This turned out to be a cracker of a day and a much longer one than I had first planned. But given the low k’s the week before & the glorious weather it was an opportunity to good to pass up. It started with what has become a 6am-ers bi-monthly ritual, a Beach Run towards Mt Eliza. Even though we had already done it about a month earlier we were heading down that way again so many members could receive a bit of new 6am-ers merchandise. To give the cafe’s enough time to open & ensure our reputation of never missing a climb was kept intact, we did the Mt Eliza Power Loop of Canadian Bay & Two Bays Rd’s before sitting down to a hearty coffee & muffin in Mt Eliza proper. All the guys were pretty impressed with the new merchandise which is not only a keep sake but also pretty functional for us blokes.
While most turned back towards Melbourne I headed further south with 5 others to cruise along the Italian Riviera. O.K, not really but the coast road from Mornington to Safety Beach is spectacular and as close as I’m ever going to get to the real thing. The idea was to turn back once at Safety Beach but as soon as “Arthurs Seat” came into view it just begged to be ridden. It was around this time that my own “seat” decided to give up the ghout, luckily I could continue even though it felt & looked like a Barney Banana. The return trip after conquering “The Seat” called for a 2nd coffee in Mornington before arriving home with a true Imperial Century in 5hrs of riding. Sweet!!!
Another out & back commute to the city office day today. Ride home was pretty warm with the mercury sitting around the 25′C mark.
Distance: 58kms, Time: 2:02hrs & Elevation Gain of 371mtrs.
This was just one of those mornings. After setting my alarm for 5:55am not 4:55am the 6am-ers Hurtbox train had well & truly left the station but I was determined to meet the guys at our Albert Park rendezvous lounge to give 6am-ers keyring to anyone who missed out on Sunday. I knew I was asking for trouble as I rode directly towards a big black storm cloud (much like that below).
At least the commute home was dry but still pretty cool compared to just the one day before.
Distance: 60kms, Time: 2:05hrs & Elevation Gain of 377mtrs.
I was back on the NRR Long bandwagon this week but as I was feeling very heavy in the legs I decided not to wait at Edithvale for the mad bunch. Instead I cruised down towards Frankston and to my surprise I was able to tempo the first 2 climbs at my own pace before I got swamped. But what was to come was the most extraordinary thing I have ever seen in all my time cycling. I’ll let the pictures below tell the story but keep in mind this happened at close to 50km/hr & within a bunch of 50 odd riders. How no-one, particularly the innocent victim Harry Hanley, was seriously hurt in this freak accident I’ll never know, skill or luck you decide…
A very easy commute home from the office as I am in a sort of tapper for the last part of this week to support my 6am-ers team-mate in his Club Championships on Sunday.
Distance: 29kms, Time: 57mins & Elevation Gain of 278mtrs.
My last training session for the week was another venture to Hawthorn Velo in the morning to ride in circles for 45mins, half of which was in a fair bit of self-inflicted pain as usual. But the pain this week was intensified further due to the windy conditions that are common this time of year. I was glad when it was all over but also pretty happy with how I performed during the 2x15mins intervals sticking to that 100rpm goal yet again. Had a great coffee at the cafe right on the train line near Glenferrie Station, sorry didn’t get it’s name but the brew was sensational.
Distance: 53kms, Time: 1:45hrs & Elevation Gain of 203mtrs.
Rest, Shave Legs, Clean Race Machine, Stretch & Race Strategy Planning for tomorrow’s Blackburn Cycling Club Damien McDonald Road Race where I was assisting my friend & team-mate trying for Gold in his Clubs Masters 123 Championships.
I’ll let you know how it went in next weeks post.
Week 8 Totals
Distance = 457 kms
Ride Time = 14:54 hrs
Elevation Gain = 3,297 mtrs