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Tue, 27 Apr 2010

Getting more mtb time in - 13:53
There is a race through the Flinders ranges on the Mawson Trail in June this year, the Mawson MTB Marathon, though there is an option to do it over 4 days there is a stupid option too. In a team of two do the whole course non stop, 367km on a mountain bike. This is like a 24 hour race with less single track and not looping around the same course (also it should take less than 24 hours).

I was originally keen to try and do the 3 mountain runs on the course also, however I have come around to thinking that trying to do that on top of the non stop ride will be a little bit difficult, which is unfortunate as the mountain tops sound pretty spectacular. I am competing with my friend Andrew, who had a few years without much mountain biking while living in NYC, now he has returned to Canberra he has been back on the mountain bike (a lot, finishing in 8th place at the Australian Solo 24 hour champs over easter shows that off well).

With the 100 km race last weekend then Cotter/Uriarra on Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning road ride and Wednesday night mtb ride at Stromlo last week I wanted to keep the efforts up this week. Doing well so far it seems, Sunday I did the Anzac Day Epic with the normal ADE crew, I rode the Nomad to make it more fun and a little bit tougher than riding a lighter bike, that was 83km on some fun terrain. Then yesterday Andrew and I rode down to Moruya via Hoskinstown, Tallaganda, Majors Creek and Araluen. This is basically a road ride on a mountain bike (fire roads and fairly fast), we completed the 161km ride in 7h11m riding time, which is pretty good, though I was definitely fading in the last 20 km or so.

Today I feel somewhat flat and energy depleted, I definitely did not make it out for Cotter/Uriarra, and probably will have a day off exercise and see what I feel like tomorrow (probably morning road ride at least). Doing a 6 hour Rogaine this coming Sunday, so I should probably try to do a few km on a bike this Saturday. A few friends are competing in the Canberra Tour so cheering them on from the road side may work out alright as part of a ride.

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