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Benalla, Myrrhee, Moyhu, Wangaratta, the Warbies, Benalla

Posted on: Saturday December 28, 2013

This whole Festive 500 thing has got me in a funk. I didn’t ‘officially’ commit myself to it, but I thought I’d get enough riding in through the normal course of things and hanging onto that idea has had me trying to build an unplanned, unannounced 500km week into a post-Christmas week that includes a 1-year-old birthday in Benalla and painting the house. Things started off well, but the days have been slipping away. I’d have thought better of it and let it go, but I did that last year, and for extra motivation the 250km Alpine Classic is a mere 30 days away. And of course with CHain Reaction in March there’s no lack of reasons to go long.

So I woke up this morning at 5:30 not wanting to ride, and not wanting to not ride. Wanting to go long, and wanting to roll over and curl back into Fee and Mae. I got up and got out the door slowly and rolled out along Kilfera Rd in a sour mood. With shit legs I thought about turning around or just cutting a lap of the Emu Bridge circuit, but then I thought of a better lie to tell myself: I’d take a short-cut home from Wangaratta and cut out the extra work through the Warby Ranges.

The medium-length route out through the Myrrhee and Moyhu King Valley vineyards was  pretty as hell, well worth it the ride, and the elevation slowly gained over about 20km of false flat was paid back with a long descent onto the Oxley plain into Wangaratta. When I took that left turn, the road smoothed out and the wind came around to the 3/4 rear. I made good time and was in Wangaratta by 9:30. Before 10 and I’d push for the longer loop (est. 180km) was the deal I’d made myself when the scenery picked my spirits up. With some pace in the legs I was feeling happy and pressing on sounded like a good idea. I might even get some extras in.

It started heating up properly on the climb out of Wangaratta (the day topped out at 38ºC) , but the tempo was enjoyable. Down the other side was where the mind games begin. The roads there are arrow-straight, endless, narrow and chip-sealed with extra chunky chips. I missed a crucial left turn to Glenrowan. Crucial because I’d made this other deal with myself — roll right through Wang and pick up a Coke and fresh bottles in Glenrowan. So it was with just half a bottle of optimizer-type drink and a Gu that I tried to keep the tempo quick and steady along a rough, shadeless strip of grit that stretched out to infinity ahead and behind me.

When I reached the Benalla turn-in I already knew I’d pull up 30km short of my target 180. In Wang I’d felt like I could go for 200, but at Benalla I could feel that fuckin’ chip-seal in my hands and feet, shoulders and other places. With 155 on the clock I was more than ready to pull the pin and swap a cool shower for the north-eastern heat.

When Fee took the Claire and Emma to the pool, I put Maesy down for a nap, lay down on the couch, closed my eyes and listened to the test cricket.

http://app.strava.com/activities/102305777
157km   5:24h  (29km/h)  806m

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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

1RMs
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

 

3-20RMs
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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