As for cycling, I am pretty active this week because this week is still my summer vacation week. My work day starts this Saturday and I have to go shopping in COSTCO tomorrow so today is kind of the last day I was able to ride freely whole day, though. Of course the average temperature was 33.4 º C (that is 92 º F) and the maximum temperature was 40º C (104 º F) so I was NOT able to spend a whole day riding.
So I went for a hillclimbing training again. There is one climbing contest in June which I am thinking of participating next year and I went to climb its course. A part of it is the one I climbed the other day but I have to climb more. Usually I climb the bottom 3.8 kilometers, whose average degree is 7 % and maximum of 10 %. Then I have to ride up and down some road for 4 to 5 kilometers ( this is in a sense harder because those roads are not steep enough to go slowly but flat enough to go fast). Then I have to climb more but this time it IS steep. The average maybe around 10% with the maximum climb of 14 % (According to Garmin). So I climbed 11 kilometers and climbed about 500 meters (1660 ft).
Garmin DATA site :
Then I went through an usual route and came home, through a pass which is shorter (3 kilometers) but tougher with 15% climb.
So today I rode 133 (83 miles) kilometers (actually about 140km, 88ml) and climbed 1325 m (4347 ft). Well, the only thing I can say is “it is HOT.”
Here are some pictures:
After riding side by side with “big speeding trucks,” I rode the safer bicycle road. The cracks are some aftermath of that big earthquake a year and a half ago. They fixed most of the roads for cars but have’t done those small roads for bikes and pedestrians yet.
This is it! I don’t get off one the way so sorry there is no picture. The big thing up on top of the roof is “A Big Toad” or “GAMA.” This mountain is famous because there used to be people who sold medicine they “claimed” they had made from the magical toads which had 4 fingers on its front legs and 6 fingers on rear legs.
View from the road on its way. Mor magnificent in real life but I am not skilled enough to show it with iPhone.
So, if you are not afraid of high places, this is a great down hill ride with awesome view!! Gott to be a bit scared, though, so that you will not go too fast and go over the guardrail 😛
So tomorrow I will be a good husband , go shopping in COSCO and will be carrying a big box of pizza, a bag of onions and so on.