Self Validation!

I have had a quite uneventful month or so since the last update; the planned trip to Albury for VES Rd2 was a “No Go” due to a house full of sick children and a subsequently grumpy wife… Granted it was cold, wet and windy and the race was a slop fest but missing the race was quite a psychological blow having not raced the MTB since April it made me start wondering just why I was doing this again!…

Every now and then when the chips are down, I find it helps to take a step back and look at the bigger picture of sorts. I sat down the other week and thought I would do a bit of validation of my goals I set at the start of the year; some of these were pretty simple goals but goals non the less. Sometimes I think we lose sight of what we originally set out to achieve and get caught up in what we are doing, improving or whatever else to care to much…

Goal 1) This year I want to ride 12,500km. – Well on the way having ridden 7432kms thus far, my current weekly average will get me exactly 12550kms by years end, but more volume will be added when it warms up a little.

Goal 2) I want to ride down the coast, for something different! Done, but only as far as Anglesea, will have to head down when the weather warms up, there are a few climbs I’d like to hit up.

Goal 3) I would like to tackle the climbs of south side of Mt Macedon, Donna Buang, Lake Mountain and Falls Creek.
South side of Macedon done, also climbed Mt Buller which said to be more difficult than Lake Mountain and Donna Buang. More climbs to come when the snow disappears.

Goal 4) I would like to do well in Age Group at the 2014 XCO Nationals. Having kids got in the way of that one, always next year!

Goal 5) This year I want to finish strong at the Wombat 100. As above!

Goal 6) This year I want to chase the podium, and hopefully make one of the steps in the 2014 Victorian Enduro Series. Still working on this one, 5 rounds to go!

Goal 7) Start racing road more actively. Done, when I can – Not racing as much as I would like but there is some good ones coming up! I am looking forward to Summer and Crit season that’s for sure.

So that’s my own self validation for now. In all not a bad effort, with some clear goals to shoot for in the next few months.

Let’s Go Racing!
This weekend is VES Rd3, entries in, accommodation booked so LETS GO RACING! I am really looking forward to this event, it was a good one last year until I crashed out destroying my helmet and bruising my ego.

The lead up to the race has been a bit all over the place with a few sleepless nights, and missed riding days due to poor weather (call me soft, but riding in 70km winds and driving rain is not fun). Like always I always come into the event wondering if I’ve done enough, but also knowing I’ve done all I can!

Getting fast(er) on limited time…

Of late I’ve been asked more frequently what I’ve been doing with my limited time; I seem to be getting faster every time I head out if the local bunch, my average speeds and Strava “trophies” count for anything. So I figured I would detail some of what I do on an average week and share a few of my favourite shorter workouts – there is nothing new or ground breaking here just hard work!

As most with children know having a new born is a challenge in itself, they demand 110% of your time and often falling into bed immediately after they do is the most eagerly anticipated part of the day; on top of that there is work – got to pay the bills, other family commitments – can’t forget the wife and daughter too and finally at the bottom of the list comes riding. All of this means often getting out at “dark o’clock”, a short trainer session while bub is asleep or even just staying in bed / lazing on the couch (recovery) are the only options.

“Dark O’clock”
Admittedly I am a bit of an early riser anyways, so getting up early to head out the door for a ride has never really fazed me. If I am up at 5 o’clock and out the door at it means I can get in a solid 2 hours of riding before needing to race home and get ready for work. I usually use this time to get in some much needed actual riding and respite from the brain drain that is spending a lot of time on the trainer. These rides usually have some purposeful training but nothing too regimented, I will often take the opportunity to make these either easy or hard rides, easy being much needed Z1/Z2 work, the hard rides being either fast bunch rides or longer (20min) FTP intervals, I generally aim to get out for one of each (easy / hard) once a week.

“Short & Sweet”
The other portion of my little riding time is spent on the ergo / trainer, usually this short period of time is spent focusing on specific training zones aimed at forcing specific adaptions; a lot of the work on the trainer is designed to be short and sweet; with a high to very high intensity working predominately Vo2 Max, Anaerobic and Neuromuscular though intervals of varying length from 8mins down to 15sec respectively. These intervals are painful but very effective at increasing anaerobic capacity and highly specific to mountain bike racing. The hardest part is hitting the required power output, over and over and over again, followed by trying not to fall off the trainer!

I’ve outlined below a couple of workouts I am loving at the moment, maximal effort minimal time.

