Archive for December 2010
We spent the Christmas break with my in-laws in Benalla. It’s a town of about 9,000 peeps in the middle of a featureless plain, but within spitting distance of the Victorian ranges.
I got a few decent rides in. The first, on Christmas Day, was a local 30k TT loop that I remember riding on my Diamondback Response Elite — the first serious bike (XT!) I ever owned.
The next day I snuck out early for a 4.5 hour loop out into the foothills. In 118km I saw just four cars a turtle and several remnants of bush Christmas. I came home, napped, ate a bunch of mumfood (even if it’s not your mum, mumfood is good) and slept.
The photo above shows pretty much all that remains of what used to be a huge tobacco hops industry in the valleys. As tobacco collapsed, viniculture took its place.
This little guy was halfway across the road when I came across him. He didn’t look too pleased to see me, but I helped him across the road anyway. Or I might have taken him back to where he started — it’s hard to say.
And back onto the plain…
Day three was windy as fuck. I pushed out to Tatong, a tavern-and-general-store town 30k south-east. For most of the way it was all I could do to keep the speedo out of the teens. Or to keep the bike upright when the road swung across the wind. But on the way back there were long, flat sections where I could solo along on the drops at 48km/h steady.
On the trainer.
Comprehensive warmup, then:
8 minute effort
10 minutes rest
8 minute effort
Higher average HR = 162
Average cadence = 92
RPE = 8.5
Up at 5:00 again for the first decent roll on the Corretto.
It’s nice. Really nice.
A lot nicer than my ability to hold a wheel. Not that I got dropped (not that I really pulled a turn either), but sitting a few centimetres behind someone at speed isn’t something that comes naturally.
Distance: 50.51 km
Elevation Gain: 467 m
Avg Speed: 28.7 km/h
Waking up to a beautiful morning after a bunch of rain didn’t hurt, but I need some sleep now.
Got up at 5:20 for a ride with Neil that didn’t eventuate. Instead of going back to bed, I stayed up and got some reading (about training) done.
Did a session at lunch time with the goal of basic conditioning:
5 1-Arm Swings e.s.
3 x 5 KB C&J e.s.
3 KB TGU e.s.
5 KB Snatches e.s.
5 Snatch grip deadlifts
5 Power snatches
5 Pressing snatch balances
@2 x 12.5kg DBs:
Bear crawl three laps of the gym
10 Squat-clean renegade man-makers
5 Power burpees
5 Swings @24kg KB
A quick couple of hours on the back loops of the Youyangs with J.P. and his crew.
I swapped my Cubano for his Yeti ARC, which was fun but left me with no regrets as to the titanium sled, even with similar positions the handling was bizarrely different.
Distance: 31.08 km
Elevation Gain: 489 m
Avg. Speed: 19.0