Monday, December 31, 2012

Rapha Festive 500 - Day 7

Day 7.1 - 31st Dec. Back to work @ the Velodrome.

Nearly there, only 40 km to go so I lay in bed for an hr then do the usual commute to work. It's only 5 km so I stop at the Velodrome on the way. I have to break the same road twice rule here.   It's a velodrome.  I went past the same place 95 times and even managed to get into the top 20 on the Strava Blackburn Velo flying 200

I left the velodrome and finish the ride to work and reach 501 km on my way into the car park.
501 Rapha km in the bag.

Here is where it get good.  I download my rides to Strava and I now have 601 km on the clock.  That false start on Christmas eve is included. Yeah!

Day 7.2 - 31st Dec. The Blood Bank.
All that's left to do is ride home. It's New Years Eve and the Blood Bank awaits.  
105 donations "In the bag".

610 Rapha km in the bag.

The Rapha Festive 500 Summary

500/600 km in one week, that's hard.  Long distance, little recovery time and not much sleep.
Bring on the 2013 Audax Australia Fleche Opperman One Day Trial.  500km in 24 hr. I know it's tough, i have done it before but at least I know i'm only going to be sore and tired once. 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Rapha Festive 500 - Day 6

LGM  "We come in peace"
Day 6 - 30th Dec. I love dirt.

"Road riding boring, lets go exploring"
Lysterfield Lake Park.  How many 100's of times have I ridden those trails?  I still love them.
This little chap was out there to point me in the right direction.
460 Rapha km in the bag.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rapha Festive 500 - Day 5

The view from Christmas Hills looking down over Yarra Glen
Day 5.1 - 29th Dec. Some more hills.

The legs are starting to feel it now, long rides, little recovery, and a lack of good sleep.

I created a route on map my ride and said that's tomorrow's ride. It looked OK at the time but later?
I seriously under estimated the hills and overestimated my condition.

Starting in Eltham I rode out through Research and on to Christmas Hills, Yarra Glen & Healesville. there were no particularly big hills but there was a lot of short steep stuff that is just as bad.

The trip home was a little flatter at the start but that was to change when I rode into Wanga Park & Warrandyte. It was worse.
404 Rapha km in the bag.

Day 5.2 - 29th Dec. Family Matters.

It's school holidays and the family have been sitting around doing nothing other the computer games.  Time for a little ride on the bike track.
415 Rapha km in the bag.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Rapha Festive 500 - Day 4

Looking out over the valley from Silvan

Day 4 - 28th Dec. A bit of rain and some hills.

4 am. Bugger it's raining, how can I do 100 km in the rain. That's not going to be good for the health so I go back to sleep for a while.

An early start at work lets me finish early and head out for an afternoon ride in the hills. I start with the usual weekly ride up the 1 in 20 (Mt Dandenong) but I add a few extra km on.  The Emerald supper loop, Emerald, Monbulk Sylvan, and Mt Evelyn.  

I still make it home for dinner.  You would think we would be over roast Turkey by now but the supermarket has them at half price.

310 Rapha km in the bag.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Rapha Festive 500 - Day 3

Day 3 - 27th Dec. A day at the beach.

Flinders St Station in the wee hours of the morning
You guessed it, another early start. I think I might go to the beach today so I head towards the city.  The roads are so quiet, the rest of Melbourne hasn't figured out it's a work day.  

Flinders St Station, Port Melbourne and I'm at the beach. Take a left hand turn and keep riding, Frankston is only 42 km away. 

I'm not having much luck with the wind,  the last 20 km back up Springvale Rd is a killer.
8.45 am, I'm back a work and ready to start.  It's a shame I can't keep my eyes open. 
217 Rapha km in the bag.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Rapha Festive 500 - Day 2

Day 2 - 26th Dec. Boxing Day. Tooleybuc.

Almost the middle of nowhere

Another early start, I cross the Murray river into NSW and head towards Balranald.

The sun rising over the plains is amazing but there is hardly a tree in sight.  55 km of tail wind was great but it presented me with a 45 km ride back to Swan Hill into the wind.

Christmas is over so it's back to Melbourne and........ work.

