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
Tonight was a totally different feeling ride around the Imperial Palace.  For one, I never looked at my cycling computer while doing the laps.  This is a radical change.  I am normally obsessively looking at my time and current speed, calculating how I’m doing on each lap in my mind.  
Tonight I was free.

I decided right away, on the fly, to not look at my cycling computer.  The cool October air helped free my mind as well.  All I did was keep my eyes fixed on the road in front of me and my mind thought of only one thing—keep the cranks in motion.  I’ve never had such a single-mindedness like that cycling around the palace.  It felt great. 

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.


4 Responses to “Mello ride around the Imperial Palace in a light rain”

  1. on October 9th, 2008 8:06 AM

    Did you see the naked guy swimming in the moat?

    By the way, I got that virus warning message again when I opened your blog.


    Jason Collin Reply:

    I didn’t see that guy naked swimming guy, it was rather quiet around the palace last night, not even many guards.

    Thanks for the warning about the site, I’ve cleaned up some files, let me know if it still comes up, it shouldn’t though.


  2. on October 22nd, 2008 1:42 AM

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