within 10 seconds of each other- that is just great. This phenomenom is not new to me though. The 'dog' hill out the back of Ainslie\Majura saddle performs the same when there is a brisk southerly.
 
The classics have been run and by the end of this weekend after LBL will be done for another year. These races are exciting as each rider has to bring the A-game for just one day. Defintiely the sort of races that I enjoy watching.