Friday, 20 March 2009

And so it begins

with special thanks to Staeven for his hard work, and Peter, for arranging it.

So it begins...

Last night I found new legs racing, with accelerator cables no longer sticking so badly, and the turbo boosters beginning to show benefit from the refit. I found some spare grey cells as well, and rewired them into race mode, which worked a treat when the nitrous ran out.

Ran down a couple of break aways, scored some points in the pointscore, even gave a little bit of coaching in the final lap, rode with a small slice of leg-saving smarts in the final race and finished midfield.

Happy little fixiegal... happy little team endurogirl :-) You're the best!!!! Thanks guys :-D

PS spot the error in the image above. And no, it has nothing to do with me not looking like Milla.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Women's Entries, States and Nationals

I had a quick look at the numbers for State Masters Track Titles, which are this weekend, and I nearly fainted. About 18 in the TT, down to 10 in the sprints, with the IP, and Scratch high teens, kierin low teens. The biggest group is the combined WMAS1&2, comprising just over half the entries. When I first did States about 4 years ago, there were just two of us, making up the sublime and the ridiculous (ie Michelle King and myself).

Entries closed for Nationals yesterday, and whilst my age group has held steady at 7, WMAS 2 has lept with 10, WMAS 4 at 8. There are a total of 40 women entered. I'm assuming the groupings for the championship will be Cat 1: WMAS 1& 2; Cat 2: Wmas 3 & 4; Cat 3: WMAS 5/6/8.

All I can say is: FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EDIT: Anon noted my maths is wrong for Nationals. Never mind. The thought was there. Thanks Anon for the clarification!

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

At night, it's dark

A touch of spotlighting from the back door last night, after training, ay ups style. You can actually see the back fence, just not so well in this photo. Bright little burners, hey??

Monday, 16 March 2009

What Did You Do On The Weekend??

Me, being classy as usual. This is what happens when you point a camera at me. Please note the black dress. It matches Forby, of course.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Fixed Gear/Single Speed Racing

yeah, so what?? It's called track racing...

Not if it's on Sunday March 22 at the usual St Kilda Club crits!! Check it out!!

Monday, 9 March 2009

Fix my troubled legs

Here is my secret training bike, on a secret training ride, in a secret training location. Why? That's a secret, but some things need fixing, so that's what we are doing. What those things are is a secret as well.

What I will say is that it's a bit of a mind warp riding a fixed wheel bike on the road when you have only ridden fixed on the track. I keep forgetting I have brakes (it's not a track bike!!!), I keep feeling my right hand fingers reach for the rear derailleur lever to tap it over (there's no shifter!!), I keep checking which cog I'm on the rear (there's only one!!). I am learning how to finesse the engine brakes, and the mechanical brakes, separately and in unison. I now know how slowly I really can pedal a bike. I also know now how quickly I can stop the bike when I really truly need to. I've also learnt where I soften my pedalling on a regular road bike, because I can't anymore. Forby won't let me; corners, the final metres before cresting a hill preparing the legs for the downhill smash, downhills when the smash is spent.

The sense of control is brilliant. Geared bikes now feel sloppy and soft. I keep waiting for the kickback when I stop pedalling the bianchi, and I don't rest for long because it feels a bit weird. And that's only after a couple of rides! I think I am becoming fixed in my addiction. Next I'll be getting a tattoo.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Melburn Roobaix

This year?? About time!!! Which bike though??? Might even pull the 10yr old plus cannondale out and go retro 90s.

New Steed

This is Forby, as in 4B, as in BBBB, as in you'll have to guess the rest, my new motivation for training, kindly provided by a silent secret sponsor, and sourced from Open Road Cycles. Richard and Andy are excellent, and did a fantastic job looking after me and getting Forby ready for action.

All I can say is, beware, be very ware.