On the eve of the sixth month for 2012, I’ve only written one blog post this year. I call this ‘blogger’s bog’, where it’s been so long between posting that I feel I have to wait until I have some sort of ‘super post’ before I can justify breaking the silence. Fiddlesticks to that. I figure this blog is never going to be every single thought or experience I have which I consider worthy of being blogged, but rather I should just blog whenever I ‘can’, regardless of worthiness.
To break the silence concisely, I shall try to concisely dot-point bicycle happenings for this year to date. 2012 is shaping up to be the best year of my cycling ever, and here are some highlights so far:
- I’ve continued to ride regularly on Wednesday night and Saturday mornings with the ‘Fair Weather Cycling Club’, a great bunch of guys that love road cycling who don’t care about carbon fibre, high performance lycra, but just care about smashing PR’s up hill climbs.
- I’ve continued riding with Team Bobby Dazzlers, an endurance mountain bike team that has recently been formalised by getting a team uniform, assisted by our first official sponsor Champion System. I rode with Team Bobby Dazzlers in the Kona 24hr a few weeks ago, and we won the male team of four category! We came second overall to the Torq Nutrition team, a very established and professional mountain bike team.
- Team Bobby Dazzlers have an exciting announcement to make in the near future too! Watch this space.
- A goal I set last year to come 10th in ‘B’ grade in the 2012 Enduro Series has been well and truly smashed. It turns out I got it a bit wrong, there are no grades this year, it is just Open Mens, but so far I’ve come 10th, then 11th, and the third of the four races in the series is this Sunday. So that is a lot better than top ten in ‘B’ grade!
- I experienced a lot of hand, back, and foot pain in these two races, but not at all any leg soreness, so I’ve been doing a bit of physio and massage to get the rest of the body up to scratch.
- I had my handlebars on my road bike snap whilst riding it. That was very scary.
- I’ve started using a power-meter on the mountain bike which allows me to get a lot more accurate information for training, and soon will get one for the road bike too.
- I’ve ridden three Cyclo Sportif races with Team Cancer Council SA, and looking forward to riding a lot more with them. They are a great bunch of people aiming to have fun cycling whilst promoting Cancer Council SA. We’ve won two of these Cyclo Sportif races in ‘B’ grade.
- I’m hoping to start entering some road races between mountain bike races in the near future, the only thing holding me back is preparation for these last two Enduro MTB races which are my ‘A’ priority.
- I’ve created a new website for the Adelaide Mountain Bike Club, at http://ambc.asn.au
- I’ve just started getting back into running again, to allow my body to be better ’rounded’; or not so round at all these days, I’ve lost 9 kg since getting back into exercise in a big way! After my first run I was sore for days, it was like I’d ran my first marathon all over again.
Earlier in the year Ben got his first quality road bike, so a group of old uni friends went for a ride to Outer Harbour: