2011年8月アーカイブ

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In the week leading up to a race how should you train?

There are two theories on this:

1. rest and low intensity "cycling"
2. rest and short rides with periods of medium / high intensity

Yesterday was a rest day. I used the bike just to get to work and back. The beach for a swim in the evening. And in bed for 9 o’clock.

Tuesday’s training: bike to work (17 km)

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Today I did a short ride to work and back. Feeling refreshed, I added a few short climbs of the little pass between Shindou and Kujiranami.

Climb 1: 140 target HR
Climb 2: 150 target HR
Climb 3: 160 target HR
Climb 4: 170 target HR
Climb 5: 170 target HR (big ring / out of the saddle)

Freewheeling down after each climb my heart rate dropped to about 50 HR. A good sign. However, for the last two climbs I had to really push hard to get up to 170 HR. This tells me I need to rest up some more before Sunday's race.

Wednesday’s training: bike to work + Shindou climb x 5

(34 km , 420 m climbing)

「パパ笑って」と息子に言われている和田です。
そんなにしかめっ面してないんだけどな〜

河越さんのブログにもありましたが、
自分もポジション見てもらいました。(時間がなくて簡易的でしたが)

正直、ポジションをいじられるって抵抗がありあました。
とっても個人的な部分でもあり、
日々の練習で気になったところを少しずつ
上げたり、下げたり、前に出したり、後ろに引いたり、
あげくの果てはパーツを変えたり。
日々積み上げてきた聖域だったのに。。。

けど、エノサンの手によってあっという間に別の自転車に。

ポジションあわなかったら正直元に戻してもらおうと
思っていたのに、あら不思議いい感じに。
なんと言ったらいいのか、すぐに「いいな」って違いがわかる。

簡易的でこんなだから、こんど行ってきっちりやってもらったら
こんどはどうなることやら。楽しみ〜。

ポジションで困っている人、なんかしっくりきていない人、
固定観念をとっぱらって見てもらうのは良い事なのではと思いますよ。是非。

さて本日は、急に休みがもらえたので
ニューホイールをシェイクダウン!!!!!
が、体調良くなくて、自転車に乗っているのも辛い!!!

あげくの果て、タイヤサイドをバッサリ切られバースト!。
新品なのに。とほほ。

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じょんのびマニアの皆さん!

こんにちは!夏バテしてませんか?
さて!最近?仕事に目覚めている榎本でありますが?(笑)

バイクフィットは?どうでしょうか?
私も先週いたしまして!
その後?であります!

例のレーザーポインターによると?私の左足は?ほぼ問題は無し!
右足は?黄色いアダプター?が3枚でした!違和感と言うほどではなかったですが?ちょっと不思議?
膝のブレが一発で解消!これには?驚き!(笑)
サドルは?20年以上?735でした!アンディ恐るべし!(笑)860って?(爆)で?ステムは?恒例?の?ショートに!
ポジションの変化か?苦労したストラトスが?まったく!痛みが無くなり!ペダリングの変化も感じられます!

まだのかた!お勧めですぞ!(笑)

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Two days of hard training at the weekend. After racing up Komura Pass and Ogami Dake on Saturday, my legs felt like wood yesterday. After hard riding on the flats and racing up Yahiko on Sunday, my legs felt like lead today.

Time for a rest. But I’m working in Takayanagi today. Of course I’ll ride there. And then there’s Isonobe. Calling me through the morning mist. Well why not? The legs are heavy. The heart doesn’t respond either. About 160 HR is all I can keep. Isonobe, I can feel it!

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I've been training hard recently. Time for a rest tomorrow. Maybe Wednesday too. Want to be raring to go for Sunday's Tokamachi hill climb...

Monday’s training: Takayanagi commute + Isonobe ( 57 km, 500 m climbing)

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40 kmph into a headwind...

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Mt. Yahiko in the clouds

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Yahiko - AJ again!

Sunday's asaren: Yahiko x 1 (113 km, 750 m climbing, 33 kmph)

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new sunrise

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new carbon

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new scandium

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new titanium

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Ogami Dake from the bottom

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Ogami Dake - AJ!

