Friday, August 28, 2009
the Recession is striking hard on Dongguan... for a city whose economy is 90% depending on export and with export going down by 25%, well, you can make the math yourselves..
our town government is clearly getting less income from taxes, etc and is out of money.
First they cut on new projects and new road contruction, but now seems also operating costs... in short, no more money to keeps the lights on in the evening for all the roads.
So this is how it looks like at 7pm for the north boulevard.
I went there for a ride and as soon as it got dark, I expected the street light to be on... but no way. So I just went back home. I have to figure out who to manage the situation, even putting lights on the bike would not be a solution...
for reference, this is how it looked like before at the same hour:
Saturday, August 8, 2009
ENG: just back from a 4 hours ride with friends. We climbed the TaiMoShan, the highest peak in HK, 990m high, straight from sea level in 10km...
The heat and humidity are devastating and I felt like I could have thrown myself in the sea at any moment to cool down. At home I gave a look at the temperaure and Accuweather proclaims that the "real feel" is like 51C (124F). Yes, I agree !!!
I got even headache from the sun/heat/humidity
ITA: pedalata di 4 ore con amici. Ci siamo lanciati alla scalata del TaiMoShan, la montagna piu' alta di HK (990m), scalata che parte direttamente dal livello del mare in 10km...
La percezione del caldo puo' essere molto soggettiva, ma c'era un caldo ed un umidita' devastanti...quando sono tornato a casa, il sito di Accuweather dava una "temperatura equivalente" (effetto combinato di umidita' e temperatura) di 51C gradi !!! Le estati a HK sono realmente disumane, ho la testa che mi fa perfino male dal sole e caldo
Friday, August 7, 2009
I know I have been very lazy in blogging and I must thank the comment from William who woke me up from my numbness..
Well, thanks William for the compliments on my charts with the Polar HRM and I hope to start again with a "comeback charth"...
By the way, some of the charts will be used somehow also in this soon-to-be-published book by Matt Fitzgerald, who also read this blog and got interested in my charts...
So I exhort all of you to pre-order the book and give it a read (the title is captivating and the author is one of my favourite read for running-related books..)
(disclaimer: I would not get a penny from the book)
As it is, I could summarize that after 2 months from my last post, the situation with the tendons is gradually improving but they are still painful when I pinch them (especially the right one).
I do not make any previsions for wearing the running shoes: some days seems that it could be over in a week, somes days are simply a "no no".
I just enjoy my time as a biker and try to make the most of my bikes rides now that I have a discrete endurance: last week-end I joined a group of racers for a long training ride all around HK: we hammered down 100km and I am pretty proud to have survived to the end (we started in 30 and finished in 9)
On thursday I joined the crazy "thursday night" workout at Science Park: there are mybe 100+ competive riders who gathers at 8pm for a VERY FAST ride looping around the Park. It is more or less like a race: last night we averaged 42kmh (!!) for 50km (it is 4 km loop and there are 2 U-turns every lap). At the end I was totally spent, but very happy to hang out for the whole time with the lead group.
It really fueled my competitve juices and especially it was really a nice memory of my juvenile years as competive cyclists. Riding in a group, elbow to elbow with kids half my age was a real fun and I want to join the ride more often.
I alternate easy rides to climbs, interval, sprints, almost like a real training for a race...but
I have in a drawer a coaching certificate for up to "Amateur elite", so I know what is the real training in cycling and it is really too demanding and tiring. I really believe that training for a bike race is incredibly more demanding than any training for a Marathon, so I do not plan any come-back to competitive cycling whatever will happen with my tendons...
Lastly, since my bike was becoming a vintage model (I got it as a gift from a frame builder in 1992!!!), I caught an opportunity and bought 2nd hand this splendid Fuji (see above): carbon-frame , Campy Chorus set 10 speed, Mavic wheels and it is really cut on my size.