Wheels that whistle
Are my wheels supposed to whistle? Or is there something wrong with them? I am assuming that it was the direction of the wind. Man was that some wind.
You wouldn’t have thought today was windy. Actually I thought it was quite nice and calm, thus my going across the summit. Ok I have some paranoiers (sp?), but one big one is cycling along the summit when it is windy and the cross winds you get in the passes. So if there is a ounce of wind showing, I don’t head that way.
But it didn’t seem that windy, its was windy in a couple of places and then it was blowing and my wheels started to whistle. But one point, I just went below the gondola, and turned a corner that heads you up the steeper bit and I was hit by a gale. I was rather worried I was going to start heading backwards. But a couple od pedal strokes got me over that, and then 100metres up the road no wind, and no real wind of any concern for the rest of the ride…phew
The wall that will not fall down
Yesterday was my long run, a 4 hour run. The longest run before Able Tasman, so on Friday I spent a bit of time plotting a course. I decided to go with a 30K loop. This plan had a bit of hardship in it, it included whitehead track and the summit road up to Mt Pleasant. It had a few escape down points, but still the car was going to be a fair distance away. Even though I trust myself, that makes me a little nervous.
Well the planned route had me parked next to Mt Pleasant yacht club, then running to sumner up over whitehead to Taylors Mistake and then out to Godley head before following the summit all the way back to the bridle path and then down into heathcote and back to the car.
Part of this route took me down memory lane. I used to go to Redcliffs Primary school and when we walked to school we walked by this rather dodgy wall. Dad once told us to walk as fast past that wall as possible, it didn’t look stable. So when ever I walked past that wall, I used to sprint fast as possible. So yesterday as I ran past that wall, that is still standing and looks exactly the same as it did 20 years ago, I found myself speeding up and getting past it as fast as I could.
I had to shake my head at myself, obviously that wall ain’t coming down, but I have a ingrained habit that I haven’t lost in the years that have past. I wonder if I can go back and make myslef walk slowly past, I don’t know if that is possible…
Well to continue on… whitehead track never gets any easier. Damn cliffs to taylors, but made it over without blowing myself totally. For some odd reason I found the track to Godley head a hard part of the day, not quite sure why… made it up to the summit at about 1:30… Still a bit of time to go, the run along the summit to evans went really well, was feeling pretty good.
I was concentrating on making sure I ate consistently and was practising using jelly beans and Bananas as thats the nutrition on course for able Tasman and it seemed to be working quite well. Then I was faced with the final climb of the day, up to Mt pleasant.
Phew, going down there today, I confirmed to myself that yes that is quite a long way, especially with about 2:30 on your legs. Felt ok to start with. I seem to found a low gear these days, whenever climbing a really steep hill, I can just drop down to this gear, HR stays in A1 and can just keep going. The wheels started to come off at Jollies Bush (I wasn’t feeling Jolly at that point) but I managed to keep going until I hit the pine trees. I decided just walk for a few moments, BAD IDEA, upper calves just hurt as soon as I walked and getting running again was a big struggle. Eventually got to the top…. Downhill from here… But this was the worse part of the day, made it to the Bridle path fine.
But I was too tired to be fully confident to lean forward and let myself go, so was breaking and instantly knee started to hurt. So down to a walk all the way down to the bottom. And legs were killing me, it took me a while to get back into the run, but managed a decent run rythmn back down the valley. But then I got stinking hot, the sun had come out so slowed to take of thermal, and thats was that, legs didn’t want to run any more. Was only about 10min to the car, but rather disappointed that I didn’t manage to run all the way to the car.
I take great heart from this run. It probably the best long run (off that duration) I have ever had. For Able Tasman the goal is 4hrs but 4:30 is acceptable. Its 6Ks longer than this run, but it doesn’t have the same hills. So I am confident that 4rs is attainable. Though being on trail, might slow me a bit. Nutrition worked well as well, so just a couple of extra muesli bars all I will need to carry with me.