Wednesday, November 26, 2008


To reduce eye fatigue and improve performance and safety, photochromic technology automatically darkens and lightens the lens in response to the environment. That’s a huge benefit but it’s not enough. Athletes still need visual contrast when the lens lightens, so we created a lens color called G40 Photochromic. It optimizes visual acuity and depth perception with precise filtering along the light spectrum, maximizing performance in sports where split-second decisions demand the best vision possible. Trading distraction for comfort, the lens also eliminates the harsh blue wavelengths that stress your eyes. Sounds just like what I need for the Kona 24hr.
New glasses to try this weekend, thanks to Craig from Bicycles Inc for organising these for me. First impressions are great. I really like the Rose tint to the lenes, the way the glasses don't move on your face when riding off road & look great to always helps.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

John's Sick, Matt's in

Well John's been working too hard, has got sick with a fever & a chest infection, so no racing for him this weekend. Matt Tait is a neighbour of Jason Jackson's & he has put his hand up to ride with me this weekend. Matt does a lot of Adventure racing, so has been training hard & will tough it out as what is 24hrs when you race for up to 4 days at a time.

The new Anthem X0

Riley chilling out with Milkshake & music

Saturday, November 22, 2008

17/11 Easy ride today 70min & just took 1 KB class went easy with the 16kg after yesterdays hard day.

18/11 Felt better today with the ride 70min & went harder in the KB Class with the 16kg. Did 260 OALCCJ in 12min & finished the last 4min at 20rpm, which is a 3rpm improvement

19/11 ride 70min easy

20/11 ride 70min hard on hills. Went into Bicycles Inc this afternoon to pick up the new Giant Anthem X0. Spent the evening setting bike up for me, cutting down steerer, Bar width etc, so I didn't train, but made Neil & Alex's do this
2 x 20 deck Squats
OALCCJ 16kg 4 x 4min changing hand on the 1min
3 x 200 Jump Squats 43kg
3 x 15 Jump Lunge Snatch 12kg
3 x 6 Renegade man makers Neil 16kg Alex 12kg
Both had a bit extra rest today b/w sets & trained well

21/11 Time to test out the new bike with a quick 75min ride around the Yarra trails. Making the change from Small to X-Small in the Anthem was a great decision & the new frame set-up is great. The Smaller frame is so much quicker in the corners. I found that I could really push through the corners with the bike feeling so much more stable. The new shock Geo seems to give a lot more change in performance on the 3 setting, & enables the bike to really climb, this may also be because the frame is now also a lot stiff. Didn't get a chance to do any real descending on the bike. but I'm sure I'll get plenty to time doing this at the 24hr next weekend. So the New Giants fast, the Geax Saguro Tyres are now on the bike, the Ergon GX1 grips feel great & make riding so much easier (check out what John has to say so we are ready to race.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Welcome to John's & my latest Sponsor
"Ergon Bike Ergonomics" They will be surplying us with the best grips available. We will have a limited number of grips for trial at the Kona 24hr, so come & see us at the Giant tent, & check out the new bike, thanks to Bicycles Inc & Giant. After using these for the first time at the Scott 24hr, I have to say these grips rock. It's the first time I've completed one of these events with no hand pain. With these on my new Anthem X0 I'm ready to rip the track apart.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

What happened to Jim

13/11 Well Jim didn't turn up to training, but Neil & Alex showed up for some fun
2 x 20 Deck Squats
LCCJ 2 x 12kg 3 x 4min 132reps or 3168kg lifted overhead
Jump Squats 53kg 2 x 200, 1 x 250 First set was really hard, 2nd set felt a lot easiers & 3rd set was going so well I decided to do an extra 50, the last 20 really hurt.
16kg Renegade Man Makers 3 x 5
At the end of this we were all still standing, & Jim I'm ready for the challenge.

14/11 Easy 40min spin on the trainer

16/11 Up early for a road ride with Justin 6:00am start. Took Justin on my back road ride for 3:30hrs, 95km & 2000m of climbing. This is a great ride with lots of short hard climbs & very little flat road. The furtherest point of this ride is about 20km from home so depending on time It's easy to put together a 1:30hr to 5hr ride without riding the same section of road in the same direction twice. After 2:30hr Justin was ready to head back the easier way. The rides always more fun when you are doing the hurting.

Did a pairs circuit tonight with 2min work & 10sec rest for 24 sets. No wonder I'm a bit flat today, but with a couple of weeks to freshen up before the Kona 24hr, it's all looking good.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thursdays Training an easy night

These were taken a couple of Thursday ago, during training. First off it was all to much for Riley

Then Flynn just couldn't keep up any longer

In the end the third victim was Neil, who thought it all looked to good to resist.

Lets see what sort of damage we can cause tonight.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

10/11 Easy 70min ride
Took 2 KB classes today & used 16kg
24min OALCCJ
24min Snatch
4min Rack lunges
6min OA pressing

11/11 MTB ride on Yarra trails 2hrs
1 kb class 16kg 12 reps on the 1min
Around body pass
Figure 8's
3 x OA swings
3 x OA press
3 x Rack lunge
3 x Rack Squat
3 x 1 Arm/Leg deadlift
3 x 2A High swing row
It's interesting that after 3 days solid lifting, today I felt the best

12/11 Easy 70min ride

Sunday, November 9, 2008

5/11 Easy 70min ride

6/11 70min ride
Deck Squats 2 x 20
OALCCJ 20kg 2 x 4min 14rpm
OA Jerks 20kg 2 min 18es
53kg GS Jump Squats 1 x 100, 2 x 200 Will try 3 x 200 next week

9/11 2:55hr road ride in the Hills
Worked out in the street 40min circuit

Sunday, November 2, 2008

2/11 MTB ride around Yarra trails 90min
2 x 20 Deck squats
24kg workout
2A Swings 3 x 20
OA Swings 3 x 15es
OA Cleans 3 x 15es
Rack Lunges 3 x 10es
1 Arm/leg deadlifts 3 x 15es
2A High pulls 3 x 20

3/11 75min ride
KB Class 1 16kg
2ALCCJ 6 x 2min 18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 21
Snatch 6 x 2min 36, 36, 36, 36, 36, 43

KB Class 2 16kg
OALCCJ 6, 4, 4min 13rpm for all
OA Swings 2, 4min 33rpm
Rack Squats 2min
Rack Lunge 2min
1 Arm/leg deadlift 4min

Saturday, November 1, 2008

28/10 Easy day with a 70min ride & a 45min KB class

29/10 70min ride

30/10 70min ride
2 x 20 Deck squats
10min OALCCJ with 20kg about 100reps
53kg GS Jump squats 2 x 100 & then smashed out 1 x 200 with no pause for the first time
16kg Snatch Jump Lunge 3 x 15es
16kg OA Rack squat 2 x 20es
Mitch is back training & wants to get more leg strength for the next Euro Road season.

31/10 MTB ride around Yarra trails 90min