Got to be happy with that
But the kilo? Evil! Never again ....
Yesterday's Vic masters. Got up around 7, did a warmup set of squats in the 'haus, then Pat picked me up and we scooted in to DISC. First event is the sprint, and of course that starts with a flying 200. We're (MMAS2) the 6th lot to go. There's some fast lads here. Ok. My turn, I've got the disk wheel on the back, 98.4" inches of gear (51x14). That's the biggest I've ever used for a F200, but it's a bit of an experiment. The air is hot already. My line is good and smooth, I hit the tape at flat chat and hold the hammer down. Felt pretty good. Look up at the clock. 12.916. W00t! New PB by lots! First time sub 13s. My revised season goal is a 13.2 at Blackburn, I didn't expect to go sub 13 at all anywhere this season, so I'll take that as a major goal achieved. It's not fast enough to qualify though (the quick boys are doing high 11's) but I'm very happy with that. I commentate for the match sprints.
Then it's time trial time. We're doing a kilo (thought it was supposed to be a 750 for MMAS2?). Awful. absolutely awful. I think I rode a 90 second kilo or something. Spent the next 15 minutes coughing. Never again. The V-Train (Stuart Vaughan) rides his 750m ITT (MMAS4) in a time that would have won the club team sprint last week! And he says he's not a sprinter ... heh ... Jessica Laws sets a worlds best time for her masters age group for the 500m ITT and has to wait for the ASADA people to come, and she has to be chaperoned until they arrive. The costs of world records! She was pretty chuffed. Her smile was lighting up the place.
Finally the keirin, I'm not entered, not silly enough to think I'm fast enough to mix it with Carl Cubitt and Andrew Shannon just yet. Maybe next year ... I commentate for it as well, earning a free drink from the officials esky .. helped calm down my ravaged throat after the kilo-coughing episode.
Along the way a number of people rode really well. Craig Towers set a few PB's, Martin Lama made it through to the finals in the sprint at his first attempt, Pat got three bronze medals after some brilliant match sprinting and a great ride in the keirin, Mick Thomas got a silver in the keirin, Cam Woolcock rode a solid Kilo, John Lewis continues to come back into form and as the only MMAS8 rider there he was far from disgraced when mixing it with the MMAS7 men. Leah Patterson got a couple of medals too and would have got different colours if she'd carried on to contest a sprint finish after a nasty hook during a sprint round. Lessons learned there!
I handed out a lot of promo cards for the sprint series, spruiking it as best I can to the sprinters.
All up a pretty good day. The enduro stuff is on today, so I'm going kayaking!