Monday, April 30, 2018

Further and further

So work has been interferring with my riding the past month or so with trips to Qatar and Pakistan, but that is behind me now and I managed to get some decent rides in. On the 8th of April I embarked on my longest ride yet, 155km to the petro port and back. The ride should have been shorter but we went the long way around via the Oxbow wedding venue first. It was a great ride with Sean, Wayne and Catherine. Racing snakes Ashley and Michelle joined us for the first 30km or so. 
There was a threesome when I hit a rut and fell; Wayne fell behind me and then Cat behind him. Wayne came off the worse with a cracked helmet and lots of scraps and bruises. Moral of the story is please do not ride behind me it can be hazardis for your health :-)  
Sunrise before my longest ride
Wayne went flying forward after hitting me, that is my bike in front
Cat was wasn't too hurt just shaking her head in amazement :-)
Sean taking a action shot on our way back from the Petroport
Stop at 125km, well deserved drink
Yesterday the 29th of April we did another long ride, 120km to Oxbow and back. I joined Sean, Claire, Greg, Tom, Doc and Paul for a decent ride out. I suffered on the middle section but after stopping for a coke and something to eat at MBT garage at 80km, I felt a lot stronger for the rest of the trip home. Stop for coffee at the Parks near the end topped off a great ride. I am really enjoying the longer rides, great to be out on the bike for 6 plus hours at a time. We have a great group of cycling nuts and it is always a pleasure riding with them. 
Lots of traffic on our weekend rides
April is Cosmos month - Von and Marius on one of our rides to Big Red Barn

Sunday, February 4, 2018

2018 Chunky's revenge....

So 2017 finished off on a low after a crash in late October, that left me with bruised ego and a few fractured ribs. I had to skip riding the 94.7 for the first time in 9 years, due to my injuries (and also I was flying overseas on business on that day). So a few weeks off the bike for injuries and 2 weeks overseas, over-exerting my drinking hand, the Kilos pilled on. I got the shock of my life when I got on the scale in mid December (105kgs), the heaviest I have been for a few years. The extra kilos and the lack of time on the bike seriously took a toll on my riding. I seemed to have regressed from sort of ok, to useless. There were a couple of rides in late December and early January where I really struggled and couldn't match the pace of the groups that I was riding with. 

Really hard ride to Heidelberg 2 Towers and back, extreme heat and fatigue. At one stage, I had Sean, Alistair and the Tandem (Greg and Claire) all pushing me. Gee, I really struggled, it was a dark time and fortunately I had good mates to assist in my time of pain. The next weekend went slightly better, when we did a ride from the Home of the Chicken Pie to Hartebeesport Dam and back. This was a incredible ride, pretty hard with all the climbing and extreme heat (39 degree high) but very beautiful scenery. Awesome bunch of people led by Ashley and we went through a Game Park and saw lots of game and the views closer to the dam were awesome. I survived this ride and made it to the end, really glad that I did it. 
Chunky puffing up the hill... 
Group photo at the top of the hill over looking Harties.
Dam nice view
Sticking her neck out 
Awesome views 
Extreme Awesome
Chunky and friends
Chunky climbing Bedford Hills
Heidleberg hill, Chunky was not in the photo as he was still coming up the hill...
Wimpy Heidelberg, feeding the beast...
So there have also been a few other longer rides to Big Red Barn and back that were getting easier as I was getting fitter and shedding a few kilos. 2018 is when Chunky gets boot and I regain my dignity by not being the last person on the group rides.

Morning rides before work - sunrises and coffee stops