MTB Ride (MTBO (Pickering Brook)) 1:32:25  28.6 km (18.6 kph)
ahr:157 max:178 shoes: Anthem MTB
Good ride, I was hoping that the rains would have made the tracks a bit firmer than they were but the drive in put paid to those hopes.
Started alongside Rach and had to ride hard to look good for her. Turning down the wrong first track destroyed that. controls 1-3 I chose the slightly longer routes with less climb since I haven't been doing much hill stuff recently. Went the north way round to 5 so I got to ride through the deep creek twice. Filled my right shoe with water on this crossing so it was nice an numb.
I knew the NE corner had lots of overgrown tracks but it didn't stop me overshooting the track into 6, luckily it wasn't far to Ashendon Rd. I chose to go the long way around to 7 to stick on the better tracks, I think I spotted the little track into it on the way though but I didn't slow down to make sure.
My map board fell off about here so things slowed down a bit. It was a blessing in disguise as I now think I have figured out a way to stop it doing that again in time for Caffeinated.
Rode well to 8, took the north track to 9 and went the long way through the quarry. Just as I got to the intersection north of 9 Jake was telling Bae that there was definitely a track behind that tree so I rolled straight through. Got a bit confused by the unmapped logs on that trail but bashed down to the control. Back out onto Weston Rd to 10, the lttle maze just before Westons road was hard with the map hanging down near my front wheel, I had to stop a couple of times to be certain of which way to go.
Dropped back onto Westons then ducked down into 11, popped back out for the sprint to the finish. Beat some nameless Perth competitors over the line and subtly celebrated.
MTB Ride (boom.) 1:57:02  26.22 km (13.4 kph)
ahr:144 max:171 shoes: Anthem MTB
Robbie was running too late for the MTBO so we went for a ride after.
Followed a trail that nobody told me about to canning mills road then up the road to the Pickering Brook store, I think we got on the wrong trail heading north from here, then briefly on the right bit. Then very much the worng bit. Ended up riding through an orchard and throwing our bikes over the fence on the other side. Then near on killed myself riding up and then down a very steep hill. relocated just in time to hop on the WNM, Robbie thrashed me up this and I eventually panted my way to the top.
Followed the trail north ish to the Munda Biddi then headed back towards Pickering brook on that. I fell in a massive heap around about here and the slog back was hard. very hard. Didn't help that I had only bought one gel for the entire ride, Robbie took pity on me and fed me towards the end.
Realised this was my biggest ride probably since Keen. Oh well, it's never too late to start training.