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Sakurazaka ~ Asahi no sato (X NG)

Saturday's asaren: Komura Pass (11:29) ~ Yoshikawa ~ Ogami Dake (full course) ~ Sakurazaka Pass ~ Ishiguro ~ Nota loop

(85 km, 1365 m climbing)

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Cycling is a great sport. Nothing beats the feeling of cresting a climb and shooting down the other side. Group rides too, for the chat and banter. On mornings like today though, the rain belting down,the wind in your face, it can be a lonely sport. Head down. In the drops. Find a rhythm. The mind wanders. Tom Courtenay. The loneliness of the long distance runner

Friday's training: Teradomari return (80 km, 200 m climbing, 33 kmph)

From Kashiwazaki to Matsunoyama onsen takes about 1h 45 mins solo at tempo pace
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Race course:

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Once out of Matsunoyama village, the road picks up:

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After the climb out of the village, the gradient eases off, time to get in the big ring:

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Back into the small chain ring after this left hairpin:

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A tight right hand curve (13%) at 500m to go. The race could be decided here:

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At the top of the steep section, a chance to get in the big ring again:

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Final approach to the finish line:

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Thursday’s asaren: Tokamaschi hill climb course check no.2

(112 km, 1100 m climbing, 30 kmph)

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Komura Pass - start point

Today marks two weeks back in Japan. Two weeks of getting back into serious training. I’ve done some good rides on my own, some excellent group rides and paid due attention to rest.

Today was a chance to test the form on Komura Pass. 20 minutes to the foot of the pass. The perfect warm up. 28 degrees and sweaty.

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The view on the way up

Climb 1 – Full Gas TT (11:06, 173 / 185 HR)

Find a good gear. Tighten the toe straps. Hit the start line. Hit the stop watch start button. Feeling good if not great. Getting up to the high level of exertion is the hardest. Once your there, it’s just a matter of keeping it going.

170HR after the first steep section. Drop a few gears to drive through the next easy section. 180 HR coming out of the second steep section. Drop gears again to keep the momentum going. The last corner. Out of the saddle briefly. Don’t seem to have the killer edge. Keep pace for the line.

Time: 11:06. My PB was 10:41 set way back in 2008 I’ll be trying to get closer to that these coming weeks.

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The gentler upper reaches

Climb 2 – Lactate Threshold 170 HR keep (12:32, 166 / 171 HR)

Holding 170 is easy after the first effort. Go hard on the easy sections. Hold off on the steeper sections. I enjoyed this climb a lot.

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Komura Pass – goal point

Climb 3 – Intervals 30 s / 90 s (13:22, 160 / 179 HR)

30s hard. Out of the saddle, in the big ring. 90s easy. 34 × 25, trying to recover. 7 hard intervals in all. Great training.

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Komura Pass - AJ face

Looking forward to some more hill work tomorrow.

Wednesday’s training: Komura Pass x 3 (45 km, 750 m climbing)

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Riding the rollers? In August!? I must be going soft! I used to ride in the rain in February!

After stripping down my old bike and cleaning each part merticulously, I can't bear the thought of filling them up with gunk and grime just yet. Like J Casablancas of the Strokes up to my neck in sludge....

Well if I'm going to roll, I'm going to roll good

1. Speed Intervals

50 kmph x 5 mins
52 kmph x 5 mins
54 kmph x 5 mins
56 kmph x 5 mins
58 kmph x 5 mins
60 kmph x 5 mins

Without training regularly on rollers, it's difficult to get "in the zone". This gradual increase of intensity worked well. At about 165 HR for the last interval.

2. Muscular Endurance interval

150 HR x 20 mins

No problem holding this HR after the speed intervals.

3. Criss Cross intervals

140 ~ 170 HR x 10 mins (3 intervals)

Getting up to about 165 is easy. It's the last 5 beats that are difficult. Cadence up to about 130 in the 53 × 12.

Total: 60 mins (54 km, 54 kmph, 109 cadence, 145 / 170 HR)

Tuesday's training: Rollers - ride to the music, The Strokes' First Impressions on Earth

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new position, new bike, new motivation

Monday's training: Sakurazaka Pass ~ Ogami Dake ~ Komura Pass loop (56 km, 1000 m climbing)

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A while back, I got my first pair of Assos shorts. I'd always been interested in them, as Andrew always raved about them, but had been a little bit put off by the price.

Well, I have been really impressed by them. So much so that a ride in any other shorts just isn't the same.

I mentioned this on the Tokyo Cyling Club forum. I was surprised when one member John, who hadn't been quite as impressed as I was, offered to give me his pair for free. More surprised when I opened the mail this morning to find two pairs of shorts in there (one pair still has the label attached!).

John, thank you so much for your kindness. I hope I can repay you in some way soon!

