So it is now the middle of May and I have a little over 4 months to go before I take on the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge.
So what progress have I made?
By the way.. if you did this shirt as much as I do head over to the Apres Velo Site for some really cool clothing to wear after the race.
Training is progressing well, though this weekend just gone was a bit of a non event, I got struck down with a terrible case of Man Flu last week so thought better of getting out in the cost and wet Melbourne winter this weekend. I did, however pay for my sins this morning on my first spinning class in some time.
So my weekly training now goes a little like this:
Commute cycle to and from Work (when I go to the office) working from home does give me an advantage in most things but I do lose the 100+ free kms I get from the commute.
Mid week rides (x2 or 3) depending on what travel I have that week.
Weekend rides (usually a 3 or 6 hour enduro race in Victoria and a medium slow recovery ride on either the Sat or Sun. In Jun there are a few road Challenge rides I plan to complete as well - 110 - 200km around scenic (hilly) Victoria.
Most of the rides are done on my mountain bike, though to mix it up a bit I am using the road bike a bit as well.
I have got quite a strong base and the legs are feeling ready for longer and harder rides. So throughout winter, I will be doing a few weekend rides - around the bay gourmet style - Melbourne to Gippsland - Great Ocean Road etc. To get the body and mind into backing up a long ride with a longer one.
Annie Barry - the team Dietitian has been 'educating' me on the pros and cons of dim sims as a race supplement.
Seriously though, Annie found a great event that we attended aimed at maximising performance in the heat. Various presenters provided information on nutrition, rehydration and performance tips.
I learned a lot that we will put into place for the event. One of the most interesting facts I learned is that it is simply not enough to replace the amount of fluid you lose when exercising. I did know this in principle but thought you could replace the minerals you lose by taking sports drinks. It appears that even drinking the commons sports drinks is not enough to avoid leeching the system. It seems I am going to have to take this nutrition stuff seriously.
I will post a separate page on my nutrition preparations some other time.
Support Team and Race Admin and Logistics:
This has been an interesting journey so far.
Back in January I invited my current employer along for the ride. I am still navigating the policy and regulations that such a large organisation imposes in order to allow sponsorship of an employee does not breach any US or Australian workplace or insurance law. While I am still hopeful that the full support crew costs will be met by my employer, it has started to delay the final bookings and some details linger as unfinished business.
That said, we have arranged the sweetest expedition 4WD from Alice Springs and flights and accommodation has been booked. At this stage we are leaving Melbourne on 23rd Sep and Returning on the 03 Oct. We may be able to shave a day off this depending on the race route, once it is finalised.
Suffice to say - even if I have to pay for it all myself and take leave from work to compete, there is nothing that is going to stop this going ahead now except injury, illness or an act of Mother Nature or fate - all the important elements have been booked.
Fundraising efforts have started and we have started receiving online donations and offline pledges. I have set myself a personal fundraising target and I am on track to meet that. We are planning a quiz night, some raffles, fundraising merchandise sales and some events to raise both the profile and funds needed for the RFDS.
I am keen to hear any ideas and always welcome donations of cash, time or prizes - all of which go a long way to helping me achieve my target.