Chris Winn: Ramblings From The Road

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05 November 2006

The End Is The Beginning. I Made It!

It's over. Done and dusted as of last Thursday. I've finished my four year PE teaching degree and does it feel pretty fookin schweet right now to be done. It's kinda funny to look back over the last few years and my time as a uni student, it has been pretty good with plenty of laughs along the way and those times where there is so much to do you feel like your heads going to explode. But I think especially this year the smell of burnout smoke has been pretty strong and I've gotten pretty tired of the whole process...especially trying to find motivation for final assignments, like 2000 words on policies and procedures of school excursions....bout as dry as eating a raw weetbix. Nonetheless it's done and I've left the 'student' tag behind for good. Hello real world. Bring it. Thanks to all those who got me through, much appreciated.



So since uni has finished the foot hasn't let of the accelerator. Managed to sneak away to Buller with SRAM boys Eva and Mick for a day of pinning some awesome new trails alpine style. After coming across a big fat tiger snake sunbaking on the track early on pretty much every stick seen was questioned thereafter...



Next stop was onto Bendigo for a double header weekend with a Cyclinc and the 85km Bendigo Epic. I must say I really look forward to seeing the grin on riders faces when they learn how to get the bike drifting through a corner, or nailing a log hop for the first time.

Every time it amazes me just how dry it is up there...and its only November. Damn.


For those regular readers I think this picture says enough. RIP Smuggler.



Sunday's race was a pretty good one and I guess my first official 'epic'. With only a week's riding in the legs after being on the whole lung infection program, I really wasn't expected too much other than a solid days training really. I found myself in the lead bunch of eight which pretty much casually stayed together for the whole race with only a few attacks along the way from the official fastest man in October. Feeling pretty good I really wasn't sure how long it was going to last until the last 20km when Spink and Hucker began to turn the screws when we left the fireroads and hit some pretty nasty steep climbs in the baking sun. Suddenly the selection process begun with the gaps between wheels grow bigger and the . From then on it was desperation cricket trying to hang on to my fourth place until what seemed like forever to the end. The last 7km things were terribly painful but there was also a good feeling in my head of exceeding my expectations of the day. So fourth it was and the reality is with uni out the way now things can only get better....madd...over and out, cw.

4 comments:

Ash Thomas said...

*chuckle* ...fastest man in October.. now THATS funnay!

green. said...

well that was one of those weekends with bikes, beer and babes. Some in more proportion than they should of but hey you get that on the big jobs. cheers cyclinic for a good one, over and out. i am off to detox and maybe even go training. later bro.

KC @ Uni said...

WHAY HAPPENED TO SMUGGLER???? lol Did green kill him??? Well done on forth!!! Your my hero! (not too many inspirational stuff in that post....i must be getting to ya...lol)

Chris Winn said...

One clear sunny day..the Smug decided it had to expand its horizons and head out to the wide world....never to return...I'm gonna miss that little guy...