Daily Archives: March 3, 2010

Wednesday Night Cycle: Of The Competitive & The Talkative

Tampines – Changi Coastal Road

31.68 km

1hr 24m 03s

22.62 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/825126762833833262

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/172791

Notes:

What a huge difference it made when cycling alone compared when riding with a partner or in a group. The distance seemed longer and the boredom was palpable. There was no one to have a chat with to break that monotony and the only company were the surroundings and sonorousness to your every breath. Easy breathing means the terrrain is relatively flat or downhill while laborious respiration indicates a positive gradient.

Apart from that, the other thing I like to look out for during cycling is if there’s any cyclist/s in front because as slow as I am, I have that teeny-weeny streak of competitiveness in me and I am sure everyone else does too. So with target in sight, I love to see if I can pass him/her. If I am successful, well the feeling of satisfaction is rewarding enough. But usually I would not be in front long enough as the overtaken cyclist/s would surely try his/her hardest to regain back his/her lead. That was exactly the case just now as I traded places with a cyclist in a cool Firefox cycling jersey. Our silent battle was indeed fun but sad to say he emerged the winner.

Till next time…

While on my way back, I met an uncle returning from work, riding his Hasa mountain bike along Loyang Avenue. Initially he tried to make small talk with the usual banter. But his chatter continued everytime we stopped at the traffic lights. Though I was happy to entertain, I was really trying to get back as quick as possible which in turn would lead to a higher average speed. I managed to shake him off but my conscience has been saying that I shouldn’t have done that. He just had a long day at work and the least I could do was to engage in a light conversation since we were going the same way. That way the long journey back for him would feel shorter.

I think I need to reevaluate myself.

Till then…