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Old 09-06-17, 05:09 PM   #1
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Starting to get into shape

My ride across Japan begins in one month, and I am slowly getting into shape for it.

Due to a busy summer, I was unable to get in any training, and began riding at the beginning of August. Even then, between work, family, and weather, I have averaged only 3 or 4 rides per week. But what I have lacked in riding time, I have tried to make up for in intensity.

In the month I have been training, I have managed to lose 4kg in weight (love handles are almost gone). I am no longer getting saddle sore, and my neck is getting used to holding my head in a riding position. My bike seems to be working well, I started with a frame, and built it up with components picked up on eBay and the local auction site.

Yesterday I completed my first 50km ride. I got a flat tire exactly 2-and-a-half minutes into my ride. Changing the tube took only 5 minutes. I found that my new rack allows me to balance the bike on the rack wheels and saddle, leaving both tires off the ground (my bike is a Birdy folder). I pushed a fairly hard pace considering my condition (or lack thereof), and covered the 50km in 2 hours. My training route is flat for half the distance, then there is a gradual descent, followed by a steep climb. There are no stops, so I could do the entire ride without slowing down.

I hope to lose another 5kg by the time my ride starts, it'll be that much less weight to carry over the mountains. I will be riding 50km every other day from now until then, weather allowing. I'm still waiting for my new panniers to arrive, I should have them by the end of the week. In my last week, I'll load up the bike and get in few rides at "lightning combat speed" (a favorite term of Drill Sergeants describing exercises done in a realistic manner).

I'm looking forward to the ride, and getting out of the city. I will avoid the busy places as best I can, but will meet up with my family somewhere along the way to celebrate my daughter's third birthday.
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Old 09-10-17, 08:06 AM   #2
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Sangetsu, you have told me about your tour plans. I wish you a lot of fun on it, it sounds like an amazing plan and idea. Are you planning to keep a public travel log somewhere?

Combine your training plans with some fun destinations. From the tandem forum, someone once wrote: (roughly) "The only reason we haven't completed a century yet together is due to the lack of nice cafe's in a 100/2 mile distance along an enjoyable bike route".
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