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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Monday, May 21, 2007

Commuting salvation

Let it be known that last weekend wasn't the greatest I've ever had. Due to other commitments outlined in my previous post, I managed to end up with aches in just about every muscle possible without riding a single kilometre. On top of that, I've also managed to pick up what looks to be developing into a chest infection, which threatens the 400k Audax ride I was planning for this weekend.

Suffice to say, I was not best pleased. Yet this morning I found myself riding to work as usual. I've said here in the past that my commute does not rank among my more enjoyable rides. It's not so much that I dislike it, but more that a flat suburban ride of 8.5km one way doesn't quite match riding to Milford Sound or Springbrook. In the past I've made no bones about the fact that I commute by bicycle for purely practical reasons (i.e. time, money, convenience etc).

Yet this morning there was something else. There was a sense of exhilaration -- something not normally associated with riding in Bundall. I cannot be sure whether it was just the fact that I was finally outside for a while, or the adrenalin rush that comes with negotiating oddly-positioned traffic at high speed, but it was GOOD. The hard part is yet to come, however. It's becoming clear that I'm going to need rest if I'm going to be ready for the weekend, and it's not as if I've had a lot of sick days over the last 12 months (only two that I can recall). Just how do I persuade myself to rest?

Incidentally, can someone explain to me just how someone doing an search for "Melbourne granny killers" should end up on a blog predominantly about cycling on the Gold Coast? Anyone?


Blogger Surly Dave said...

Man, you're not having any luck this year are you? If it's not the punctures it's a chest infection. It's almost as if someone didn't want you finishing this super series. Have you cursed God lately or something?

5:27 pm  
Blogger Chris L said...

It's been a combination of things, starting with a derailleur falling to pieces in Hobart last December. I'm just hoping all the bad luck has been used up now, and won't bother me again for a while.

8:47 pm  

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