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Postby Alistar » Sat Oct 17, 2009 9:05 am

Ok time to track my progress, since starting riding again in July after a bit of a layoff

First times all done around July/Aug. Best times this season set around Sept/Oct

1.Evans Sumner climb --2.02km 206m -->10min51 to 7:31
2.Lyttelton to Evans -----3.40km 256m -->11:43 to 8:52
3.Dyers Colombo to top 5.72km 326m -->21:45 to 17:27
4.Dyers Gov's to top---- 2.91km 323m-->16:52 to 11:51
5.Mt Pleasant ------------4.67km 403m -->18:20(only done once)
6.Evans to Mt Pleas ----- 4.14km 221m ->14:30 to 11:56
7.Gebbies Pass ----------2.23km 139m --->7:40 to 6:05
8.The B'stard ------------4.63km 328m -->19:50 to 15:07
9.Last Hill ------------------------------------>5:24 to 3:47

Still think I can improve quite a bit on climbs #3,5,7

Just out of interest a sponsored 65kg guy I know of has done 14:25min @365W Av for climb #3 which gives you an idea of power required. I'm 69kg's btw and am a long way from his time. :) Although this local guy who rode in this yrs TDFrance has done 12:43 for the same climb when he was ~ 78kgs a few yrs ago :shock:

To Lyttelton and back (48km undulating) did 1hr45:49 in Aug25th
1hr37:39 last week :)

7weeks till my Long Bays Race...
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Postby bob_summers » Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:31 pm

wow, some fantastic progress there. i don't know how you fit the training in with your busy life as a band manager and job at the NZ consulate :wink:

seriously though, i wish i'd kept some numbers to see what direction i've gone. i don't even own a weighing scale, no idea how heavy i am :lol:
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Postby Dave Noisy » Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:39 pm

Wow - that's some great progress!

Having power numbers has been a treat for me. ;)
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Postby Alistar » Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:59 am

Ha Ha! My Partner got a photo with Bret in the weekend and got her ukelele signed which was a bit of a scoop! :)
Hmmm......by the look of you I'd say around 75kgs give or take?

Yeah would be nice having powertap or something Dave. Although I'd get obsessed with the numbers and have to try to beat my previous wattage every ride! :lol:

Anyway did my usual spin to Lyttelton. Pretty much TT'd it this time and got 1hr34:14 so was stoked! Faded a bit in the 2nd half- or at least it felt like it! Couldn't get a ride in in the WE and won't be able to go for another one till Sunday so did it nice and hard :D

Total 1hr34:14
Wheatsheaf 12:23
Gov's 28:22
Lyttelton 46:07
Gov 1hr5:54
Last hill 3:49

AvHR 153 MaxhR 174 In time 1hr16:05 Over 16:59 933Cal
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Postby bob_summers » Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:03 pm

well 75 is a good guess, i'm impressed! :)

i was about that weight last year albeit with more leg muscle. was doing about 250km/week on 48x16 fixed wheel.
this year i seem to have lost some bf, and my quads are smaller.

i kinda like not knowing, although it makes setting up a suspension fork a bit more difficult!


ps i've just realised that bret was in the black seeds! i KNEW he looked familiar!
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Postby Mr. Cleetus » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:45 pm

bob_summers wrote:ps i've just realised that bret was in the black seeds! i KNEW he looked familiar!


frick, I didn't know that, and I am amazed that some one out of NZ/Welly would even have heard of the black seeds!
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Postby bob_summers » Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:55 pm

aha! and my relationship with welly music doesn't end there - one of my best friends in london was the keyboard player in toy love :wink:

however, that is where it does end!
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Postby Alistar » Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:04 pm

"Errr.. hello! Murray speaking! Bret is also one of the founding members of the Wellington Ukelele Orchestra I'll have you know ! Yes thats right ! Fantastic NZ band...! You should see them! Hmmm...he never gets to play much though these days... "

Shit pretty cool you know about Toy Love Bob! Toy Love was such a great band even though they didn't hang around for too long ...! Even got their record (collectors item- actually its my brothers but don't tell him! Pretty sure he hasn't stolen it back..).Which reminds me...

