Hong Kong, Sunday May 16: My confidence is returning. I recovered well from yesterday’s century ride and decided on more ambitious training this morning. I climbed The Peak twice. At 1600 ft above sea level, this is a nice little workout, especially the section with an 18% slope which, for me, requires some major huffing and puffing. Here’s a view from The Peak taken on my second summit of the morning:
After conquering The Peak a second time, I cruised along the south side of Hong Kong island where I grabbed lunch at the American Club (General Tao’s tangy chicken and steamed rice, in case you’re interested). After lunch I did the Shek O circuit until I reached 60 miles for the day.
Would you believe this scene is in Hong Kong? This is taken at Tai Tam reservoir, on the way to Shek O, on an overcast afternoon.
My altimeter said I had climbed a total of 6500 feet today. Of course, my altimeter also says my flat is at -286 feet, which would make sense if I live at the Dead Sea. But I live about 100 feet (who’s counting) above sea level. Although the baseline of my altimeter is way off, if it reasonably tracks the magnitude of my climbs, then today’s ride was harder in climbing than any single day I will encounter while in the US.
Slowly — very slowly — I feel like I am finally getting conditioned for the big ride.