First of all, I have to apologize because I kind of messed up the comment section. I am not still sure how this “press this” works. I hope to figure it out pretty soon.

Now, without much ado, this week is kind of half summer vacation week and I have no work in the morning, so I went for a longer training ride.

The day before yesterday, I went for a 70 mile ride with three passes. I went as far as the first mountain, climbed to the top (starting with 9 % hill and lasting about 2 miles to the top, ending with 11 – 12% slope) and came back down. It was 38.63 (I usually shut down my device earlier because if it is on in the resident area, I kind of distracted by the average speed and all and it is dangerous for both me and pedestrians) miles on Garmin, and in reality, a couple miles more.

If it is totally flat, I can go about 19 miles per hour average up to 75 miles but with this climb done, it is about 17 miles per hour. I hope to ride faster. Other stats are on this website:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/213081528

On the other hand, I am glad because except for the first three splits, my average speed was around 19 – 20 miles per hour. The last section, where I went for a sprint, 21 miles per hour (for 1.3 miles) and it is satisfying for me.

I felt a little easier because while I was riding, the wind was cool, but still temperature was over 90 by the time I got home and I was so hot. I took a shower and had a diet coke but how I wished I didn’t have to work today and would be able to grab a beer and lie down on my bed. 😀

Tomorrow I will go shopping with my wife to Costco (it is in Japan, too!). The day after tomorrow, I will go for another long one.

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About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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