Traci Voss

A GREAT RIDE FOR A GREAT CAUSE...

I'm riding in Around the Bay 2021 to help kids in need!

Because 1 in 6 Australian kids are growing up in disadvantaged homes, where even the basics in life are hard to come by. But by supporting their education, they can break this cycle of disadvantage.

Your donation will give these kids the essentials they might otherwise miss out on like school books, bags, uniforms, shoes and the help they need to keep up at school. Its a great cause!

Plus, your support will give me great motivation to keep pedaling in training and on the big day!

Thanks for your help and don't forget to leave your message of 'encouragement' when you donate :)

Traci 

My Training Activity

Distance Completed

1,865km

Last 7 days

Longest Ride: Sat 24th / 161kms

4 months to go

It’s been a difficult month.  My longest ride at 120km and then two weeks of a cold and now lockdown.  

I realized I needed help to get through the dark winter months and have got myself an indoor trainer and have spent the past few days learning how to use it.  This will form most of my riding with at least one long outdoor ride each weekend at least for the next couple of months.   

Having a couple of weeks when I couldn’t ride was tough.  I did test the waters earlier than I should which caused a setback.  The indoor trainer has really helped me feel like I’m getting back into things.  

I still think I can do this ride.  I just think I have a much better understanding of just how hard it will be.   


skill building

Yesterday I didn't have as much time to give to a longer ride, and after Saturday's 100k I wanted to work a bit on my stamina when it comes to inclines. 

Where I live there isn't really anything, unless you count overpasses. So I got down to my old stomping ground of Brimbank Park and rode laps.   

For those who are unfamiliar with the park - it's a gorgeous area, great for the family, for runners, for social walking, for cycling - with playing areas, bbqs, lots of little paths - with it mostly within a valley.    So I literally parked at the base, and rode circuits going up and down and up and down.  These are short  .5k climbs of around 40-55m each time - nothing serious to those who can ride - but I'm not a light lass, and I haven't had a lot of elevation since coming back to cycling late last year - so it's something. 

I had an initial goal in mind of 10 loops, after 3 rounds I got a little worried. After 6 loops I was concerned and after 7 I decided I'm too old to be that stubborn.  

For just over 30km, I had an elevation gain of 520m. These little snippets will be important over the next 5 months.

In other news, I looked at the 16 week training program provided by the Bicycle Network - that's another post in itself. 

5 months to go - launch of fundraising!

I'm officially launching my fundraising page today.  5 months today I will be riding my longest ride ever, 210km as part of celebrating my 40th year, what is possible, and for an incredibly good cause. 

I'll be updating regularly as I train and grow and build.  I have only been back on the push bike these last 6 months after a 5 year wait, and have never ridden a group event, and nothing ever as long as this.  It is unknown. 

I'll be challenging myself throughout the winter to grow my capacity, my fitness, my understanding of my body (fuel needs!), and learning more along the way about myself, my mental strength and the science/mechanics of cycling - and I hope making new friends along the way. 

I want to share this with you, and encourage you to keep me honest, and support the Smith Family by sponsoring me on this ride. 

My Achievements

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Log training ride

$36 to provide a book pack

$61 to provide a uniform

$140 to provide a sports pack

$624 to sponsor a student for one year

Reached Goal

Thank you to my Sponsors

$104

Joyce Liang-ridley

A journey in self-discovery. Ride on Traci! Proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone.

$104

Lauren Smith

Huge amounts of respect from one who can't ride a bike. 😁

$63.44

Sue Owen

$63.44

Mereta

You can do this. Such a wonderful cause. Very proud of you working towards the big event

$37.44

Martin Spinks

Good luck Traci, hope you reach your goal :-)

$37.44

Wan Chee

Love what you're doing!

$37.44

Alissa

Go Traci, Go!

$20.80

Ty Noble

Go Traci! You got this!

$20.80

Sharone Ciancio

Go Traci! It will be a great achievement for you and of benefit to others in need.

$15.60

Renee Hutchinson

Go Traci!

$10.40

Anonymous

Congrats on setting this goal for yourself. And it is a fantastic way to help charity; I had never heard of this before. I will donate again, as time allows.