|Newsletter - 2010 Archive|
While others were off doing the Armstrong
1000 in an effort to ensure early registration for next year's
PBP, I rode the Sea to Sky to Sea 200 (designed by Tracy Barill)
in an attempt to salvage my "come back" year. Last
year's labour relations imposed cycling ban meant that I came
To say this season has been a struggle is a bit of an understatement. No base miles, a promise to my wife to free up the later part of the summer, and a desire to push through and do a complete series and a 1000 this year meant that my conventionally conservative approach went out the window. I recall Michel once mentioning he was wanted to see how much cycling he could do in the season without training. I figured I would do the same thing (as a side note, I never did ask him how that season went).
I felt strong on the early 200 km rides
in the LM, but the Pemberton 300 completely shattered me. I'm
guessing it is the low fitness and extra weight (in combination
with a very difficult route). I certainly enjoyed a wonderful
Fleche with the "Slugs", and fortunately the route
To ensure that I would get sufficient recovery and not do something silly like continue to ride, when I got home from Victoria, I completely disassembled my bike and took it Chris Dekerf for a paint job. Nothing like having your bike in the shop to ensure recovery.
Fast forward to June 20, with a beautiful
new paint job (and some custom attachments), I mounted my "new"
Gunnar at the Caulfield Starbucks and headed up Hwy 99. While
it would have been nice to have a little more sun, I don't think
I could have had a better day. Light traffic in the morning,
Overall, a good ride. Thanks to everyone who has made the Permanent program possible, especially Bob and Tracy.
Total distance: 203.6 Ride time: 10:09. vertical: 2708 m.
Ride Date: June 20, 2010
June 22, 2010