Frankenston return with JP and the Gang

Posted on: Saturday February 12, 2011

I couldn’t resist meeting JP and a few of his regular crew for a roll down to Frankston and back. Lung butter factory be damned, when you can wake up at 6 and hook up a measly 8k from your doorstep you fucking do so.

We managed to pounce onto the end of a bunch being towed by a team in black Syke kit, the man up front turning something that looked in the order of 70rpm into the wind. I was just glad to be out of it. Kath and Gill pulled strong turns into the wind before handing over to JP and I. Just holding 35km/h into the breeze[1] tipped the lactate scales to the uncomfortable side without much hassle at all. And every time I crossed that 162bpm line there was that cough.

As people popped and fizzled things got messy. Somewhere between the turns, about a quarter way into the ride I found myself in the wind with a guy I hadn’t met before. Some-kind-of-Jacket Oakleys and a headband. He didn’t look overly strong, but when we closed in on a larger bunch he lead our group out wide and around. I followed suit and worked to keep up the pace. We’d cleared them, not easily, and when we did I spotted another, faster group up the road. I’d had enough of the wind, but knowing only the Jim and Neil Protocol of the Road (push!) I stepped on it in an attempt to bridge us over to the shelter of the other riders. Once there, JP drew alongside and reminded me that the pace was a little hot. Probably should have taken that rest by waving the others through but it looked messy at the time.

And that’s pretty much how it went. Kath and Gill would tow. JP and I would tow and we’d game each other (ok, he’d game me) in the great game of Lactate Chicken, which I believe I lost every time. Turns back along the Bay with the wind at our backs were fun times, with long pulls at 50km/h possible if you wanted them. We wanted them, and took them when we could. It was nice to receive a pat on the shoulder and a “thanks for the strong pull” from a stranger who pulled off as we closed on Brighton. It was nice that the guy whose name escapes me, but who was to race crits on Sunday offered a “Christ you guys are fit”, but the under current of the day’s fun was strong sensation that there is a lot of work to be done on these legs before I’ll be happy with them.[2]

105-ish km
4-ish hrs including red lights and a servo stop.
1. I’d later find out that Neil had held a conversational 45 into the same wind.
2. See [1].


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February 2011
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On the bike

CrossFit benchmarks

100 Burpees: 11:07 10:32
50 Burpees: 4:24
Angie: 30:47 (60 pull-ups only)
Annie: ---
Cindy: 13 rounds
Dianne: 39:07 (scaled)
Elizabeth: 24:47 (scaled)
Fight Gone Bad (3 rounds): 311
Filthy Fifty: 31:16
Fran: 10:31
Grace (35 kg): 4:25
Hangover Cure: 8 rounds
Helen: 11:10
Jeremy: 13:33
Kelly: 36:09
Linda (scaled): 1:17:04
Michael: 32:30
Murph: 54:17
Nancy: 17:30 (scaled to 35 kg)
Nate: 7 rounds (scaled)
Nicole: 3 rounds, 19 pullups

Row 1k: 3:26.3
Row 2k: 7:15.4
Row 500m: 1:35.7
Run 5k: 24:05 (Feb 17)

Weightlifting PBs

Bench Press: ---
Clean: 70kg
Jerk: 70kg
Press: 52.5kg
Snatch: 47.5kg+
Squat (back): 102.5kg
Squat (front): 85kg (x2)
Deadlift: 130kg
CrossFit Total: 623


3RM OHS: 55kg
3RM Front squat: 82.5kg (x5)
3RM Back squat: 90kg
3RM Deadlift: 130kg
5RM Press: 45kg
5RM Front squat: 82.5kg
5RM Back squat: 90kg
5RM Deadlift: 120
20RM Back squat: 65kg


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