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Sun 24 Oct 2004

NUS training ride - Getting a workout

Category : cycling

Ham It! warned me that the Sunday morning group of the NUS centennial training rides was fast but I guess it didn't sink in.

They are also early, which is wonderful - I reached the SRC meeting point on the dot at 8.30am and no one was in sight. I finally thought of calling Tommy who had said he'd keep head honcho Alec Kuok company in the safety vehicle. He said they had left at 8.20am and were now heading into Upper Bukit Timah.

I thought I'd give it a shot anyway - sprinting after them without break, I managed to catch up at Kranji. Along the way I shook off an incorrect diversion at the Clementi-Bukit Timah junction by traffic police. They thought I was hot on the heels of the Action Asia race leaders whom I earlier saw frantically repairing a puncture at Pandan. They overtook me and pulled me along briefly with their pace. Its the same race Ling the Merciless was taking part in this morning.

Spent by that effort, I thought I had no idea the NUS group would begin to ride even faster - as one rider pointed out later. Aargh!

Added to the pain was my mistaken impression that we were just doing the Kranji loop and would head back to NUS soon after - hey I could cope; struggle but cope. I obviously forgot Antzzz's trip accounts. Sure enough, at the end of Neo Tiew Road, the rider ahead, barely in view, turned right towards Lim Chu Kang Road end. 'Hey, wait a minute! Oh no!" I thought of Ham It's introduction to Lim Chu Kang in August 2003!

I barely survived. But I could still talk and soon found myself scrambling after the group heading south towards Boon Lay. NUS was close by, I would survive. Wait! Did someone say Tuas? I didn't let on but was groaning again inside!

Well it was a training session for our ride to KL so it should be painful. This session certainly was, and I limped in to each break point some five minutes after everyone else. I was trying to find my reserves but my thigh muscles were spent from the mangrove recce and the Ride for Hope, and a second wind never came.

One of two NUS Cycling Club riders kept watch over me, which was very nice. When they finally all sprinted ahead on the last stretch in West Coast, the group was stopped by a police car. Heh-heh, that allowed me to catch up. One rider was let off with a warning for jumping a red light. When I drew up, the officer said to me "just keep left!" Hmm..what was that about? I just accepted the advice and we all carried on.

I lost the group again in seconds and was soon labouring up Kent Ridge Crescent - the old admin slope, a real killer I always ride up for some strange reason. Cramps that I had been fighting off since Lim Chu Kang hit me - what a day for my deep heat to go missing! I struggled off the bike, hit the ground, and reached out to set the bike stand with my hand. Rather unfortunately for some fierce ants, I sat on them, but managed to ease the cramps quickly and got off them quickly enough I hope.

I thought of Ling the Merciless on her adventure race today to whom this might all be quite amusing. I guess I was in a personal race today and it turned out to be a gentle suggestion to start improving quickly!

This was intended to complement Antzzz accounts since she's busy with assignments this week

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