Well today I was game and decided to ride up the 1:20 route for the first and second time in my life...figured after 1.5 years of riding its about darn time!
Managed to actually wake up at 8am and get myself ready and head off. Twas fairly chilly so I put my thermal base layer and a jersey over the top, with my baggy shorts. Went up from Station street onto forest road and then onto mountain highway for the ride. Luckily there is a nice big clean bike lane on Forest road so getting there was fairly easy apart from some of the hills on the way.
First ride up was dismal. Rode up very slowly (much much slower than I usually do on flat land) Had to stop a few times to adjust my load, remove my jersey and balance out all the weight in my shorts etc....was absolutely knackered by the time I hit the finish line and finished with an embarrassing time of 24:42. Got to Sassafras and decided I'm not happy with that time at all, so I rode back down (awesome but chilly ride down) and started again. Second time round was much much better. Only one stop due to police & a tow truck removing a car off the embankment, but held a good pace too but did most of the climbing out of the saddle. Being nice and warmed up with all the blood rushing around meant I got just a smidge over 20min at 20:26. Would've like to get lower but I suppose considering I've never really ascended for extended periods of time up hills (thanks to most of the hills on my route's being short in length) I settled with that time and headed home with rapid pace down the dandenong tourist road.
I actually enjoyed the challenge more than I thought I would. Great feeling of reaching the top and also working on a time trail basis. Second time round I was far less tired and opted to try and pace myself instead of pushing hard as I can. This battle isn't over! - I shall return and get up it faster. When I get even gamer I might even try hitting "the wall" and really get fit!
On a side note - did anyone ride this morning and see the police and/or car being pulled out the ditch? Anyone know if the driver was alright? The car actually looked in a fair state - didn't have a massive crash at the front end at all - only the bumper, lights and bonnet were a bit smashed in. Just not sure if the driver sustained any injuries considering they went straight off the road and down the hill. I'm not sure early model Mazda 626's had airbags so I hope the driver didn't sustain bad head injuries......
As Arnold Schwarzenegger says "I'll bee baaaak" - looking forward to shaving more time off and getting up the hill faster......Anyone remember seeing a guy (probs the only one) with baggy shorts, funny multicoloured riding glasses and a white mtb helmet around 9-11am? If so - that'd be me