Vo2 Max Lung Buster.
This workout albeit pretty short is solid, a lot of time spent at Vo2 Max with very short rest periods (1:30min) to induce some pretty serious oxygen debt. The hardest part is just going again, and again, and again; it’s tough not just on the legs / lungs but also psychologically as well. Intervals should be done at 106% to 120% of FTP (Z5) or >120% in the case of the Z6 intervals (very hard to achieve by now). If you don’t fall off the trainer at the end, or collapse in the shower shortly after you are not going hard enough!

5 to 10mins Warm Up
3 x 3min Z5 Intervals w/ 1:30 Rest
2 x 2min Z5 Intervals w/1:30 Rest
3 x 1min Z6 Intervals w/1:30 Rest
2 x 2min Z5 Intervals w/ 1:30 Rest
3 x 3min Z5 Intervals w/ 1:30 Rest
5 to 10mins Cool Down.
Hit the shower, then slam down 500ml; of chocolate milk or your favorite recovery drink / foods.

OUCH!!!
Lungbust

Under/Over – Over/Under Intervals
This is a workout I have been doing for a long time, I am pretty sure it was originally featured in one of Lynda Wallenfels training plans I did years and years ago – I think it was originally devised by Chris Carmichael and has done the rounds in most “Time Crunched” type training plans; most recently it’s been brought to attention by Team Sky who claim it has been one of their keys to success on the mountains in the TDF. The interval consists of a an interval of riding at 95% FTP (or just below LTHR) followed by 105% FTP (or just above LTHR), repeated a few times. The durations can be whatever durations you like, I like to mix them up a little just to ease the boredom on the trainer. It’s a solid threshold workout, your legs should be burning by the end of it but your lungs should be fine.

5 to 10min Warm Up
8mins x [1min @ 95% FTP / 1min 105% FTP, repeat]
5min Easy Spin
8mins x [30sec @95% FTP / 1min 105%FTP, repeat] (alternatively try 2mins/2mins)
5miins Easy Spin
8mins x [1min @ 95% FTP / 1min 105% FTP, repeat]
5 to 10min cool down

Over/unders!
Overunder

So that’s it…

Well not really! I have a large pool of workouts I can do on the trainer – most of which hurt! The even scarier part is the coach has an even BIGGER list of workouts he can draw on if he is feeling particularly nasty. But a single workout WILL NOT make you fast, hell even a heap of workouts won’t make you fast; there is a significant amount of planning that goes into how I spend my limited time; the above are just very limited examples that might be applicable to this week, but not necessarily the next. It’s all a juggling act of consistency and balancing stress / recovery!

Anyways that’s all for now, happy riding!

Epic

Every now and then I like to get out for an epic ride; the type of rides that epitomize cycling just you, the bike and the road or trail as is often the case with me. Wife and kids away for the weekend it provided the perfect opportunity to go out and ride, without the worry of needing to be home for reasons X,Y & Z – the weather was reasonably good too! So let’s get riding!!!…

Mount Macedon
I had planned to head to Bright for the weekend to ride Tawonga / Falls and Mt Hotham, but after getting up at 3:30am to do airport drop offs, I was in little mood to spend another 4hrs in the car driving and so opted to head to Woodend / Mount Macedon instead. There is not a lot epic about Mount Macedon, although it does offer a good opportunity for some good climbs and good views from the war memorial at the summit as well. After doing 2 laps of my normal 30km circuit I had hoped to do some further exploring and ride a climb I discovered online called Alton d’Huez unfortunately a rapidly deflating tubular tire ended my day early.

Alton d’Huez Video stolen from Climbing Cyclist YouTube channel:

Looks kinda cool!

The War Memorial, clearly whomever designed this had bike photo op’s in mind:

Mount Buller
On Sunday morning I packed the car and headed off to Mansfield to tackle Mount Buller The weather was grey, but reasonably mild and I set off on what would be a 100km ride from Mansfield, to Mt Buller summit then back to Mansfield. Being mindful of the coaches’ “don’t bury yourself” comment earlier in the week I tried to pace myself Z2 to Sawmill Settlement, then complete the climb at tempo / sweet spot before riding Z2 back to Mansfield. Even before I got to the gates at the bottom of Mt Buller I knew I was in for a long day an hour in to the ride and I was already feeling it having smashed myself the day before.