117 Rapha km in the bag.

The bridge over the Murray river at Tooleybuc

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Rapha Festive 500 - Day 1

Day 1 - 25th Dec. Christmas Day.

Bugger just got and email from Strava, the Rapha Festive 500 starts today.  So yesterday's 100 km was just a warm up.
A great day with the family but no riding.  I guess I ate to much but I have always said I do an excessive amount of cycling to support me extremely bad eating habits.

Rapha km in the bag.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Rapha Festive 500 - Day 0

Day 0 - 24th Dec. The false start. Swan Hill

As usual I'm up early and it's off to find the group to ride with.  Swan Hill on the Murray river.
It's 6 am and there is a bunch of riders outside the bike shop and off we go.  I had been warned the day before they are fast and yes they were.
I did the 30 km loop with the boys then skipped the coffee (That's bad) and set off down the road towards Nyah. 35 km into the wind.  It hurt but the trip back was well worth it. 

100 Rapha km in the bag.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Rapha Festive 500

OK, Today I clocked up 9000 km for the year with 100 km of elevation gain but there is still two weeks until the end of the year. what next..............

Rapha Festive 500

Ride 500 km between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
12/24/2012 — 12/31/2012
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    I added a few extra rules just for me.
    I still had to go to work if it was a work day.
    I had to ride as many of the bikes as possible.
    Don't ride the same road twice in the same direction. (Except at the start and finish)

        Oh! this is going to hurt.

    Monday, December 17, 2012

    Hmmmmmm! What next. Road Racing?

    Well. First attempt at a road criterium. Southern Masters - E Grade @ Casey Fields.

    A bit of wind and a lot of rain means a small field. A delayed start and all grades start together for a mystery race. Hmmmmmm! What next.

    We have been told not to try and beat the regulars on your first race. But the regular E grade are no where in sight so all the first/second timers stay with the bunch of D graders.

    The rain is pouring down and after 1hr there is the bell. Get set, Go the sprint is on. I thought I had it. Then a shadow comes from behind, Mark Pountley . First place on the line.

    Garmin Connect

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

    Oxfam Trailwalker by Bicycle

     Just For something different Why not ride the Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker trail.

    Dave Kate and I set off from Jells park at on another epic journey.  Lots of hills, some more hills  and big flat bit then some more hills.
    6 hr  on the bike.
    2 hr off the bike.
    5 minutes carrying the bike.
    A hard slog but well worth it.

    I have never walked the trail in it's current form and was stunned by the size of the hill the walkers have to endure in the last 2 km of the trail. Painful!

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

    100 Donations

    Yeah! I finally made it on to the board at the Blood Bank. 100 donations.

    Excuse the poor quality picture.
      It's a photo of a printout on the message board.

    Here is challenge to you all. In 2013 how about you try for 11 Plasma Donations. That's once a month and you get Christmas off. The Blood Bank get to keep your 10 litres of Plasma and maybe you will save someones life.

    Have a look on the web

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

    "Left over pasta" - Scott Australian 24 hour MTB Championships

    Wow! 'That's the hardest thing I have ever done.'

    Haych - 11th place. Solo Male 40+.
    Kate - 3rd place. Solo Woman.

     It turned out to be a 5 day weekend but the extra days helped in the preparation and recovery.

    Kate, Mark & I set off towards Canberra late in the morning.
    Here starts the carbo loading. Baked potatoes for lunch, pizza for dinner.
    We settle into our backpackers' accommodation for the evening, our home for the next 2 days.  As Glenn put it.  "I little bit above our standard."

    Nice to relax for the day and not have to travel. We have an easy morning inside, it's raining and has been all night. - 55 mm of rain in fact. We are starting to worry about the track and are thinking back to the Garmin last year and the two previous years @ Forrest. All in the rain.

    By late morning the rain had cleared, Glenn & James have arrived and we head off to lunch.  You guessed it, gnocchi.
    Canberra sucks. After quite a few wrong turns we finally arrive at Stromlo Forest Park, the site for the 2012 Scott Australian 24 hr MTB Championships. What a fantastic venue. We set up the marques & tent on Solo Pit Straight.
    Kate & I set out for a practice on the Red Lap with 9 year old James in tow.  We find out soon enough there is no tow involved. He rides like a machine, like no other 9 year old in the world.
    Off to Chris' place in Canberra for dinner.  Guess what. Pasta.

