Thursday, July 19, 2012
It's July. It's really cold in Canberra. The Tour de France is on. There's crazy fog in the morning.
June and July in Canberra are great months to take stock of what you want to achieve in the later parts of the year, put the plan in place and get things happening. Bulk loads of training are what has been on the cards for me over the last few weeks. It's not always easy with the cold weather, but on a positive note, the days are getting longer and the sun is out a fair bit more which makes it mentally easier.
In the immediate future, there is round 5 of the XCM series with the Wollombi Wild Ride followed by the Back Yamma Bigfoot. Two super flat races. So, obviously the emphasis has been on making sure the endurance and power are increased to cater for these sorts of races. The Wollombi race is a super short event at only 75km. This is going to be a flyer!! I am expecting that this will pretty much end up being a road race from the get go. The vast majority of the course is fireroad so drafting, and potentially a bunch sprint will be the outcome.
The Back Ymma Bgfoot I have done a couple of times before. I reckon that this race has exactly the perfect ratio of firetrail to singletrack around. It also has a super vibe at the actual event headquarters itself. I can not wait for this one!
What Else? Well, I have been doing my twin peaks mountain bike training loop over the last few weeks. It is interesting looking at all of my stats over the last 5 years on this loop. I am now doing this one on the 29e and have 3 runs on it. The interesting thing is that the tails have been really moist due to the cold weather. I have been experimetning with tyre pressures of 20.5 in the front and 21.5 in the back. This is super low for me, but seems to be ok with the 29er wheels. There have been a few rim strike on the ENVE carbon rims when going through super rocky terrain. Only a little bit of tweaking here and there to get this to perfection.
A fair bit of this action going on.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Either way, I took the bull by the horns and only packed the white gloves. Sometimes you just have to be confident.
The week leading up was a little better than last the last race I did. The only thing was trying to not catch the man-flu that everyone at work had. I am not sure that it didn't inflitrate my standard athlete immune system - the scratchy throat and sneezing was not inspiring.
Callala RSL - Race HQ for a day
Cold and Dark - Saturday Morning
After getting the bike out, I went for my warm up which included riding the first few kilometres of the course to familiarise myself with the sticks that I remembered from last year. Yep. They were all still there. Thousands of them. My mental note was made to be near the front early on to avoid them flying around like last time.
And they're off and racing!!
KOM taken out by Trenton Day followed by Adrian Jackson
Tell him he's dreaming!
The gloves used to be white - where's the NapiSan
5 hour bike overhaul - must be a standard thing for this race
- Rear brake pads
- Derailleur Pulleys - lower one was the ninja star
- Lower Headset bearing - a little rough
- One rear hub bearing - the outer non-drive side
- Bottom bracket bearing - these were ok, but were 6 months old
- Front hub bearings
- Shoes (well, they were two years old - glad I didn't run brand new ones for this race)
- Knicks - sand and lycra do not mix