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Sat 15 Jul 2006

Return to Vigilante

Category : cycling

Now that I realise I can avoid the pain my left sole by liberal application of a muscle relaxant and riding at a slower pace, I have begun cycling again.

A night ride here, cycle to work, and a recce or two. When I heard there was a slow and late morning (7.30am; this ride usually starts before 6am) Saturday ride to Marina South, I figured this would be a good test case of whether I was really back on the saddle.

So ride we did, at an easy pace - Cat, HQ, Caron & Reon from WAT and Ben. My foot still hurt a little due to the less than liberal application of Bengay this morning. Shouldn't stinge on its application, but I am so afraid I'll leave traces on the floor. The cats (Tiger especially loves it) might lick it and I think the salicylic acid content is poisonous.

Over tosai, besides staring in disbelief at some purported Ming Dynasty pots which Caron helpfully photographed, I mentioned that the full Marina South route now included two climbs besides South Buona Vista - Vigilante Drive which we added in Mar 2004 (see: "Drama on Vigilante"), and Mt Faber, which we added in Mar 2005 (see "First ride up Mount Faber").

Inspired by memories of invigorating rides, I had eyed the turn off to Mt Faber and the exit, Morse Road, on our way back, where I saw some cyclists up and about already. I decided at least to attempt Vigilante Road's 10-18% slopes that lead to pt. 225, now called Heartbreak Climb in the Kent Ridge Mountain Biking Trail.

I nearly gave up, but was urged on by the thought that it would be a significant psychological barrier to overcome during this cycling recovery of mine. After all, the mountain bike's gear would relief me of most of the pain.

And it worked. Slowly but surely I climbed up and even had a brief chat with two mountain bikers who emerged on the trail and struggled up the slope on the inside, protected from the road. I had to weave a little and relax where it flattens out, but the worst was over and I ddid the customary zip round Car Park B. No sign of wither Chi or Max who had joined us briefly for breakfast earlier and who were back inside working on the trails.

I'm encouraged.

Next pre-work ride we can include Mt Faber!

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