Six Hours in the Saddle

Posted on: Saturday May 14, 2011

Neil had lined-up Jim and I for a reunion race of sorts. The idea was nothing more than a shits-and-giggles hit-up of the classic Beechworth Six Hours in the Saddle race. The setting is gorgeous, the course is fast and semi-technical and in a three man team we’d have energy and company to burn.

When Jim bailed, James stepped up; with a shiny new Baum to match (convenient!) and we were on our merry way.

It was 4°C when the race kicked off. While JP sat huddled in our down jackets, Neil stomped out a lap that sent me out in fifth position. I rode every lap like it was my last, posting times between 4 and 8 minutes slower than the big man’s, 2-4 behind JPs. And I could not have been happier.

The trails were perfect. Rocky, rolling and with plenty of grip. Racing Ralph’s felt great. The bike felt great. My back stiffened up as the race went on but nothing awful. At 12 seconds to 4:00, Neil came thundering into transition to tag me onto a lap that would see us cement our first category place by a lap, and pick up another two positions overall. 1st and 7th.

Very, very nice.

Also very nice: heated seats on a smashed P-chain, and being chauffeured back to the city.

Time on bike: 1:53:57
Avg Moving Speed:15.1 km/h
Max Speed:30.6 km/h
Elevation gain: 704 m

Avg HR: 173 bpm / 88%max
Max HR:  184 bpm / 94%max

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May 2011

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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