Archive for January 2011
A quick but sub-threshold (mostly) hot lap of Williamstown. With some refinement, this could be a solid training loop. There are worse ways to wrap up a day than slicing through the night along the lapping sea, Melbourne a bunch of blinking bokeh on the horizon too.
However: Training late precludes going to bed early, precludes getting up early, kiboshes training early, necessitates repeated late training or *gasp* lunch time training.
Tomorrow: 3 x 10min steady state at lunch time, in 38°C heat. Stay tuned.
Getting up with the clock reading 5 is starting to feel normal. Slipped out of the house like a ninja and met a vastly diminished (I’m told) Somerville Road bunch. Six became four when two split to wind out some longer miles along beach road. Wanting to know the local circuit, I stayed with the the men who had wives and children to get back to.
The rain held off for most of the ride and though the pace wasn’t challenging, the Farnsworth Ave hill repeats (numbering five) were enough to remind me of Charmichael’s advice on pre-training snacks. “The most important aspect of any pre-training food is that it be out of your stomach by the time training begins.” This time I wasn’t giggling.
We beat the rain back to the start point atop Somerville Road bridge, but without even an hour elapsed I settled into a rhythm out to Williamstown through the soft drizzle, sighted the Bay and pushed hard and homeward.
Distance: 35.32 km
Elevation Gain: 217 m
Avg Speed: 25.6 km/h
Avg HR: 144 bpm
Max HR: 181 bpm / 92% / z5.2
LT = 162
Get up and slide through the pre-dawn bayside streets, yawning and readying for the daily bustle.
Meet JP’s very mellow bunch and rolled long, easy, swoopy laps of Albert Park lake while balloons floated over the city and the sky tried on a succession of pale morning hues.
Spear into the CBD and devour eggs, bacon and the best mushrooms you’ve ever eaten – grilled under rosemary and olive oil.
Go to work happy.
Rolling time: 01:52:38
Distance: 47.20 km
Avg HR: 116 bpm
Max HR: 158 bpm