Weekend in the Hills & Mountains

Saturdays TDC training ride was cancelled due to bad weather. So it was up to me to get motivated for a solo training session. It would have been nice to roll over and stay in bed out of the cold morning air, but there are only a couple of weeks of training left to go.

A hilly ride was originally planned for the morning, however the roads were wet when I left home, so my ride plans changed as I got closer to the City. Descending is not very fun or safe on wet roads.

I decided to ride out to Mt Coot-tha to see what the roads were like. I rode up the back side of the mountain and looped all the way round to the lookout and down the front side of the mountain. I did this 3 times before deciding that my legs were done. I made my way back to Coronation drive to jump on the river loop for about 35km before heading for home. 110kms with 1800m of climbing for the morning. Strava Coot-tha Reps

Mt Coot-tha Lookout

Mt Coot-tha Lookout

Sunday was going to be a nice recovery ride, but I had received an email from the Kangaroo Point Club, inviting me for a hilly morning 90km ride.

I was in two minds about going along, knowing that my legs had taken a bit of a beating the day before. However, the more climbing I can get in before I leave Adelaide the better.

I met the K.P. Guys and Girls at Southbank and we headed out to Kelvin Grove rd. From here I took directions from the group, as I had no idea where I was or where we were going…

I do know that we ended up climbing up to the lookout at Clear Mountain. There were some nice 17% & 18% sections that really made the legs burn. The roads were still wet, so there was no way we could get out of the saddle to put some more power down. We came back towards the City though Samford and I split from the group as we got to Spring Hill. I made my way to Race Café in the Valley for an iced coffee with some friends and supporters of my Tour. 117kms with 1700m of climbing. I won’t lie, my legs were feeling a bit sore this morning, but not as bad as I thought they’d be. So that’s a good sign. Strava Clear Mountain

Clear Mountain Lookout

Clear Mountain Lookout

2 weeks of training to go before I taper off and fly to Adelaide. Keep sending those support messages! corystourdecure@gmail.com