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Call it a saving grace, but somehow I managed to score a second free leave-pass in as many weeks. Sunday morning was mine alone and the only rule was be in Blackburn for lunch.

I called Neil. He proposed a civil, eight o’clock start with coffee followed by a languid roll through some hills. I was more than happy to oblige, my only desires being hills and unfamilliar roads. I got more than could wish for in both categories.

The day in numbers:

110.7 km
2,262 m vertical
4:26

Strava link (54:33 at threshold earns me an extreme according to StravaSoft)

It’s interesting that Strava thinks I did 2,200. The Garmin didn’t think so, but with 1,928 on the dial as I rolled past Mick and Jo’s street I was never going to get off the bike until I saw 2 0 0 0. Five repeats of Katrina Street put that to bed.

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This is exactly what I’ve been needing.

Long winding roads with some reasonable elevation. It’s barely an hour’s ride out of the CBD, but you could be in the middle of country Victoria anywhere for all you know.

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Neil, Ash and Jim were along for the ride, Ash with a set of fearsome legs at the end of a year that took in a Solo 24 Hour Worlds, Mongolia High Plains Challenge, Croc Trophy and Tour de Timor. I was off the back early on when the boys went up the road to play, but besides that I felt pretty good all day long.

119km / 1,861m / 4:30:00

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.

Not a long time, but a good time zipping around the refreshed You Yangs. Neil unpacked a bike whose brakes were in dire need of bleeding, so we climbed out of the stockyards and over to the … (think, damnit) flat bit. Without brakes Neil couldn’t descent too well, so to make it fair and fun I tried to ride the same – recalling Jeff yelling ‘no brakes’ from behind me at the approach to every corner. Good practice.

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The trails are in fantastic condition. Berms are pitch perfect and as solid as pavement. Everything is fast and furious and although we were only out for an hour and a half I felt it throughout the whole body. Mountain biking is hard. The week’s 12 hour is going to be … interesting.

Summary:

Distance: 27.47 km
Time: 1:33:25
Avg Speed: 17.6 km/h
Max Speed: 45.1 km/h
Elevation Gain: 439 m

Avg HR: 148 bpm / 76 %MHR
Max HR: 175 bpm / 89 %MHR

Map and all the numbers.

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:

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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

Neil and I met on the corner of St Vincents’ Hospital at 6:30 a.m. to roll a conversational loop around the Mt Pleasant loop

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Moving Time: 03:15:21
Avg. Speed: 24.5 km/h
Max Speed: 69.6 km/h
Elevation Gain: 1,164 m

Avg HR: 131 bpm
Max HR: 181 bpm

Map and data


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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: 24:05 (Feb 17)

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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