Mapping (foot) 4:00:05  11.05 km (21:44 / km) +14m21:36 / km shoes: Salomon Fellraiser black/blue
Finished off the rest of the river, well as close as I bothered to get to it anyway (which wasn't very close - it really isn't nice for the most part). Flies out in force again just like yesterday. It's not even summer yet!
Had one woman very interested in the mapping project I was doing and a police car stopped and asked if I'd seen someone on a scooter. Saw the same police car about a half hour later and was disappointed to see they didn't pull over a cyclist who was not only not wearing a helmet but also having a conversation on a phone as he rolled past the police car although to be fair to them, they were bailed up by some old guy having a chat at the time.
At least that's the hard part out of the way now. The rest I can probably roll around on my bike and do and the western side of Huntingdale can wait until after I get back in March (not going to be on the present map as it's too big).
Road bike hills 1:42:32 46.0 km (26.9 kph) +707m ahr:132 max:189 shoes: Trek Madone 5.9
Similar to my last hill ride but different. I still went past Churchman Brook dam but got there via Carradine rather than Albany Hwy and I opted for Holden Rd rather than Peet Rd because the latter sucks, then a couple more variations to home. This route was shorter but somehow had more climb. Left hamstring is noticeably weaker at the moment and has been for some time. Dunno what to do with it.
Tash is out working at the Taylor Swift concert at the moment, which I could also have been working at if I'd been able to change my plans in a more timely manner and a bit of extra cash wouldn't have gone astray. Bollocks to it all. I suppose I have to keep up my remarkably poor record of working at the stadium though (despite signing up way back in January, I've worked a total of three events there even though there have been something like 30 so far and the next four months aren't looking promising either - I will miss the entire cricket season plus an Eminem concert, oh well).
Mapping (foot) 2:26:09  6.78 km (21:34 / km) +5m21:29 / km shoes: Salomon Fellraiser black/blue
Goslingdale field check. Chose this today because the weather didn't look too flash so it was a short trip home if it turned bad. Fortunately only had a couple of *very* light showers when out there. The heavier rain came before and after.
Kept it relatively short because mapping the river sucks, in fact the river that I've drawn is only indicative of where it actually goes (hard to see it on the aerial because of all the trees) but if anyone attempts to use it for navigating then they're in trouble already. It's not nice in there. There are (probably) snakes, spiders and other monsters.
Wanted to get the HR going at some point today rather than just sitting at the computer (and the odd bit of mapping) but the weather looked doubtful so set the windtrainer back up. Just did an easy-ish session of 3 x 10/5 without any specific target in mind. Wouldn't have got very far with a proper session anyway given how sore the quads and left hammie were so this was good enough. I imagine if this was a Zwift session that I'd have covered about 45km in this time.
Got an email from Acer stating that they were shipping my product to me, which is a bit weird since I requested a repair and I still have the laptop with the faulty keys here. I hope they're not just shipping new E and G keys because that will fix precisely nothing.
Road bike52:14  20.54 km (23.6 kph) shoes: Giant TCR
Rock around the block. Still pretty sore from last night so I couldn't muster up the energy to ride over to Woodbridge to finish it off and I really didn't want to drive there after all the unnecessary driving I did yesterday after forgetting to take my passport to work and having to go home for it.
I'm beginning to realise why people leave entering events so late given the number of events over the past year that I've had to cancel due to injury or work and the amount of money I've lost in the process in doing so. I had booked a night's accommodation at Western Sydney Uni Campbelltown this Saturday and they have a 'no refund' policy. I'm wondering if this is even legal. 'Hey you booked with us and cancelled with plenty of notice but we'll take your money anyway despite providing no service and we now have the ability to rebook your room' (I booked 16 days in advance and cancelled with ten days' notice). I can understand charging an admin fee but the whole charge?
Virgin seems to have put up their change fee from the $70 I had to pay last year to $90 this year. At least there I got wise after Vic cancelling their events earlier in the year and have since started purchasing ticket cancellation insurance (although there are limitations and I'm still waiting to see if my full time role later this year counts as a valid reason - it is listed - given I'm only a reservist at the moment).
Can't even trust dentists these days. The dentist I saw on Monday said the now infamous words when he took a couple of x-rays (which I didn't really want) 'There'll be no out of pocket expense for you; if the gap isn't covered by your insurer then we won't charge you'. Well I finally checked the receipt and guess what...
Seems I wasn't quick enough to get a shift at the Taylor Swift concert at Optus Stadium this Friday night to make up for the lost money either after cancelling my week away :-(
Harsh, really harsh. Thought I might get out of PT due to the inoculations I had today but the PTI said something about it being funny if I passed out in front of everyone so go for it (actually he said I wasn't supposed to but just do what I can). Jerry can carries suck balls.
Hilly! I executed all my routes as planned without any errors although the course ended up a tad longer than expected (Marina seemed to think I'd go under the expected 105-115min winning times but then the advertised distance was 23km straight line).
Managed to find the blackberries again today but unlike yesterday I made a visit to first aid after I finished because I didn't think boarding the plane covered in blood would have been a good look. Plus today's tear up was a bit more pronounced than yesterday's (I have welts and everything).
Again won M21 (although once more got flogged by Todd Nowack on the same course in M40) and wrapped up the national series award (needed two results this weekend to get it after three MPs earlier in the season so ended up with four 1st places, one 2nd place and three MPs). Also the first time I've traveled to ACT and actually won more than one event. The previous three occasions I've had 1-4-3 (2013), 2-2-1 (2015) and 2-1 (2017). Also the first time I've won a middle distance event here, which means I now have middle and long distance wins in all states/territories that actually hold regular championship events. Still missing sprint wins in both NSW and Vic. Have to wait for SA to have a full weekend of events before committing to traveling there again (ironically SA was the first state outside of WA that I competed in, way back in 2010, although technically the middle event then was in Vic, just over the border).
2018 also marks the most number of official* MTBO events I've done in a single year across the most countries with Aus (11), NZ (3), Hungary (5), Sweden (6) and Austria (7) all represented. Was hoping to fit in five Australian states/territories also but fell short thanks to work next weekend. Should be able to retry for that next year with ACT conveniently having their state champs the weekend before the nationals in Vic (after I convinced them to move it).
*There were plenty of unofficial events that had timing but were actually training events in Austria, NZ and Sweden