The biggest challenge of this summer: 300 kilometer (190 mile) ride

Today because of a little family business, I can’t ride, so, I would like to write about the biggest challenge of myself this summer, 300 kilometer or 190 mile ride because this is so important to me as a milestone of my cycling life that I would like to keep in this blog (Pictures are at the end of the story).

Last month, the question, “How far can I ride in one ride?” popped up in my mind. There was only one way to find the answer, “Ride.”

So I started 6:30, the farthest ride so far was about 220 km (140 miles) . Near my house, there is one big national road numbered route 50, which starts from the station near my house (3miles) and ends about 85 miles away. So I decided to ride back and forth between the starting point of this road to the very end.

So I took off at 5:50 in the morning. I just kept pedaling. I ate hamburger, ice creams and all. When I reached the other end, I realized that it would only be 175 miles and since Japan uses metric system and it is 280 kilometers, I start to feel that I wanna achieve 300 if I achieve it at all. It sounds “more” awesome :D. So I went over the end and rode a little more till my Garmin reads a couple of kilometers farther than 150 kilometers and started to ride back.

Partly from the heat an partly from the exhaust, I wasn’t able to eat toward the end, so I drank pepsi, cold chocolate or other high calorie drink. I used energy drink with an amino acid, which is believed in Japan to eliminate some substance made in body that make you feel tired.

So, I made it. 307 kilometers, appr. 192 miles. I tried a round trip because I just can’t try this distance again next day but if I had tried to go one way ride, I would have been able to crossed Japan in one day, which I wanted to try some day (Though I would have to go over a couple of more than 2000-foot passes, though). I returned 19:51, I was on a bike about 14 hours. The average speed was about 27.4 kilometers (17 miles) per hour.

Here is my Garmin data (I switched it on and off at a little far place from my house so it is 6 miles short, though)) which shows you data and a map of this challenge:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/199375683

Pictures:

(Mito Station, the starting point)

(A Typical Japanese National Road; I ride on the left side edge (about two feet from the very edge) of this road)

(The other end; One of the sign reads “The Starting (起) point (点)of Route 50)

(There is Subway in Japan and One of my favorite supply of nutrition; It has lots of minerals and carbohydrate so it got be good)

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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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4 Responses to The biggest challenge of this summer: 300 kilometer (190 mile) ride

  1. repeternwriternanowrimo2011 says:

    Wow, you really are a cyclist. Not too many people achieve this goal. I’ve done 100 km but nothing beyond that yet. I’m still trying to reach the 100 mile mark. I use Clif bars, bloks, and gels for quick energy and have just discovered Skratch for my water bottle for renewing my electrolytes. I get too sick if I just drink water. Keep up the good work and pedal on.

    • Thank you for your nice comment! I am flattered. I really and truly appreciate your advice and encouraging words, too.

      Well, when I switched from a mountain bike and started to ride a road bike 5 or 6 years ago, I was only able to ride about 60 kilometers but every year, every weekend, the distance got longer and here I am.

      And congrats on your 100 kilometers. I don’t know why and can’t explain why but 100 kilometers is something special for cyclists. It is kind of “initiation” for cyclists, It is harder than any distance, maybe harder than 150 kilometers (time and energy required to over come it) and if you achieve it, any distance is reachable. I think you can ride longer, too, and wish you good luck!

  2. toinlessons says:

    Awesome!

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