A Recovery Ride turns into Time Trial

Today is a kind of last weekday day-off for summer and from tomorrow I will work. So today is … back-to-school shopping and help my wife out.

I felt tired from yesterday’s long hillclimb training so I decided to for for a short flat recovery ride. Then something clicked and after about 5 kilometers, it became a 10-mile TT (Time Trial).

Last time I did it, to achieve 30 kilometer per hour (about 18.6 miles per hour but it is important number if you are using metric system), I had to ride hard from the scratch and had to reach at least 27 kilometers per hour but this morning my first 5 kilometer (3.11 miles) was even below 24.6 kilometers (15.6 miles) but in the second 5 kilometers, I reached 30-kilometer-per-hour average and went at the average of 35 kilometers (22 miles) per hour in the last 5 kilometers.

I have kept working on climbing because it is the best way to improve every aspect of my riding and I start to believe so myself. Here’s my Garmin data:


Now, change the subject, the most dangerous thing about COSTCO is that I buy too much and eat too much. Sometimes I gain almost four pounds if I don’t watch out for my calorie intake. But actually, I am not that worried about it ’cause if I gain, I can shake it off by riding longer.


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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2 Responses to A Recovery Ride turns into Time Trial

  1. pudgycyclist says:

    Your recovery ride sounds like what I did last weekend for my recover ride… keep the cadence! Well good for you on your hard work and effort to be motivated to ride up hills and what not during the week and afternoons! I have no excuse and should do the same. You should definitely invest in a GoPro and record your rides. I would love to watch some of your hill riding and enjoy the Japanese scenery! I’m a huge fan of anime and love the Japanese culture! By now, I would think I can understand it after watching so much anime, but I only know a few words. Oh sorry, got side tracked lol… but I wouldn’t worry about your weight gain from a Costco run… you’ve earned it, and splurging every now and then is not going to kill you. Ride safe and if you can, post up some vids!

    • Thanks again for encouraging comments!! Now my sweet holidays are over so I don’t know how much I can ride but I keep pedaling in the mornings and ride up hills on the weekends. And GoPro is that good and worth investing in? I’ll study GoPro and thinking about investing in it. And you love anime! I am not that deep into it but it is around us in Japan so I have favorite stories, own comic books and movies, and enjoy’em sometimes. So, I have just come back from Costco and bought a box of pizza, chips, muffins and so on. Yes, this is not the first time I go to Costco (I go there often because I love American food and that is one of the few places I can get it) so I can handle my extra calories lol. Well, I’ll try to shoot vids sometimes. Thanks again and the same to you, I mean, have a safe and nice ride!!

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