Reflections on 2014

Another year over, and a new one just begun … This time last year I was nursing a broken arm, having gotten too personal with a damp Flat Rock Rd. I’d reached a point, at the end of 2013, where I intended to put cycling aside to some extent, to focus on the ‘outside’ world.…

First Win for 2014

My next post was going to cover the ups and downs of my club racing since the Mt Buller Rd race in March, along with some thoughts about the nature of competition. That post is taking a while to come together, so I’ll jump in with a short one to say I got my first…

Back to Racing

Well, I’ve healed enough to get back to competition. This might have seemed obvious to anyone who has followed some of my climbing lately, which has been for an approaching goal. But the crash in December didn’t just hurt me, it spooked me. Descending, and even just cornering has caused flutters of anxiety in the…

Flat on My Back on Flat Rock Road

On Sunday December 22, I woke early to the sound of rain on the sheet metal awnings outside our bedroom windows. The night before I’d suggested to Katrina that I might race the last crit of the year, organised by Northern Cycling out at Campbellfield, but now I was sure it would be called off.…

Racing Crits, Racing Vets.

I’d started racing at the end of the club road racing season. There were other CA / CVic road races I could have gone in, like Stratford to Dargo and the Tour of Bright, but I was considering these too late to prepare for mentally. As the clubs turned to crit racing I figured I…