I’m not the only one riding every weekend am I?
This week a few of our regular members were doing the two day challenge from Luodong, Yilan to Wu Ling. So we have a small different group and a different ride this past Saturday. My usual partner in crime for picking the route is Jurriaan, since he was one of the members not in town this weekend. It was down to me to make the executive decision.
I chose, Qin Jin Rd, in Xi Zhi district. I saw the elevation map on my mapped route on Strava and knew it would be steep, but I’ve been training pretty hard and it should be a good challenge. Turns out I woke up not feeling 100% and after an initial wrong turn at the foot of the mtn (that ended up being a very steep hill) that drained a lot of my energy, we got onto the correct road and I suffered for 45 minutes and even had to get off and walk at two points on the route. I’m not sure if it was the lack of sleep or allergies throughout the week that hindered my strength on Saturday, but I wasn’t too happy with my performance. I’m not a big believer in walking.
My initial plan was to climb that mountain (Sha Tian) and head north and climb Wu Zhi Shan. However, everyone in the group had other obligations and everyone was pretty beat from the initial climb, so we rolled back down into Xi Zhi and towards Song Shan for a late coffee.
All in all, not too many complaints from the group about the route being too steep, but the route was so tough, it was so tough it was borderline not enjoyable (in my opinion). Usually I like a good training ride, but this one just sucked the energy and life out of me. I guess that can happen when it’s way too steep.
The video isn’t my best work since I had to rush it out for some members to see. I know my videos lack interaction, so I’ll work to better it this upcoming or next week.