Welcome to the latest installment of Blog Boy's light hearted look at anything and everything from his ATB (2008) wind up. There are a couple of editions here and more to come (unless you all tell me to go forth and multiply). Leave your feedback and keep coming back for more - the swooping seagull piece is brilliant, and educational!
Alright then, we’re away – Woo Hoo! 12 weeks to go – Oh Boo!
The feedback from last week’s blog was great and I would like to thank both of my readers. This week we have a Tour de France insight, more helpful advice and a progress update.
I kicked off the week with an informative Information Session – forgive the tautology, but I have been to many information sessions that have been anything but informative. Receiving some basic tips on safety, bike set-up and how to ride your bike gave me the confidence that there may be some shortcuts I can take instead of a stack of hard work. At the very least, I will be able to ride comfortable in the knowledge that at least our mentor Mat has the tools to enjoy his ride!
The highlight of the session was getting a sneak peek at the TeamSUPER cycling gear – the style and design is quite outstanding – will make for a good team photo. Not sure on the sizing though; I think I need a couple more X’s before my L. Personally, I was quite keen on wearing the bib shorts sans vest, but I defer to common decency and taste and will wear the kit in its entirety… I promise.
It would be remiss of me not to provide my incisive analysis of the Tour de France as, after all, we are in the middle of that 3-week period in which everyone becomes a cycling expert. Naturally, I am rooting for Cadel Evans, and think he can still win with a big effort in the time trial. You must admire the CSC team. They have worked fantastically well to put two riders at the front of the race with 3 stages remaining and have obliterated the big guns in the field one by one… except for my good friend Cadel! Having spent almost 80 hours in the saddle, wouldn’t it be ironic if he blew them away in just one hour on Sunday night! In the words of Roy & HG, go you good thing, put a gap in ‘em.
Not one to claim all the credit for helpful hints for myself, I share with you this wise advice from a colleague also embarking on this wonderful adventure; advice no doubt borne out of personal experience. If you are on a ride for the first time in a while and you are feeling comfortable and doing it easy, turn around and head home as you are more than likely riding with a strong tailwind! Note: Please bear in mind that this theory does not apply in reverse – if you are struggling, it is unlikely that there is a headwind… you more than likely ARE struggling. Turn around and head home.
For all that, did I actually do anything this week? Of course I did, I am in training! I had an interesting experience riding home from the office to Mitcham – via God knows where. Not that I’m counting, but for anyone that cares it took me roughly 1hr 41min 21.046s, however I am confident I can lose 15 minutes of that time instead of just getting lost! Note to self – familiarise self with track and don’t just follow anyone on a bike.
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What happened, where did that week go? Week 3 has gone by in a blur. Unfortunately it was a blur of work and family, rather than me speeding around the tracks and trails of the Eastern Suburbs!
A pathetic 11.87km was achieved on the bike this week; if you had have taken a look at my bike you may well have been able to spot the cobwebs!
Goodness me. What in the hell am I doing??? It’s about time for a reality check, people. I have sugar-coated everything to date and I have news for you… it is all meadow mayonnaise, brought on by the seductive scenes seen on late-night SBS in recent weeks. Not the usual late night SBS scenes: of course, I am talking about the Tour de France.
Watching the elite traverse across France for three weeks as if it were a leisurely Sunday afternoon ride, I was lulled into a sense of invincibility. An obviously false sense, that is. Yes, I, the officially obese* member of the Clarke clan, would ride the 100km from Sorrento to Melbourne as if it were a procession down the Champs Elysees. As if! I am sure you have worked out by now, nothing could be further from the truth, and I mean NOTHING!
Bugger me, how hard is this ride going to be? The Tour de France may well have the Col de Tourmalet and L’Alpe-d’Huez, but my ride has Col de Mt Martha followed by L’Alpe Eliza! You won’t see Carlos Sastre and his Team CSC mates taking on the famed climbs of the Mornington Peninsula will you? No, you won’t. But you will see me. I’ll be there. I’ll be there with my mates, my mighty TeamSUPER mates – that’s if they don’t inversely mirror the Silence Lotto team mates of Cadel Evans and bugger off on me, leaving me for dead. Alas, a champion team beat a team with one champion.
I know you are sitting there on your own backside reading this and thinking, “How about you get off your big fat clacker and do a bit more riding?”. Thank you for the brain wave… what a very good idea, why have I not thought of that myself??? Of course I have, but I also have to factor in three children, a job, other activities and a fear of the dark!
Can I please have a father, or mother, of three provide me with a way of incorporating somewhere between 2 and 6 hours of me time for punishing myself on a bike over the next 10 weeks. Please don’t offer excuses, I have plenty of them as you can see.
Now that I am a published author, I am letting my loyal readers know of what I am aiming for next week. So I’m gonna hit the highway like a battering ram, on a silver black Fuji bike. You will then be able to read next week and see 50km insatead of 11, and see it you will, as the fear of ridicule from readers is a great motivator.
Until next week, on ya’ bike.
* Source: Wii Fit – July 28, 2008 (and every subsequent day)