To take advantage of the free usage of facilities at Singapore’s new Sports Hub before the promotion ends Aug 17, I booked a lane at the competition pool of the aquatic centre for a morning swim. I was assigned lane 4, the strip normally reserved for the fastest qualifier in a final. Just for that hour this morning, watched over by empty stands, I imagined a raucous crowd cheering me on like an Olympic swimmer. Alas my splits were far from even beating a top kid swimmer, but it was really nice to glide along in such an awesome pool.
I rode to the pool and back on my single speed, a storm-soaked round trip of just over 30k. It was the first time in a long long while that I’d ridden in such torrential rain, eyes pierced by the spear-like drops and body drenched to the bone. I felt so alive.
I also got home so cold and hungry – which was perfect for a light lunch of fish soup chased with waffles and truffle fries a couple of hours later when little M and I caught up with a friend for tea.
Finally got back on the saddle today, the first proper time since Thanksgiving last year (and first time since Amsterdam in March if you count leisurely rides). I missed the wind in the hair and burn in the thighs, but definitely not the silly tanlines!
I was motivated to saddle up again by a very kind invitation from Rapha to ride the Rapha Women’s Prestige on Sept 7 around Mount Yatsugatake in Japan. The 120km route is near Nobeyama in Nagano and will include about 2,000m of climbing. I haven’t yet decided if I am ready to leave the bub alone for a few days, but thought I’d better get my ass in shape just in case I decide to go for the race. Chris thinks I’ll take just 2-3 rides a week to be race ready. Trouble is, I can only peel myself away from little M for an hour or so each day. Today’s ride was 80 minutes and I was already missing her.
Finished off a scorching 10k from home to Changi Village this morn at a fruit juice stall at the food centre.
Me: “Hello, can I have one slice of papaya and two pieces of agar agar please.”
Stall owner guy: “Wah, is it raining outside?”
Stall owner guy (looks me up and down): “Sure or not?”
Me: “Yeah I just sweat a lot.”
Stall owner guy: “Wah I never see before.”
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