Ride Sunday 17th August @07:30 Yanokuchi to some hills.

wexford

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#1
Very unorganized but thought I'd fire this out. Planning to ride from Yanokuchi out route 19 over some hills and do 2 or 3 hilly loop-de-loops before heading back. I do this route quite a lot on the weekends now that I find it hard to get out further with the baby. 3 loops, plus the way out there should get us as 900m in 80km or so (100 for me back to Meguro).

Here is a strava activity link when I did this before. Been ages since I managed 3 loops though.
http://www.strava.com/activities/126991653

Meet at Lawsons at 07:30 - https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place...m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x9aaf689ab312240f?hl=en

I'll wear a TCC jersey so I'll be easy to spot perhaps. I'll wait there until about 07:40 before heading on. Pace will be 30kmph or so on the flats and as much as I can muster on the climbs without killing myself for the next one or the way home. WATT (for) me (me) thinks.

PM me if you will come.
 

wexford

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Jul 3, 2012
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Tokyo
#3
I arrived on time for my own ride to find a TCC jersey and another foreign looking face already at Lawsons. I was quite surprised as nobody PM'd me but I thought I'd wait the 10 minutes anyway just in case. Turns out the lads were on a different ride so I was flying solo regardless. That's fine by me as it lets me die my own death in private.



The 3 lads were heading out the same road to Yabitsu so I convinced them to wait until 7:40 before tagging onto the back for a nice tow. They were doing a handy 38kmph for the first part and I don't think I've ever arrived at the loop so fast. We took turns at the front and I got to do wakadai up front which was nice as I hate to love that hill. We went our separate ways at the 7-eleven which starts the loop.

I think the weather these days is really helping me. No sun today. I managed to get 3 loops done. After 3 loops I was starting to wonder what the uphills would be like as downhills and vice versa so I did a reverse loop. Turns out the reverse (clockwise in this case) is a lot easier than the normal loop I do. As I approached the combini, for the 4th time, I decided I really wanted to do that huge downhill again and off I flew on my 5th loop. The loop is about 10km as far as I know (I never actually checked).



My last loop, on the last short 11% hill I finally realized the power of battery assisted bikes as I completely failed to get near a lady riding up the beast in the saddle on her chari. Feck. I was just glad that she didn't pass me on the hill and that she was already in front.

Was glad to stop at the combini after all that hard work. I think I stayed there about an hour and ate and drank various things. That's where I ran into a very genki @zenbiker and one of his mates. It was great to meet you too!

I had a lot of leg cramping issues on this ride. My calves cramped earlier in the ride and around Noborito when I was enjoying some nice 40kmph cruising both legs cramped in the same place. Not really sure what all the muscles are called in there but I guess it was my hamstrings towards the inside of my legs. A bit of stretching at a traffic light fixed that up and got me home. But I did take it pretty easy after that.

Total ride was 121km and 1337m of climbing. Pretty happy with that. Awesome weather and awesome day in the saddle.