Thanks guys. I think I am just having some head issues about being under-prepared both in fitness and equipment. Various things seem to be going wrong at the moment - but mostly I think it is just work stress messing with my head! blah blah blah, I'll get over it. I just need a swift kick
Work is still being pretty silly. I had to miss my rides on both Thursday and Friday so I could get things done. bah.
Friday: Off both days, but not on purpose! grrrrrrr
probably needed it anyway.Saturday am 6hr mtb 3x40 min climb:
wow. That was one of the hardest rides I have done in a very long time. We did it with one of the countries better mtb'ers. It was 1hr20 to the base of the climb - and we werent messing around - it was a bit too hard really. The climb is 40 mins (for me) of relentless hard climbing; really its the best climb around. No break and on the edge of the seat the entire time. I was completely cooked on the third... I was done. Then we had to get home. Far out. Mr Speedy went to the front - after the first 2km it is entirely flat - and we (he) averaged over 40kph for the ride home. This was generally into a light southerly and on a mtb after nearly 5 hours of riding. ON AN MTB! INTO THE WIND! He is crazy. I am just pleased that I was able to hang on.
He is an amazing rider. I can believe he could do that after all the hard riding we had already done. Sunday 1hr single track:
It was supposed to be longer but I lost all of the air out of the valve on my rear tire (tubeless). I can't figure out what is going on. Maybe the rim strip is bugga'd but I can't see it. I could have put a tube in, but I figured that was enough for the day. I was pleased to see my recovery was pretty ok after Saturdays ride, but no need to over do it. I just need to make sure I recover a bit from the last few weeks now. I will have to be extra careful due to the work stress.Monday off
I broke my old fizik arione wing & twin flex saddle a few weeks ago. I really am a fan of the twinflex but it seems I cannot get one from NZ and didnt want to risk ordering from overseas in case it took an extra couple of weeks to get here, as some times happens. So I went for a Kurve, which seemed like an interesting idea. Wow, that is a hard seat! I think
that maybe it is a clever idea, but I am not fully convinced yet. I guess I will know soon!
Aerobars are pretty ideal for the Brevet. I would use them, but I just can't get comfy with them with my position on the Gryphon. A lot of people use them for those types of events. Here is a nice shot of them in action early on Saturday. This was before I was completely shattered, even if I was sucking wheel