Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What has been going on...

It is time to come back here for an update on what has been happening lately. Looking at the stats for this blog, over 186 visitors (50%) this month are Returning Visitors so it is just right that I keep the blog going.

Training and racing

Well, well. That's officially on hold now due to the shoulder injury I am carrying which has turned into a more complex issue that once believed. Numerous visits to a GP, a few physio sessions and an appointment with a shoulder specialist is the program.

The Crash Training program that I put together for the Tour of Bright has been put aside as the volume and intensity wouldn't help my shoulder.


Crash Training Program (J Friel)


In fact, I did start the program with a trip to the Gold Coast last week and a couple of discovery rides on the Hinterlands. They were great rides in amazingly beautiful places but they were hard rides as well. Unfortunately, they proved to be fairly taxing on the shoulder, indicating that I needed to decide on training or fixing my shoulder.

After a little chat with the Physio, I decided to stay off the bike until my shoulder is completely healed... Time to set up the trainer permanently!!
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Greg's Home, my base in Currumbin

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Greg and Juan, barbie night
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Greg still teaches the art...

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Ride One: Currumbin - Springbrook - Currumbin

Dist: 108 km
Time: 3:59
AvSpeed: 28 km/h
AvHR: 126 bpm
Ascent: 1,050 m

Old surf spot: Burleigh Point
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Start of the climb to Springbrook

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View of Surfers from Springbrook


Ride Two: Currumbin - Murwillumbah - Springbrook - Currumbin

Dist: 110 km
Time: 4:44
AvSpeed: 25.5 km/h
AvHR: 119 bpm
Ascent: 1,627 m


Plenty of stops on the way...


Sugar Cane fields in NSW
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My favourite feed station
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It couldn't get any better...

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End of climb #2 (Av 7.9 %) and a fast run into QLD

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Higher peaks in view

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The last climb (Av 6.5 %)



http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/3-Climbs-on-the-Gold-Coast-Hinterlands


Ride Three: Currumbin - Mermaid Beach - Currumbin (recovery)


Dist: 36.3 km

Time: 1:31

AvSpeed: 24 km/h


Racing

The last race I entered was the club Hill Climb on Mt Mee road. It's a climb that I always wanted to have included in one of the club races and the club managed to get a permit for an ITT on the 8+km (Av 4.5 %) in a afternoon with temperatures reaching 33 degrees. Just the way I like it.

Dist: 8.2 km

Time: 21:21

AvSpeed: 23.2 km/h

AvHR: 166 bpm

Ascent: 345 m


Didn't mind the pain...

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Sandra powering up Mt Mee road

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Time to get creative...

6 comments:

Groover said...

I wished I could have joined you on your Gold Coast rides (instead of slaving away in the office). The photographs are beautiful. I like the chocolate banana one. You have to take me down there one day.

Sev said...

Damn about your shoulder! Hope to see you out and about soon.

Scott

AMRcyclist said...

Thanks, Scott!

Heard of your 2nd place at Murrarie. Well done!!!

It would be nice to do that GC ride with you guys on the 29th.

Maybe I will...

deise said...

Meu filho que otimas fotos vc tirou. E a casa do seu amigo parece ser otima. Deus para vcs se divertirem não? Beijos

Chris said...

I hope your shoulder gets to feeling better soon.

AMRcyclist said...

Hi Chris,
I will probably have some good news in ten days.

Cheers!

 
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