Road bike 57:13 31.82 km (33.4 kph) +512m
ahr:163 max:188 shoes: Trek Madone 5.9
KP loops with Mark, Ben & Christophe. It's been a while, a long, long while. I wasn't sure I would remember how to ride or whether I'd be able to sustain any sort of pace with all I've been (not) doing lately. Drove to KP because I had things to do afterwards, including a paddle, and duly got diverted by some knobwit stopped at the entrance to the roundabout at the top of Lovekin. The two occupants were out of the car getting something out of the boot and had no intention of moving despite the car behind trying to get through and the only way I could get past was to drive over the curb. There goes my recent wheel balancing job.
First lap I thought was at cruise pace although I did get the hurt just a tiny bit up the Forrest Rd hill and so I was subsequently quite shocked when checking the first lap time to discover it was 16:55, despite losing a couple of seconds to a turning car on the same roundabout I'd been held up on earlier. I've NEVER done a sub-17min lap with these guys and it didn't even feel that hard! Ben led for most of that lap so I took the lead on the second and subsequently blew it out to over 17, then we went a bit faster on the third and managed to once again get held up by a car on the same roundabout, this time it was going around but then stopped right in front of us for no apparent reason (I can only assume looking for Pokemons) but we still managed to smash the first lap time.
In fact despite not feeling ridiculously hard, that third lap was only 21 seconds slower than my all time PB on this loop, a ride that really, really hurt (albeit on my own for most of that lap). Mark pulled off after May Dve on the third loop because the pace was too much for him but I didn't realise until we were finished. Ben went for the sprint finish because he thought I was looking in trouble but I grabbed his wheel to go with him.
Followed up that team PB (my best with this group by >2 minutes) by going to the O shed where I sank 140 SI bricks, 4 starts, 4 finishes, 4 clears and 4 checks. It makes a difference with new batteries because the whole lot took 22 minutes compared to the time I did Garvey Park, which took a half hour for around 50 bricks!
There were a whole lot of DFES people descending on Lake Monger PS as I was leaving. I counted around a dozen of them, all coming in different vehicles (of which I counted more than a dozen of those). I should have joined in for future practice! They looked like more senior people though.
Followed up that effort with yet another interview with a recruiter and I swear this was my worst interview on record. I don't think I could have said or done anything that would have made this interview any worse, unless I offered to bed the woman or walked out on the interview but then maybe either of those would have improved my standing in her eyes.
 Wasn't totally my fault, the recruiter sent me to 176 St Georges Tce instead of 167. 176 doesn't exist so at least I can write off being late as her fault ;-) Coincidentally between 172 and 178 is a Flight Centre with a currency exchange and I just happened to have all my Chinese currency with me. They were going to offer me a particularly crap rate but they have a price beat guarantee and since I told him I'd go to HSBC just down the road instead, he checked their rates and had to up his bid by around $70.