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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:43 pm

Rode 1.5k today and it hurt, the issue being a pain in the ribs, I can live with the wrist and the shoulder
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:02 pm

That's a bugger Mike! Loosing the front wheel at speed hurt more I recon. :(
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:44 pm

I did the 1.5k to the coffee shop again this morning and it hurt but not as much as yesterday. However tonight I got on an indoor spin bike and it was a lot more difficult than I expected, looks like I'll continue to loose my spin instructor income
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby ft_critical » Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:47 pm

At that speed it could have been worse, so I think you are pretty lucky. Heal fast.

On the plus side I am not sure that skin suit, suited you?
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:19 pm

Agree 100% I have got off lightly. Got some more xrays this morning, sitting in the queue at the doctors...zzzzzzz

Yeh, its getting expensive on skin suits, that one was $165 I think. Though club jersey + bin knicks is $220. The real $ cost is no income from spin classes.

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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby toppity » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:32 pm

Speedy recovery Mike.

I've got a question if you don't mind me asking. Do you have to actually ride to conduct a spin class? I've never been in one or seen one so I don't know. Sad to hear of your income loss. It makes me think I need to get income protection insurance.
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:07 pm

The instructor rides a spin bike too. The only reason you would do the class without riding is if there was absolutely nobody to cover it for you.

Xray result: non displaced rib fracture, 9th rib

They also spotted my 2009 injury: There are numerous old healed right rib fractures in the mid axillary line involving ribs 5, 6, 7, 8 and possibly 9.
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby sogood » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:26 pm

Recover well Mike!
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby rogan » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:35 pm

Bad luck Mike - hope you are up and running soon. It always happens when one is running into rich form. Crashing at 58 km/h is no joke either, scary stuff.

After reading the reports over the last two years I've decided this Ride for Life is not for me! And a monster crash at Heffron too, in the other thread. From my perspective it's a blessing to be not riding enough, fat and unfit...

Toppity - I've got income protection insurance. But guess what it won't protect against? Loss of income due to crashes in races. If anyone finds an underwriter willing to cover bike race incidents, I'd love to hear...
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:03 pm

Yeh, the ride for life became dodgy when they moved it from the hill to the infield. For those who don't know about last years race, there were about 40 in the race and about 25 went down in a heap at about 50kph, 3 went to hospital, one broken collar bone, one punctured lung, don't know about the 3rd.

At Heffron on Saturday there was a crash in C grade sprint, 3 with broken collar bones, one of which also got a punctured lung.

Racing is not without risk, but this is a bad year for the DHBC fasties group (DHBC has 4 riding groups) with about half of us injured this year, some with broken bones, but none of these injuries come anywhere near what othy has/is suffering.
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby El T » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:44 pm

Well what a pity! The guy who got us into cycling is now out for a few weeks.
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby foo on patrol » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:22 am

That's bad news Mike.

When I was racing, I had insurance with I think American Accident Insurance and they covered me for racing but I don't know if the are still around. :? I used it once for a month after I had two bad falls in a week.
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:24 am

I restarted riding with some light commuting and ending with instructing my high performance spin class this morning. I'm recruiting more hamstring to allow myself to use less core.

Won't be racing for 6 weeks zzz....
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:59 pm

Seriously thinking of entering the Australian Road Racing Championships.

There's a catch, I'm suppose to be doing a training course on the same weekend, however I could move the training course to Melbourne, which will cost me about $400 for some discount air fares and cheap accom in St Kilda (Course at Fitness First Richmond)
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:21 pm

OK, I'm declaring myself fit for racing from Friday week. Races will be;
Friday 16th Sept - RAW - the last one this year
Sunday 18th Sept - Southern Hemisphere Cup
Sunday Oct 3rd - ATTA - ITT
Thursday Oct 6th - Australian ITT champs
Friday Oct 7th - Australian Crit champs
Saturday Oct 8th - Australian Road Racing champs
Saturday Oct 22nd - Grafton to Inverell
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby foo on patrol » Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:52 pm

A good selection of races there Mike. Which one/ones are you hoping to achieve the best result in? 8)
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:09 pm

Difficult to say where I will go better;
- I'm not fussed about RAW or the Southern Cross Cup or ATTA
- Going to give the 3 races at the Aussie champs my best
- Grafton is an unknown, I haven't done the base K's, though I still have some time slots
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:13 pm

So with a lack of suitable timeslots to train for these events, what did I do? Well, I needed to adapt to the borrowed TT bike and I need to train for Grafton. Soooooo, I did a mega ride on the TT bike;

Tempe -> RNP (Audley in, Stanwell tops out) -> Wollongong -> Mt Keira -> Wollongong -> RNP (Stanwell tops in, Audley out) -> Tempe
196k
2,855mtrs climbing
7,100 calories

I rode with one other rider but spent most of the time on the front, using the aero position
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby toppity » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:27 am

mikesbytes wrote:So with a lack of suitable timeslots to train for these events, what did I do? Well, I needed to adapt to the borrowed TT bike and I need to train for Grafton. Soooooo, I did a mega ride on the TT bike;

Tempe -> RNP (Audley in, Stanwell tops out) -> Wollongong -> Mt Keira -> Wollongong -> RNP (Stanwell tops in, Audley out) -> Tempe
196k
2,855mtrs climbing
7,100 calories

I rode with one other rider but spent most of the time on the front, using the aero position


wow.
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby fats » Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:08 pm

Amazing. How long did it take you? Probably would have taken me all day, nup, I wouldn't have made it.
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:42 pm

fats wrote:Amazing. How long did it take you? Probably would have taken me all day, nup, I wouldn't have made it.


All day, though we took our time at the feed stations :)
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby Chris249 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:23 am

mikesbytes wrote:So with a lack of suitable timeslots to train for these events, what did I do? Well, I needed to adapt to the borrowed TT bike and I need to train for Grafton. Soooooo, I did a mega ride on the TT bike;

Tempe -> RNP (Audley in, Stanwell tops out) -> Wollongong -> Mt Keira -> Wollongong -> RNP (Stanwell tops in, Audley out) -> Tempe
196k
2,855mtrs climbing
7,100 calories

I rode with one other rider but spent most of the time on the front, using the aero position


Wow, one hell of a ride two up, and no doubt done at a quick pace.

What are the nationals like, from the view of a long weekend away? On times I should be middle third in the TT and may hang on in the crit or road race for a while, so I was thinking about doing them but I'll have just started a new job. I could get away (I'm returning to an old employer in a new role so they know me) but I'm not sure it will be worth the time off.
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:23 pm

Have you done the nsw ones ?

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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby mikesbytes » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:24 pm

Now I've got 2 sets of wheels for the Aust ITT champs;
- Reynold carbon ones, I think they are 45mm and are running singles
- head tri spokes, running clinchers
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Re: Tour de Mike

Postby Chris249 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:38 am

mikesbytes wrote:Have you done the nsw ones ?

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Not yet, but I just saw the news that the 2012 Masters NSW titles will be on just before the Masters Nats, and that both will be at Goulburn. Next year's events will be so convenient I'll leave it till then.
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