Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I get it!

Today I went up to DISC to put myself through another hour of track torture.  To my complete and utter surprise, I managed a 30 lap warm up and felt good.  I floated up to the blue line and was comfortable to stay there. 

There were others on the track and they didn't freak me out. 

I think I'm finally getting a taste of why people love track.  I had some good happy hormones by the end and was pretty pleased with myself.

You know what I thought of for the rest of the day though?   Running.  Running with Fi.  Pumping out 15km and not even thinking about it. 

I miss it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Still around, still training

Hi!  Remember me?

I thought it was time to update here.   I'm back training well but still haven't returned to work full time.

I rediscovered a love for crossfit recently and will have to work out how I can include this in my training schedule somewhere.

I've started doing rollers at http://jarasport.com.au/ which given how hard it is will surely improve my cycling.

The biggest news is that I've started training here....

without a doubt, the scariest thing I've done in my life.

Can't stop. Won't stop.

See you out training somewhere.  Ride safe. x

Monday, May 7, 2012

Slow progress

Things are getting better, it's just taking a long, long, long time.

I've decided that I need to stop thinking about where I used to be or what I was capable of and focus on accepting where I am now.  This is my baseline, I need to work on improving from here.

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, Used to don't have a place in my vocab anymore.

I've been doing my 15 min rides every second day.  Helen took me up to the velodrome last week and taught me how to ride around on the blue line.  I've been riding up there whenever I can.  I've also done my own little Brunswick-Roibax on the cobbled lane ways around my house.

Pilates is very challenging.  I feel like I'm improving and I am enjoying the classes.  I need to find a way to keep this in the schedule even when I'm back to full gas.

I've also done a little running.  The first couple of times it really hurt, buy my body quickly remembered how to do it. 

I love running.  Just love it.

Fatigue continues to be an issue but that also is improving.  It's all upside from here.

Monday, April 23, 2012

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Remember me?

The last month has been rough to put it mildly.  Turns out concussion can knock you around a bit.

I've had memory loss and continue to have concentration issues.  I can't remember much about the first few weeks after the crash, so if you contacted me, thank you for your well wishes and concerns.  I really appreciate it even if I can't remember it.

My memory has improved some, but I've still got poor concentration and incredible fatigue.  However, in an exciting development I'm now approved for 15 minutes of riding on non consecutive roads as long as I stick to bike paths.  I can't process multiple pieces of information so the road is out of bounds for a while. 

So, 15 minutes on the mtb day before yesterday and 15 mins on the cx bike today.

Balance isn't great, so it's a little bit hairy, I'm scared of other people on the path and I need to sleep afterwards.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Car vs Bike

So I was finally feeling good and getting some consistency into my training.

After a gorgeous ride on the Boulevard on Tues morning I was headed home to shower before work.

A car unfortunately didn't notice I was riding in front of them and they hit me from behind as they turned left into me.

Luckily I just have concussion and some bruises.  Big muscles kept my bones safe.

No riding for a month, but I can get in the pool and on the trainer in a couple of weeks.

Could have been much worse, I feel very lucky.  My helmet smashed so bad you can see the frame inside the foam.  Thank goodness for helmets.

Monday, March 19, 2012


First time in the pool for a long time.

45 min session
Gentle pool running and one 25m underwater swim

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Jeff knows me

So that one little comment yesterday has been excellent motivation.  I've had a brilliant day.

After a late night watching Neil at the Austral, I woke early and commuted down to Port Melb for a cornering lesson coached by one of the racing team. 
I'm confident enough on my own, but in the drops in a bunch around a tight corner has been problematic. 
The coach was able to break things down for me and I feel a whole lot more confident now.

I raced the crit to try and put the training into practise.  Being able to go around a corner fast and safely is awesome!

I chased some breaks, did some work, held some pace and then blew up 5 mins before the finish and didn't finish in the bunch.  It's all practise.   First you get droped, then your pack fodder, then....

Gavin and Helen missed yesterday and they both were able to come around for a session.

I styled something similar to Jeff yesterday and yowsers I'm sore now.

15 deck squats

5 times through
20 box jumps
old school barbell run to shop
16kg kbell
50 OA swing
20 snatch each hand
5 LCCJ each hand