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Saturday 20th December, 2008

Still recovering

Tomorrow I'll be once again sitting on the sidelines for a State Series round, as has been the plan for some time. In the last week I've had three trips to the doctor/hospital and a number of tests done, though I am starting to feel a bit better.

In general my heart rate is starting to come down to normal levels, though it's still going off the charts when I so much as lift an arm or stand up, so clearly I've still got a while to go before I can get back on the bike. The aim is to ensure my HR comes back down under 60 at all times before I consider getting back into any training - generally it's been in the mid 70s when sitting down to high 90s when standing up.

I may do a few short rides spinning slowly in about a week, to see how I feel, but most likely it'll involve no serious intensity at all. As a result of all this I'm completely looking again at how I train, and there'll be a new plan - if things improve on target, I'll et a single base cycle and a single build cycle in before Buller, each being around 3 weeks, then giving me another build cycle before Glenorchy.

Fingers crossed I start getting better though.

Tuesday 25th November, 2008

Bouncing back (slowly)

As people know by now, I decided to sit the Bendigo round out. Looking at the results though the grades are all over the place. Consto and James, who came 1st and 3rd in the series in Sport B last year once again raced Sport B, but with times that would put them in the top 5 in Sport A. That pretty much confirms to me that for the two rounds I actually do I'll skip Sport A this year and just race at the back of Expert.

So on Friday I'd had a trip to the doctor and tests done, but the gist of what's come out of that means "eat more red meat". And dried apricots. Lots of dried apricots. After sitting back and trying to rest over the weekend, thismorning would be used just to gauge how I was feeling. Leaving in 9.5 degree weather meant I had to dig into my already packed luggage for this weekend to find arm warmers, but all up the result? Actually not bad.

I felt a little down on high end power (though I was only spinning in at a low heart rate, so didn't do much of that), but otherwise I felt pretty good. I figure where I'm lacking is just due to not having put in many ks or much intensity in the last 3 weeks, so that'll come back - if I look after myself, maybe even in time for the You Yangs round.

By the way, it should be pointed out that while I say 'low heart rate', that's just my estimation. A few weeks ago I lost my chest strap and transmitter while out at a Lysterfield working bee, so I've had to fork out $130 for a new one which is in the mail. Doh.

Sunday 23rd November, 2008

The worst race ever

Ever since the week before the Surf Coast I've been feeling pretty worn down, and the week after at the first Nationals round was pretty terrible. Even with weekends off to recover I've still felt flat, and even though I was hoping that taking it easy for the week before crits this week would help recover, it certainly didn't. The pace I had on Thursday had to be my worst race ever. Or at least based on where I should have been.

Through the technical stuff it wasn't too bad - in fact I was getting well and truly held up by others through anything windy. But as soon as we got to anything flat or open, especially up the hills, I was just completely dead - being passed like I was sitting still. On the second last lap I managed to drop my chain while avoiding a rider much slower over the new log rollover, and and on the last lap came off in such a way my leg cramped up, and by that point was completely out of energy - my lap time being one that would have put be down the back of C grade.

The result of Thursday was me finishing second last, and getting me just enough points to only drop me from 7th to 10th place in the series - with Paul only a point behind.

I'd already decided I was heading to the doctor the next morning, but this just confirmed it to be necessary - fortunately I walked out of there with some details which had us pretty confident on what the problem is. Sat around in waiting rooms for an eternity before they could take some blood, and I'll know for certain on Monday what the story is (though we're already 90% certain).

Tuesday 10th June, 2008

Silly phone.

Ugh. So it got to a little after 12:30 today and I thought it odd that a few particular people hadn't called me back. It wasn't until I went to put my phone on charge that I realised that was because it was completely flat - so flat in fact that I couldn't even turn it on with it attached to the charger. Looks like I'd completely discharged the battery, doh.

Took me a while to figure this out though - was rather annoyed when I thought the phone was completely dead as it wouldn't turn on with the charger attached. Seems the 6500 powers itself only from the battery, and doesn't take power from the external source - that's saved only for charging.

Monday 21st April, 2008

Ever forgetful Tim

Occasionally I do some really stupid things. Often, this is a result of the fact that I have the memory of a goldfish. Things like putting something down, turning around, turning back, and then completely forgetting what I was originally doing.

This morning was one of those moments. On Saturday, I set out with a goal: Go buy a decent blender. We didn't have one - it's something I've been meaning to get for a long time - so I did the research, but ended up getting a decently powered ice-destroying blender which was also on the cheap end of the scale. Not because I'm cheap, but because I decided that if it ends up getting used frequently, I may just end up getting a decent/expensive one in time. For now though there was only one simple requirement: It must be able to destroy ice.

Well, as it turns out, it can also hold its own against spoons too!

Before I got up today, someone left the freezer open - so much of the stuff in there melted. So in between adding and scooping in smoothie ingredients, I got distracted, added the final ingredients, put the top on, and powered it up. Suddenly there I am thinking "hmmm, that doesn't sound good, it's having a hard time getting through that Ice. Oh well, more pulses."

Suddenly I think to myself, "hmm, where did I put that spoon... oh shit".

I was worried it might have destroyed the blades, but in fact they're rather intact - so, Sunbeam blender 1, Spoon, definitely still 0. Maybe a photo might be in order, as it has some decent size pieces of metal missing :)

Oops. Hopefully that mistake will be one not made again.

Monday 31st March, 2008

The cold really kicks in

I've spent pretty much all of the day either in bed of asleep, as the cold which I was worried about all weekend has really kicked it up a notch.

The plan is still to get a brief race report up from the Gut Full marathon, but right now I've just been resting.

Tomorrow will be another day at home; we'll just see how it goes for Wednesday.

Thursday 27th December, 2007

Broken up again

The observant of you, or anyone who knows me, will know by now that I'm somewhat out of action once again due to broken bones. Only this time, the culprit bone is barely broken joint in my wrist - enough to stop me doing much of anything, and making tying slightly difficult - hence a partial reason for the lack of any recent updates (the other half being just laziness).

Anyhow, hopefully this weekend there'll be some promising news on how the wrist is healing, giving me a timeframe for getting back onto the bike.
In the meantime, I have a singlespeed kit to be getting onto the bike on which I had the accident.

More later :)

Tuesday 2nd October, 2007

Bloody Magpies

I've had a few comments about my facebook status updates for the last few days. For those unaware, the three in question look like this:

Today

Tim is wondering if it's worth paying to have a magpie relocated. 5:17pm

Tim is going to kill that bloody magpie, I swear... 10:15am
September 30

Tim is pissed off at swooping magpies. 4:14pm


Comments include "What did the magpies ever do to you?!" and "but magpies are so cute, and pretty sounding!"

Okay, let me be clear about something - me being covered in blood is not conducive to making my opinion of magpies into being "they're cute".

For the last few months now, there's been one particular magpie which has been swooping me as I've ridden by. On Saturday though he got me good on the third swoop, and even though I only ended up with a tiny scratch, it was enough to bleed like crazy - 3km into a 90km ride.
The same magpie almost got me on the way home at the same place, and managed to get me on one out of two attempts this morning.

Oh, and those updates were made before the one which tried to get me along the Yarra trail on the way home this evening.

Hopefully that sheds some light on my current hatred of magpies.
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