peterlip wrote:There’s nothing to stop you from riding ATB without entry other than: 1. Guilt (it feels great to be part of it). 2. Ferry ticket.
BV has exclusive rights to bikes on the ferry that day. You could probably have a car down there, put the bike in the back, and get a car ticket, but I suspect that’s an expensive way to do it.
So, you can hope that people will pull out between now and then, and you get buy a ticket off them. Quite a few do pull out in the weeks leading up to it, but the demand is high, so it’s not something I’d rely on.
Hmm, number 2 is a rational reason for seeking a ticket. Unless I can learn to drive my car and ride my bike down to Q at the same time. Or pay for a return crossing for a cab. Also irrational.
My experience was this. I first started riding at the beginning of 2005 at the age of 38. This was after 18 years since I last touched a bike. In May I upgraded to my first road bike. In June, I did my first Beach Rd. After that I was doing a 90 km Beach Rd run every 2 to 3 weeks, plus I was commuting 40-60km a week. We then did a 135km test ride with 3 weeks to go. Sounds like you’re already doing reasonable distances.
On the day, my biggest issue was sitting on a bike seat for that amount of time. If you pace yourself well, the actual physical effort of the ride shouldn’t be a problem.
In '84 I rode to Eden return on the very same bike. Took me about 6 days and some nights. I just decided to go on the spur of the moment, and had nothing but the clothes on my back and my ATM card. Surprisingly, then, Warragul didn't have an ATM machine and the banks were shut at 11pm. So a few of places I slept on "convenient places".
I used to ride from Richmond to Bundoora every once in a while as recently as early 1999. But after that my bikes spokes started rusting, and the Brookes saddle drying up. IOW, I neglected it.
I can handle long durations of sitting on the bike. Though I still dismount at the lights, or raise my tail to get some circulation going around the perineum.
My main problems, now, seem to be nagging dull right wrist pain, and right elbow joint stiffness. To alleviate the stiffness I move my elbow joint (painfully) at every opportunity, eg traffic light stops.
And a week or two ago now, whilst jogging, I ended up landing on an exposed tree trunk with the ball of my left foot. Instinctively I balanced without dropping the heel, but it kinda oscillated a bit before I moved on. The following day I experienced a sore Achilles (tendinitis). I took it easy for a few days, and despite what I read about it, the morning stiffness and pain seemed to subside within days. I still stretch it before jogging, or even before getting out of bed. But sometimes, even after sitting down for a bit, I can feel the tightness of the tendon where it joins the heel right at the calcaneum, and I fear if I don't watch it I may tear a few strands.
Last Wednesday I collided with a pedestrian on one of those shared bike/pedestrian paths. I was certain he saw me when he looked in my direction, and I had my headlights on too. But having landed on my left hip and shoulder (from the bruising and the pain my guess is iliac crest and acromioclavicular joint injuries) on the hard asphalt, and him coming to help me up, I asked him, "You saw me right!?" And he said he was looking at a woman. Forget about the headlights, I should get a poster of an attractive woman (and man) and have that on the front of my bike!
So yes, whilst there's plenty of time to train for October, there's also plenty of time for other sh!t to occur too.
So, my advice. Sign up now for the clockwise direction. I like that way, you get the hills done when you’re still fresh. If you can get 100km a week under your belt, that should be enough, but the more the better. Even better if you can do 3 or 4 consecutive days of > 40km. Do that from time to time, and any sitting on a seat for a long time issues will be behind you.
The other thing to mention, is get used to pack riding. Go back to my post on the last page for more details.
You are right. I have a lot to learn about how to ride in packs (pelleton?). I have joined a small group of over 50's. I can keep up with them
P.S. If you're really worried about ferry or westgate cut off times, do MSM or MQM. No ferry, and a bit cheaper.
Thanks, but there's other (psychological) reasons why I would rather ride anti-clockwise, and leave the hills of Mt Martha to the second half of the leg.