After taking a forced rest day, I hopped back onto the bike this afternoon. I started a bit later than I wanted, but in my mind, I avoided the worst of the scorching sun. Had I known that there was this much wind, I might have chosen a different route. Well, in retrospect, I think I knew that the wind was going to be pretty bad.
Before going on my latest ride on Wednesday, I rechecked the distances via Google Maps. I don’t know why, but I overestimated distances considerably. An error must have gotten in my calculations. So the 65 km rides were only 50 km, and the 34 were actually 25. Oh well, live and learn.
What cued me into the error was that when I calculated my median speed, it was way too high. Still, my average speed for today’s ride was 36.5 kph. Not bad, especially since the wind was so fierce. There were a lot less people on the bike path. There were some light scattered showers, but they were just enough to refresh you.
The wind was actually blowing so hard that some dude riding his scooter on the bike path fell. I think that he was going too fast or not fast enough and the wind just scooped him up and he fell. It wasn’t supposed to be comical, but it was, especially since the guy didn’t really have a scratch. He kept jumping around like a cartoon character, rubbing his bum.
It didn’t take long for my frozen bottles to melt. After an hour, they weren’t as refreshing as before. Still, they had served their purpose. The one in the back pocket of my jersey cooled me down. While I got on the Huajhong bridge for the first time, I debated with myself if I should keep going. My goal is to hit 300 km this week. I’ve got 180 km left to do over two days. The reason why I was thinking about quitting at 50 km was that I felt a bit tired. It’s like I was running out of gas. I no longer had the reserve power in my legs to power through the wind or the little hills.
I stopped for about a minute. Drank some water, and was on my way. It was an important milestone to break the 90 minute bike ride marker. It took me 115 minutes to complete 70 km. That’s not so bad. My last loop was effectively slower than my first two. For the first one, I was slightly slower than Wednesday, at about 38 minutes. For the second, I was at 74 minutes.
During my second loop, I noticed a guy who was also training. He kept to the Taipei side and was on a road bike. I couldn’t tell which model. He was extremely quick and passed me effortlessly. I noticed that he was practicing climbing hills as well.
That last half of the third loop was pretty hard. My legs felt empty, but at least I didn’t have the wind in my face.
Today, I spoke with the Specialized store in Neihu. I didn’t really want to buy anything, but I wanted to know if they had any old frames in stock. They didn’t. The store just opened and they only have bikes from 2009 at US prices pretty much. Still, I wanted to know more about he racing team. This is only my second week of serious training, but I never think that I am ready to join a team or if they want me. Usually, they are impressed with the fact that I go out almost everyday. This team also only practices on Sundays together, just like the Giant team. I know that they are sponsored, but I haven’t found out any perks yet, like if they get rebates on bikes and so forth.
It’s been about an hour or two since my ride and I have to say that I feel pretty out of it. My thighs are tired. That’s a first. I’m pretty out of it.
Update: It’s the day after and I feel a bit better. If I didn’t have to do some more mileage, I’d take a rest day.
weekly km count: 120
monthly km count: 460
yearly km count: 517 (started in June 09)