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AMB 100

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Wowzers, I am really happy to have survived that! And it really did become all about survival - the heat, the climbs and then as fatigue set in surviving the descents! Oh and surviving the 3:15 wake up.

Some highlights were - a beautiful cool lap under lights of Stromlo, including being on top of the mtn for sunrise - then bombing down Skyline and Luge! Friendly volunteers - man they were enthusiastic! Skyline, Luge, Double Dissolution 5 TIMES!

A pretty memorable day!

WD-40 for my Racing Skills!

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I write this at 9:30pm as I am sitting outside my tent at Stromlo about to turn in. It's about 16 degrees, an almost full moon with a few clouds and a light breeze blowing. This is paradise. As many rides and races that I do, few of them seem to have these type of stress free nights before them and I am deeply grateful to be able to just enjoy some peace and quiet. I sometimes wish all my life could be this stress free but at the same time, it is only because of all the stress I seem to find myself facing that I really notice the lack of it, even if only for a couple of hours.

Single track overload - where the hell am I?

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Some dark moments intertwined with some fun. A tale of two halfs where the second was a struggle. Followed another rider up a hill that turned out to be a wrong turn early on the second loop, that cost a few minutes. Need to work on eating and drinking whilst on ST as I didn't consume enough. Glad to have completed it, maybe next time I'll do the 50km....Eye-wink

Well done to all on riding what was a tough course.

Kowalski Fun

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On the back of a decent Capital Punishment result this year I was hopeful of a sub 3hr finish. I started in wave 4 towards the front and made progress through the traffic until my seat clamp failed leaving me with no choice but to jump off and fix it whilst loads of riders I'd worked hard to pass went by.

This would happen a total of 3 times and by such time I knew a sub 3hr was out the window. I also knew the energy I'd spent making ground up would cost me. Sure enough, the last 15km were hard with the last 7km really hard.

Kowalski DNF

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I haven't spent much time on the mtb in the last six months but thought I'd give this one a go. I had to take 4 panadeine (not all at once) the morning before the race as I wasn't feeling well but still lined up.

Once the kow bell went and we were off up the first hill and into the single track. I was going okay but my body wasn't happy so 10km in I made the decision to just ride the 50.

Once I backed off it actually became quite enjoyable. I ended up riding a lot of it with Michelle Ainsworth who won the 50 overall which was good.

Half Kowalski 2014

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Great tracks to ride no matter how slow you are on the climbs!

Kowalski 100

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Well after 6 months of sitting on the sidelines due to a DVT and hitting a tree I was super eager to race again. I had my eye on this race for months out and was really excited to head down to Kowen/Sparrow and sample the delights on offer. And I had my fill and then some!

Started in wave 3c. Now I have to say that the congestion was ridiculous. I think I was in a conga line till 30km at least. I didn't let it bother me though and just enjoyed the endless flowing ribbon of singletrack. Some people around me were getting really up tight though.

Mountaholics Kowalski 100

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Well that hurt.
We started with the best of intentions. 12 mates, weekend warriors, commuters and wannabe action heros. All hairy legged and well under prepared for the race. Sorry, I mean ride. The only way to convince the boys to step up, was to set the rules. We ride as a social group, at the slowest persons pace. But even that scared off 4 fellas before the start line arrived. So then there were 8.
As I said, we had the best of intentions, start as a group, cruise as a group, help each other through the difficulties and finish as a group. Simple. Well no. Not really.

Tough day at the office

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As the title says, one of the hardest races I've done, probably second only to the 100 mile Fling. Bloody good fun though! Once I've forgotten the pain I'll be signing up for next year.
Missed the podium by 57 seconds!

Half Kowalski 2014

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A few days before the race I find out my race wheels have a cracked hub, meaning I was riding the race with wheels and tyres set up for goofing around in the bush. I also only recently picked up a Specialized epic and am still dialing it in.

The result was the bike was a pig to ride and I don't think I will every get used to the grip shift and 2 x 10 chainring.

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