What a climb! Soon enough I got to the gates and commenced the climb; Mount Buller for the most part is a fairly constant 6% grade for the first 12.5kms, before ramping to about 13% for the last 1.5 to 2kms. Even completing the climb at tempo was a big effort it was just constant climbing, no rest but reasonably epic views to distract you from the ongoing pain. The cloud cover rolled in from about half way up and got thicker towards the top to the point where you could barely see 2m in front of you. The final 2kms broke me, out of the saddle cranking 39/23 and seemingly going nowhere I was absolutely elated to see the pavement change from bitumen to concrete and the village pop into view which marks the end of the climb. Finally I had made it… And I learnt something about myself too!

The village was dead, it provided an almost surreal experience with the cold, thick fog, and being the only person there – it left me wondering how the hell do businesses stay open over the spring, summer and autumn months, soon enough it was time to depart and head back to Mansfield as I was concerned I would run out of light before I got there! The descent down Mt Buller was fast and hairy, the road partially wet made for some dicey cornering; lucky I was repping the mountain bike skillz or I could have ended up sliding down the road… the trip back to Mansfield was fairly quick if only the 3 hour drive home was that quick.

Total ride time was 3hrs 40mins, 96kms and one of the 7 peaks chalked up.

I was hoping for a view, but all I got was clouds:

Ride Data:

In all a solid weekend of riding, I think an easy might be in order for today!

Now with Power!

So it’s been a while since the last update I figured I should type something for those interested!

“The Best Laid Plans”
Per my last entry, I had every intention to do the Dirty Gran Fondo held a few weeks ago; but then the rains came! The Dirty Gran Fondo is known for being a cold and miserable place in the wet and this year’s running of the race was going to be no different. But the choice was made easier; I’d been shopping for a power meter for some time a few days before the race a set of Zipp’s laced to a Powertap come up for sale… So I made a compromise, Dirty Gran Fondo vs Powertap the answer was the Powertap and a “we will see about the race” was how I left it with the wife whom wasn’t too happy with the $1k spend.

Taking the easy road
On the eve of the Dirty Gran Fondo the heavens opened up with rain from all angles – it hammered down all night. Waking in the morning to the sound of very heavy rain on the roof the option of staying in bed, snuggling up to my Zipp/Powertap wheelset won by a country mile. I had no interest in replacing my bike’s chain, cassette, chain rings, brake pads, brake rotors, bottom bracket and whatever else the mud would have destroyed.

On the positive side, a race provides memories of both good and hard times – but the Powertap will provide at least a couple of years’ worth of training data. In addition the Zipps are a bloody light and fast wheelset not to mention they look pretty trick on the Norco.

Other than a new wheelset not a great deal has been happening on the bike front, the training focus has shifted from Vo2 Max, back to more of a Threshold focus. I am trying to get as much riding in as possible while juggling work, life and the little ones! The balance still needs some work, just when I think I’m doing well I seem to hit a bit of a lull or cop a night of no sleep just to mix it up, BAMM!

The wife and little ones are away this coming weekend, so I might try and get in some epic rides!

Race Report: GCC Presidents Handicap
Coming into this race I didn’t expect much as I hadn’t been riding nearly enough the last two weeks… But it was a flat course and if anything suited me so I was up for giving it a red hot crack. I packed the bike in the car, got dressed and headed off to the race. On arriving there was plenty of riders around looks like a big field!

The race start was fairly uneventful, the first lap was hard and fast with the bunch sharing the work. After the first lap I was hoping we could keep up the pace, but few dropped off as the scratch bunch come racing past (they were a lap behind). I opted to bridge the gap to the scratch bunch with fellow bunch mate and Lara Latte rider Barrie, hanging a few meters off the back of their bunch. Their pace was too fast for me in the wind but they did take a while to disappear into distance.

I looked back only to see the bunch a couple of hundred meters behind me and Barrie tailing off too , at this pointed I wondered do I keep it up or ease up and let the bunch catch me before burning too many matches; I opted for the latter knowing that it would be a long four laps out by myself. After heading back to the bunch I discovered their reluctance to do any work myself and another rider on an older Cervelo did a majority of the work on the front with the individuals slowly dropping off as each lap went passed.

On the bell lap, we got a time to the next bunch; trying to encourage the group down the every so long fast Murradoc rd section of the course I barked a few instructions “short sharp turns” again this fell on deaf ears finding myself at the front of the bunch doing most of the work again… We caught and swallowed up the bunch in front around the back half of the course only a few km’s from the finish. Our bunch was now 4 people bigger and everyone champing at the bit for the sprint despite the leader being 2mins up the road.

