Category Archives: Health

Goals for the 2010-2011 Audax Year

Since I am now 40 I decided to set myself some goals for the 2010-2011 Audax Year.

My goals are to qualify for a Year Round Randonneur award and a Super Randonneur award.
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Opperman All Day Trial – 2010

Well, I am not too sure about how to write this one up. I, me, former couch potato and former fattie, competed in an national endurance cycling event over the weekend.

On Friday, I was wondering what had made me think it was a good idea to compete in a 24 hour, 360km cycling event. I wasn’t even sure I would be able to finish. But it was too late. I was team leader of a team of four, so I was committed.

I got up early and left on time to ride to the start point at the narrows. I arrived 10 mins before the start time and there was no one there, so I thought I might have the location wrong. It didn’t take long for my team to turn up and we set off a little late.

There were some headwinds heading down the coast to Port Bouvard but the views were spectacular and made it an enjoyable run. After the turn around at Lake Clifton we had a quick run in to Pinjarra with a nice tail wind to push us along. The sun was setting as we left Pinjarra so we donned hi-vis gear and set up our lights.

Heading north on the new freeway PSP was an absolute pleasure again assisted by some tail winds. After a quick stop at Thomas Road, we headed off to Mundijong and then Armadale.

Armadale at midnight on a Saturday night was quite entertaining but we didn’t have any problems. Another quick stop and we pushed north towards Midland. Riding at night was quite invigorating and we all found new energy to keep going.

A couple of big hills to push through to Jane Brook slowed us down but after that we made short work of the trip through Midland to the glorious new Reid Highway. It was so smooth and fast to ride on with a nice tail wind.

I struggled to make it from there to Bayswater as I was tired and dehydrated. We got in at 4:00 AM with our host kindly heating a delicious veggie curry with Haloumi cheese. I was finished eating by 5 so crawled into bed for a 1/2 power nap which was over so fast! A hot shower got me going again and we were out the door on the dot of 6.

The dash down to Freo was mad! The other were riding so fast I had no hope of keeping up, but then one team mate let me draft off him so we made up some time.

We pulled into Freo at the end point with 15 mins to spare. I was really happy to successfully complete the hardest thing I have ever done.

4 riders, 24 hours, 368km. Opperman All Day Trial… check!

P.S. we are already planning next year’s ride!

The great Railway Crossing saga continues

Some of you will know that at the end of the Dawn ’til Dusk – Winter ride earlier this year, I crashed my bike on wet railway tracks and broke a bone in my knee. I reported the accident to Main Roads Western Australia through their fault reporting web site. This is what I said:

On Saturday the 20th of June 2009 at approximately 7:00 PM I was bicycling south-west along Railway Parade in Bassendean when my bicycle slipped on the wet railway tracks. The railway tracks are located approximately 270 metres from Collier Road. I was aware of the railway tracks and took care when crossing them but the front wheel of my bike slipped away as I crossed the tracks causing me to fall. I landed hard on my side, injuring my knee. The road surface should be modified so that a cyclist can cross the tracks without falling and being injured. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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Audax ‘Ron Masterman Memorial’ – 100km Ride Report

On Sunday, 4th October 2009, I was one of 14 riders who left Mundijong at 8 AM for the Audax ‘Ron Masterman Memorial’ 100km ride. I was a bit worried as I set out as I have the tail end of a head cold, a broken knee (which is healing fine) and shin splints. I had to push pretty hard to keep up with the front runners as we meandered through green paddocks north of Mundijong Road. It didn’t take too long until we hit some small hills and I got dropped. I appreciated Stuart (Baalzamon) waiting for me as I wasn’t feeling confident about how I would go.
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MRI scan – left knee – results

On Monday, 21 September 2009, I had a series of MRI Scans for pain in my shins and my left knee.

I spoke to my Radiologist today to be informed that I have a broken bone in my knee. Since I have been riding a lot less I have noticed my knee becoming more painful, especially moving into a squat position. Standing or sitting normally, there is no pain but as soon as I start to move into a squat position it is immediately painful.

It is interesting that I have been able to complete the following rides since breaking my knee:

04/07/2009, ‘Bumpy Boddington’ – 100km

25/07/2009, ‘Coastal Cruise’ – 100km

02/08/2009, ‘The Vines’ – 100km

22/08/2009, ‘Dambusters’ – 160km

30/08/2009, ‘Foothills Cruise’ – 150km

06/09/2009, ‘Bumpy Boddington’ – 150km (not blogged yet).
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PIHC Huber Performance Enhancement assessment

From PIHC:

All participants of the workshop that was conducted on Tuesday, 25th Aug 2009 are now entitled to a complimentary performance enhancement session on the Huber Dynamic systems with Julian Mancini Exercise Physiologist / Occupational Therapist.

Julian consults at both PIHC Northern Districts (in Balcatta) and PIHC Performance Enhancement Centre (in Melville) and we have a Huber at both these locations.

For your complimentary Huber Performance Enhancement assessment with Julian Mancini please contact our front counter on 9240 5266 for a time, noting the location of preference. This complimentary assessment is valid from the 26th Aug 2009 to the 25th Sep 2009 and you must state the following code upon booking in: CWA-PIHC

I booked in for my assessment for 22 August 2009. I was asked to complete a patient information form which asked for a case history. I provided the following information:
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MRI scans for sore shins (shin splints)

From March until August this year I rode nearly 3000km on my aging Repco Superlite with clips and straps and normal running shoes. Apart from some initial teething problems with the bike setup (seat positioning), this setup, along with a relaxed (casual) approach to riding, served me well. I rode without experiencing pain on my rides or during recovery. The exception was that on longer rides I got cramps in my feet, especially my right foot.

In July, I bought some SPD shoes and pedals to see if with a stiffer soled shoe I would be able to ride without getting cramps in my feet as the cramps are quite painful. I didn’t get a chance to try out my new shoe/pedal combo until Dambusters on 22 August 2009, an 11 hour hill ride. My new shoes went well and I experienced significantly less cramping in both feet. I don’t particularly remember experiencing any pain in my shins on that ride. My next ride was Foothills Cruise on 30 August 2009. The ride went well, but 30km from the end I decided to race another ride to the end. For an hour I really focused on pushing down, pulling back, pulling up and pushing forward. I pretty much noticed straight away that my shins were hurting but I figured it was just from a lack of fitness and that I have not ridden like that before. Instead of stopping or backing off, I kept pushing through the pain and finished the last stretch in just over an hour. The next week I completed another hilly 150km ride through Jarrahdale and Pickering Brook. My shins didn’t particularly bother me on the ride, but riding into work the next week I did find they were getting sore. By Wednesday last week I quit riding. By the end of Friday last week I was in a significant amount of pain, particularly in my right shin.
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