「あ〜夏休み〜」も終わってしまった。。。
本日から仕事。

エンジンかかりませ〜ん。

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it all starts with a frame

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the basic build up including 10-speed Dura Ace

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the basic starting point for bike fit

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while riding the bike, lasers are used to measure position

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cycling in a mirror to keep form

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determining the best cycling circles

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determining the best saddle height

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foot positioning to maximise power

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saddle height raised from 83.5 to 86 cm! (2.5 cm up!)

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stem length shortened from 120 to 100 mm (2 cm off!)

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the finished bike

Enosan, 一日ありがとうじょんのび!

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Saturday's asaren: Kashiwazaki ~ Takayanagi ~ Matsudai ~ Matsunoyama ~ T HC course (return)

(120 km, 1350 m climbing, 29 kmph)

ごぶさたしております。
皆さんが野田の周回コースで頑張っているころ、
僕は一人で佐渡へ向かっていました。
8月14日朝6時起床。7時30分自宅を出て、9時30分の直江津発小木行き
フェリーに乗るために。

途中、米山海岸で、遙か向こうにフェリーが見えて、焦りました。
競争です。間に合うかな...。
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自慢の貧脚で飛ばしまくって、
無事船に乗ることができました。
佐渡汽船では、自転車持ち込み
無料キャンペーンを大絶賛実施中..
なハズだったんですが、お盆の
忙繁期は除外...。
(詳しくは佐渡汽船のサイトをご覧下さい)





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持ち込むと¥1,500くらい掛かります。
このように、バックに入れると手荷物扱い
で1/3の¥500ほどで済みました。
という訳で
いざ日本海の北に浮かぶ孤島、佐渡へ。



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佐渡弁は語尾に「ちゃ」がつきます。
でも、だからといって、適当な言葉に
ちゃちゃちゃ付けてたら、
嫁(佐渡出身)に激怒されました。
皆さんも気を付けましょう(笑)



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佐渡では名所旧跡をめぐり、







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思いっきり観光しました。
(切り株てなんだオイ)











でも調子に乗って佐渡を舐めていたら、途中で道に迷い、

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午後2:00 気温33度

死にました。
携帯は圏外。
ちなみに1時間近くさまよって、
人家はおろか車とのすれ違いすらありません。やばい。


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なんとか峠を抜けたと思ったら、
まだ超えなくてはならない山が...。






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最後の峠を越え、ようやくゴールが見えてきました。
遠く彼方に見える平野の奥が、ゴールです。
※この後、気力体力尽き、ゴール写真を撮るのを
忘れてしまいました。トホホ...。




本日のコース
柏崎-直江津港(フェリー)小木港-羽茂-
真野-畑野-新穂-両津。
ちなみに本日のポラールでの計測による
総走行距離は84.9kmでした。

というわけで、命からがら夏の佐渡を満喫しました。
佐渡島はとっても良いところです。皆さんもいかがですか?
(よい子のみんなは事前の下調べを念入りにね!)
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This is the definition of my life...

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Thursday's asaren: Sakurazaka Pass ~ Ogami Dake ~ Komura Pass loop (56 km, 1000 m climbing)

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  • 30 minutes warm up
  • 1 minute hard (20 s standing, 40 s in the drops) / 2 minutes easy x 10 sets (30 minutes)
  • 15 minutes recovery
  • 15 minutes 150 HR, 90 cadence / 5 minutes easy x 3 sets (45 minutes)
  • 15 minutes warm down

Total: 2h 30

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Wednesday's asaren: Teradomari loop (85 km, 250 m climbing, 34 kmph)

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お疲れ様でした!
走って美味しいビール
楽しめたでしょうか(o^∀^o)
 
 
ワタクシ…
まさかの目の下を蚊に?刺され…
写真どころではない状態でした(笑)
一応写真は全員写したつもりですが…
『自分いない!』
ってことがあったらすみません。
 
https://picasaweb.google.com/101454118258359092371/10020110814?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIPRuazZjvruiwE&feat=directlink
 
またよろしくお願いします(o^-')b
ありがとうございました!

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If Id been on my new Lynskey this morning, I'd be writing about how well the bike responds. How easy it is to find a rhythm on the climbs. Powerful on rolling terrain. Great acceleration on the flats. But no, I was on the VITUS.....

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Met up with Yoshida san and Kitano san at 5:30. 23 degrees, nice and cool. Today's menu, a loop of Shiba Toge and a climb of Isonobe.

As always, Kitano san is fast out of the blocks. I can't keep up on the first big climb. He slows down on the flatter upper reaches.