We rounded the final corner about 600m out the Cervelo rider jumped, I grabbed a wheel while thinking out loud “way too early” two others from the bunch wound up and pulled alongside; “fark I’m on the inside”, the Cervelo rider ran out of legs about 150m from the line – doubled fark, now I was boxed in and slowing! I managed to pull out behind the other two and give it some stick. I ended up 4th, the spilt between 2nd and 4th being only 0.143 of a second!!!

We were all pretty cuffed with the finish and the race as a whole – it was a good hit out with a few comments about how hard I was pulling on the front of the bunch (really it didn’t seem hard). The flat course suited me well and I left the race richer and with a big smile on my face and now knowing why I spend all my time on the trainer.

Props to Geelong Cycling Club for putting on another great event, and for the pictures.

Late in the Race:

Full Flight, Mid Sprint:

Making use of time…

As most with children know finding time for “other stuff” is often difficult, occasionally impossible – between family time, activities, bad moods, illness, and factor in work it’s little wonder most of us with children can’t get that VOLUME of riding we’d like to at least not without coming home to a cranky wife/partner or worse, divorce papers on the dining table. So sometimes you just have to make do with the time you’ve got, but if you are clever you can still get in some good training.

Yesterday was a prime example, it was a day off from work for me and I had secretly been planning all weekend to get out on the mountain bike for 2 or 3 hours; unfortunately sick kids, and a sick wife meant getting out on the bike for a few hours just wasn’t going to happen. So I continued my love affair with the fluid trainer, this time knocking out 4 x [4x 15sec on / 15sec off] Z7 intervals, combined with a warm up and cool down this 30min workout left the legs feeling like jelly!

Sure the total workload was only 3mins, 07sec (fell short on a few) but all of it was >150% of FTP and much closer to 175%-200% FTP, but these short intervals offer a host of Neuromuscular adaptions. In hindsight these intervals probably aren’t too far from MTB specificity really, as “short blast” power is often used for hammering up pinches, or clearing trail obstacles.

Strava

Next race!
With the next Vic Enduro Series race not until the end of June, I am looking for a filler – subsequently I am hoping to the Dirty Gran Fondo in early May, this race has been on the to do list since its inception with its European style stocked up feed zones and finish areas with sweets, treats and even free coffee, people racing on cross bikes, great atmosphere, etc… Sounds like a winner!

Link for those keen: http://www.bighillevents.com.au/dirty_grand_fondo/home.html

Crazy Baby!

Babies are cute, but lack of sleep isn’t!
So the last few weeks not a lot has happened on the bike front, but plenty has happened on the life front… Our newest addition to the family is a little boy whom weighted in at a whopping 8lbs 13oz, that said he is relatively lean with strong legs and lungs so needless to say this proud dad is planning yet another collection of bikes. Hopefully we have a collection of world cup / tour trophy’s in both Men’s and Women’s categories in 20 or so years (we have a daughter also) .

Naturally with a newborn comes a host of other stressors, not so much lack of sleep but broken sleep to which end both my wife and I are coping reasonably well; it does make getting up early to sit on the bike very difficult. In addition the general lack of time also makes it hard to get out and sit on the bike as well…

Cute Baby Pic:
Aidan Hickey

Enter the pain cave.
Not wanting my recent hard work go to waste I have been spending a pretty significant amount of time on the Ergo / trainer busting my guts (nuts). Generally speaking you need to be a special kind of sick in the head to enjoy sitting on the thing, which is really only designed to cause pain and suffering and not much more!.. Maybe I am that special kind, as I don’t mind it all that much, I’ve even sat outside on it on a nice sunny day and let the mind wander a bit.

The trainer does serve a great purpose however, it is a fantastic tool for doing specific work – things like steady state “Sweet Spot”, LTHR, Vo2 Max intervals, and even just Z2 or tempo work can be done with a great amount of precision that just can’t be replicated on the road, no changes in grade, no coasting…. NO REST! To that end when I do get out on the road, the time on the trainer is then realised, all of a sudden hammering along at warp speed is done with relative ease.

