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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.

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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.


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

Riding and running with a vengeance.

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

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
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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.
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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
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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.

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Mozam's cycling adventures
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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Not my day

To be totally blunt, I was in pretty poor form last Saturday. The fact that it had been a slightly stressful week didn't help. I set of with my regular ride partner Martin for the climb of Springbrook and simply didn't climb the way I usually do. On reflection, I had probably also overeaten at the breakfast table in the morning, as I didn't need a muesli bar for the whole ride. Either way, on the long grind to Salmon's saddle where we would part company, I felt as though I was really hanging on just to complete that section.

Yet bizarrely, on the higher (and considerably steeper) slopes of the mountain, I started to feel better. Along the way I passed Wunburra Lookout, where some elitist "roadie" was resting after deciding he couldn't climb any further, despite having earlier wanted to make everyone else look stupid and inconsequential. That's when it dawned on me, I could climb higher than this guy even if I wasn't 100%. Now I was going to finish the climb regardless. A rather persistent magpie gave me something else to think about a little later, but after passing the steep pinch that follows Craft Corner, I knew I was getting back into form. I reached the summit at Best of All Lookout surprisingly quickly after that.

So what's the insight? For Saturday at least, it all seemed to be about patience with one's self, about realising that not every day will be the best day of your life. Once you accept this, you can focus on getting the maximum value from what you have. It's an important lesson, because often, the stress over whether or not you're in form will affect you considerably more than whatever is slowing you down in the first instance. That's certainly the way it happened for me on Saturday.


Anonymous Tweed Coast Treadly said...

Hi Chris,
I've lost Internet access for the last whatever but did get your comment re 7:00am start and long day... All good for me, where shall we meet?

5:38 pm  
Blogger Chris L said...

Your place is probably the best spot, as we'll probably be warming up with a climb over Cudgera Creek anyway. Makes it a bit of an early start for me, but I'm looking forward to it.

6:41 am  
Anonymous Tweed Coast Treadly said...

OK Chris, i'll be waiting with my wet weather gear and snacks at the ready, see you Sunday Morning

7:47 pm  

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