“Mada toge jyanai yo! Achi da yo!” An improvised sprint finish. AJ!

The next climb up to the tunnel. I'm well off the pace on this one. About 100m back at the summit.

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Now for the rolling terrain Ishiguro ~ Takayanagi. My territory. I drill it here. Fast on the descents. Carry the momentum over the climbs in the big ring.

Next up the climb up to Shiba Toge. We meet Murayama san on the way down. He must head out at 4:00! I lock onto Kitano san's wheel. He's in a big gear. His pedaling fluid and strong. This is the training I need. The carrot on a stick.

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We turn left for the climb up to the onsen. Into the mist. The steepest part. I can't follow here. 3rd man at the top. But here we go again. The rolling terrain. Like being on the top of the world here. I drill it. Drill it.

I descend the other side with Yoshida san. A mail from Kitano san. He has a flat tyre at the top. Time to climb it again.

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Next up Isonobe. At last I find my rhythm. No heart rate belt today so riding on sensations. Feeling good. Throw a bottle out to get up more speed. Using a few gears. 38 × 27 on the steepest parts. AJ at the top.

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Last the ride back to Enosan's shop. From the top of Isonobe it takes 40 minutes. Three up rotation. Keeping the speed in the 45 ~ 50 kmph range. On the front in the outer top. This is what it's all about.

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As we reach CS Enosan at 8:30, it's starting to get hot. Asaren is definitely the best way to get good training in at this time of year.

Thank you Kitano san and Yoshida san!

Tuesday's training: Shiba Toge loop + Isonobe (85 km, 1200m climbing)

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Elvis made the best comeback ever. Reinventing himself as a show stop singer Big band. Orchestra. Gospel singers. Pulled out all the stops. Viva Las Vegas!

I’ve changed my comeback plan after Minami Uonoma RR was postponed and the JBCF TT Championships turns out to be only 4.5 km long (the drive to Saitama is harder than the race!)

New plan:

· September 4 Challenge Hillclimb Series 2011 1st stage - Tokamachi
· September 24 Challenge Hillclimb Series 2011 2nd stage – Kitakata
· October 16 Sado hillclimb or Wajima (JBCF)
· October 23 Japan Cup Road Race
· November 6 Minami Uonoma Road Race

Viva Tokamachi!

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Sunday was the じょんのび marathon.

As usual it was very hot! 11 km course with ups, downs and no flats! 10 laps. 110 km / 1560 m climbing.

19 riders set out at 8 am. The first lap was supposed to be done slowly but Murayama san was at the front driving the pace. “Parade Pace” he calls it!

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By the start of the second lap, there was a top group of 4, Yoshida san, Murayama san, Sagara san and me.

Yoshida san was off the front quite a bit. Looking good on the climbs. Making some big gaps.

I realized quickly that my advantage was on the descents. Hitting 65 kmph plus each time (top speed 69 kmph). I gapped the other 3 on each descent, forcing them to work a bit to get across at the bottom.

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The pace was good. I was hitting 180 HR on each climb. I was glad I took a rest the day before. I took a bottle a lap and ate something on the long descent on each lap.

By lap 5, we were down to two, Murayama san and me. I missed a bottle on lap 6 and he was kind enough to share his.

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After lap 7 we made a full stop to get drinks and food. From here the race proper would begin.

I put in a few small attacks on the descents, to try to decide where to attack later.

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Two years ago, Murayama san attacked me on the last climb. I was on the limit for the entire lap and couldn’t respond.

Three years ago I attacked on the long descent on the 8th lap and managed to keep away to the finish.

This year I decided to go on the 9th lap on the long descent.

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Up until the 8th lap, I had done all the work on the front. I let him come around for a long pull on lap 8 and took in food and drink.

On the 9th lap I put in my attack as planned. Each lap I’d eaten at this point, so I think I caught him by surprise.

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Looking back under my arm I could see the chase was on. I was freewheeling keeping down as low as possible. He was pedaling hard.

About 15 km to go. Time trial mode. I kept the gap on the descent. I held it on the valley floor too. Now if I could just keep it over the climb out of Betsumata….

But he’s getting closer, closer, time to ease off. He’s back on.

Into the final lap.

“This is the last one Andy!”.

“I gave it all there. I’m finished!”

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I lock onto Murayama san’s wheel. We’re climbing R353. I look down. 35 kmph. 180 HR. Drafting!

Turn left. Out of the saddle. The left leg is cramping. Locked at 6 o’clock.

A quick leg rub. The next climb. Locked at 6 o’clock again.

