Getting your teeth into it
We had a very good training session last night at DISC
Thanks to everyone who came to DISC last night for our training session. The AIS-inspired K1 drill went well for the sprinters and the revouts .. what a blast! Em's legs were a blur! We were very happy to have Fast Eddie come and train with us, and hopefully he'll be a regular, he's looking strong and is blisteringly quick and is one of those genuinely good guys that's great to have around.
So what else has been going on? I've been to Adelaide and done the first part of the level 2 cycle coaching course. Mixed feelings on that. Some of the presenters were excellent, Craig Colduck (strength coach) and Shona (AIS recovery) in particular were superb. Some of the presenters were presenting some quite dated material and some were clearly poorly prepared and not willing to explain what they did in much detail. To be fair, that wasn't always their faults, John Beasley was brought in at the last minute to fill a gap and even with limited preparation he was a solid presenter.
It was a pretty intense 6 days and I met some really good people and caught up with some old aquaintances as well. There's a lot of work to do to finish the level 2 but I don't see it as being terribly difficult, just time-consuming.
We had the third round of the SSS just after I got back, and I rode a shocker of a flying 200 (despite near perfect conditions!), a 13.8-something. I knew I'd be flat after the 6 days in Adelaide doing bugger-all, sitting down a lot and eating sugary food too much. My warmup in the 'Haus on the Sunday morning was no false alarm, I was flat and weak!
But I did manage to win a couple of races, despite being in a hole. I'd qualified slowest in B grade, which wasn't a good sign, but Leon Simms didn't bring his race-face and I got him in the first heat :
But in the second, Ed Osbourne has a savage jump and he used it to smash me to bits!
Too easy, Ed! Well done!
In the third heat I was up against Wayne Arazny. Wayne has a habit of racing Glenvale in the morning, which means he comes tired and hasn't the snap I know he's capable of. After a f200 and two sprints, he's toast, and it shows :
So two wins, but with a bad F200, I'm not in the finals this time. C'est la Vie. Next time ... There's two solid months of training between now and round 4. I'm a bit burnt out, but with an easy week I'll be right, and I'm gunning for a 13.2-something at Blackburn this season. That's the goal. I've done a 13.4, I can find another 0.2s ... Somewhere!
The round went really well, our team was superb (Thanks Sue and Jodie and Anne and Lucie) and everyone had a ball.