A return to night riding, but with throwing up!

June 25, 2008 · Print This Article


UK Mike and Jason in the moonlight after cycling


  • Distance:  16.29 miles
  • Time in motion:  1 hour 10 minutes 17 seconds
  • Average speed:  14.0 mph
  • Max speed:  29.8 mph

I wanted to start riding at night again.  As it is officially summer and it was sunny all day, I knew tonight should be the night.  I used some of my motivational skills and was able to extract UK Mike from his apartment to join me.  

I suggested we do three hardcore laps around the Imperial Palace, which would be a total of 15 km (9.32 miles), as one lap is 5km.  And I wanted us to do it in 30 minutes, the pace I set a long time ago on another ride in March.  Well, I did have to teach until 8:30pm then come home and cook.  So basically I scarfed down some green Thai curry and then hopped on my bike and started barreling down Shinjuku Dori.  Even at this point, I kind of knew it wouldn’t be an all internal ride.

I set a hard pace and UK Mike impressively kept up the whole time.  On the third lap I wanted to really attack the two incline sections on the latter half of the lap.  After about 30 seconds of hard grinding up hill, the first heave happened.  I kept on grinding up the incline.  Then the next heave was actual chunks, or rather brown rice with bits of tofu.  I had hit the wall and my pace slackened.  UK Mike caught up and set the pace during the slight downhill and flat section.

There was one more uphill part right before the finish, and I thought I can reclaim the lead there.  I used a sweet slingshot around the last left hand turn to take the lead.  I pushed it really hard up the last incline.  Boom!  More upheaval!  Lots this time actually.  Two good mouthfuls.  Might have been all my dinner!  

The finish line was just a few dozen meters away.  We chilled there for a while chatting while my stomach settled.  Amazingly, all the time I was heaving, I never once got any on my clothes, or my bike, and never stopped pedaling.  I don’t recommend this though.

We took a very leisurely pace back stopping to eat TWO ice pops each in front of a convenience store.  Despite the throwing up, it was still a great ride and something I hope kicks off at least once a week night riding, if not twice a week.

The moon over the Imperial Palace during night cycling



5 Responses to “A return to night riding, but with throwing up!”

  1. on June 25th, 2008 1:48 AM

    I think you forgot to mention the long stretch across the front of the Palace where I overtook you despite you thinking I was 50 meters back.

    Otherwise, I think fair reporting.


  2. on June 25th, 2008 1:55 AM

    Yeah, I was surprised by that overtaking, I’ll have to make sure to look over my shoulder and keep an eye on you next time!

    It was a good ride, we rode hard, with honor.


  3. on July 3rd, 2008 1:11 AM

    […] a song by a band called Voxtrot, I was stoked enough to rally for a ride, and not only did I not throw up this time, I totally SMASHED MY AVERAGE SPEED […]

  4. on July 16th, 2008 2:33 AM

    […] late again, I had digested enough to even put on the speed for a new record 3-laps without risking throwing up again.  So I guess it was actually a good time to be limited by all the red lights and […]

  5. on August 7th, 2008 2:00 AM

    […] then, and last week he went on a solo one as well.  As you may recall, not enough digestion time lead to me throwing up on our very first night palace ride, and sure enough, lack of digestion time tonight again yielded […]

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