so i have been riding and racing bikes a bit lately, and have been doing write ups for the team when ever i go alright(hence why this post is being written here and not there…).
well this weekend was the first big road tour of the season(practically ”tour” just means a race run over 2 or more stages, running over 2 or more days).
and i spent all weekend doing not so well(being blown out the back of the bunch and getting flat tyres…).
but i’d be lying if i said we as a team didn’t do well, Duggan got on the podium twice over three races, and Adrian smashed the Time Trial and the Criterium to finish second in the GC(general classification or over all ranking from the tour)
so this wasn’t the case for me, i was just a bit out of my league and ended up hating every minute of the weekend that had anything to do with me racing my bike
the upside to this is that, due to my puncture and early exit from the first stage i was feeling alot fresher than the rest of the boys and there was no pressure on me to keep preforming coz i had nothing to lose in the standings.
i used my extra time to take photos of the other guys racing and on the podium, sit in the wind on the way to and from races, make sure our jackets and such were around when people finished there races(as it was pretty cold) go do the shopping for dinner so the other boys could head back to camp to get showered and rest up and so on.
now don’t for a minute think i was rushing around like crazy to look after the guys like their mothers or that i was doing this all by my self, having jez’s partner along for the trip made things so much easier for everyone as it meant the car could be driven to all the races with out bags of clean/dry/warm clothes and i didn’t have to carry the shopping back hanging off my brifters.
but it keep my mind busy enough for me to not be overly frustrated about how shit my riding was going and made it easier for me to have some fun over the weekend, also after helping out at the track world champs over the easter weekend, i like the idea of being involved with cycling from every angle getting to see and do it all.
standing on the side of the hill during the criterium feeding adrian time checks between him and the bunch as he tried to make up valuable time in a 25minute long solo break away was truly a highlight; and way more helpful than i actually would of been on my bike trying to hang on to the back of the bunch.
just did my first real ergo,
i fell off the wind trainer
man i’m not 100% sure what that word means…
december 5th was officially my first day of holidays, i’d finished the tour of bright and there, in my mind i was done racing, sure i went and competed at the Christmas Carnivals at Horsham and Bendigo(which brenno and steve both do a way better job reporting on than i could), but i dont actually think what i did was “compete”, for me it was more of a road trip with some riding involved.
Here we are at jan 7th more than a month after my silly season break began and im getting back on it, 110km’s in the saddle, on the track and out through the hills, in my kit from 9am -9pm out and about on the bike, hanging with good crew, riding and racing.
Sure im no where near my 100%, but i can feel it, its in my legs and it wants to get back to where it was just over a month ago, and the big thing is i want it too, i thought my break may have made me loose it a bit mentaly, loose the urge, the want, but after today i know its still there.
And im gonna to get it
… that sucks
when you spend the morning hung over, moisturizing your sunburn, cleaning the dirt and dust off your track bike and then figuring out that you left your credit card behind the bar last night, you know yesterday must of been pretty rad…
massive props to K O and C S W for smashing out one of the hardest fixed rides ive done in a long time..
now i’m gonna go ride my bike some more
so i did bright and it was rad and it got me super psyched about riding bikes(admittedly thats not had to do) but i chose do do the right thing, i decided i’d take a week off from training, racing, and all things bike concern’d..
well that week off has turned into 2 weeks off and looks like it may turn in to 3 if not more… i’d probably only had 2 or 3 weeks off in the last 9 months, (ive been told i should be having 5 days off every month..) so it feels extreamly wierd not doing anything and im rested now and its time for me to get back to it, but i just can’t i feel like ive lost all momentum, i know all i have to do is ride down to the gym tonight and push some weights around and i’ll feel great, but well.. its 5.30 i should of left ten minuets ago…
i need to shake this lack of motivation!