Slight variation on the usual easy ride, slight being that the only similarity was leaving the house and returning sometime later. Spent the weekend sitting around a tent and sleeping in the dirt (with very little sleep) so figured I should do some form of physical activity. Interesting that the distance home from the corner of Metcalfe and Nicholson is almost the same regardless of whether I take Nicholson and Garden or the river, although I usually go a slightly shorter way when taking the Nicholson route (from Poo Skybay).
Running21:02 5.1 km (4:07 / km) +33m4:00 / km ahr:173 max:186 shoes: Salomon Speedtrax black/yellow
I haven't run for a while due to MTBO events and training, plus the fact I seem to have slightly injured my left Achilles after my last Bibbulmun run. At yesterday's massage my sister did tell me it was slightly swollen but I figured I'd give it a go what with the ultra long coming up. Just ran my 5km loop before breakfast. Would be tough to get this loop under 20mins with the amount of sand and the fact I run a fair chunk of it off the path. Achilles slightly sore during stretching but not terrible.
Road bike (commute) 12:22  4.57 km (22.2 kph) shoes: Giant TCR
To and from the doctor for another blood test. The woman took awhile to decide if it was okay to do it after I'd just been running.
Road bike hills 3:00:28 76.44 km (25.4 kph) +1359m ahr:131 max:184 shoes: Trek Madone 5.9
Decided to go for a hill ride before dinner because why the hell not? Haven't done a long hill ride in a while and need to build up my riding strength so set out to ride the three dams although commenced with Turner Rd to see how shit I am at it. Turns out not so much since this effort was only the 4th time (of 22 attempts) that I've gotten under 10mins. Also I haven't ridden it in almost 15 months(!) so not too shabby. May have helped that a dog came storming out of a property to chase me and I put on a (very) brief burst of speed but the owner called it and amazingly it stopped. Might have even gone faster on the hill except I made the mistake of eating chocolate before heading out and I felt a bit ill about halfway up.
Rest of the ride was uneventful (I did see an echidna!) although for some reason I was expecting two hours and ended up doing three so thankfully had the lights on the bike already. Wungong Dam now has four gates to get past and all were closed so I ended up going under, through, around and over - in that order. Water Corp must be really unhappy about the cars driving on their road, maybe not as unhappy as they are with orienteers running through freehold land out in the hills but they also installed a set of road spikes at both entrances to the dam so they must be really worried about cars driving on the bitumen.
Achilles tightened up afterwards. May have to put off running for a while, again.
Scored some random work with the army today but still wanted to go for a MTB ride so chucked the bike in the car. Finished up after lunch but with a massage at 5pm I couldn't get out to the hills so went to see what Manning Park is like these days. Haven't ridden there since the V race a few years ago when they sent us up the awful sand track, which I found on the way down this time.
Unfortunately my right cleat, which came loose during the long distance race the other day due to all the mud but which I tightened before today's ride, came loose again but despite stopping and retightening it, it continued to come loose so I had major issues unclipping (which was also a problem around the last few controls on Sunday) and with plenty of rocks and sand at Manning Park, I was constantly stopping. Gave up in the end after one too many falls into the dirt so didn't get to explore all the rocky single track in the north or any of the southern trails. Could make an interesting sprint or more likely middle distance map for the more adventurous MTBOers in our community (of which there are none).
Road bike (commute) 15:52  4.73 km (17.9 kph) shoes: Giant TCR
Ride to my sister's place for massage. Couldn't be bothered putting shoes on so just wore thongs like the proper bogan that I am. Won't do that again. Didn't take lights either and had to ride home in the dark. Think that riding on the path at night is more dangerous than riding on the road without lights.
Road bike (commute) 11:55  4.57 km (23.0 kph) shoes: Giant TCR
To and from the doctor to get my blood test results. Turns out I have blood.
Don't know where the Today Show was getting its weather info from but their weather chart says Perth's going to get to 36 degrees today (BOM says 33 but it feels nothing like that at 9:30) and the woman also said Melbourne was going to get 36 degrees also (BOM says 15 degrees). Given that was the last one she read out, I presume she meant to say Perth.
Tossing up whether to do the army training weekend this weekend (pays $600 but have to work Friday evening to Sunday evening) or work a 5.5hr shift at the Stadium on Saturday for ~$150 and get to do a MTB XCO race Sunday. Tim Doman showed us all up with his pace on the weekend so I need to get stronger before the world's! This is of course assuming I've made the team (TBA). Hopefully a 4th, 1st and 2nd is good enough for at least someone to be selected, even though none of my rides were outstanding.