I suffered through the heat this long weekend for 3 short rides, 60, 80 and 95 kilometers, leaving home before 7AM and returning a few hours later, my energy drained completely by 95 degree (35-36 degrees celsius) heat and humidity. The Sunday and Monday rides each wiped me out, leaving me flat on my back for the afternoon.
My last (pre-accident) ride of any length was 10 weeks ago, and I return to the bike with weakened legs, a few kgs of extra weight (all in my stomach area, to which other fat also seems to have migrated), weakened back muscles (my back ached each day), and a need to avoid putting my full weight on my left arm, which is still healing and still quite weak. How long is the road back?
Somehow, during the time I was away, Mr. Fuji turned from white to pale gray, barely distinguishable from the summer haze.
As I took this photo from the path and munched down an energy bar, having run out of gas only 16-17 km from home, I saw two riders in Positivo Espresso kit heading down the road below me. I remounted and headed down the path, maybe 150 meters behind them. They just made the green light at Sekidobashi, and I needed to go under the bridge, losing them. I stopped for a real rest at the 7-11 near Y’s, and continued out toward Takao. When I arrived at Takao, Michael H. and Graham D. were just finishing up their rest. I followed about 10 minutes behind them up the hill west of Takao, turning around 1/2 way up to head for home.