Always look on the BRIGHT side of life

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This weekend I will be heading up to Bright for a cycling weekend.  When I originally committed to this ride at the start of August.  I was coming off 8 months of injury.  The weekend was supposed to include 350km of riding and close to 7,000 vertical of climbing. With 3 & a half months to train I felt confident that I could easily get in shape for such an endeavour.

Always look on the BRIGHT side of life
Image by Matthew Nelson

Then I got sick, and sick & sick & sick.  And continued to be sick for over 10 weeks.  Coming down with five separate viruses, which took their toll.  I tried to stay positive, but the closer it got to the Bright weekend, the more the alarm bells were ringing.  After 1- weeks I was able to shake the wort of it.  With less than four weeks to train for such an epic weekend of riding, I remained optimistic.  But knew it was a tall order.

Of course I got sick one last time.

I tried my best, but a combination of crappy Melbourne weather, and an increase in workload at work led to another burn out & given the year I’ve had, it’s no surprise that I’ve come down with yet another throat infection, and with 4 days before I head up to Bright I desperately need to shake this latest virus.

Sadly I won’t be riding the 3 peaks course as originally planned.  My back-up plan was to do several mountain ascents with Mount Hotham, Back of Falls & Mount Buffalo.  These are in question if I am not able to get better.

One way or another I will still head up there.  I won’t be riding, but I will offer to drive as a support vehicle for the 40 or so riders riding over the weekend.  I will be profiling a number of great rides and climbs in and around the high country.  Stay tuned for these.

Always look on the BRIGHT side of life
Image taken by Matthew Nelson
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