"...I'm lying in the hospital room, the air is dripping with impending doom, now all these faces looking down at me, readying me for surgery.
They're saying it'll all be sweet, I'll be back on my feet in about a week. But I don't hear a single word they say, my mind is several million miles away.
I wanna be 6ft3
I want a bride he said,make me a bride he said,from one who's died he said Yea ha!
I'm lying on the hospital table, I don't know nothing cause I'm not quite able, to see, or hear, or feel a thing, for my bodies not finished not functioning. They're putting me together out of other peoples bodies, but I don't care, 'cause I haven't got a worry, as long as they give me what I really crave, a viable alternative to the grave!

Sewn up...so fine...stitched up, bride of frankenstein

I'm lying in the hospital bed, don't know if I'm alive or dead,
and is it really true or merely fantasy that these so called doctors made a monster out of me?
I'm staring at the place where my body used to start, but its been a guninea pig for surgical art, I'm lying here locked in someone else's skin and heaven only knows what sort of state I'm in...

And God I'm 6ft3! I want a bride he said, make me a bride he said, from one who's died he said, Yea Ha!"
Sewn up, so fine... stitched up, bride of Frankenstein!
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Postby bob_summers » Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:29 pm

well you never know, they might reform! hahah that would be cool, i know they're all still in touch, or they were last time i spoke to jane. she did a website here: http://www.toylove.co.nz/index.htm#
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Postby Alistar » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:16 am

Sweet! Just found their ol' record...got the lyrics a bit wrong,left a bit out, but not too bad considering its from memory and haven't heard the song in years- my old record player got burnt in a fire, and this old one I somehow acquired annoyingly plays 33rpm records at about 29 which ends up really pissing me off when I'm trying to reminisce! ... :x

Poor old Chris Knox( I don't know him personally or anything...) had a stroke 4 or so months back so last time I heard he couldn't speak etc, so hope he's made some good progress getting back to health etc. Just looked up the interwebby and it says he's been making really good progress, but still a ways to go yet :( ...
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Postby bob_summers » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:43 am

that's so sad. i hope it doesn't keep him down for long...
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Postby Alistar » Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:11 am

Yeah I think if severe it can take a good yr or 2 to come right.

Partners been in hospital for an operation so haven't been able to go on a ride since last Tuesday. So haven't been on a decent 3hr+ ride for a couple of weeks, so I've lost a bit of conditioning.

Headed out after Tea and biked to top of Evans Pass and back (~54km). Felt quite sluggish and like my legs were just painted on. Quite a strong Nor easter blowing... got quite cold on the way home turning Southerly. Although was good to get home and scoff some vegan jellybeans!

54km 1hr55:21 In time 1hr46:11 Over 2:48
AvHR 145 MaxHR 166 1041Cal

13min to Wheatsheaf
31min to Govs
48 54 Lyttelton
1hr00:44 to top of Evans
1h25 back to Gov's
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Postby Alistar » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:01 am

Pretty much like groundhog day today! Ride was the same, and nearly identical times to each of the landmarks to my last ride. Except I think the cold got to me in the end as the legs started feeling fatigued and lost power up the last hill.
Left a bit earlier in the Sun and it was relatively warm so didn't take my leg warmers but shit it got cold after the sun went down! Bit of a Southerly and Definately a frost tomorrow!

Anyway here are me numbers...
1hr56:45 In time 1hr 52:33 Over time 58sec's
AvHR 144 MaxHR 168

Wheatsheaf 13min
Gov's 30:02
Lyttelton 48:46
Evans 1hr00:07
Gov 1hr24:54
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Postby bob_summers » Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:21 pm

so it's basically your spring now is it? when does it start to warm up?
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Postby Mr. Cleetus » Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:14 pm

you ever manage to do any bunch riding?
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