I’ll admit that I’ve had better days…
While some people have been complaining about the long string of hot days, I’ve been taking advantage of it, by getting in a serious amount of commuting kilometers. So many in fact, that it appears that my poor Surly has spat the dummy.
A little bit of research into this problem suggests that what I’m experiencing here is not uncommon for owners of early model SRAM road parts. Unfortunately, the groupset on my Surly is well past the warranty period, so it looks like I’m up for a new shifter.
For ultimate beardo credits, I’m thinking of changing the bike over to bar end shifters (and because it’s cheaper). While it might seem like a backward step technology-wise, it seems that all of the
cool kids serious bike nerds are doing it on the basis of superior reliability.
Sweet, sweet rest.
It’s been a pretty tough couple of weeks, with a pretty significant ramp up in training volume and intensity for the Roller Coaster Run. Taking it easy this week though, with just a couple of relatively easy runs and the usual riding to work, just to keep the legs moving.
It’s been nice to be able to slow down and just enjoy my rides to work without that feeling of heavy legs, but I have to admit, I’m getting keen to do some harder runs in the coming weeks.
Hoping to run a really decent time on this event… at least for someone who doesn’t run much and has never actually done a half before.
So after last year’s pretty successful assault of the Puffing Billy Great Train Race and a number of adventure races, I’ve been trying to figure out what my next running challenge would be.
I considered a number of the bigger, more popular events like Run For the Kids and Run Melbourne, but none of them really grabbed me. Sure I’m nowhere near the pointy end of the field over those distances, but pavement pounding can only hold my attention for so long.
There was however, one event which continued to catch my eye – the Roller Coast Run. Now this is an event which I was actually keen on last year, but it was scheduled for the weekend before Puffing Billy. Being a running newbie at the time, the idea of two weekends of big runs wasn’t all that appealing so I had to let it go.
(Of course it wasn’t the thought of running 21km up and down the Dandenongs that worried me… *cough* *cough*)
However, this year, it appears that the RCR has been brought forwards to March.
So I’m now signed up for my first ever half marathon event. A tough one at that.
Time to crank out some serious long slows and hill repeats.