Today’s Distance / 今日の走行距離：91.07km
Time on bike / 走行時間：5h 16m
Average speed / 平均速度：17.2km/h
Total distance to date / 現在までの積算距離：518.5km
Money used / 予算使用：40,000KRW (NZ$67, US$41)
I’ve worked it out. The answer to it all lies in one thing.
And other sweet things like Gatorade and more icecreams. You see, I never was one to eat snacks between meals. While in Japan, even if I was given cake or other snacks, they would end up going off in my fridge. I never got around to eating them. Now I realise the truth in my mentor David’s words that sweet things are good (David was a fellow workmate who worked wonders in trying to fatten me up before leaving on the adventure).
I find now that if I have two or three sweet icecreams between my main meals, my body is much happier. Mentally it is much better also. It also takes time to eat an icecream. This gives me a chance to sit down in the shade and cool off for a few minutes before carrying on. Getting on the road by 6:30am each day makes a huge difference also.
I am of course talking about distance. I guess my body is getting used to the weight of the bike over the past ten days, but I am getting some much more reasonable distances under my belt.
Along with distance is time. I can stay on the road for longer. This does however lead to other problems such as ‘ashphalt syndrome’. This is a term that I have coined, however I believe that with the proper research it will soon be proven to be a true and proper phenomenom. That is, when one is subjected to long hours on a strange contraption that allows you to lie back and relax while pedalling, one becomes quite stark raving mad. I offer the following evidence to back up my theory:
- Songs sung today in a very loud voice (about half an hour per song)
– I Will Survive
– It’s a Long Way to Tipareri
– There’s a Hole in Me Bucket (note the ‘me’ rather than ‘my’)
- Accent immitations attempted (also in a very loud voice)
– Most of the characters from the movies Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. My favourite was Hatchet Harry’s henchman along with the bad guy with the pigs out of Snatch.
– Much time was spent perfecting my Scottish accent, with particular emphasis on the ‘r’ sound.
Perhaps this also has something to do with the number of icecreams I consumed today. It may however be just due to the joy I felt after not dying in the freakiest tunnel known to man:
Oh man that was a thriller.