Sunday, September 25, 2011

Awhile between drinks

It’s been awhile since I last blogged but I have been very busy training, getting ready for my next competitive outings.

To keep it simple here is list of what I will cover in this entry

- My Foot Plantar Fasciitis which really onset from the Sandy Half Point
- Joining Tri Alliance
- Purchase of a TT bike
- Century Ride
- The Cycling Cerebellums
- Next events

My Foot - After running around 7km with Plantar Fasciitis I have not done a lot of running instead spending a lot of time on the bike and in the pool. This is not a bad thing, I needed to get my ass back into the pool anyway. After some 9 weeks away from the pool I have managed to get my swim times down to around 1:51min – 1:55min per 100m or around 22m per 1.2KM. These times have been tested in both 20m pool near where I work and 50m pool at MSAC (Melbourne Sports Aquatic Centre) in South Melb. Back to the foot, I have found that cycle is great for those with Plantar issues as it’s a good way to stretch out the calf muscle, I seem to have less pain after cycling. In addition I found some other products to help with Plantar problems 1. Strassburg sock and 2. Arch Supports. In additional with trips to the Myotherapist who has been working on my back also has included some treatment on my calf’s including dry needling in my lower back & calf’s, along with stretching/self massaging. I’ve been keeping the running to once a week at the moment while I try and get on top of the Plantar issues. So no running events in Septemeber / October.

Tri Alliance – I joined these guys after checking out Tri Club’s in the Bayside area of Melbourne. I must say after doing a few training rides and runs along with team meeting it feels like the right choice – friendly, sportive, fun and great team morale. My main goal this year is to improve my open water swimming, hence the coaching. Thanks to Sarah who showed me how to mount/dismount the bike while leaving the shoes on the bike.

TT Bike – I got this baby cheap, a Fuji Aloha 2.0 ’09 TT bike. When I say cheap brand new at quarter of the full price. Might not be the top of line such as a Cervelo but the price was right and runs the same gear set as my Giant. I have taken it out for a little spin and needs a little more setup but I’m happy with it.


  • Sizes 50cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm
  • Color(s) White/Aqua Blue
  • Main frame Fuji Altair 2 alloy custom butted and aero shaped, Integrated Head Tube, Double water bottle mounts
  • Rear triangle Fuji Altair 2 alloy butted aero seat stays with shaped ride tuned chainstay, Fuji forged road dropout with replaceable derailleur hanger
  • Fork FC-770 Fuji Bonded Aero Carbon w/1 1/8" Al Steerer
  • Crankset FSA Gossamer MegaExo w/ Integrated Spindle, 34/50T Chainring
  • Bottom bracket FSA MegaExo exterior bearing system
  • Pedals Nil
  • Front derailleur Shimano Tiagra, Braze-on
  • Rear derailleur Shimano 105
  • Shifters Shimano SL-BS77, 18-speed Thumb shifter
  • Cassette Sunrace CSR94-9AQ, 11-25T 9-speed
  • Chain KMC HG-73, 9-Speed
  • Front hub Formula Alloy Road, 32H
  • Rear hub Formula Alloy Cassette Road, 9-speed, 32H
  • Spokes 14G Stainless Steel
  • Rims Jalco DRX-3000 DS 30mm Double Wall Al, 700c clincher
  • Tires Continental UltraSport, 700 x 23
  • Tubes CST presta
  • Brake set Tektro R-520 Dual Pivot w/Cartridge pads
  • Brake levers Tektro RX4.1 Tri
  • Headset Tange IS-24, 1 1/8" Integrated Road, with convex hollow alloy 25mm spacer
  • Handlebar Profile Design T2 base
  • Aero Bar Profile Design T2 Alloy Clip On
  • Stem Fuji ProLite Forged Road, 1 1/8" threadless, +/-6 Degree
  • Tape/grip Fuji custom cork wrap
  • Saddle Fuji Custom Comfort TRI
  • Seat post Fuji Superlite Carbon Micro Adjust,300mm
  • Seat clamp Allen nut
  • Other 7075 alloy water bottle bolts
  • Weight, lb./kg. 21.41 / 9.73

 Century Ride – Yesterday saw me complete my first century ride. With a group ride with Tri Alliance from North Road Brighton to Two Bay’s Road Frankston and back with addition from home to North Road and return saw a day of first. First century ride and first time to Two Bays Rd. Few in our group had never done this route before. I have previously ridden up Olivers Hill but not up Humphries Road.

The Cycling Cerebellums – A good friend from Sydney Barbara and her Friend Elissa, plus friends will cycle from Penrith to Melbourne in 2012 to raise money for The Children's Hospital at Westmead, "Commercial Travellers Ward”. I will be joining this ride for a great cause as they come into Melbourne.


Next Events – Next weekend see me do my first duathlon which I have never done before and really looking forward to. Should be a good warm up for Tri season. Then 2 weeks later it’s ride around the bay – another century ride then in November Hanover down Eastlink freeway followed by the first of seven races! Yes it's Tri of the season! So busy times ahead.

Next week I’ll post race report for the Duathlon.