Archive for October 2011
I’ll come back and update this later, but Neil, JP and I managed to take second place with six laps each at the Male Threes at the Surf Coast 12 hour.
The trail was fast and flowy with just a couple of proper climbs, neither of them brutal, but you could certainly smack yourself if you wanted to. Neil wanted to and put down some wicked-fast laps, getting faster as the day wore on (up until his last lap). James wasn’t too far behind, and I was … just a few minutes behind that. That irks me more than it should, but I have to take consolation in the fact that I haven’t actually been training other than commuting at conversational speed. It’s something, but it’s not the pointy stick that I’m beginning to crave. (Sense of future regret at saying that.) I should also remind myself here that life has been rockin’ on many fronts lately and to a magnitude that is difficult to achieve with the focus and specialisation usually required to take home fastest lap honours.
New this race was having a mini supporter. Claire is officially old enough to come out and enjoy being at the race site and cliché as it might be, hearing a little voice yell “Gooo Daddy!” at you as you stomp into transition is pretty fuckin’ awesome.
Winners are grinners.
84km and somewhere around 1,000m for the day.
Jim and I met up for a quick and mellow roll along the inner trails before work. We met at a civilised 7:30 and were done and dusted with coffee in hand by 8:45. Soft? Yeah, but it was good just to roll and catch up on life.
30km and 330m including the trip from home.
Random pull-ups in sets of 3-5. Veal, veggies and dukkah for dinner. DOMS.
I needed to read this:
My weeks are looking pretty steady now.
Commute about 15km in 40 min twice a day.
Eating is “ok”. Not hyper bad, but not clean. Not much processed food, but plenty of grains and the occasional sweet thing.
I’m lucky to get one conditioning session in a week. Ideally I’d like this to become 2-3 times a week along with at least one focussed session (interval, distance or mtb) on the bike. So the question is, where and how to train.
I have a fucked up old oly bar and some iron weight (but no rack), a box, a medicine ball and enough kettlebells to keep me busy but I miss walking into a gym. Apollo is $70 a month, less after the work rebate. It’s 5 minutes’ ride from home and means business. There’s no hype, no “classes” and I trust their coach (ex-AIS decathlete) to put together a serious program for me if I decide that I want one. It’s on the cards.
In the mean time, Surf Coast 12hr is a week and a bit away…