Starting off with a welcome dinner at Arrivedeci Pizza on Good Friday it was quite a quiet dinner being that we were all meeting each other for the first time..
Saturday morning was a Time trial up a section of single track and Mt Nebo fire trail, 4.7kms. Timed on the way up a 10 min break and then timed back down the same section. This was going to be our base line to beat in 8 weeks time.
6am starts usually at Cootha or the river loop during the week meant 4:30am starts to get there on time.. (can't say I am missing that part) Road riding in a group on our first Wednesday ride, this was a first for me, I usually do all my training alone and had no idea what so ever what all the bloody hand signals were about.. but it was a lot of fun..
A couple of mornings up at Bunya we had MTB skills training with Aiden Lefmann.. Didn't this show up the lack there of skills I had.. Track stand?? I think I lasted about 5 seconds.. oh well at least there was room for improvement,...
Freddo and Trav mixed it up for each session.. keeping everyone interested, singletrack one morning, Cootha reps the next.. The little tips here and there made all the difference to my improvement.
Saturday 18th June was the final day and was the Time Trial of the section we did on day one..
With a Niner frame as the prize for most improved (thanks to FTR) we were all wired to smash our best times.. I was off an I was on it... I managed to shave off 3 mins on my time and when got to the top, I was very close to spewville, Sam can vouch for that... 10 min break and then back down we go... All I kept thinking was don't brake, (being that I am a serial braker) faster, faster, faster.. 1 min off my down hill time. Happy little muppet..
Dinner that night was suppose to be the presentation of the most improved but with a couple of peeps not being able to attend testing that morning we waited till the next week (post 8hr) so the others could do their testing..
Dinner Friday 24th June at Simon's and Sam's, awesome feed of taco's thanks guys.. After a couple of beers and a bit of a discussion Simon announced the most improved muppet as myself.. Stoked does not come close to explaining how I felt and the support of the boys in the decision was very humbling. I finished off taking 4:04 mins of my time and lost 5% body fat.
So another trip into FTR (which is becoming a common occurrence) to see Tim to discus options.. Air9, One9 or the last minute suggestion of SIR9. Too many options I had to think this one over.. After a week of deliberation I decided on a Kermit Green SIR9, being steel although heavier a lot more forgiving on the body with amount of time I spend on the bike.
|Impatiently awaiting its SS build kit|
I can not thank Simon and Trav enough for all their help. I would recommend to anyone wanting a little extra help with their MTBing to give these guys a bell they cater for all skill levels..They have helped me so much with my confidence on the bike and cutting my times down and on a side note have gained some pretty awesome mates.