Before last summer, I rode my road bike like a mad man. I rode 1500 km a month. I sometimes rode 320 km a day.
As I said, I did not lose interest in biking or anything. The visit to the US in last summer was a game changer. I mean I realized that I love English so much that I want to study hard to be able to use it (not just speaking but writing, reading and everything) as well as the native speakers of English.
So I kind of stopped studying hard about 10 years ago and after that I spent most of my free time biking (before that I learned Japanese old swordsmanship) but I started working on my English. Well I am a guy with a family to feed so I don’t have time to spend both on biking and studying English. So I spend more time on studying (or totally 100 % on studying).
Maybe during summer vacation, when I have a whole day to myself, I will go for a long ride this year but until I feel I have achieved something, I want to concentrate on my study.
For the last 8 months I have worked on my English, I learned 3000 new words by heart (I know about 15000 English words, I think) and read 10 books, have kept watching at least 2 hours of News (Today and Nightly News) and dramas (Burn Notice, Nikita, Legend of the Seeker and Saturday Night Live mainly) in English without Japanese caption (I mostly understand those in English so I didn’t use them anyway. Plus I basically buy region 1 DVD so most of my DVD’s do not have Japanese on it. These days I watch those dramas on HULU, though).
Now, where will I go? I just can’t do it just like that because I have my responsibility for my family but after my kids finish education, I would like to live in the States at least for a year (my wife is a quintessential Japanese and do not speak English so maybe I have to live alone in US…well, I love English and US that much). Anyway I’m not gonna die without living in NYC at least for a year.
Anyway, therefore, I am mainly working on my stationary bike except for some days I might have an extra time for a ride. By the way, at least I am commuting on my mountain and road bike everyday to my work. Sometimes I make a detour and ride about 10 to 20 km.