Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cramming the training in

I am off to Wagga Wagga on FRiday (for the americans...it is not the city so nice they named it twice...it IS JUST WAGGA WAGGA)....I have uni for four days. It is my first uni day on Saturday and the AFL Grand Fnial is on Saturday and my boyfriend is a massive CATS supporter and they are playing, this leads to two problems,

1. Can Shane find a pub in New South Wales that will televise the Victorian Grand Final, and
2. If the Cats win, will I be able to study on Sat night with Shane dancing around and running high from the excitement of the day.....(yes I do hope the Cats win!).

Then on the Tues we head to Canberra (not a city so nice they named it twice) for Australian Titles, Time Trial on Thurs, Road Race on Sat, and Crit on Monday. I think my form is ok, but we will see when the courses are revealed, you can actually do a recon of the course thanks to the magic of youtube but we will go and check the course out on Wednesday.


Then home for a week and a half and then off to Sydney for World Track Titles where we will be racing the pursuits. I have had two track sessions in twelve months so no big expectations there....but will enjoy it all the same. I practised starts at Warragul Cycling Club last night with a proper starting gate....make sure your pedal is in the correct position, sit, focus up the track, 5..4..3..2..1...GO!!!! and you are off and belting along, arms straight but not too straight, dont throw the bike around, energy to the legs, then finally sit and arms on the pursuit bars and you have 8 laps...seems easy.....4 to go...getting harder....2 to go...who put this friggin big mountain on the track...legs won't spin anymore....BELL GOES final lap.....pain, mountains, are you sure this was only 2km...and you clock your time...I am hoping for a PB this year...but what size gear to ride? I trained on a concrete track last night on an 86...have ridden a 92ish before...should I go bigger...not sure??? too hard.....

The other exciting news is I have new bike clothing with ambulance victoria written all over it and have regsitered that as my sponsor so I can wear it for all of the titles and look like someone fast and important (which will of course make me ride faster and more impressively...absolutely)...If anyone has suggestions on gear to ride I would be interested.....But of course the best way is to train on the wooden track on the gear I am going to ride at the Champs......might only get one training session in like that (or two)....but will give it a go then....

Will post a pic of bike gear soon..too wet and miserable today to get outside in it as I want it to look nice in Canberra.....

6 comments:

Mike J said...

Wow, you've got some huge race plans. Best of luck. I'm sure you'll do great.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Sounds like some exciting stuff going on!! Good luck, and looking forward to the reports :)

Buttsy said...

Thanks Mike and Mel - Have got some hopes for the time trial...adjusted my TT bike last week and it feels great.....but the bike doesnt ride itself...so hopefully the legs will be up to speed.....
And hopefully will have lots of pics too as Shane and I race at different times and so he will be under orders to TAKE PHOTOS as usually I get lots of pics of him and then there are none of me!

Groover said...

Good luck, Buttsy! Go hard and rock it. You know you can do it! You will have to show us your new kit when you are back!

A dream that was once lost but now found... said...

Best of luck Buttsy. I hope you make your PB on the track. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

Buttsy said...

Thanks guys....Time TRial over and done with and I got Silver which is very exciting. The course was horrible it was major undulations and a ripper headwind out on the mainly downhill section and a tailwind on the uphill......I was happy but in all seriousness would have loved to have gone one better than last year....back to the drawing board...Road race is Sat and it is majorly hilly!

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