Sunday, February 25, 2007

Tour de Melbourne

Here's something I learned today:

When you actually train for an event, planning well and putting in the effort for a few weeks, the event itself is a piece of cake. Huh. Who'd have thought?

It was a really well organised event with road closures, lane closures, plenty of marshalls and good signage, and even police at some intersections. Of course there were the usual morons showing off and acting dangerously, but mostly people were well-behaved. The weather was on our side - it stayed overcast most of the way, with the sun coming out to shine as we neared the finish line, so the temperature was perfect.

Getting up the Westgate bridge was really not much of an effort. My legs were feeling it, but I certainly wasn't going all-out. And as for my cardio fitness, I was breathing faster, but not even close to maximum effort. I didn't even break a sweat. We took about 2 hours to do the 30km course, but we were riding on city roads, with stop signs, roundabouts and traffic lights, not to mention cars and trucks to avoid. Plus you simply can't go fast when you're amongst a pack of cyclists with varying degrees of skill and strength. And we were hanging back, keeping pace with the Middle Child - didn't want to lose him, after all. So I wasn't unhappy with the time.
Tonight, my legs aren't the least bit sore or tired, and I feel like the whole thing was a bit of a doddle.


linda said...

Well done Kerryn. It's always a great feeling when you've accomplished something like that when you've prepared for it. I bet you're planning your next ride now!!

MTB Girl said...

Go Kek! Well done to all of you. So is that your last big ride before knuckling down in training?

Sara said...

Go you! I hope you rewarded yourself suitably.
(koko black)

Kek said...

DAMN! We finished in Lygon St, Koko Black was about 200m away.... and I never gave it a thought!

Sairs said...

All that peddling must have left you a bit dazed and confused Kek, to be so close to Koko Black and not even think of it!! :-)

I'm so impressed with your effort. Congrats on getting the ride in, and for feeling so neat about it too! You continue to amaze!

LizN said...

Sounds like an awesome day, you go girL!

lIZ ;)

Debstar said...

Good on ya Kek. You almost sound disappointed that your legs aren't sore.

Deb said...

Don't you love being physically prepared?! The best part is NOT being (to) sore the next day! Good job!!!

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