January 18, 2010

More commuting

Route: Eltham to Southbank
Distance: 26.6km
Duration: 1 hour 1 minute

So the Kinglake ride on Saturday didn’t eventuate after all. In lieu of such a ride I took the opportunity to commute to work again, this time on Sunday morning.

I left the house at around 6am as the sun was starting to rise and headed toward the city. It’s amazing how much nicer the roads are to ride on when there are very few cars around. I had a dream run down Rosanna Road, seemingly getting every green light, and not once did I feel like I was being pushed into the gutter by an impatient motorist. I even decided to take Hoddle Street from Queens Parade as there tends to be very little inbound traffic just before 7am on a Sunday morning.
I had allowed about an hour and a half to get there but in the end I spent right on an hour in the saddle.

I’m enjoying the renewed enthusiasm that has come as a result of documenting my training efforts. Even the shorter rides are making me feel like I’m progressing, albeit slowly. With 48 days to go until the big day, it’s time for some longer rides to try and build up the endurance.

At this stage Brendan and I are meeting in the city tomorrow morning for an Arthurs Seat return ride, weather permitting. While the run from the city out to Arthurs Seat only has a couple of climbs, at this stage I reckon it’s more important to be starting to get some big kilometres in the legs than spending all day in the hills. We’ll see how we go. Stay tuned for the eagerly anticipated Helmet Cam debut.

48 days to go…

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