Morning 40-mile Hill Training

Yesterday morning, I was kind of down and low. I didn’t bring myself to ride. Usually in fall my motivation starts to go down and from the middle of October, my main ride shifts from morning hill climbing to evening stationary bike riding with watching movies. I thought it might have started though it is still too early.

This morning I woke up at 5 in the morning and really wanted to ride. I had been eating much lately so may be I was too tired or out of energy. I don’t know what will happen, though.

Anyway I went to ride to a regular pass. Today I my work starts an hour later so I took a shortest way and went for 40-mile ride. My condition was one of the best.I went 17.4 mph (28 kmh) and without this 10 – 12 % hill (3 km), I would have done a little less than 20 mph (about 31) and for me, it is close to my best record. I am not riding to be the world champion so it is VERY MUCH satisfying result. I watched my cadence today and it was 72 rpm average and highest was 120. As I was watching, when I went easy, it was about 70, when I really pushed myself hard, I did 85 to 90 on the flats and 65 to 80 on the hill but it totally depended on how steep the hill was.

It was fun ride. Tomorrow I have to work early so I go maybe 10 to 15 miles, the day after tomorrow, if I have time, maybe I will ride a little longer but it totally depends on how motivated I will be and I don’ even know lol.


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 Morning 40-mile Hill Training

  1. pudgycyclist says:

    I like how you say ” so I took a shortest way and went for 40-mile ride.”! You are so dedicated to do long rides. one day I’ll get to your level and can say that in my blog! Stationary cycling isn’t so bad, but I do understand that it’s way better to be out and enjoying the scenery as your ride!

    • Oh, well, thank you. But, I think soon you will be able to say that, too!! I think a key is to keep pedaling then you will get it. I didn’t think I was able to ride this much when I started out. As for stationary bikes, I agree that riding outside is fun! But if you use it, like, thinking about cadence and all, it is good for you. In winter time, I do “interval training,” in which I ride 1 minute with 120 rpm then rest 2 minutes with 80 rpm (I do this with heart rate, too). Actually I did this last winter and I think it worked. This year we have extremely little rain but usually we have many rainy days and on a rainy day, a dark day and a cold day, I will be on my stationary bike.

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