Heading out for a ride
How many will show up...
Was happy to find the guys waiting at the 7-11 this morning.
A ferocious pace for the 40 km to Teradomari. Even with a head wind. The guys are obviously still doing the top end work. My training is almost exclusively zone 2. Mary Poppins style.
This is all in the dark. No street lights or house lights on the coast road. Volt lights have changed cycling for the better.
Maybe that explains the excitement in the group. I'm flirting with LTHR even when following the wheels.
The HR is up and over 185 as I cling onto Tojo san's wheel over the pass behind Mt. Yahiko.
We meet Andrew there. The old guard! The other guys are all early 20s. We sit on the front.
Two 40 year old English men slowing the pace down!
Once he peels off it's game on again.
Not as fast as before. The others are fading. This is December after all.
Still it's hard. I convince everyone it will be a good idea to check out the swans at Nishiyama.
On holiday over here from Siberia. How bloody cold is Siberia!?
Roll back home. One more hard effort on the Shindou climb. I'm the KOM on this one. The only sub 4 mins.
Nowhere near that time this morning. Despite my head feeling like it was about to explode. My legs burning like Norikura.
135 km in the bag before 10 am. 280 count 'em TSS.
Riding like this won't make me (or the others) any faster come April. Still it's nice to work each other over. Remind ourselves what we do this for...