Thursday, March 17, 2011

So it's been a while... what happened in 2010?

It’s been an interesting 3 years for me. A transition from being a “person in the bike industry”, to rediscovering what it meant to be a “bike rider” again. (something I lost along the way).

The first step was to commit myself to some silly damn event and sigh up for it. Check - 2008 Simpson Desert Bike Challenge.

Then train... hmmm, less so... more kinda... “when I can fit it in”. Repeat again in 2009. (with more key event knowedge, better preperation, but less actual training)

Which brings us to 2010. In February I hired a personal trainer. Then in June, the game really ranmped up. What can only be described as 12 weeks of pure dedication. Strict diet. Up to 10 spin classes a week. Swimming at least 6 times a week. And that was in addition to the time spent with the personal trainer. (3-4 sessions a week)

Did it bring “results”? Well... yes. This years event was moved. The SImpson desert was closed due to flooding. (I know... a desert - flooding) So we instead found ourselves lining up at the start of the Anne Beadell Highway near Coober Pedy. heading due west out towards Marilinga and the old town of Emu. (where the British set of atomic bombs in the 50’s). And then back again.

590klm of the roughest corrugated roads in Australia. Intermixed with deep bulldust, pea gravel and sand. The Perfect place to test out the Pugsley and my own newfound fittness.

So what did I learn?
1) Fatbikes rule this terrain. I was (at times) passing people that I had no right to be passing. (based on real world fittness etc)
2) Suspension seatposts rule on full rigid bikes on corrugations.
3) I now know what it’s like to ride 130klm off-road in a day. And then back up and do it again the next day... and the next...
4) two pairs of bib knicks worn over each other can help.. a little... as can a very liberal dose of chamois cream.
5) be extra nice to your support crew. (in my case, my wonderful wife)
6) I didn’t believe it was possible. But I was actually “too tired to eat” at the end of many stages. My wife had to force me to eat. Scary.
7) If the sight in one eye goes all “foggy”, it’s a sign of extreme dehydration. STOP and drink lots to recover. (I was ordered off the bike by the medical team at the 60klm waterstop on day 4)
8) you can surprise yourself and astonish others when you push yourself to your own absolute physical and mental limits.
9) I know it’s strange to say this, but I want to feel that way again.
10) I should have listened to Pat 3 years ago and trained properly.
11) I should have listened to Richard 3 years ago and ridden a Pugsley the very first year.

Will I head back to the desert?
Yes. I have unfinished business in the Simpson.
Getting a completion rate of 77% on the Anne Beadell is nice. But I want the Simpson.

I’m going back.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Well... in exactly three weeks time, I'll (hopefully) be camped at Purnie Bore on the Western edge of the Simpson Desert. Acclimatising and getting ready for episode three (of my attempts) of the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge.

I'm the lightest I've been in 10 years. And without a doubt the fittest I've been in something like 20 years. I'd like to be both lighter... and fitter.

I've dropped 20kgs in the last 10 weeks and over 16cm off my waist, I only wish I'd started this push 6 months ago... instead of 10 weeks...

But I've got two and a half weeks before we leave for the 3 day drive out there and I'll just do what I can in that time.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

well... I've been doing plenty of training. Dropped about 9kgs in weight, and around 6cm off the waist.

Learning to run again too.

But not a hell of a lot of riding this year. I wonder... in the end... if that will matter much?

Thursday, July 8, 2010



and there is more to come.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

ok... it has been kinda a while.

But the last 11 day have seen a new level of motivation overtake me.

Daily training of one sort or another. Controlled diet.

8.5kgs lost over the last 10 days.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

well... two sessions with the trainer and I have a totally new appreciation of pain... and a new concept of "tired".

Still, I'm more motivated than ever. And that's a good thing.

Monday, February 15, 2010

no news for a long time.

time to get serious earlier this year.

Just hired a personal trainer.

I can feel the burn already...

Monday, December 7, 2009

45klm Pug ride... on the road.

rode (a large chunk of the way) to work on the Pug this morning...

Dropped the Landcruiser at the mechanics for a service and rode the remaining 45klm to work.

On the pug'.

With 3.7" tyres.

On the road.

Not as horrific as I expected it to be. Yes it did take a noticably more effort to get it rolling and up to speed. But once at speed... it stayed there without too much "extra" effort.

Pumped the tyres up to a "rock hard" 20psi too...


Saturday, December 5, 2009

1st ride!

well... I'm back from my first ever ride on the Pug'.


Sunday, November 29, 2009

(finally) Started the bike build...
I know... I know... it's a "work in progress".
Waiting on the wheels to be built.

Currently the build is:
Pug' frame and fork. (18")
Syncros FL headset
Ritchey SC stem (tempory until our shipment of Salsa ProMoto Ti stems arrive)
Salsa ProMoto bar 11 degree
Salsa bar ends (last of my stash) I LOVE the bend of these. I've had various pairs of them on my touring bike(s) since the early 90's.
Sram X0 twisters and rear deraileur
SLX front deraileur
Fifteen G cranks
Crank Brothers Mallet pedals
Hayes Stroker Trail brakes
Ergon grips on the bars, Oury grips on the bar ends. (lame looking I know but nice in the desert)
not yet fitted...
SDG Grand Prix saddle
Cane Creek Thudbuster seatpost (a loaner... if I like it... I'll get one for myself)

Large Marge rims
DT Swiss Competition spokes
ProLock nipples
Endomorph tyres
Stan's filled Surly tubes (not actually "filled"... but you get the idea) Tubeless would be nice... but info on sucessfull conversions seems to be scarce...
Chub 135mm SS disc hub on the front
Dice HooDoo 135mm 9spd hub on the back (temporary until the Chub geared hubs are available)

Hopefully finished the build (as is) next week. (all depends on Wheelcraft... they're hammered with wheel builds at the moment)