“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." Confucius

Friday, 23 September 2011


This is what I've been doing for the past few weeks and is also the  timetable for the next 2, although the term has finished at Italian class so at least I don't have to rush through the track sessions and perhaps can start a bit later.

Tuesday...8am solo track session followed by Italian class
Wednesday...rest day
Thursday ...8am solo track session followed by Italian class (or ergo in the pm if I can't wake up in time)
Friday...rest day
Saturday...9am hefty 3 hour track session in group (as an track enduro)
Sunday....late pm 2 hour group session pretending to be a sprinter

and I'm just about coping although the body shock factor is still there...not for the volume of training, but for the "explosive" efforts I'm trying to get happening.

The entry list for the World Masters Track Championships is up and sadly there are, as expected,  hardly any older ladies racing...~47 women in all age grades at last count with just 3 in my age grade and 1 in the 60-64 group.

IMHO the UCI are ageist, misogynistic, blinkered numpties who shoot themselves in the foot whenever they  insist on the same rules for all....bikes/minimum numbers etc etc.

At least Cycling Australia have taken on board a great way to deal with min numbers in older age classes for  timed events...a standard is set and you have to ride to that standard to qualify for a  medal of whatever colour. If more than 1 person qualifies for a gold standard the fastest takes the gold etc etc.  The standard is created from previous years' results/ national records.

Masters track racing needs growing at both ends of the age spread as well as the middle and for the older age grades there needs to be some tweeking of the rules since I'm 100% certain no-one takes up track racing when they're approaching their 3 score years and 10 and consequently there will always be a lessening of numbers .

Rant over for a while.


  1. Couldn't have said it better re: UCI myself. I am gunna steal that! Gold!!! :-)