Sunday, October 10, 2010

Perth Albany Perth - bad but good

You no doubt learn more from your mistakes than you do from your successes and I can say that that rings true for me and my performance at Perth. Though, reflecting now on the ride I don't think I could have done any better than I did (dnf at control in Walpole at 555km) for reasons known only to my gastrointestinal tract and I find that I did learn a lot more about the long ride than I lost in not completing it. Don't get me wrong, I am disappointed, just not gutted.

Happily I was able to borrow a bike to ride the 200 into Perth after resting for a day and that was nice, despite an aggressive Magpie and a more aggressive brown snake so I racked up a brevet for the trip and about 770 km all up. I have practised travelling with bike and gear and most importantly seen the advanced stages of fatigue that happen on a big ride. Survivied the advanced stages of fatigue in fact. The biggest surprise was how quickly that feeling passes.

Typing on the iPad does not make for a flowing narrative so I will elaborate further upon my experiences when sitting at a proper keyboard.


Surly Dave said...

All the same it's a good effort. I reckon just fronting up to the start line takes a lot of guts. Well done.

Treadly and Me said...

I agree with Dave. Just being in a condition to start a ride like that is a huge achievement.

Grant said...

Thanks Guys. As it happens the (and at the risk of providing too much information) my digestive problems haven't gone away. Just back from the quack and seems I have giardiasis! On with the drugs.

Treadly and Me said...

One word: ewwwwww!

Hope you're on the mend soon.