    End of the Red Lap.
    Saturday - Race Day.
    No pressure to get up early. Eat that last 1/2 dozen slices of toast & head out to the track.
    Shannon is with us now so the pit crew is complete. The 3 boys, Mark, Glenn and Shannon have got their instruction written down and the wraith of Kate awaits should they stuff it up.
    The nerves are setting in, 4 trips to the bathroom in the last hour.

    12.00 noon. A rolling start for the 130 Solo riders and we are on our way. The Red Lap first. A 7 km climb up to the top of Mt Stromlo. Tight & technical with lots of switchbacks, but mostly dry. Then the amazing descent across Skyline & the tight section back down to camp on The Luge to complete the 12 km lap.
    Garmin Connect The Red Lap

    12.45 pm. We go back through transition and head immediately out on the Blue Lap.  Not as steep and not to the same altitude but there is still the same amount of climb over 14 kms.
    Garmin Connect The Red & Blue Lap

    Start of the blue lap, some time before it got dark.
    A light drizzle in the early afternoon sees the track start to deteriorate.

    6.00 pm. Time to stop racing a 6 hr Enduro and start racing for 24.  It starts to get dark and stage 2 begins.  Can we ride through the night?  9 hours in the dark.  I know I can, I've done it before.  But Solo? What was I thinking?  A bit more rain in the early evening and now some sections are becoming unrideable.

    Sunday - The race continues.
    12.00 midnight. It's dark. The mud gets stickier, but still going, have not had any spills yet and still........... happy?
    1/2 way checkpoint on the Blue Lap about midnight.

    6.00 am. Have gone way past the cramp stage. The mind is still good, the body is reaching its limit.

    7.30 am. The body is shot.
    Slow up the climb and now slow coming down. Legs, arms and back feeling the pressure.

    10.50 am. The last lap Red & Blue has taken me me 2 1/2 hours and I'm officially cooked.

    23 hrs.Why was I smiling?

    11.05 Back on the bike and cross the finish line and straight back to the deck chair.  NO MORE

    3.30 pm. All packed up and on the way home.  We spend the night in Albury and I have a massive steak with fresh vegies.  Lovely! And a couple of ciders and a red wine.... or two.  Off to bed at last.

    Altogether a pleasant experience. The body will recover but the sense of accomplishment far out ways the pain.
    Will I do it again. YES! Bring on WEMBO 2013.

    I haven't said much about our support crew in all this.  What a bunch of inconsiderate bastards. All they could say was "Drink that water bottle Haych," & "You haven't eaten enough."  I just wanted to have a quiet rest and go for a leisurely ride.
    Without them,  Mark, Shannon & Glenn we could not have done it. Thanks guys. You Rock!

    We finish the trip home on Monday morning and I go into the usual clean up routine until dinner time.
    What's for dinner Jac?
    "Left over pasta"

    Friday, October 5, 2012

    TdH 2012 - Bright

    This year TdH (Tour de Heartland) was a base camp in Bright. 4 days with a bit more of a challenge for anyone willing to step up.  375 km over 4 days with 5768m of vertical climbing.

    TdH - Day 1 - Mt Hotham
    Early Thursday morning,  Dave, Kate, Paul & I set off from Vision Drive heading for Harrietville. After a quick stop in sunny Bright for lunch we were on the bike just before 1.  Nice and sunny at the start but as the altitude increased the temperature started to decrease and a little bit of rain as I rode above the snow line. As I rode into the village 2h 5min (PB) later the temperature had dropped to 7 degrees.  A quick rest, put on some warmer cloths and into downhill madness.

    TdH - Day 2 - Mudegonga Mt Buffalo
    Days 2 sees us as a bigger group of 16 rides We set off from Bright heading for Ovens. There is a nasty wind blowing up the valley but the group still manages a good pace.  When we start on the Mudgegonga loop the wind picks up even more and we are almost pushed up the hills backwards.
    Now the fun starts The A+ team branches off at Porepunkah and head for Mt Buffalo. The first 15 km are good but we ride in rain for the last 10 km. The temperature drop to 4 degrees as we come back down. Wet & very cold but another great ride and a PB on the climb.

