21.3 KM Dusk Bike Ride Banciao Yonghe

Xindian river, photo by David

I have been trying to go for a bike ride for the last few days, but on Friday, the wife came home and disrupted my routine. On Saturday, it didn’t pan out. Today, I was extremely tired, but drank a few strong milk teas and got ready to go on my ride. The ride felt pretty good and I knew that by the time it was over, that I still had some juice left in my legs. I could have doubled the distance. However, it was already dark and I was weary of having an accident.

With the Fulcrum Racing Zeros, the Velocite Millennium feels much more responsive. I don’t know really, but the MONC50 wheels deadened the feel of the road. Plus braking was an issue. Since I ride a lot at night, it has been a problem. Thankfully, it has been resolved with the Fulcrums. They are fast, the bike felt lighter. It’s probably due to a combination of factors. I’m also using Schwalbe Ultremo R1s, so it’s a step up from the Rubino Pros that are on the MONC50s as well as Swisstop King Yellow brake pads. The Recon Ti cassette worked well. No complaints and didn’t notice much of a difference with the SRAM Red Powerdome cassette. Sure, I can tell it’s slightly less efficient, but it’s still pretty good.

The bike felt a lot more responsive, and I was out of the saddle accelerating away. Since my last ride, I noticed that my stamina has increased. The last few rides, I was getting tired towards the end. This time, there was a lot left in me. It’s too bad that I didn’t go to Danshui today. I’ll try going tomorrow instead. I’ve mapped out a nice ride, which should be around 60km to Danshui and back. What I’m really looking forward to is that I haven’t been there by bike before. There’s even an alternative route that I can take, which will make the ride go up to almost 90km, by going to Bitan and back.

It’s pretty hot, even at dusk. Average temperature was 30.8˚C. Total distance was 21.33km, with an average speed of 24.2 kph that I completed in 52:38. That’s slightly slower than last time, but I put it down to a big headwind and the many strolling cyclists, children, joggers, and other people who clog the cycle paths on the weekend. I’ve come to enjoy it since they make me stop and accelerate a lot, which means that it’s a better workout than if I was going flat out.

Average heart rate was 162bpm and I burned 758 calories. Max speed was 36.9kph, which is higher than last time. Once I crossed the river, I was flying, especially in the last part of the ride.

All in all, I feel much better after my ride this week. Time to make it a daily ride of 20-50km. Now that will be fun!

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Running

weekly km count: 0
monthly km count: 0
yearly km count: 0

Cycling

weekly km count: 21.33
monthly km count: 95.85
yearly km count: 170.85

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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