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Just a quick post today. I was kicked into gear yesterday morning after reading the post from another rider blogger – RevRider – “Finding Motivation Early in the Morning“. My knee had been playing up on me over the Christmas break (I had a knee reconstruction at the age of 20) and was causing me all sorts of trouble with my quadricep muscles. Dehydration from both the Summer heat and a few festive drinks over the break probably didn’t help either. For yesterday’s ride I needed all the motivation I could get, because the Bureau of Meteorology was predicting heatwave temperatures – 43 degrees Celsius (or 109 degrees Fahrenheit) in Sydney!

I planned the ride to be super early, and set my alarm clock for 4:30am. My bidons had big blocks of ice in them, and summer riding kit was donned . At 5am it was already 22 degrees and climbing, and the sun was about to present itself. As I took off on my warm up loop, which is probably one of the best in the world – along the edges of Sydney Harbour – I was awestruck by the sight that greeted me. At the end of the street it looked like what appeared to be a wall of cruise ship. It seems like everywhere I turn in Sydney now there is a cruise ship, and this is not the first time I have published a blog with cruise ships in them (Sunrise at Middle Harbour, Riding in the Silly Season in Sydney). Still it is pretty awesome to see the big ships bringing visitors keen to see my home town.

Riding - Cruise ships greeting me

Of course I was also greeted to another glorious Cycling Sunrise, this time overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a beautiful silhouette against the dawn light.

Riding - Sydney Harbour Bridge Sunrise

I took all these shots with a little Christmas present I received – a Canon Powershot G15. This is an awesome prosumer compact that I will be writing up an “amateur” review of in a later post. It is small enough for me to carry in my back pocket while I go for a ride too!

I am glad I got out, because not only was I greeted to a glorious Cycling Sunrise, but also I was able to smash out a few PBs against a couple of segments on a regular route around Glebe, Annandale, and Canada Bay. Quite chuffed that I was able to get a PB up the Lilyfield Road pinch too (12% maximum gradient over 300m climb). I got back home before 7am with the mercury pushing 25 degrees by this point. By 2pm that day it had hit the stifling 43 degrees as predicted and the last time I felt heat like that was on a stopover in Dubai.

Looking forward to some more riding later on in the week and I now how have a camera that can do the shots justice on me all the time. Although there are more heat wave temperatures on the way in the coming week… better that than rain.

The festive, or silly season has well and truly descended on Sydney – and I partook in the festivities last night. But even though last night’s hydration methods were not optimal, I did not want to give up the opportunity to go for a weekend ride. It is funny at the moment, because riding on the weekend during the  silly season is an eye-opener. In addition to the regulars that you pass by on a morning ride – other riders, runners, and walkers – I find myself passing the stragglers coming home from Christmas festivities, in all their garb from the night previous. There is a lot of glass on the ground too, but at least it is quieter.

So it was a perfect setting to take my road steed out for a spin and blow away some cobwebs. I am fortunate that my local road runs are not that far away from some of Sydney’s major tourist attractions. I am less than 5km from getting onto the bike path on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and not much further from The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House. I decided to keep the spinning local into The Rocks and then back again over through the inner west. Here are a couple of snaps that I stopped to take while on route (it was not a hitout ride by any stretch).

Riding in Sydney - Dec 12 #1

Don’t let the clouds fool you, it was 20 degrees celcius at 7:30am.

Riding in Sydney - Dec 12 #2

The Sydney Opera House had a gloomy wake up this morning, before being lit up by the beautiful summer sun.

My reward for this morning’s ride was provided after rounding the corner at Dawes Point. The silly season is also the cruise ship season in Sydney, and docked at Circular Quay was the massive Royal Carribean ‘Voyager of the Seas’. A huge cruise ship – 311m long and 63m high. I was pretty blown away by it’s size.

Riding in Sydney - Dec 12 #3

It has a big backside too.

Riding in Sydney - Dec 12 #4

A surprising ride, and a few PBs on some of the segments. Definitely need to get the kilometres back up, and looking forward to doing some big rides over the Christmas break.

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