I've been getting a few kilometres under the belt recently.. yay!
On the weekend just gone, Miss V and I headed over to Lorne to take part in our 6th Amy's Gran Fondo. The lead up to the event hadn't been fantastic, given V's shoulder injury that kept her off the road for nearly 6 months, but she had done a bunch of work on Zwift to try to keep the fitness up. On the up side, for once, we were both healthy for the event! Our weekend followed our usual timeline, except this time around we opted to stay another night in Lorne, which was nice, and enabled getting in an extra ride on the Great Ocean Road.Saturday..
On Saturday we headed out for our usual shake down ride, to make sure that we'd reassembled things correctly. Everything seemed to hold together successfully, and we managed not to damage ourselves in the process.
A fairly easy 20km cruise including a stop for photos at the turn around point, because why not? https://www.strava.com/activities/1185777335Sunday, the main event!
We were starting in the Recreation category so we had to wait for all the age group racers to head off. Once we were away there was no time to warm up the legs as it was straight into the first hill. I think V's Zwifting paid off a bit since she was pretty solid on the climb.
Past the first rest stop at Deans Marsh and we were into the undulating back country. We kept a steady pace through here with me shielding V from the headwinds where needed. We got to the second rest stop in Forrest in reasonable shape and with enough time that we could have a bit of a sit down
From here there was a bunch of uphill to get to the KOM at Mount Sabine. Annoyingly, since they've started running the course in reverse, there's no defined KOM segment. So I (mostly) paced V up the climb and kept an eye on her to make sure she wasn't burning too many matches. Something that we found out was that we'd forgotten was to turn down the screen brightness on V's (new) garmin. So we were greeted with a low battery warning just over half way through the event!
Having turned it down way low, there was additional motivation to get to the end quickly!
I cruised down the descent from Mount Sabine, and waited for V at the coast. Here my Garmin 820 came into it's own. As V was using live tracking i could see on my garmin exactly where she was and when to expect her at the bottom
technology is awesome
The 40km stretch along the Great Ocean was as awesome as always. The scenery along there is just breathtaking. In the last 5km I could see V was struggling a bit, but she soldiered on and got over the line. Awesome effort. https://www.strava.com/activities/1187526755Monday..
I headed out by myself for this one and explored a section of the Great Ocean Road that I'd never ridden on before, heading towards Aireys Inlet. Wind was in my face almost the entire time so it was a bit draining, but having reached Aireys Inlet the return journey was super smooth sailing! https://www.strava.com/activities/1189334229Today..
Figure i'll tack this in here. I got out of work early today and decided to do a bit of a run up Norton Summit. I didn't intend for it to be a smash fest or anything, but all the same I still managed to get my second fastest time up there... once again, sub 19 minutes.
Very Very happy with that https://www.strava.com/activities/1194160100
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