Melbourne-Ballarat, via Bendigo

Posted on: Saturday March 10, 2012

Neil and I took advantage of a holiday long weekend and went on a trip we’d been talking about for a few years. Melbourne – Bendigo – Ballarat.

All up it was a touch over 300km in 2 days. The first day was a little longer and included a good, hard climb up Mt Macedon (it has a 2km section that’s 12% and another 2km @ 13%). The second day was through some gorgeous old mining areas, but was tough due to dead legs, dead roads and headwinds.

Day 1:

Melbourne - Bendigo

Melbourne - Bendigo

Melbourne - Bendigo

Melbourne - Bendigo

Melbourne - Bendigo Melbourne - Bendigo




Day 1 laid us to waste pretty good. Here’s Neil with his legs in the ‘up’ position in our luxurious digs for the night. About two hours later we were both fast asleep.


Breakfast on Day 2 was a lot of hot cross buns with a LOT of butter, after discovering that Bendigo cafés don’t even think about opening until 9am.


For quite a while long, empty roads were the theme of the day.




Melbourne - Bendigo


In Smeaton, we found this six-digit phone’d establishment…

…right across the road from this thriving joint:


The backpack handicapping worked a treat for the most part. Oh the hills the pack, the TT chainrings and Nell’s natural uhh, “relationship with gravity” kept us together. Oh the flats it was a different matter. TTTing it into the wind on Day 2 he turned a gear that Die Kaiser himself would have given a nod of respect to. Even though Neil is huge and leaves a great big hole in the wind, there were two specific occasions he just rode me off his wheel. By an large though, it was a pretty ace trip.

Melbourne - Bendigo


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March 2012
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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: 24:00

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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