Mello ride around the Imperial Palace in a light rain
October 9, 2008 · Print This Article
- Distance: 15.85 miles
- Time in motion: 1 hour 00 minutes 51 seconds
- Average speed: 15.6 mph
- Max speed: 26.9 mph
- Distance: 9.40 miles
- Time in motion: 32 minutes 22 seconds
- Average speed: 17.4 mph
It seems I always eat green Thai curry before a night ride around the palace, as once again I had a belly full of it as I set out from my apartment building at 10:21pm. However, as my stats show, I wasn’t exactly flying around the palace this time, as it was a “mellow” ride, therefore I never even came close to feeling any nausea.
Although I was significantly slower this time than last, I rode much stronger. I got up out of the saddle fairly easily for all three ascents up the backside of the palace loop, where last time I couldn’t even finish the first ascent out of saddle.
What a difference two weeks makes and a 60-mile ride thrown in for training!
As nothing can ever be perfect or without incident, on the third and final back ascent of the loop climb, I was up out of the saddle powering up it, just a few meters from the top when I suddenly heard the distinct sound of pedals churning. For an instant, I thought to myself, “how could another bike be passing me?” I hadn’t seen anyone near me at the bottom of the ascent. Sure enough, a second later some big dog on a full-carbon frame road bike powered passed me, also out of the saddle, passing me just seconds before I reached the top. It was a bit mentally disappointing. There was no chance of keeping pace with that dude.
Then my less than fast lap times were a slight disappointment.
Then it started raining lightly on the final 12-minutes of the ride home.
Such are things in Tokyo.
Still, I’ll remember that focused, single-minded feeling I had while riding for awhile.