    TdH - Day 3 - Happy Valley Loop
    Again as a bigger bunch we set off up Tawonga Gap.  Another PB on the climb for me and an amazing challenge for some of the others. The sky is getting a bit dark.  We are told that 15 min after we leave the top there is a blanket of snow across the rest area. The trip down the valley turns bad as the rain starts falling.  Then the hail and then more snow.  If that's not bad enough, add in the head wind and a few magpies.

    TdH - Day - 3 Bright MTB
    Just for something different Dave and I head out for a little MTB.  Those Bright trails are something else.

    TdH -Day 4 - Harrietville Return.
    An easy day to finish off. We all ride up to Harrietville for a hot chocolate/coffee.  A little bit of drizzle but not a show stopper.  The trip up 49 min.  The trip back. Awesome 32 min

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Taller that the rest. But still looking up.

    Just finished the 6 hr Ride for Epilepsy and drive straight to the Ruccis Circus 2013 Spectacular.
    I get out of the car at Circus my legs are so cramped I can't walk and nearly fall to the ground.  Oh! in about 60 minutes time I'm going to be dancing the Charleston......  On stilts.

    A full on 1 hr stretching session and I think I'm OK. At least I can walk in a pair of Bluntstones.

    Act 1. The 1950's
    I made it. Legs are good now.
    Cody - A Red Blood Cell doing
    it's work on the Body

    Act 2. The 1970's
    There are times when I should just
    stay at home. NOT
    1970's Afro on Roller Skates

    Ride 4 Epilepsy 6 hr

    6hr Road Enduro on a closed circuit. 42 laps, 175.61 km around the Calder Park Raceway and Thunderdome.

    It was only a small field of 150 but I managed to
    finish in 6th place overall.

    TdH puts in a good show with 9 riders.  7 of who finish in the top 20. A total 1,320 km ridden in the TdH colours.

    The official results And of course Garmin Connect

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

    You Yangs 6hr Training Ride

    Just for something different I went for a ride at the You Yangs last night. Kate a I hit the trail at 5:26pm from the Stockyards car park to do the full loop including the flat track.  The lights came on just past the 1/2  way mark.  At that point we could see the full moon coming up over the park.

    We finished the lap in 1:40 had a quick break then rode off to do it again .............. and again.............
    Those tracks are awesome, day or night.   With a couple of extra short loops on the flat track we lifted it to 100km.

    Late night I didn't get home until 1:30 but what a night.  Heaps better way to spend a night out than coming home drunk and having a hangover the next day. Not that I have a hangover very often.

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    2012 Castlemaine 6hr Enduro

    I did not know what to expect about this race on the way up there. It had been raining for 3 day straight but the forecast said cloudy for the day. The car park was a bit soggy but it was only a 20m walk from the car to the edge of pit straight.

    Race under way @ 10am and off we went. The trails where fantastic, NO mud except for a couple of creek crossing. It was a very tough course with short technical uphill followed by short technical downhill. No time to recover and as you expect for Castlemaine, lots of ROCKS!

    On to the new drug now. I got a tip to try Hammer Electrolyte Fizz. Seems to work. No major cramping and I'm now feeling more confident heading into the 24 hr. 60 days to go.

    I'm also a bit happier with the result. 9th place of 20 1 lap behind. Top 10 finish in top 50%

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    2012 Blores Hill 6 hr Enduro

    And so begins the official training for the 24.
    What a place to start.  Blores Hill (Hayfield Vic)
    It's still up near the top for race circuits.  The smooth flowing single trail is great to ride and so much fun. Except for that rocky bit up on Trig Point,  that is great of other reasons and 4 times longer than last year.

    I finished 7 laps in 06:00:56. 17th place of 30 in the Solo 40+
    It's a bit lower than I would have liked but in team BFC it's acceptable.
    The usual leg cramps set in after 4hrs but I pushed through and I'm going to try some new drugs for the next event.
    Some interesting stats from this ride.  The Average HR was 139.  That's not to say I wasn't working hard enough.  believe me, I was. 

    No pictures yet as my support (Cody) was two busy on the IPad playing games to look up.  He was helpful by filling the water bottles and asking what I wanted to eat.  Well done mate.

