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Scott 24 Hour Update – The Night Before!

Scott 24 Hour Update – The Night Before!

After a few days of being quite sick with a stomach bug and something resembling a head cold, things are starting to look up for me.  I haven’t explosively purged my stomach contents in a little over 24 hours.

At this point there is no turning back for me.  Too much time, money and effort has been invested into this race and a DNS is a lot worse than a DNF at this stage.  So tomorrow at midday…

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Scott 24 Hour Update – 4 Days To Go!

Scott 24 Hour Update – 4 Days To Go!

The time has come for me to start my race day preparation for this weekend’s Scott 24 Hour.  There isn’t anything more I can do for fitness wise for this ride so it’s safe to say my tapering has begun; no more high intensity rides up Mt Stromlo resulting in mid decent spews.

I’m in probably the best shape I’ve been physically in a number of years with most little niggling pre-existing injuries…

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Mt Stromlo Scott 24 Hour Photo Shoot

Mt Stromlo Scott 24 Hour Photo Shoot

With a week out from the Scott 24 Hour I headed out to Mt Stromlo with fellow Trois Etapes Soldier On Cycling rider Andy, and Bermer’s Brett & Mel for a little photo fun with TE photographer Matt Connors (Matthew Connors Photography).

The decision was made quite early to wear my Trois Etapes Soldier On kit for my 24 Hour Solo debut.  It’s super comfortable, looks good and hopefully will stand out…

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Scott 24 Hour Update - 9 Days To Go!

Scott 24 Hour Update – 9 Days To Go!

My preparation for the Scott 24 Hour has been going reasonably well.
I’ve been riding the mountain bike a fair bit, started my race plan, organised my equipment for the race and most importantly; feel ready to ride.

There have been a few minor set backs but nothing that will keep me off the bike.
(A second bike for back up would have been awesome but… a) I can’t afford one, b) I can’t justify…

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I’m not saying Kate is the chosen one….

I’m not saying Kate is the chosen one….

@teganandsara Framed as my Anniversary present today

@teganandsara Framed as my Anniversary present today

Trois Etapes 2014 - Part 6 - Expectation vs Reality

Trois Etapes 2014 – Part 6 – Expectation vs Reality

Like all good things, this Blog series must also come to an end.  For those of you diligent enough to read through the preceding five posts, I give to you, the final part in this series.

It’s difficult to sum up an experience like the Trois Etapes into a short form Blog series.  There are many factors that come into play when choosing what to include, what photos to use and how to balance the…

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Trois Etapes 2014 – Part 5 – Stage 3: Col du Tourmalet

Trois Etapes 2014 – Part 5 – Stage 3: Col du Tourmalet

Ride bikes?  Follow the Tour de France?  Chances are you’ve heard of the Col du Tourmalet.

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It is hors catégorie – beyond categorisation; an exceptional climb.
I was quite happy not knowing what HC meant on Strava prior to the final stage of the Trois Etapes.  Hearing from my team mates about how tough the 17.2km/1268m climb…

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Trois Etapes 2014 – Part 4 – Stage 2: Col du Soulor Redux

Trois Etapes 2014 – Part 4 – Stage 2: Col du Soulor Redux

Day 2 of the Trois Etapes started exactly the same as Day 1, except for the stiff legs and the requirement to become a walking billboard for Rocktape!  Thanks to my time in the Army and numerous injuries I no longer have much meniscus in my left knee.  Combined with a constantly strained and stretched patellar tendon, previously torn medial ligament and a fractured patella that often dislocates…

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