Today I had initially planned on doing a 70 km ride, but I started out a bit late. I just finished watching Stage 7 highlights from the Tour de France. It was very exciting. I left the house at 5PM. It was my luck that it actually started drizzling, even after I had checked the Weather Underground’s hourly updates. The WU said that there was 0% chance of rain, but there was.
I wasn’t really concerned. It was a light rain and I knew that I would be riding pretty fast, fast enough to distance the rain. The rain had cleared off most of the leisure bikers, but there were still some around. The first half of my ride was extremely fast. I think I shaved off a couple of minutes of my usual time just there. The second part was fast as well, though there was more traffic. It didn’t slow me down much.
I initially measure my soreness on how fast I can climb stairs. If I can run them up, I’m not that sore. If I can only hobble them up, then I am quite sore. Today, I wasn’t that sore. I didn’t feel that tired when I was accelerating. I guess that my body is adapting to the intense effort of blistering bike rides. My pace was fast. I completed 34 km in 42:47. That’s about 48 kph, which is really fast.
I’ve started taking the back roads in the Taipei riverside parks. It is usually wider and there is less traffic.
While I was looking for bikes, I came across the Taitung triathlon, which will take place in October. I think I’ll participate. It will be a 100 km bike ride, a 2.2 km swim and a 21 km run. Sounds like a great goal to train for. I’ll need to find a place to train for swimming.