Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Training - Week 1

The first week of Tour de Timor training went relatively well. I rode about 160km, not counting riding to and from work and basketball. Legs, delicate bits and cardiovascular system didn't have too much trouble at all; my wrists however are another matter entirely.

I rode to Manatuto on Saturday. It was 68km from our house and took 3 hours and 10 minutes (with 3 medium sized hills). My wrists felt a little numb afterwards, but I didn't realise anything was majorly wrong until I tried to chop some vegetables later that night and kept dropping the knife. At yoga yesterday I was trying to point my fingers and the little finger on my right hand was pointing off at 45 degrees. It doesn't hurt, exactly, it just feels kind of numb and won't really do what I tell it.

Curious... I suppose this is what nerve damage feels like.

I think I need some gloves...

Tour de Timor

Despite never having ridden further than about 30km in one sitting before, I plan to enter the Tour de Timor. I'm starting from a pretty low base, but hey, if Tour de France people can ride 3,500km over 3 weeks, surely I can handle a measly 350km in one week.

My dad used to be a keen amateur triathlete and he recently told me that you're not a real cyclist until you can finish an 80km time trial in 2 hours (note: apparently, he was never a real cyclist). My relatively fast cruising speed on my mountain bike is about 30km/hr so (with knobbly tires and running shoes without clips), on the way back from my first training ride last week I decided to try to sprint the last kilometre or two at 40km/hr to see how I went.

I turned on the gas once I hit the port. I start sprinting... I check my speedo: 34.5. I push harder... 36.4. Push again... 38.0... 38.0... 38.4... 39.8... 40.0 and then my foot slipped off the pedal...

I decided to finish the rest of the ride at my normal cruising pace of 30km/hr...

I think I still have a ways to go...