    Can't wait for the official coverage to be published.  There were lots of cameras up there, photo and TV.

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    The Age Run Melbourne. 10km. "Not" Fun Run.

    Well, I almost made it into the center of the picture.

    My first attempt at a run went well.  10 km in 53min 15 sec.  Spot on my goal time.

    Thanks so much to friends and family for sponsoring me.  I have raised $400 to go to World Visions Multiplying Gift Appeal.
    The 102 members of  Team World Vision have raised over $25,000 which equates to $250,000 in Food aid to people who need it.

    Time off running for now.  It's back on the bike to get ready for the 24hr in October.

    Jac, was sad she couldn't run (She has the flu) and has put out the challenge for next year.  She still thinks she can beat me.

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    The Crucifix - Part 1

    Well that was hard work. Even today, 2 days later I still feel like I have just ridden the bay ride.
    Check out the stats on this one.
    Min Temperature -1 deg.
    Max Speed 84 kmh. That is the 5th time I have registered that speed. Why can't I go any faster.

    Monday, June 4, 2012

    2012 Rock Hop 6hr Enduro.

    Oh Man! Two days of solid rain then we hit the trail @ Dallas Brooks Scout Camp in Upper Beaconsfield.
    I rode the first lap this time because we didn't have to do a "La mans" start.
    The first lap was OK.  The track mostly staying together but by the second lap the mud was getting deeper and sticky.

    Persist we did.After 11 laps Kate and I held third place by 1/2 a lap.

    How good to have our personal photographer for the day.
    Thanks Glenn.  Check out the pic's on google+ 

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    2012 Forrest 6hr Enduro.

    Great ride as always. But this time without most of the rain.
    After some overnight drizzle that lasted 1 hr into the race the rain stopped and allowed the track to settle.
    With Kate and I racing Mixed Pairs for the first time & Forrest being so popular. A few of the better riders entered our category, making it tough get the results.
    Our lap times were spot on at 28 minutes and we managed 13 laps.  6th place.

    Friday, May 4, 2012

    2012 Degani Arthurs Seat Bay 2 Bay Ride.

    Team SauruS has it's second official ride.

    2012 Degani Arthurs Seat Bay 2 Bay Ride.
    4:05 ride time for the 113 km.

    Haych-e-SauruS (Haydn), Scoob-y-SauruS (Kate) & H-o-SauruS (Harold)
    The Mornington Peninsula provided the usual obstacles but all finished OK

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

    2012 Oppy 24 hr Challenge

    Go Team SauruS.
    H-o-SauruS, Frank-e-SauruS, Gibb-o-SauruS and Haych-e-SauruS

    406 km in 24 hrs.
    We left Lilydale Lake @ Overcast and threatening to rain. Frank-e-SauruS has a flat tyre before we get under way.

    Stage 1- 70km to Yea.
    A few wet roads but no rain.
    Stage 2- 40km to Seymour.
    First flat tyre for Haych-e-SauruS.
    Stage 3 - 50km to Heathcote.
    Gibb-o-SauruS needs a coke to get the heart pumping again.
    Stage 4 - 45km to Bendigo.
    Dinner, pasta of course and was it good.
    Still no rain. But the roads are dry.
    Half way there now.
    Stage 5 - 70km to Moliagul.
    Wow that was a slog another 70 km.
    It's dark now. You can see the stars. All of them.
    The roads are quiet now. A car goes past about every 1/2 hr. So Peaceful.
    Haych-e-SauruS has two more flat tyres.
    Stage 6 - 45km to St Arnuad.
    It's 1am we have to get the drunks to sign the Brevet cards.
    Legs are official overdone. Must pedal on. 100km to go.
    Stage 7 - 55km to Dunolly.
    3 hr rest at the Dunolly Motel. Did anybody sleep. Hardly.
    SaurArSe syndrome is starting to set in. Ah! Have some more drugs guys. Ahhhhhhhh!
    Stage 8 - 30km to
    Maryborough. 8am All done 407 km in 17.5 hr ride time. Average 27kmh.

    A special thanks to unofficial SauruS's Julie Amelia & Jason for an awesome effort supporting the SauruS's