My Training Activity
Last 7 days
Longest Ride: Wed 19th / 74kms
Inside, Inside and Inside............
On the gel trrainer all of this past week with the weather absolutely shocking. Very high winds and snow again yesterday, which stuck around for most of the day. A few intervals this week, but none in the higher zones. This photo just outside our front window. If the rain continues as indicated for next week then it might be time for the full top and bottom waterproofs just to get out.
Back in Dev
A quick roll back in Devonport area with Scotty. Quite a mild day for mid winter. A little bit of climbing over Little Paloona, but had traffic from those following the annual half marathon. Easier on a bike! Weather for the west not looking good for the next 5 days.
Wrong Track Friday
Even the Synapse would not negotiate this track out towards Savage today. Return against the headwind was no joy either. Only 30 Ks today as the man flu is also catching up. Off to Devonport on Sunday to ride with a few mates I have not seen in a while. Might be a little warmer too.
Another cold start to the day with considerable frost and a further drop in temp on the return. At least no ice on the roads, but a fair bit of log truck movement, hence the abundance of road kill. Doing a bit of work on this ride with 75% above threshold.
Little Bit Back On
After 100 mm of rain in the last few days, good to get out again, despite some very wet roads. Quiet along the Murchison today, 2 cars for the entire trip. Very little wind, but this lumpy route is still hard on old legs. Couldn't average much over 25Kph, but at least the HR was ticking upward.
Winter has arrived in Waratah with wicked winds and considerable rainfall. Over 40 mm in the last 24 hours and the same for the next two days. Winds between 40-60 kph and maybe even a little snow again by midweek. Back in the man shed on the trainer and a few interval sessions just to get the heart pumping.
Out towards the wilds of Cradle Mt this morning. Mild temp at 6 degrees, but the wind got up on the return, resulting in a slow pace. Forcast from Friday looks bleak with strong winds and 40+ mm of rain for Saturday. Another work day tomorrow on the coast. This photo on Cradle Mt Rd shortly after the turnoff. A fair few cars this morning heading to the mountain before the weekend bad weather, all very polite!
A murky start to the ride, but at least no ice on the roads. Another tempo ride, with not a lot above threshold. Under 50ks so might call it a recovery ride. Probably have only one more day without rain before it settles in again. Happy to see a few donations coming in.
Wet and Icy
Temperature drop early on and the wet roads once again turned to ice. Even the wildlife decided to sleep in. Only a lone Tassie Devil crossed my path, at least he wasn't road kill. Not much sun through parts of the rainforest today.
Another heavy frost morning, but a beautifully clear blue sky none-the-less. Main Roads had put a number of slow down ice warnings on either side of the Hellyer River. Made for a slow and cautious trip. Black ice can be a real pain, even on 28s with a tread. Thanks to Forico Forest Products for leaving a gap for a passable photo.
Out towards Cradle again today, unfortunately the cold affected my phone battery so as a precaution decided to turn back again at 25 or so. A lot of traffic on the Murchison today even though cold and a Sat morning. Much road kill, but did manage to see a Wedge Tail again this morning; well worth the trip. Not hardly a clould in the sky, which is rare for this time of year.
Towards Yolla COLD
A very pleasnat 1 degree this morning with a bit of ice on the road. Made for some interesting cornering. Sun did eventually come out so the return was a bit safer. Only cruising today with a lot of tempo riding and very little anaerobic effort. A bit of work tommorow so off the bike.
Cold Start to Ridgley Rd
On the way to Burnie this morning along Ridgley Rd, a little bit of snow and lots of wind on the return. At least there were very few log trucks today. HR was up a bit on the return battling a headwind. Average temp for the ride was a balmy 3 degrees.
First Trainer Recorded
First effort on the turbo trainer today, only a limited effort with a tempo HR. Probably could have gone out, must be dreaming for a summer like day which is not going to happen.
Wet But Not Wild
Out for another short one today and headed toward Cradle Mountain, but the wet/hail forced a turn back at 25ks out. Need to start upping the 200k weekly average even though it will involve some trainer time.
Happy to have signed up for the ride Around the Bay again this year. Currently living in a new location, Waratah, on the edge of the Tarkine temperate rain forest. Yes it does snow in Waratah and averages 2400mm of rain a year. Not to mention the hills/mountains. Will make training a little more interesting. The trainer will also get a workout in the man shed. This effort just over Hellyer Gorge climb on the Murchison Highway. Remember to donate for this excellent cause for the Smith Family charity.
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Well done Mark, I hope you have a great ride! Cheers, Alan
God luck mate wish I was doing it with you.
Best of luck Mark, From Tanya xx
Go you good thing