Murayama san is too strong. I just can’t follow any longer. I don’t give up though. There’s always a chance. Push it all the way to the finish.

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Happy with 2nd place. Happy with my performance. Happy with the training. A good ride for the last ride on my carbon bike.

After the race was the usual BBQ. Thank you to Enosan’s family for the great food, great beer (draft Malts!) and great atmosphere.

Sunday’s training: 110 km, 1560 m climbing, 152 / 187 HR av / max

PC不調で残り10時間を切ってしまいましたが、明日サイクルマラソンが行われます。

andy曰く「JAPAN CUPと似たコース」、今更ながらコースをご紹介致します…。



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・柏崎市街から国道353号を南下、野田の交差点を左折します



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・ほどなくして野田小学校の建物が見えてきます



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・その左の広場が集合場所になります



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・そのままスタート位置になります



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・スタートしてすぐに先ほどの野田交差点を左折、国道353号を南下します



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・そのまま平坦基調(実際は若干上り)を進み「清水谷」の標識を左折します



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・「清水谷」標識



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・いよいよ上りが始まります



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・そのまま道なりに上り続け、ドン突きを左折します



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・すぐに現れる二又は右へ、橋のある方向に上っていきます



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・橋を渡りきるとひとまず上りはひと段落、初めての下りに入ります



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・下り切るとまた上ります



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・また上り切ったらまたまた下ります



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・さて下り切ったら、その先はコンセンサスが取れてません…。自己責任でとにかく県道25号を目指して下さい



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・とにかく写真左に見える廻谷峠を目指して下さい…



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・こんな感じの道を上ります



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・(この写真はなんだったっけ…)



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・この標識が見えたら、あとは下りです



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・鵜川を越えたら、ふりだしに戻ります



これを先頭の方が10周するまで繰り返します。

お盆の時期ですので普段より交通量が多いです。

皆様安全運転と体調管理に十分留意した上で頑張りましょう!
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sun breaking through the clouds above Ogami Dake

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the last twist before the top

sunflowers in full bloom

I took on the Ogami Dake loop from the "easy approach" today. I want this loop to form the basis of my training in August. It's really tough after a few weeks off the bike and in this heat. Hopefully it will become easier.

A rest day planned for tomorrow in preparation for the 110 km marathon on Sunday...

Friday's training: Sakurazaka Pass ~ Ogami Dake ~ Komura Pass loop (56 km, 1000 m climbing)

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Got back in Kashiwazaki at 15:30 today. More than 24 hours on the road. A quick search for bottles and kit, pump up the tyres, on the road by 16:00. “Jitensha Bakka!” says the mother-in-law....

I met Sagara san in Nota. I introduced him to Komura Toge and then a lap of this Sunday's じょんのび marathon course

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After almost a month off the road bike, I was planning to take it easy but having someone riding along side you makes you push yourself perhaps twice as hard as you would normally.

Got the HR up to 180 on Komura Pass and the race course too.

We'll meet up again for some asaren tomorrow. Providing I can get up......

Wednesday's training: Komura Pass x 1, じょんのび marathon course x 1 lap (45 km, 500 m climbing)

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じょんのびマニアの皆さん!こんにちは!

今年の夏も!猛暑が続いておりますが?走ってますか?
先日!榎本より!ツールド能登の申し込み確認メールが行ったかと思いますが!なかなか人数が少ないようです!
宿の貸し切りも難しいかもしれません!
申し込みまだのかたは!まだ?受け付けてもらえるようですので!申し込み後!榎本まで連絡をお願いします!
よろしくです!!

鈴音君!写真修正よろしくです!!

取り急ぎこちらでもアナウンスを…。

・8/14(日)AM8:00、野田小学校集合(途中参加可能)。
・寄付金1,000円、納涼会費1,500円
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Our 3 week break in the UK is coming to an end. I’ve been trying to balance the Elvis lifestyle and the training lifestyle. My mum seems amazed that I can drink till 12 and still get up at 5 for training. “It takes practice” I tell her. However, it can’t go on forever. I was glad to wake up to rain this morning and roll over back to sleep.

We are now in “omiyage” souvenir shopping mode. I spent my money before I got here with a new frame, forks and saddle. The top end Lynskey looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to get it built up. Enosan, yoroshiku!

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Yesterday I got an England shirt “that fits!” for Yusuke. I couldn’t resist the yellow goalkeeper’s top for Suzuoto too. Mellow Yellow!

