Even though I felt like having a rest day and a nap, my better sense prevailed and I drank a hot milk tea to wake me up. Initially, I wanted to go out twice today, but I went to bed a wee bit late and this morning, someone was doing some construction in their apartment. Needless to say that the last few hours before I woke up for real weren’t restful.
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.
I wasn’t teaching today in the afternoon, so I took the opportunity to catch up on some sleep. I usually get 5 hours sleep each night during the week, so a nap really helps out. Since I didn’t have any other plans than training, I took a longer nap.
Today, I made the mistake of having something to eat a few hours before my bike ride. That meant that I started getting drowsy about an hour after having eaten. That didn’t bode well for the bike ride. I debated between taking a nap or heading out on the bike. The weather was scorching hot and I almost went to take a nap.
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 got to be more careful with the sun. Even in late afternoons, it’s killer. I actually need to wear sunscreen, which is something I have rarely done in my life. My wife suggested buying longer pants that would stop the sun. I kind of agree, but longer pants will be hotter.
Today, I continued my usual routine of taking a bike ride right after work. It’s pretty easy and it takes me about 15 minutes to leave the house after I’ve changed and checked my bike. Beforehand, I went grocery shopping and stocked up on meat. I tend to forget to stop at the grocery store. At least, that’s what it seems like in the past few days.
After having my stitches removed right after work, I went home. For some reason, the doctor suggested breaking off the the crust/clot on my left knee so that I could move my leg more. I declined as I thought that this would be illegal under the Geneva convention.
My school provides me with lunch. I have told them not to include any rice in my meals. This pears down my midday lunch to meat and veggies. I usually have some fruit at home during my midday break.
I pushed and tugged my bike to the bike shop for repairs. Unfortunately, I had forgotten that it only opened at 1PM. I arrived at 12:25. I waited for half an hour, since it didn’t make sense to push my bike back home and come back. I’d only have a few minutes at home.
I left the bike for the afternoon to get it fully serviced. I tried on a few new helmets. I haven’t gotten a new one since my crash. I also tried some shades.
Today, after the thunderstorm, I went out on my bike. It was a nice time to go out, the temperature was about 30-35C. I couldn’t really tell, I was too busy pedaling. This time, I really gave it my all and the bike path was extremely busy. That just motivated me more to pass all of those leisure bikers.