Postby sifter on Mon 25/Aug/08 10:18am

:lol:
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Postby ThingOne on Mon 25/Aug/08 10:19am

WTF !..
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Postby Oli on Mon 25/Aug/08 10:21am

:D
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Postby Joel on Mon 25/Aug/08 10:38am

some good buttocks clenching action going on with slackboy.. it's like he knew he was on camera..


BTW love the wifebeater, your arms need some sun though :D
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Postby Joel on Mon 25/Aug/08 10:39am

jesus, you scare me thingone :paranoid:
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Postby ThingOne on Mon 25/Aug/08 10:44am

Joel wrote: jesus, you scare me thingone :paranoid:


I scare myself. :cry:
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Postby Joel on Mon 25/Aug/08 10:48am

:eh:
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Postby SlackBoy on Mon 25/Aug/08 12:40pm

Thats my buttocks natural state. I can't help it if my gluteus Maximus is more maximus than other people's. Smooth legs for the first time in months as well. Makes my legs look smaller tho
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Postby sifter on Sat 30/Aug/08 11:54am

I think I was meant to have the weekend off, but it was a tough week so I saddled up this morning. I'd hoped to do a three hour ride, but rode too fast! I basically did a clcokwise Haywards loop but went over Greys Road from Plimmerton rather than ride the narrow stretch past Whitby. I punctured on a rock between Tawa and Porirua, and my pump floated out of my pocket on a fast descent of Haywards. I managed to retrieve it (that's the second time that's happened in pretty much the same spot...)! Legs felt good, and held up well over the 77km. It was good to get out :)
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Postby sifter on Sat 6/Sep/08 2:11pm

Bugger me...

I was in On Yer Bike today, and had a chance to look at the new Avantis - the Cadent and Quantum. I was quite taken with the Cadent, which I gather is similar geo to the Roubaix I'm currently riding...

First time I've found myself lusting after a bike for a while...

In the meantime, I'm sitting at work, wondering how dry the roads will be in an hour or so, and thinking a Makara loop might be on the cards...
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Postby ThingOne on Sat 6/Sep/08 2:40pm

sifter wrote: Bugger me...

I was in On Yer Bike today, and had a chance to look at the new Avantis - the Cadent and Quantum. I was quite taken with the Cadent, which I gather is similar geo to the Roubaix I'm currently riding...

First time I've found myself lusting after a bike for a while...

In the meantime, I'm sitting at work, wondering how dry the roads will be in an hour or so, and thinking a Makara loop might be on the cards...


Watch out for the ducklings :(
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Postby sifter on Sat 6/Sep/08 5:46pm

no records for me up the hill today. The legs felt great, but the watch said otherwise! Was mighty fine to get out though :)
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Postby sifter on Tue 9/Sep/08 12:40pm

I bussed to work today, but I did get a workout over lunch.

I'd just finished a bowl of soup and some toasted ciabatta, when I heard myself say: "time for a nap now. Eating so fast is damn hard work..."

I really need to slow down... :crazy:
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Postby sifter on Sat 13/Sep/08 9:18pm

Today, I had one of my most disappointing races EVAR!

I lined up in A grade for the first time, although I'd had one relatively successful start with Scratch in the final round of the Balfour Pennington Series. As ThingOne's already described it was quite a quick start, heading north from Gorrie Road, over cowpat, to Maymorn Hall, for the turn around.

My legs never felt good, but my technique really sucked around the sharp corners and the turn. Each time, I had to chase hard to get back on, and each time took its toll. Over cowpat heading south, I got gapped, and the three riders in front of me themselves had been gapped (ThingOne, Tom Paulin and Steve Scott). Chris Kendall was on my wheel, and unbeknownst to me, there were at least another four behind him.

Chris and I chased the three in front for what seemed like an eternity, and we never really made any headway. They were about 100-200m up the road, tantalisingly close, but getting no nearer. About 5 minutes away from the Avian Road turnaround, I simply gave up. I was focussing on catching them - it seemed like a decent goal - but I realised I'd given pretty much all I had to do it, and the ill-fated attempt had me spent. I failed to hold Chris' wheel as he pulled through, and I pulled the plug right then and there.

I rode on to the turnaround, somewhat embarrassed at the sight of the bunch and their pursuers, Chris on his own, charging along. Shortly after the turn, the foursome approached, and Al Crossling pulled around to ride home with me. We chatted, and rode like we might on a cruisy long ride, had the (now) three remaining A-graders blast past us, and finally we got caught by B-grade, who we tucked in at the back of for the few kilometres back to the school, where my support crew were waiting to cheer me on. At least they were able to support the others out there doing it tough. We watched A-grade shoot past well into their second lap, and then B-grade some minutes later. Then, a ride back to the finish to announce a DNF, and watch the sprints...

What went wrong? The simplest answer, and perhaps the easiest for me to stomach, is that I was outclassed. Excuses? Maybe my nutrition and sleep weren't really up to scratch over the week. I'd not done much riding since BP4 on account of being busy, and all the damn rain. I can't expect my unexpected form at BP to look after me for ever... I hadn't had a decent warm up - 20 minutes of low intensity riding with Chris (!!!!).

Simon asked me what went through my mind at the moment I was dropped. I told him I wasn't sure, but I certainly didn't process the various scenarios of giving everything I needed to get onto Clive's wheel vs spending the next 20 minutes in a 2-up time trial, and then DNFing.

Lessons? I either need to get my cornering sorted, or be at the front when we go through. I need to ride my bike more often. I need to eat properly. Blowing a race, and then pulling out really sucks. Not a proud day for me today. I'm really not sure I can say I gave it my best...
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Postby Conners on Sat 13/Sep/08 9:27pm

Sorry to hear that John - but it happens. My experiece at BP4 was pretty harrowing at the time, but it taught me a lot.
You'll bounce back from this - it's all a part of the "moving forward" mantra ;)
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