I haven’t been on the bike for ten long days. I’ve been sick and nursing my injury; so getting better has been my priority. In the interim I have been aggressively fundraising for Soldier On and acquiring new parts for N+1 (which is a few weeks away at best).
Today didn’t start off too well; cycling-wise. While driving to work I heard a rattle on my windscreen which I assumed to be the missing plastic tyre lever I most likely placed on my bonnet while fitting my tubeless tyres the night before. Oh how I was wrong. When I turned on my wipers I saw a black object fly across my windscreen and onto the car next to me on Northbourne Ave.
It did not dawn on me until I was at Sparrow Hill this afternoon that the black object was in fact the 15mm thru-axle that secures my front wheel to my forks; Rookie_Error indeed! Three bike shops later and quite a few phone calls I tracked one down at Bike Culture at O’Conner.
Two hours after I left work, I finally arrived back at Sparrow Hill for my first ride in ten days. I intended to ride a couple of laps of the course for this Sunday’s CORC XC Race; but after one lap I headed across the highway into Kowen Forest. I was not disappointed. The free-flowing trails spoke to me as daylight quickly faded and night-time set in. I switched on my lights and had the entire forest to myself for a brief moment in time. Just me, my bike and the trails. All of my troubles disappeared into the pine trees.
Today I was reminded why I started riding mountain bikes… Because it’s fun to ride.
My plan for Week #3 got thrown out of the window early in the week. After spending the previous weekend in Melbourne I developed a nice little chest cold. My old friends coughing, wheezing and migraines came to visit; and stayed.
I managed to get on the bike a few times and instead of my projected 150-200km’s for the week I accumulated a disappointing 62.6km. However my time off the bike wasn’t for nought; I have noticed a definite improvement in my injury while I’ve been off the bike. The chest feels stronger (I can feel the scar tissue under the skin) and my shoulder and neck aren’t as tender.
But I am a little perturbed. I have Round 2 of the CORC XC Series this coming Sunday and it’s at my favourite location; Sparrow Hill. I’ll try and get out there before this weekend for a few recce laps to dial in my bike and legs.
I dare say come late Sunday morning I’ll be finishing my race heaving and dry reaching; but with a big smile on my face knowing I’ve finished and got some points back on the board!
Here are the new Posters I have made for my fundraising campaign for the Battle Of The Beasts
BOTB Poster Cover Photo
Later this year I will race in the 2013 Battle of the Beasts MTB enduro & try to top last year’s amazing $5’702 raised to help wounded servicemen & servicemen. Please take a minute to watch this video and share it with your friends. Every dollar donated helps those that have been injured serving Australia.
My SOLDIER ON / Battle Of The Beasts Donation Page
Later this year I will race in the 2013 Battle of the Beasts MTB enduro & try to top last
year’s amazing $5’702 raised to help wounded servicemen & servicemen.