Farewell late starts. Hello 5AM alarms.
This past weekend we saw summer weather and temperatures in May. I thought we had another month before scorching hot weather, but it’s clear Spring was happened for a few days and we immediately jumped to summer.
Saturday, we went up Leng Shui Keng via the satellites and I don’t think I have felt that shitty for a long long time. Not sure if it’s the lack of sleep, heat or poor nutrition, or a combination of all of those, but I haven’t felt great in the saddle for nearly a month.
If it wasn’t for the random guy that was following me for the second half of the route, I’m 100% sure I would’ve finished in 60+ minutes where, normally, when I take it easy, it’s a 53-55 minute effort.
Despite not feeling good from the second I stepped out the door, it was worth getting up and suffering. The weather could not have been more perfect up at 800m with clear blue skies, nearly no pollution and a very nice cool breeze in the air. We had some slower members join the ride, so we sat at the Leng Shui Keng visitor center for 20 minutes or so to bask the glory.
On my way down Zhong Hu I had to stop for this pic:
Unfortunately, Jing Shan side of YMS wasn’t as clear as the LSK side, but still a sight you don’t get to see often.
The next day I met up with a local friend of mine that enjoys exploring new climbs and stopping for a long coffee breaks. Once in awhile, you just need a more relaxed ride where you can chat and explore. Training loses its appeal when it stops being fun and becomes a job.
We made our way over to 北47-1 where we expected a pretty rough 10km long climb, but it really wasn’t as bad as we thought. The only bad part was that the steep sections had the worst road conditions and riding out of the saddle was a bit dangerous as times. There’s a one or two Strava segments for this climb where it’s from the bottom all the way to Helen’s https://www.strava.com/segments/9722103?filter=following and another that ends where the pure climbing ends https://www.strava.com/segments/736456?filter=following
Aside from the lead up via Shenkeng 7-11, the climb is actually very well shaded and good for cycling in the heat of the summer. Highly recommended!
AQI was shite this day, so I didn’t take any pics of nature. Here’s what we had at Helen’s. We followed up by sitting and lounging for 1.5 hours. I like these kinds of rides.
Luckily, the condition that I experienced the day before had settled, but I wasn’t back to 100%. I think it comes down to lack of sleep…which I think I will get plenty of this week. I got an FTP test sometime this week or early next week once I’m fully recovered.