Man, this wind really drains me. Started at City Beach today and the climb on Oceanic Dve into the easterly was really hard, especially without any warm up. Sometimes this wind really makes riding less pleasant than it usually is. Especially when you want an easy cruise in, have to use 1st gear and still have to push hard to actually go anywhere.
Commute to the car from work. Lots of wind again except at least it wasn't a head wind. Went through the underpass where that crash happened that Jacko posted about. I have to say that that underpass is actually one of the better ones out there. There is an undercut along the bottom of the bridge that allows you to see who's under the bridge for most of it. However, right at the end (as you head out of the city) there is a blind corner bit. Hope those two are ok.
Back to Swan Canoe Club for their weekly paddle bash. I do think it is a bit odd though that they have a race every week so I only head out there now and then to test my pace. And my pace is good. According to my watch I beat my PB by a few seconds but the official timekeeper had me down as smashing my PB by almost 30s, not likely.
Leg 1 - very slight head wind. Latched onto Neil (not O'Leary), lost him, latched on to him again. The lucky band effect in action here.
Leg 2 - choppy and into the breeze. Hard work, stroke rate fell as I fought into the wind. More lucky band effect with Neil but the distance decreased and I started getting a tow.
Leg 3 - Downwind but not strong enough as I was going faster than the waves. Neil gapped me big time on the turn. Oh what luxury to have a boat that turns as well as the V10.
Leg 4 - Calm with some tailwind but minimal. Caught Neil but couldn't pass and cooked it. Had to back off, recover and then put in another burst. Caught him again and was on his tail as we crossed the line.
Nice tussle with Neil. I could have run a better strategic race though. There were a few guys that were just faster than me at the beginning. Maybe following them, despite what I thought was a poor line, would have helped, provided a greater tow and left me with energy during leg 4 to make the pass.
Anyhow, that was probably the last time I use the Mentor. Once I get stable on the Finn, I'll do the same TT and see what the time is. Will be interesting.
Just checked my notes and last PB (251 days ago) was in better conditions. I called them "good" at the time and today's weren't good. Yay! I've improved :-D