Mountain bike race (Cape to Cape) 2:40:14 58.0 km (21.7 kph) +822m ahr:154 max:177 (injured)shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er
What can I say, I attempted to start nearer the front of grid 1 with the neutral rollout but of course only 0% of the people behind obeyed the road rules into MR town and I had around 100 people pass me on the wrong side of the road whilst I sat in and tried not to have other riders bowl me over. Got close once with another guy locking handlebars with me but avoided catastrophe. When we hit the town, I went over to the right of the road (as we'd been advised we could do), came very close to bowling Tash over whilst she was taking photos of people behind me (she didn't see me) and got back past a lot of the others but still had loads in front by the time we hit Carters and the gravel.
Not much to say after that. I crashed my bike in a mud puddle shortly after going north of Carters and corked my thigh. I suck at downhill single track and let bunches of people go through me before catching them on the flats and uphills but of course didn't get back past. At one point I caught and passed a group (with the girls, again) other than the lead rider. I attempted to get past him on a really steep uphill pinch, only for him to blow me away when I told him I was passing so I let him go, then have him bail me up on the next gradual uphill single track in which there were no passing opportunities and then we got caught back up by the group I'd just passed on the next downhill because he sucked on that too the inconsiderate prick.
By the time we got around the back of Wharncliffe Mill, I'd had enough and rolled the wanker before taking off down the single track along the creek line and putting distance into him and the rest of that group, then had a ball blasting along the track after crossing the highway and picking off people one by one. Got a couple more on the final hill just short of Colonial Brewery and rolled into the finish slightly more satisfied than I had been earlier.
Finished the day in a rather disappointing 73rd, with three girls in front although Jenny Blair had succumbed to food poisoning overnight though I'd allowed Briony to get back in front so still had three ahead of me. Time includes the 'neutral' rollout, which was probably the most dangerous part of the whole ride with constant stop/starts and people trying to force their way through on both sides of the road.
I really need to learn to ride single track. Apparently next year's race will have all days start near to Margaret River and include lots of it.
Mountain bike warm up/down 10:40 1.85 km (10.4 kph) +3m ahr:114 max:136 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er
The corked thigh was causing major issues so kept the cool down short, plus riding on the grass wasn't overly exciting. Struggled to walk for the rest of the day.
Mountain bike warm up/down 16:24 6.16 km (22.5 kph) +118m ahr:147 max:211 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er
Warm up, too long because it meant I ended up at the back of the first wave by the time I go into the grid, which was not ideal.
Mountain bike race (Cape to Cape) 2:17:18 57.97 km (25.3 kph) +817m ahr:167 max:184 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er
Had a start closer to the front given the black sticker but still at the back of the lead group and again with Rob G. I forget all that happened early on but know when we got to the 2 Pints of Guinness trail (uphill single track) that we'd only just gotten off the road where everyone had blasted past me and suddenly here we were in my strong area but once again stuck behind around 30 people, all of whom seemed content to just dawdle the hill when I would have much preferred blasting past the lot of them and going out all guns blazing.
Got to the downhill single track on the other side and had people unable to ride over logs and then a guy crashed about three riders in front so we lost the group in front. The dude didn't look totally okay but told us to keep going so we climbed over him and complied.
Further on I slowly caught a group of around a half dozen with two girls in it (one of whom I think was Jo Bennett) so wanted to get in front of them so I did on the hill climb then got stuck behind one of the riders on the descent as he seemed unsure of jumping the water bars, then as luck would have it, my dumb chain came off AGAIN near the bottom. Had to let them go through again but I fixed it in quick time, put the hammer down and repassed the lot of them within about 500m and got away on the climb out of Contos.
Can't remember much after that. There was some crappy single track soon afterwards with tight twists and turns on pea gravel, then the finish sometime afterwards that consisted of 3km of bitumen, the last 2km of which was the driveway into Xanadu Winery. I had two other guys with me for the final 10km and we kept trying to drop each other in this section but no luck, then we slowly pegged back a guy who'd been in front all the way along the bitumen before one guy from our group went the sprint. I jumped in and we both eventually got the solo guy on the line but I couldn't take the sprinter.
Finished the day in 62nd with three girls in front and now only three in front overall so put time into the others. The general (overall) classification had me in 59th for the day so not sure what the difference was and I was happy to make top 60 but maybe it was only top 60 of those who'd ridden both days. Who knows.
Mountain bike warm up/down 21:57 5.78 km (15.8 kph) +4m ahr:114 max:161 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er
Another long cool down at the end of which I found Tash immediately whilst she complained about not being able to find me.
