Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
The nights have been tough of late. Jackson (yes he now has a name) has been sleeping great during the day, but come night he is desperate for our attention and keeps both Robyn and myself up all night. Friday night was no different. I was finally in a deep sleep, when my alarm went off at 5:20- I couldn't move and decided 10 more minutes was in order. 45 minutes later I jumped out of bed, kitted up and was riding down Springvale Rd flat out to catch the bunch at Mordialloc (thank god for the tail wind).
I think Ash Thomas was happy to see I didn't desert him. We spent the whole ride hanging off the back of the bunch. Not so much fun. Turning off at Mordialloc to avoid the mayhem that was unfolding in the stiff head wind along Beach Road.
Jayden has spent the last couple of nights at a school friend house. I went over this afternoon to pick him up and was reminded of my youth. There where six kids fanging around the court on Green Machines. Those where the days. I was very close to jumping on one just to feel the some of the joy I had as a kid sliding recklessly down the street. But then I thought some things are best left as memories.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sorry about the pic Ben, but you didn't give me any notice.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
As for the girls, Katherine Van der Spiegel 1st Alex Kiendl 2nd.
Well done to all, sound like it was a tough race.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The kids were stoked and wanted to take him home right away. For some silly reason we are stumped on a name for the poor little guy. We have a short list, but can't make a final choice.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all competitors in the weekends race the best of luck. Racing is fun and shouldn't be taken too seriously. Remember at 2am why you love riding you bike so much and relish the time you have on it.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I have said all along I wouldn't go and it still may not happen, but there is a chance and if I can swing it I will be there to defend.
Monday, March 10, 2008
The kids were stoked on Friday when I received new lights etc from Ay Up, not because of the lights but they both got given a super cool jersey that actually fits them. And as I write this on Monday night, I can honestly say they have both worn them all weekend, thank goodness jersey dry over night.
Today I did something that has been a very long time coming, took Jayden for a MTB ride. We went to Westerfolds park to hit the nice flat bits of single track. Jayden had a ball and to my surprise on the way back to the car I gave him the option of riding the sealed track or the single track and he chose the single track. I recon 95% of the high school kids I have taken out on MTB's would have picked the easy way home. That's my boy...
I can tell you one thing for sure, he won't always be riding in my Shadow.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Last week I needed to shop for a new 4wd. The Delica needs to go, we wanted a more up to date family/work/race/camping vehicle. And here it is, a 2004 Mitsubishi Pajero NP 3.2 direct injection diesel. Drives great and am looking forward to seeing where it can take me.
I needed to make a few mods, Ash Thomas style. A large storage box, with fridge slider, fork mount and trap door to storage under the floor.....nice.
Next weeks project awaits. These two guys took me 231km and 4000 vertical meters last weekend in the Dusk to Dawn without a hitch. They are due for a few new parts, the usually chain, bottom bracket and cables should see them good for a few more months.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Waking up the morning of the race I was pleased that the attention I had given my calf had paid off. It was relatively free from pain and I was ready to focus my thoughts on the race. My travel companion and fellow competitor Alex Kiendl and I had the whole day to waste, as the race wasn’t starting until 7pm. I decided I would like to head out on the course and check out the water damage for myself. Dragging Alex along with me, it soon became evident the damage in the lower creek section was not rideable and the course had to take a detour with some tracks being cut, reducing the track length 1km. We ended up getting lost trying to avoid wet shoes and the spider webs strung across the track.
I spent most of the day watching streams of people stopping by the AyUp tent to pick up loaner lights for the event. In the end I think 80 percent of the people who borrowed lights ended up purchasing a set for themselves. This just goes to show how good the product is, but more on that another time.
I was feeling very relaxed as we lined up on the start line as the sun set. The atmosphere at the Queensland events seems to me to be a fair bit more relaxed than Victorian ones. There are not as many fully sponsored riders attending and people come to enjoy the great course and soak up the atmosphere with friends and family. I am approaching this year’s races with a more relaxed attitude and simply enjoy being able to do what I do. So this event was a perfect way for me to begin my 2008 enduro calendar.
The starters horn went off and I watched a dozen or so riders take off from me. I had to re-compose, drop a few gears and push forward as we headed off into the hilly first section of the course. Coming around on to complete lap one, a quick bottle swap and off I went in about 6th place overall. This was going to be the pattern for the next six hours, as the splits I was getting to second solo male were not increasing and he hovered consistently about two minutes down. I didn’t let this bother me and I kept riding what felt like consistent lap times into the wee hours on Sunday morning.
After eight hours on the bike, I came through transition thinking that I didn’t feel any pain, discomfort or tiredness one should feel after riding for such a long time, so I did what I do best and headed out for another lap of the 9km roller coaster MTB track. It wasn’t until the ten hour mark I started to get a substantial gap on the solo field and I then started to think about my bodies condition on the other side of the race and that I was heading home to a very pregnant wife and two kids that needed daddy to run around after them. I started to back off and decided on finishing the race on lap 24. I had some time to waste so I made sure I stopped to thank all the volunteers out on the course for the efforts in cheering me on through the night. Also worth a mention are the amount of team riders and support crew cheering me to go well throughout the race - it just goes to show how nice the enduro MTB community are all over the country.
Special thanks to the efforts of Matt (Kona’s Queensland sales rep) who stayed up all night to make sure neither myself or Alex went without any of our necessities. Thanks also to Andrew Patten from AyUp lights for making us feel special and well looked after all weekend.
Alex and myself ready to go...
On your marks...get set...GO...
Feed zone, about 4am...
Sunday, March 2, 2008
We are flying back tonight and not getting home till about 1am, so we have some sleep to catch up on before we leave.
Race report to follow in the next couple of days.