Liz Randall's Cycling Blog - a life behind bars

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Sunday, 29 March 2009

Annual Leave Day 2

SUCH a good feeling knowing that I have a 10 day break.

Training yesterday was on the indoor trainer as most of the day was spent going up to Bendigo to pick up a pair of wheels and then to a furniture shop to pick up a corner cabinet I had paid for last week. It's actually meant to be for a TV, but I've ear marked it as a trophy cabinet for Alex's trophies as the current arrangement is more than somewhat over full. I might sneak some of mine onto it too though.

The track wheels I bought are just fantastic and were a very reasonable price too. Second hand but in perfect nick. And they are??...Mavic Disc and IO front wheel. I rode them today at DISC and they were super double plus good. I've been on the look out for a front wheel for a while as I've been making do with an ageing Corima but wasn't finding anything I liked. For my One Hour Record attempt I'd bought a Ghibli wheelset but didn't use the front disc and sold them straight after as I felt that, nice though the rear disc was, me having the wheelset was a waste. I'm also buying a 4 spoke front wheel for road TT's - I've got fed up of changing tyres. Its arrived and I just have to front up with the money..its a Xentis.

Training then. I'd bought 2 new Real Life Videos for the TACX Fortius: Alpine Challenge and Tour of Flanders. I'd chosen them specially as they featured areas I'd ridden Alpe d'Huez/Galibier and Oudenarde/Geraardsbergen area and so therefore not only was I going to get a good work out, but I could also re-live happy cycling memories.

So yesterday I rode the Tour of Flanders for all of 30 minutes..just in time to get up the first of the Hellingens. Today on the track I did 3 x 4 laps at pursuit race pace followed by 1 x 6 laps at race pace. Tomorrow Lawrence and I are going out on an easy peasy road ride before I pack the car.


Alex gave me a positive talking to last night, telling me I should not dwell on the fact that I'd not trained much due to feeling crap..more to think of it as a mega taper!!!

So off to Tassie tomorrow..an overnight ferry trip, pick up Lawrence from the airport then off to our home for 4 days and check out the Silverdome, which is more than somewhat different from DISC and DGV as its 284m /lap instead of the standard 250m. I'm down for the TT, pursuit and scratch races...expecting nothing special...

6 comments:

Colin Griffiths said...

Phil told me today that "talent is permanent and fitness is temporary". I think that the you might also say "talent is permanent and lack of fitness is temporary". You've obviously got a grossly unfair ammount of talent so rid yourself of any negative thinking!

asfastasicanforaslongasican said...

thank you Colin! now that's a comment I'm more than happy to publish!!

Buttsy said...

Good luck in Tassie, you will go well, but 284m is a bit weird.

We have hardly made it to the track and as much as I would love to be racing, work and study have taken priority.

You will be fine, and you may just surprise yourself, it is amazing what a little dose of racing adrenaline can do......expect the unexpected.

WOO HOO - GOOD LUCK AND ALL THAT.

Now I am back to anatomy and physiology and DNA replication ------I'd rather be riding.

Buttsy said...

The Xentis wheels look very nice and very fast.....hope they are

Buttsy said...

Am I right in seeing that they grouped all of the women from WMAS3 - WMAS8 in the one pursuit - that is pathetic - seriously - I am sorry I didnt get to Tassie, but have had a lot of stuff happening - I saw the times and then I thought does that mean that you were racing against women 40+, that is just not fair and after travelling to Tassie and everything to compete - not fair!!!

asfastasicanforaslongasican said...

Yeah..major problem for older women..I've had discussions about the subject. Poor turn up all round actually, only abt 100 riders.

Scratch was a blast though.. riding against WMA3 girls is different to say the least. Came in 6th out of 8 and VERY happy with that. My legs were about to fall off half way but carried on and never gave up.....can do no more