Mountain bike warm up/down 19:06 7.57 km (23.8 kph) +73m ahr:166 max:223 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er
Warm up from the marina then a couple of slightly harder efforts out and back along the road. My cold from a couple of weeks ago threatened to come back too and I had a sore throat for the first three days of the race. Still not 100% cleared now.
Mountain bike race (Cape to Cape) 2:01:56 41.11 km (20.2 kph) +849m ahr:174 max:192 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er
Main goal for today was to place high enough to get a sticker to start in the first wave (of eight waves) on each of the three following days. Unfortunately not having done the race before meant I had to start in wave C, which was basically anyone who wasn't a sponsored rider and who hadn't previously finished in the top 300 in the previous year, so about 1000 people. Unfortunately with all the eager people there it also meant I started about 100 back in that group of gumbies. The advantage was that our time didn't start until we rolled across the timing mat, unlike the front runners who all got the same start time. Started right next to Rob and Marquita.
Not surprisingly by the time we'd gotten off the bitumen and to the top of the Skippy Rock Rd climb only 4km later, I was already right at the front of wave C but with a bumpy descent following, my chain decided to fall off. Wonderful. Of course it didn't come off easily and felt the need to wrap a couple of loops on itself. In the 30-60 seconds it took to fix, I must have had a grand total of about five people pass me so that wasn't too bad.
Following was the Heartbreak Hill ascent, which I would have loved to ride up (and is actually a different hill climb to the one in the Augusta race but then we go up that one shortly afterwards) but we'd caught up to the tail end of the 300 riders by then and they were strewn all over the track, walking, so a dismount was required. I wasn't content to plod along behind so walked straight up past many of them. Once up that they made us go straight back down then straight back up the Augusta climb, which was another dismount due to the number of people all over the track. This is where you need to be starting near the front with riders who can ride up hills because I lost a lot of time here.
Got into a rhythm after that, following some of the same tracks and roads as the Augusta race (including the fast Green Hill descent) then wondering when the beach section would come. It did eventually and that was totally unrideable (by me and everyone else around me anyway) and there were plenty of other people walking or jogging. I opted to jog so that I could overtake countless others before hopping out of the beach at the other end.
Final 10k after the beach was okay then we hit Hamstring Hill, which was poorly named because it was more like Quad Hill for me as my hamstrings didn't feel it and it also barely rated as a hill but still passed a few more people before getting into a not-quite sprint finish with one other chap for the line.
Finished the day in 85th so not a bad result and it scored me a #1 sticker, which I later found out were given to the first 150 riders (except that Rob G got one too and he finished just outside that). Beaten by seven girls, poo. Four of them were within 1.5 minutes of me so figured I could claw that back with a better start.
Mountain bike warm up/down 20:02 5.07 km (15.2 kph) +21m ahr:113 max:161 shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er
Found Tash with food and choc milk right at the end of my allotted 20 minute cool down.
Road bike intervals 1:16:00 36.86 km (29.1 kph) +223m ahr:134 max:222 shoes: Trek Madone 5.9
Final day of training on the C2C plan that I've completed about 10% of, well maybe 40% if you include the rest days but even then I didn't really stick to those.
Session was some ride including 3 x 3/5 at THR, designed to 'blow the cobwebs out' before race day tomorrow. I would have thought if you hadn't blown the cobwebs out by the end of a 12 week training plan, something's gone amiss in the process.
All three reps were into the wind. Seems to easy to get the HR into the higher rates these days. Maybe my heart is on the verge of collapsing.
I figured I hadn't completed any of the previous eleven weeks' worth of the Cape to Cape training plan so should wrap it up this week by actually following it. The plan called for a recovery ride so that's pretty much what I did. Slight variation on the usual loop by riding both sides of Champion Lakes.
Paddling47:52  6.7 km (7:09 / km) shoes: Fenn XT
Had a job interview this morning for a Real Accounting Job, first interview in 11 months (this is a full time, permanent position, which I'm not really looking for but I'll take anything at the moment to stem the hemorrhaging of cash flow). Coincidentally, the building they (Perseus) are located in is on the same general block as the current Paladin building (iiNet), the former Paladin building and the Utopia building (where I worked before Paladin). Nothing like keeping it in the family. I wouldn't even have to cross the road to get between three of those.
Ride to the start to do around 30-35 briefings, then over to the other side of the course to rescue Tash, who'd knocked herself unconscious on a descent (she's fine now), then up the big hill to take photos of scenery and competitors from many different vantage points.
Went to the hospital after wrapping up awards to rescue Tash again.