Hong Kong: This weekend I managed to get back into the saddle after an eight day hiatus from cycling, due to an illness. This hiatus felt more like eight weeks, and perhaps the only silver lining from being grounded was the chance to watch some television. In itself a novel concept: a TV executive who watches television.
So as I climbed back into the saddle on Saturday morning, the voice of Seinfeld’s George Costanza (I’mmm Back!) echoed. The weather was beautiful and the pollution abated. During the time on the couch I lost much strength and too much momentum in training. So when I cycled 78 miles on Saturday, I felt good about the result. After all, that’s an average day on my forthcoming transcon ride.
But my 45 mile Sunday ride, however, was a different story. I went from my home to The Peak to Shek O and back. The Peak is at 1600 feet, and starting from nearly sea level that makes for a good climb. By the time I rolled into Cyberport to join a Sunday dim sum lunch in Cyberport, I was wiped out. Although the har gau and cha su bau did provide enough fuel for me to cycle the last mile home. I have alot of conditioning ahead of me.
Today I also resumed my weekday morning routine, doing the nearby Bowen Path — a rigorous 500 foot climb in about a mile — thrice. It was enough to work up a good appetite for breakfast, and it’s a great workout. This hilly, car-free path is popular among elderly Hong Kongers who practice tai chi, Chinese opera, or just slowly walk up the hill. One woman serenaded me this morning, as I cycled by, dripping sweat. (Or was she telling me to get off the road?)