Audax Australia
This is the umbrella organisation running long distance cycling events in Australia Their website includes a calendar of events.

A place where cyclist can keep track of their mileage and any number of other statistics, as well as an attached forum.

A set of discussion forums covering almost every conceivable cycling related topic.

Cycling Adventurer
The Cycling Adventurer has tossed in the structured life of an urbanite to explore the world by bicycle. A well-written site detailing how he came to cycling, and what he learned along the way.

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Bicycle touring journals from all over the world, including a couple of my own.

Johns Cycles

This is my LBS on the Gold Coast. While they cater more to the racing market, their service, advice and workmanship is the best on the coast.

St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.


Wonderings and wanderings out and about in Portland, Oregon, US

The Journey
The journey begins in Perth, Western Australia.

Lance Notstrong
The "other" Lance!

Ms Mittens
The Wired Cat on-line

Iron Gambit

Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
A blog chronicling the writing and cycling of a seaside baby boomer.

Up in Alaska
Jill's subarctic journal about ice, bears and distant dreams of the midnight sun.

The Kin Chronicles
Taking mediocrity to a new level of ordinary.

Riding and running with a vengeance.

London Cycling Diary
Pedalling across the capital since August 2005.

CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
Living an adventurous life with Type-2-Diabetes.

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
... Including cycling, adventuring, cooking, knitting and ranting.

Redneck Espanol
The two wheeled Spanish redneck.

Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Womanist philosophy and theology. Cycling, climbing, art, single-motherhood and fire-twirling.

Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
A bit about cycling, a bit about genealogy, a bit about radio but mostly a lot about nothing at all.

Geo's big adventure
The life and times of Geo.

It's about the bike
Musings on the cycling life.

Various cycling tidbits.

Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
An old man's bicycle riding diary.

A cyclist's life in Tenerife
(Canary Islands).

Bike to work to live to bike
It's never too late to get back on the bike

Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

I'm not drunk enough for this
Really, I'm not.

What can I say? Just read it.

Mozam's cycling adventures
A random collection of the things I like to do most, and mostly that is to ride my bikes, bicycles that is... My musings from competitive riding, long distance endurance to puttering around the neighborhood..

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Riding through the Barrier

There's something unusual about riding when you have a fever. At first you're reluctant, then you set off, the effects of the exercise at first slow you down, you realise you're not quite yourself, it can get demoralising initially. However, if you stick at it, just to the point where you start to break sweat. Now your system starts to clear out. The fever begins to recede, and before long you're feeling much better, and wondering why you didn't do this initially.

For me that feeling came last night, at the top of a minor hill at Arundel, only about 50 metres in height, but coming just at that section of the ride where I have enough km to safely say I've "warmed up". Breaking through that barrier is an incredibly liberating feeling, even if I did keep the pace in check a little just in case of making things worse -- even if I did have to drink copious volumes of water.

I even attempted a sprint with Martin in Biggera Waters. I can't sprint to save myself at the best of times, and "going off the front" isn't always the smartest or most effective way to do it, but I had a dig anyway. Ultimately I came-off second best, but it's that moment of recovery, where you've pushed yourself and started to feel like your old self again. That was the triumph as far as I was concerned.

As to the next stage in the rear-light saga: I've found a way to attach a rear light to my bum bag for now. It's not quite what I had in mind, but it works well enough complementing the helmet mount for now.


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