Saturday, May 31, 2008

Back in the saddle

Yesterday I was starting to feel heaps better, so it was time to celebrate with a ride, but with caution. Rather than breathing in thousands of litres of cold air, I grabbed a borrowed wind trainer (thanks Mark) and a DVD and headed over to John's place. It just so happened he bought himself a wind trainer last week. He took this slightly disturbing picture on his cell phone.

The risk of mind-numbing boredom is obviously pretty high with indoor training (as it is with 'cross-country' bike racing) but the novelty was working for us - that and the video.

While the bikes hummed away, we watched The Amateur - a Spanish film about a punter who has a crack at setting a world record for endurance cycling. Pajarito has to ride his bike for 130 hours with no more than 20 minutes in breaks every four hours. Crazy fool!

Luckily for us, the movie is only 87 minutes long. When it was done, so were we.
The highlight of the evening: Sarah's homemade meringues with whipped cream. Seventy kgs, here I come!

6 comments:

Oli Brooke-White said...

Haha! That is slightly disturbing - the misty aspect makes it look like you're both working out in a Swedish sauna, if you know what I mean!

I'm sure it will all help though, so good on you...

sifter said...

It was a sauna on my side of the room, that's for sure! I counted two drops of sweat on the floor below Simon, and lost count at about 327 below my bike! Maybe I should have kept my shirt on for more than a couple of minutes...

Jo said...

I was thinking it looked more like one of those fetish discos which are quite common on the western seaboard of USA! You guys have definitely turned to the dark side, but at least you save on heating bills.

Simon Kennett said...

They have cycling discos in the USA?! Thanks for the tip-off. I'm gonna have to check that out.

Patrick said...

Hey Simon,
the texts keep coming in - Hugh C says all the best. Go well, and he's planning to tour it next year.
P.

tandemjim said...

You know that it's a good thing that you are sick & recovering NOW rather than over here in the US, traveling, racing, etc. I can't wait to follow your antics on the Great Divide! As Jim & I pack for the World Mountain Bike Summit in Park City, we will think of you getting your gear together for your race. Get healthy and enjoy!
Cheers from California (tandem winners of the Karopoti Classic 2004)