Moving from Threshold focus, to Vo2Max Specificity – the year thus far has been a pretty solid dose of tempo and threshold workouts, work designed to push up the Functional Threshold Power a bulk of the work done in long format intervals painful if done right they offer a host of adaptions to both your aerobic and anaerobic systems and a world of pain for the duration of the interval. Closer to the end of June, prior to race season the focus will shift from improving FTP to working on Vo2Max / Short burst stuff more akin to mountain bike racing. These efforts will be short and sharp, generally <5mins and generally spew inducing.

Race Report… And that was the end of that!
Like usual I prepped my race gear on Friday night, filling bottles, stocking food, etc… Also sitting down and working out a strategy for food and drink. Big breakfast, pre-race snack and 290cal per hour should have me covered… On the day I slept in after a bit of an up and down night with Aidan, not to worry I still got to the course with plenty of time it would just mean my feed station and warm up wouldn’t be ideal… Though I managed to get a good feed spot anyway.

The race started at 10, with the usual mass start – determined not to get caught in traffic my plan was to hammer the first lap before settling into a race pace. I seeded myself on the second row, starting whistle went off and it was on… Straight to 180bpm where the heart rate stayed for the rest of the lap – The plan “worked” as I crossed the line for lap 2 with most of the field of 150 or so behind me. Realising that pace was going to be unsustainable, I dropped back a bit and soon settled into a rhythm of consistent laps each with only a few seconds of each other.

Attack, Attack, Attack! Despite slowing down a little I was obviously going a decent pace as I was being passed by very few, and generally using the team riders that did pass as a wheel to hang onto. Between laps 3 and 7 there was a lot of jostling for position amongst myself and a few other solo riders; Generally they were faster over the first half of the course, but I would soon eat them up over the back of the course which was more fast and flowing… On the start of lap 6 myself and a fellow solo rider crossed the line together, after a quick bottle change I managed to escape the feed zone in front.

I would soon come up on a friendly Cannondale rider also in solo, once again we tussled for position for a bulk of lap 6 and 7. On lap 7 I dug in a little more, managed to put a decent gap on the Cannondale rider before hitting the final few kms of single track for the lap. About 5 minutes later, it happened – I caught the soft edge on a turn, it spat me across the track and into the bushes, naturally I unclipped and put my leg down… Ahhhhh that twisting feeling! I didn’t pay too much attention to the pain until I got to a short pinch climb a few meters away from the incident… Sharp shooting pain up my leg as I tried to get up it, I managed to get back to the feed zone albeit in a bit of pain. I hopped off the bike for a few minutes hoping the pain would disappear but to no avail – I figured better to call it quits that do some real damage.

So that was the race, extremely disappointed it ended the way it did, looking at the results with my times, and how I was feeling I would have been good for a decent finish. Looking back at the race, both the starting and feed strategy worked really well with not even a hint of the energy levels dwindling. Body and legs felt great, bike felt great (besides the pivot bearing squeak).

On the positive side, the leg hurts over the weekend but it’s significantly better today; hopefully the rest has made it better; I will find out tonight I guess when I jump back on the bike!

Like always I try to take things away from races… So lessons learnt!
1) Don’t make silly mistakes, flat track is bullshit easy albeit fast to have an off the way I did was some real window licking retardation.
2) I need to work on recovery after efforts, notably climbs i.e. Z5 back to Z4, perhaps some threshold ladder work?
3) Nutrition strategy was spot on!
4) Despite the lack of long rides during training (> 3hrs), it didn’t seem to hurt; shorter Z2 stuff I’ve been doing obviously has similar effects.
5) I tapered a little the week of the race, by Friday I felt like I was flying!
6) For VES Rd 2 in Albury, and a few others a 28/38t front combo would be much more ideal. I didn’t drop out of the 40t at all during the race but the next few rounds have much more defined ascent and descent.
7) I really need to grease my pivot bearings.
8) 26″ isn’t dead yet!

Here is a great snap from the race, special thanks to Jason Heidrich Photography for pic! You can checkout Jason’s work at https://www.facebook.com/JasonHeidrichPhotography?ref=stream.
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More Mediocrity

So the post for week, fought night, month even is a bit of everything, what I’ve been up to and what’s to come.

Firstly what I’ve been up to! Lately struggling to find the motivation to get going in the mornings; whether it’s a result of the restless nights I’ve been having or the fact that it’s getting light just that little bit later every morning I am not sure. That said I seem to be getting in some good miles and the sessions I do manage to complete as planned (which are most of them) are always crackers!.. That said sometimes I feel the need to just ride my bike, usually on a Sunday I will head out for an hour, pedal around, hammer up a few climbs, go for a coffee and enjoy what’s left of the nice summer (now autumn) weather.

