Can’t wait to get back to you, Hong Kong…
Archive for sport
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.