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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Friday, December 14, 2007

Older or wiser?

It's a lovely morning outside at this very moment, yet I'm sitting here typing a blog entry rather than riding my bike. Five years ago, this would not have happened, yet today I'm resting up for tomorrow's epic adventure in Lamington National Park (more on that later). I'll still be commuting of course, but that's such an easy ride that it's barely worth mentioning. It's interesting to note the change in mentality over that time period. It seems to have come about as a result of my bike tours, particularly the New Zealand trip in 2006.

A few years ago, I was focused on simply accumulating as many kilometres as possible. Taking a "day off" the bike to do anything else at all was almost considered sacrilege. To be honest I still find "days off" frustrating, and that instinct will probably never change. However, these days that frustration seems to be tempered by reason. I now find it easier to accept the reality that it's ridiculous to try to ride imperial centuries every single day.

The change seems to have been a consequence of my touring experiences. Having now completed extremely rewarding tours in places like Tasmania, New Zealand and Scotland, I've learned to prioritise, and focus on the rides and tours that are going to provide the rewards.
Contrary to what I may have believed previously, it doesn't require neglecting the "training rides", but it's a matter of trying to strike the right balance between the "training" and the "event".

I also no longer feel the need to "prove" anything, or measure myself by the standings on a ride-logging site like A decision I made in around June of this year not to log my rides or record my cumulative ride distances any longer immediately resulted in an increased enjoyment of general riding. I felt free again, free of the constraints, of the "obligation" to ride a century every week, and free to enjoy some of the other things that cycling has provided me.

Tomorrow I'm joining a group hike in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park. Of course I'll be riding to the start -- which will probably net me around 150km of riding and close to 2,000 metres of climbing before I've even started the walk. The walk itself will be around 13km in length, including several crossings of Canungra Creek, and about 20 waterfalls if my map is correct. It could also take in the spectacular Stairway Falls -- although there is no track to those marked on my map. Either way, a spectacular day is in prospect, and it's these experiences that are my priority these days. If that means neglecting a "training ride" the day before, so be it.


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