It’s 16 degrees here today. Half of what it will be when we get back to Japan. I’m really motivated to get out on my bike for asaren and to hit the beach with Luke in the evenings....

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The “Isle of Skye” is the name the locals give to Saddleworth Moor between Greenfield and Holmfirth. Like the real Isle of Skye in Scotland, it’s barren, cold and windswept.

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The climb up to the top out of Greenfeld village is perhaps the longest local climb around these parts. Steep enough to get the heart rate up to 170.

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Nice views of Chew Valley and Dovestones reservoir below. There are 3 false summits, you think you are the top, only for it to be another corner. Once you hit the top, the wind slaps you in the face like no other.

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I drop down enjoying the speedy descent. Take a left half way down at Binn Green, the entrance to the Peak District. A quick loop of Dovestones reservoir. Home via Grains Bar before the rain.

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Saturday’s asaren: MTB on road / off road (2h 5 mins, 750 m climbing)

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We spent a few days in a lovely caravan in Pendleton north Lancashire. This was our base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

The area of Pendleton itself is very beautiful. I took the opportunity to explore the area on foot with some asaren running.

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Pendleton is walking country, or better still fell running country.

Pendle Hill dominates the landscape. Its 1831 ft (583 m) tall and shaped like a big whale. The hill is famous for witches and it’s not surprising in this eerie landscape.

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I picked up a local walking map. There is a whole network of paths up and down and around the hill. But the one that interests me is the one I can see from the caravan while having a beer studying the maps. Like a scar cutting steeply and diagonally up to the peak.

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Up at 5:30. Glass of water. Drive through the small villages of Roughlee and Barley. A small “Public Bridleway” sign. This could be it. Park up. Photo of the sun coming up. Run up the lane. Lots of rabbits. More sheep. Two cattle grids. A couple of farms. Turn right. Another sign. A steep road going up. Bingo!

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This track goes straight up! Rocks packed together like a dry stone wall. I want to run up, but the best I can manage is “brisk hiking”.

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I reach the top in a surprisingly short time. The “Beacon” marks the summit. Fantastic panoramic views. Rain clouds to one side. Sunshine the other.

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The top of the hill is Barley Moor. A wide expanse of peat and heather. Perfect for running on. A fell runner’s dream. I run along the whale’s back and down to the tail until boggy conditions and the first drops of rain turn me back.

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Down the hill. Back home. Shower. Put the fire on! Breakfast to the sound of rain falling on a tin roof. Perfect!

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Thursday’s training: Pendle Hill fell run (1h 20 mins)

Friday’s training: Pendle valley run (1h)

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Back up Marsden Moor this morning to check out the fantastic views I missed yesterday. The views don’t disappoint. It’s wet and miserable on our side of the Pennines, but brighter on the Yorkshire side. Good news as we’ll be driving over to York for a day trip today.

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From the top of the Moor I take a right signposted as the “West Yorkshire Cycle Route”. This is an old Roman road, straight as an arrow and with some cobbles still visible at the edge of the road.

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Cross over the M62, the highest motorway in England. Drop into Ripponden.

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Back on the A62 over Saddleworth Moor. Lots of idiot drivers on this road, driving faster than most would on the motorway running parallel to it.

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Drop down into Denshaw, Grains Bar and home.

Tuesday’s asaren: MTB road (2h, 800 m climbing)

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Up at 5 today. Haven’t been able to get up the last 2 mornings after a boozy weekend.

Feels good to be out on the bike in the drizzle. Fresh after 2 days “rest”. The plan is a loop over Marsden Moor down into Slaithwaite and back over Stanedge Moor.

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Feel good on the first pass from Newhey to Denshaw. Pick up Huddersfield Road. A beautiful climb this one. But the higher we go, the thicker the mist gets.

At the top visibility is poor. I head down into Yorkshire but the visibility is worse here. This road has little traffic but the road over Stanedge could be dangerous.

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Time for a U-turn. Stop to check the Pennine Way. This hiking route runs along the top of the Pennine hills or the backbone of England.

The path looks surprisingly well maintained. I try to get over to Stanedge this way (1.8 miles). However after about a mile, it becomes impossible to follow the trail. The mist is so thick here. Don’t fancy get lost up here.

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Back to Huddersfield Road. Drop back down to Denshaw. Climb to Grains Bar. Take the old road over the top of Grains Bar and the steep descent into Delph village.

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The weather has improved a bit so I take the climb up to Stanedge. U turn. Back over Grains Bar and home.

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Monday’s training: MTB on road / off road (2h 40 mins, 900 m climbing)

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