Posts Tagged ‘ride

960km around New Zealand’s South Island, raising money for Very Special Kids and the Starlight Foundation.

Between 45 of us, we raised $1.2M.
I couldn’t be prouder to have ridden with these guys, or more grateful for such an amazing ride.

That’s all folks!

The week on Strava: https://app.strava.com/athlete/calendar#Mar

I asked Neil if he could cook me up a route that would net me about 120km and 2,000m of vertical for the day, and he didn’t disappoint.

With a little help from GPX Reader and a cue sheet from Neil, Wilko and I set out to slay our legs. I secretly also hoped to finish the ride without reaching for a gel, or for eating more than a regular breakfast and a supermarket issue nut bar. Mission accomplished with the help of two 600mL bottles of Endura.

The forecast was for a 50% chance of 1-4mm of rain. It wasn’t raining when I left the house and I considered not wearing rain booties, except for that I knew there’d be puddles. I also considered leaving my rain jacket at home, but then I thought about the southerly breeze and figured that I would wear it to keep the wind off until I warmed up. It started raining about 10 minutes into the ride, and stopped about five hours later, but it closed the world in around us and brought a thick air of calm down over the little back roads.

It wasn’t the hardest I’ve ever pressed on a ride, but I set a solid pace up pretty much all the climbs and had the strength to ride more aggressively as the day wore on, pushing hard to the tops before circling back to pick up Andrew and do it again. It’s a sobering thought to think that the ACE is roughly two laps of today’s loop, but it’s not terrifying.

Happy to have this one in the bank and looking forward to racking up lot more in the lead up to January, and March.

128.6km, 2,292m, 5:41 (incl. flat tyre)

Lorne – Apollo Bay – Lorne
90 km / 3:00

with JP, Andrew Harrex, Gareth and Dave Baker. Beautiful morning :)

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I’ve been stoked on thoughts of riding mtb again since watching Paul VDP take the XCE World Cup trophy.

It’s not just that event. It’s the warmer weather, the lengthening days, Dave’s 29er in the carpark and, most recently, a run in Benalla on dirt that smelled like the dirt on rides of old.

Then I spent a day down at Baum and got very tempted by the idea of a 650b bike … or a 29er.
Somebody stop me!

After this pit-stop I forgot to restart the Garmin and then rode for another hour. Figures below are guestimates.

2:15-ish, 40km-ish, 1,000m-ish


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Neil had had the flu all week long and I was just desperate to get out of the house for a roll, not matter how hard or long (and, as it turns out, flu-Neil can still half-wheel me at 208 bpm anyways).

85-ish km
3-ish hours
1,000-ish m


Met Neil at 6:30 and headed out to do the Mt Pleasant loop we weren’t able to fit in the last couple of times. It was 9° when we rolled out, 7° in the misty hills before the day bloomed, beautiful and warm, and after a solid night’s sleep I was full of labrador enthusiasm and bounded at the early hills. By the 45 km mark I had legs of wood. Not cracked, not blown, just snap-less. Uh oh. I downed my get-out-of-jail-free Gu and it had the desired effect.

In total, the loop accumulates almost as much climbing as the old King Lake circuit and can be extended to be almost as long without ever falling back onto the drudgery of main roads to get there. Not only that, it stays within emergency bailing distance of the city. Anyway…

You might say I’m too tired to write this up properly, or you might say I’m too lazy. Either way— zzz. Here are some pictures:



Time: 03:57:52
Distance: 94.80 km
Elevation Gain: 1,299 m

Avg Moving Speed: 25.1 km/h
Max Speed: 70.1 km/h

Map and detailed numbers

Jim and I turned out 40-ish km over a couple of hours.

What’s more important was that it’d rained all night and the trails were perfectly solid. Damp. Mossy. Slippery in places, but woven around a gully that cradled a constantly babbling creek that felt an entire world away from the suburbia it writhes betwixt. You come home damp and spattered, but your mind is clean.

Time: 1:59:00
Distance: 30.63 km
Elevation Gain: 571 m

Map and data

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Up at 5:15. Straight into bike gear. Shovel a bowlful of muesli down the hatch. Shoes, gloves and out the door into the last minutes of night before the pre-dawn light bleaches the few remaining start away.

With just Jim, Neil and I on the trails I almost teared up. Partly from the ‘old times’ memories, partly from the familiar kick to the egonads that comes with eating their dust; watching them tussle up the hill into the distance.

We put away a good 40-45k and a coffee before work and talked about getting some road miles in one morning later next week. Jim and I pencilled in some dirt time out at Smith’s Gully this Saturday too, which I’m looking forward to.

When I got to work it was five minutes earlier than I needed to be. Five minutes to catch up on email, right? Pfft! Five minutes of 12.5kg bastards! Christ. 50 of those are going to hurt but I’m going to do whatever I can to bring them back because when I did get back to my desk, I came back to this: Old Guy Power.


Two funny things happened regarding our bikes today:

  1. Transiting between two trails along the Boulevard we were passed by a road bunch. I checked the down tubes as the passed, all of the beautiful. Trek TTX. Time. Time. Look. Parlee. Look. Colnago. I turned to comment to Neil, ‘Expensive bunch!’, and as I turned, I saw their bikes and remembered. Oh.
  2. Transiting back along the same Boulevard, a pair of roadies coming back towards us. Jim and Neil shot up over the curb and into the train. Just as I joined them I hear one of them exclaim to the other from across the road, ‘Three Baums!’

Jim, Neil

Time: 02:41:23
Distance: 45.41 km
Elevation Gain: 411 m

Map and data

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10:30 pm — Go to bed. Listen to fully sick boys across the road have fully sick car stereo competitions.
1:20 am — Claire sneaks in to visit.
1:30-3:00 am — Various shenanigans involving demands for milk and “more space!”
4:20 am — Get up to go to the toilet. Come back to find bed position taken. Move toddler, who wakes just enough to yell “Daddy, stop!”
5:00 — Get up, eat eggs
5:30 — Out the door and on the bike
6:03 — Arrive JP’s house
6:15—8:20 Ride trails, feel decent but not “good”, get wet, have fun, talk shit, get enormous hunk of grit in right eye
8:30 — Breakfast: more eggs, sausage, two double caps and a muffin
10:00 — Arrive work

~3 and a bit hours ride time
60ish km covered
300 and something metres ascended

10:00-5:40 — Struggle to see. Feel a little delicate.
10:30 pm – Go to bed

“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.”

– Eddy Merckx

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Neil and I hit the trails for an few hours this morning. Nothing special, and everything that is special about riding. Play time. Talking shit. Re-riding dabbed features. Racing around a tiny figure-8 pump track. Coffee. Here’re the numbers.

I was sick for a solid three days over Christmas (which was great, thanks to both families), and have the remnants in my legs and lungs still. I deliberately ignored all the warning signs before hand and paid the price so the return is going to be slower than I’d like.

This morning’s roll takes care of today’s prescription for some extended steady state. If I can sneak a trainer workout in while Claire’s asleep tomorrow I will, but I won’t push it.

Food has been pretty solid for the most-part, owing to copious amounts of fresh fruit and delicious Christmas meats. I’ll be looking to tighten up and get strict again over the next week or so.


  • 3 eggs scrambled w butter, carrot, nectarine
  • Small bag of blueberries
  • Coffee, small quiche
  • Handful of walnuts, apple
  • Roast pork w dripping/gravy, carrot, coconut milk
  • 1/2 dark chocolate bunny
  • Ham and salad, w olive oil
  • Handful of mixed nuts
  • Iced cocoa
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September 2020

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