Morning Training

I have to pick up my daughter at noon so I just went for a a little less than 50 mile ride with one pass (Actually I had a little time so I went around a little park which has nice slope). Garmin says it is 44.26 miles but I rode after I shut it down so it is about 47 to 48 miles.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/214922195

So I think the average was good (with 647 m or 2100 ft elevation and 27 km/h or 17 mph). The average heat rate was 134 bpm and Max heart rate was 172 bpm. THe only thing is I need higher cadence. I need to make it higher though it becomes low when climbing is involved.

Here are some pictures of today’s ride:

A beautiful sky but it is hot! I am heading for the mountain seen in the distance.

The top of the pass.

And the reward is … down hill!!

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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 Morning Training

  1. pudgycyclist says:

    I try to keep my cadence at 60 while going up hills and 80 on the flats. Eventually I’ll be like you and ride 50 miles a day lol! Keep up the great work!

    • While my device had been working alright, I trained and was able to keep my cadence at about 85 – 90 on the flats (When I go at the high speed, around 100) and around 70 when I climbed. Then I was not able to use the device right and had lost the cadence function for a while. Now I have got the function back again then I noticed today that I was going at the really low cadence. Well, some say there are people with high cadence and low cadence so I don’t know. Maybe age does it but for a while I will try to keep my cadence around 85 on the flats when I go at the regular speed (around 95 – 100 when I mean it) and around 75 when I go uphills. As for the distance, when I started riding my MTB back in 2002, when I weighed 50 pounds more, I was only able to ride 20 to 30 miles. You can do it, too!!

  2. pudgycyclist says:

    As I continue to ride, I’m sure my cadence will be bumped up. Just started the cadence routine within the last two weeks, so gotta build up my endurance. We don’t have that many hills here in the area, but I should start looking for some so I can build up my up hill cadence. Does your cadence function work with a sensor and magnet? I remember when I lost my cadence function due to the magnet moving down my crank and the sensor couldn’t read it. I am going to attempt to do a low mile ride today on a bike path I found in the area. It’s not long, but I want to go exploring.

    • Well, as far as my device goes, the cadence function of my GARMIN seems to be working alright. Mine’s wireless and has a sensor on the frame and a magnet on one of the crank arms close to the pedal. As for my hill cadence, it is totally depends on the degree of the hill. When I go up less than 10% hill, it is OK but if I climb more than 10% hills, it is tough to keep my cadence high but if you use like 27t or 28t, at least among my road cycling friends, using those lighter geer is considered ‘defeat.’ I don’t know defeat against what but I’ll just follow my ‘experienced’ friends’rules…lol. Will, today I make it a complete off day. I’ll ride only when I commute. Exploration is fun and I like to do it sometimes! Good luck and have a nice ride!

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