Yesterday (was it only yesterday I raced the Australian Open Time Trial Championship at Buninyong near Ballarat and whilst I knew I couldnt win, I had a couple of goals an people I wanted to beat or ride similar times to based on previous time trial events. I had done heaps of training and maybe in hindsight not enough recovery but hindsight is 20/20 and so I will give you a quick run down on the last two days:-
Shane couldnt come with me so I had arranged for a close friend Rocky and my father in law Bill to make the trip and help, Rocky for emotional support and her calm nature and Bill for mechanical expertise. I trained and did some short 1 minute efforts on Tuesday and then picked Rocky up from the staiton, packed the car and then we were off, we picked Bill up en route and drove to Williamstown to watch the last day of the Bay Crits which was cool (but in hindsight part of my undoing really...it was a warm day and my timetable went tlike this
5:30 - alarm goes off - go training for an hour
7:00 - pick up Rocky from the station
8:30 - Drive to Melbourne to pick up Bill
at about 12:30 we were at Williamstown, park the car and walk around for three hours!!!!
3:30 - leave Williamstown and drive to register at Buninyong (about 1.5hours drive), then did two laps of the circuit and a hugge photo opportunity was missed. On our second lap of the circuit a car had stopped in the mddle of the road and when we stopped, there was a koala on the middle of the road and the driver was trying to shoo him back into the bush......and I didnt take a pic...........it was quite cute (but they have nasty tree climbing claws and can be quite nasty...........
about 6:00 we checked into our motel and then went and had dinner and it had been go go go all day
9:30 I went to bed......I was exhausted
BUT there were some highlights at the Bay Crits
We spent a while in the Jayco sponsor tent as Bill was a guest in there and Rocky and I got guest passes.
Bill enjoyed the food and wine, but we didnt drink the wine.....
The other gentleman is Kevin Hine (I think) who has won world champsionships.
Then we headed to Ballarat and on the day of the Time Trial, I did my morning pre-start on the windtrainer
At Buninyong, Bill was on Bike duty, Rocky was on photo duty, I just gave her my new expensive camera (that you need practice using and said "take some pictures".....she did a great job...she took the photo with Phil Liggett the day before so that was a real highlight and her job was really done then. (awesome)