As with a bulk of the year to date I’ve been working improving my threshold POWAAARH, without giving too much away this means a steady diet of 2 x 20min intervals, often mixed up with 1 x 40min, 1 x 60min intervals, some Vo2 Max work and the odd bit of long slow distance, tempo rides and lots of other stuff. Is it working? Well I guess I will never know truly until I convince the wife I need a power meter, but if Strava segment times are anything to go by the answer is YES, having collected a fair share of top 10’s on a number of local climbs I am wrapped. I will have to go out to Mount Macedon to do my 20min test again sometime soon to gauge improvements.

Race report: Gazebo 3hr – Rd3
The first weekend in March saw the season finale of GMBC’s Gazebo 3hr series; this month’s round was the first to be held at the Stockyards end of the You Yangs. Not only is Stockyards one of my favorite places to ride, but it’s almost a home track having ridden around the You Yangs since before the MTB trails were even legal, it holds a special place.

The course was a fairly good one, fire road start entering into a long grinding single track climb before a slow technical decent, then another long single track climb, a bit more fire road and a very fast rocky and technical decent, the remainder of the course was a mixture of fast fire road, and reasonably flat single track. A good mountain bikers course!

The race got off to a fast start, I positioned myself mid pack at the start and put the hammer down from the gun; despite not being able to get my right foot clipped in I didn’t lose too much ground into the first climb. By now the field had spread a little but not enough to stop the whole concertina effect once reaching the single track, so got held up a little here. First technical decent was a little sketchy as I’d changed my setup a little and had not done a great deal of riding – not to mention I’d only ever ridden up this new section of trail. Second climb was a good one, second technical decent was FAAAAAAAAAAAAAST! In fact on every lap I’d nearly run down a few poor suckers.

The whole race was reasonably uneventful, I focused on chowing down the gels / bars and drinks and powering along, chasing the odd rider down as they come into my field of vision. As each lap progressed I seemed to get faster on the descents some of which involved the odd evasive action to avoid falling riders on rock gardens. Mid race I had a fall on a sweeping left hander in soft powder, ran a little wide and front wheel dug in… Back on and off I went! On the last lap I got held up on the first climb of the course, after passing the guy I hear “two” and the rider behind me calls out“nice bike Cul”, I give a smug “thanks” in reply knowing full well that could only be one person, I put the hammer down on the decent figuring he’d surely chew me up on the climb. I gave it some stick up the final climb making sure I stayed in front to the single track descent. I never heard from Bodin again until after crossing the line…

Once again finished mid pack in “A” Grade, happy with the result especially given the pace (20.1kph) – If I can keep that up for the 6 hour series I will be extremely happy.

Lessons learnt:
I always try to take lessons from each race, there are a few things that are blindingly obvious.

1) I need to spend more time on the mountain bike, it will be my goal to get out on it at least once a week from now.
2) New position is great, but the 30/40 gearing up front is too big, I spent the whole race in the 40t, a 38 would have been perfect for this.
3) The 680g Maxxis Crossmark tractor tire on the back needs to go, looking for something lighter now (any recommendations, 26 x 2.2?).
4) Racing Crits have paid dividends, more intensity work needed down the track.
5) I need to spend more time on the mountain bike.
6) I need to spend more time on the mountain bike.
7) And finally, I need to spend more time on the mountain bike!

Couple of pics, cheers to James Goodall.
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Nationals:
I didn’t make it to National’s this weekend just gone, which is disappointing as I would have loved to have had a crack at the XCM event, and even the XCE would have been cool. Unfortunately racing for four hours and being four hours from home was a bit too much for the heavily pregnant support crew. Not only that being that far away from home given the circumstances probably wasn’t wise (ref below).

So what’s to come?
As mentioned in a previous post our Baby is coming out tomorrow (13th March) whether it likes it or not it’s about to turn the wife and I’s lives upside down. This will mean a steady dose of sleepless nights, interrupted life / riding / racing, and loads of time on the trainer for the next few months. It’s not such a bad thing though right?.. I mean babies are cute after all and if it’s anything like number one, it will be a cyclist in the future.

That in mind Vic Enduro Series will be a bit of a soft start for me, fortunately there is only one round before June so there is some time up my sleeve to settle in to a routine. Looking forward to what is ahead though!

This will be seeing some action for the next few months:
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