Monday, September 27, 2010
I cruised up to Parkes on the Saturday morning and headed directly to the race HQ. Kylie and I cruised the first 25km of the 50km loop to scope out some of the course. Fast, Fast, Fast! It was relatively flat, with awesome singletrack that was a bit like Sparrow Hill in that it was not hard to ride, just harder when you started to ride it fast.
Friday, September 24, 2010
The training is always consistent, therefore the form is usually fairly consistent also. What does this mean? Not really sure, but the latest twinpeaks TT has indicated that things are trekking in the right direction. I am heading off to Parkes tomorrow to race the inaugural Back Yamma Bigfoot 100km race.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Long road ride Saturday, Long MTB ride Sunday. Two days without any need for arm warmers or leg warmers. After riding through all of winter again, when it gets to 10 degrees, I am pretty stoked as, relatively, that is quite warm.
After doing a huge build up to the non-existent Angry Doctor, and then having a weekend of not much riding on a relative peaking curve, I needed to get some more long miles in the legs. Last weekend I managed 3 hours on Saturday and a race on Sunday. Not a huge amount of volume, but intensity was quite high.
So this weekend I put out 4 and a bit hours on Saturday on the road bike and 4 hours on Sunday on the mountain bike. Saturday was the worst day to be out on a road bike, 30km/hr wind, foreign pollen in the air, but the weather was good. I did my normal Condor Creek loop with a run up Mount Stromlo at the end followed by a 20km/hr struggle on flat bike path into a mental headwind up to Gungahlin. When I turned around, it was easy-peasy – 55km/hr all the way back down to Northbourne avenue.
Sunday was less windy, but I was pretty hammered from the Saturday fight against the wind and the pollen. One good thing was the tailwind out to Stromlo, and the dust on the trails. I don't think I have seen dust on the trails at Stromlo or Bruce Ridge since April. 2 wheel drifts are now back in fashion at Stromlo!
This was also the first time that I have used my Continental Race King Supersonics tyres in the dry (ie dusty). They are pretty damn good I must say. I was running them a little high with regard to pressure (testing), but they hooked up superbly in the skaty conditions.
Another first this weekend was the use of my new Specialized S-Works MTB shoes. For a first ride, and one being 4 hours long, these were sensational. The comfort levels were excellent and my feet were happy when I got home. The BOA system allows you to fine tune the fit as 4 clicks on the dial is equal to one click on a standard buckle ratchet system on other branded shoes.
These shoes are also really light. This can be felt when spinning the cranks round during any sort of pedalling. Sprinting out of the saddle is just unreal.
The beauty of the dry conditions also meant that the shoes didn't get covered in mud and crap, always a bonus with patent white shoes!
With the warmer weather, I also managed to see the first snake out on the trails. I had just finished climbing heartbreak climb at Stromlo, and was cruising up a fireroad to get some water and almost rode right over him. Luckily for me, I think we were both in a cruisy zone.
To finish off the ride on Sunday I did some more singletrack through Bruce, followed by a climb up Mount Ainslie to take in the view.
It sure does feel like Spring again, which means great riding conditions and lots of enjoyable trail time.
This weekend, I will be heading up to Parkes for the Back Yamma Bigfoot. I am super stoked as the weather forecast is one for no rain this week. What an absolute novelty – dry trails! Excellent………
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Entries are in for this event to be held at the end of September.100km of pancake flat singletrack. I think that this might be a fairly quick race.
Not having seen the course, I am gunning for a sub four hour time. I will be hitting this up as a training race, I.e. still doing a standard training day the day before.
Way back in the mid nineties I was doing geophysical exploration in the Parkes area searching for gold and copper for North Exploration. We were using cutting edge technology of real time differential GPS combined with top of the line magnetometer.
We were able to find more resources inthe shadow of the Northparkes mine, which was quite satisfying.
I lived in Parkes for a year whilst working here, after finishing my studies. I was fortunate to have a mountain bike which I used to explore the local trails. These had mainly been created by motos and 4wd vehicles., a bit rough but cherished like any 'local' trails that you have
With the angry doctor having been canned this year, I am definitely looking forward to this smashfest!
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Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Short summary thus far. At event hub, race cancelled 2 hours due to gale force winds. Random decision will be made later after motos have done course recce. Possibility of shortened course. Really sunny and warm though.
1 hour course practise yesterday. Pretty wet, but jot too bad. Only the clay was a bit dodgy.
Gees, I have eaten quite a few carbs this week! If it is cancelled, the corc club race next weekend might be a massive turnout.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Hopefully by feeding my local Magpie grated cheese on a daily basis, will hold me in good stead during spring this year.
Somehow I think it is just wishful thinking.
All the training has been done for the week, now it is about freshening up, a massage to loosen up the legs, some carbs to stoke the muscles full of glycogen and I am good to go for this weekend at the angry doctor 100om race in mogo.
Definitely looking forward to this one. Lots of fast guys in the elite class this year. It will be a hard fought battle that is for sure.