I also went to the "Come and Try" Day at DISC today.
I caught the train to DISC, and that was an adventure in itself. I've never seen the train so packed on a Saturday morning. (I must have got peak hour to "family day" at the races - heaps of frocks and suits!)
I saw weg just before the brief information session. The velo was certainly a lot more banked than Hawthorn velodrome (that I've ridden on a couple of times, cos its near Dave and Kathy's place).
I needed help (i.e. push) when I went to start off ... I decided to ride unclipped the first time I had a go. After a while, I got some help to stop, clip in, and then get going again.
I was disappointed that the handlebars on the track bike I was given couldn't be made any higher ... so after a couple of laps, I developed neck/trapezius pain. (My hybrid is a very upright position, so I don't get that problem on my bike)
By this stage, there were LOTS of women on the velodrome, and many of them were going really fast, and were way above the blue line (top line). So I decided to wait until it was quieter until I had another go.
I eventually made it onto the blue bit (i.e. bottom of the actual wooden velodrome) just before the session finished - and we got kicked off because the VIS training session was about to start.
If there was another Come and try day, I'd want to give it another go, because I have enough confidence to go on the actual velodrome now
After I'd had help stopping (again), I watched the VIS team do their training behind a motorbike, which was interesting. They were all in one big long line, and the person at the front would peel away up the embakement to let the next person take the lead.
Then came the LONG ride home ... which was longer than it should have been because of a wrong turn!
The plan was to go along Grange Road and Chandler Hwy, and then go along Princes St -> Swan St (near the Yarra).
Somehow, I went straight ahead when I should have turned right (should have had a closer look at the Melways this morning
... so I ended up going along Harp Road and Belmore Road, before turning right into Elgin Road at the end of Belmore Road. I thought something wasn't right when there were HEAPS of hills, and I was seeing signs to Balwyn and Doncaster, and there was no sign on the Yarra in sight!
I pulled into a service station just after turning into Elgin St, and to my dismay I'd gone basically a FULL MELWAY SPREAD too far east! Station St was the next street east that ran parallel to Elgin, and I knew my way home from there. So I got directions of how to get to Station Street.
After a feed (good thing I'd taken lots of jam scroll from home) and an icy pole (I thought the massive detour in the heat had earnt that), I was on my way again.
I was really glad when I saw the sign for Station St, Box Hill ... and I've never been so glad to see North Road overpass in Huntingdale, even though I knew I was still 15 km (approx) away from home at that point!! (North/Huntingdale Road is on the route to Monash Uni, so that felt like home was near!)
At least my wrong turn meant I had LOTS of hill training today, most of which was done one foot unclipped because of traffic lights halfway up hills.
Total distance home: 39.25 km
Av speed: 19.41 km/hr - pretty good, considering some of the steep hills I got into my lowest front gear (24t)!
I'll definately sleep well tonight, as my legs are really tired - probably need yet MORE food before I go to bed!