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15
Mar
10

I gave my folks a surprise and they gave me one !

I was supposed to ride to Horsley Hills with other folks which was 2 days ride (170+170). But, sadly, I had to be back in the city to attend some class by 4 pm. Hence had to drop the ride outright. To reduce the regret I planned to join them till Devanahalli and turn back. We started at around 4.45 am at Jayadeva Hospital. Good folks, must say. I enjoyed riding n chatting with them. But it wasn’t for long, we reached Devanahalli by 6.45 am and I bid good-bye to them, repenting of course. I wasn’t any tired at that point and to the fact that it was just 22 km to Chikkaballapur (my granny’s place) from there and that my parents were there that day, without any more thought I cycled ahead to strike them with a surprise. I reached Chikkaballapur by 7.45 am. They were indeed surprised, but I got a bigger one, I gotta know that it was their anniversary that day !! (Cursed myself for having forgotten it and for not having wished them the first after striking them, it would have been a double-dhamaka-surprise :\) However felt good for having met them on the day, wishing them and taking blessings. Good Saturday eh, after all ? 🙂 Had breakfast, and got back on to the saddle, pedaling my way back to Bengaluru at 9.30 am and reached home at 1.30 pm. Good music on my sansa clip+, hydration fluid and a Gatorade drink, all compensated the scorching heat of the noon Sun. I also doused my head with water at a fuel pump to beat the heat. The breeze, for the next couple of miles, cooled the tiny water droplets and hence the faster I pedaled more cooler I felt :). Quite a ride it was, for that day.

I ended up scribbling a lot, I guess 😛

Ride stats —

The day: Saturday, 13th March 2010

Route: JP Nagar – Chikkaballapur – JP Nagar

Total distance covered: 150 km

Time on saddle: 7 hours

Average speed: 21.4 kmph

Current odometer reading : 2225 km

24
Jan
10

Lazy Sunday morning ? No, not for me

Brief intro to the cyclist in meI loved cycling in my school days, its been 7 years since then, all through this period I missed cycling a lot. It was more evident by how unfit I was compared to my good ol’ school days. So, being a health conscious me and to the painful fact that putting on weight for me, if I do not workout regularly no matter what diet I follow, is the next easiest thing to adding 1+1, damn, and to my undying love towards cycling, I wanted to get back to cycling to keep myself fit and get back in shape. Hence, buying a uber cool cycle was in my wish-list since I finished my engineering. And that’s why ended up buying Merida Matts 20 MD bicycle for whopping 21,500 INR about three months back. But, it is total VFM.. how ? in later posts may be. That is how I am, if I need to buy something I do intense research and try to buy a quality product, even if it makes me to wait long so that I can save some penny to shell out. Since then, I have been cycling quite a lot, small 10-20 km rides preparing for Bengaluru Cyclothon to start with, and then the Cyclothon, and many 100+ km rides almost every weekend along with the fellow cyclists from Bangalore Bikers Club (read BBC, we call it so). I have grown to a cycling maniac now, long rides have almost become my pakka weekend plan, if there is nothing more critical work lined up.

Ok ! So, as per my pakka weekend ride plans I was supposed to ride to a water stream near Anchetti, 170 km round trip, yesterday with BBC riders. It would have been my second time to that place had I done it yesterday, but as some other work showed up, I couldn’t do that ride. Having missed that ride I wanted to counter it with a small ride within the city today. I thought of joining the weekly Sunday morning Go-Green rides. Today. strangely, I woke up late for the first time to miss that ride. I have managed to wake up without alarms with even just 3 hr sleep many times before to join rides. Without regretting much knowing that solo rides are quite a fun too I started off at 8AM taking turns randomly.  All I wanted was to cover atleast 40 km. Surprisingly, on this ride I could manage to get in to Cubbon Park, I had thought cycling isn’t allowed in there. I just wanted to give it a try since I was desperate to ride off-road, and thankfully nobody stopped me when I cycled past through the gate. May be I was wrong, may be cycling is indeed allowed in there as I saw a couple of other boys cycling around. I had total fun riding on the mud with random inclines and declines, under huge Bamboo trees, jumping over small ramps here and there and trying the same with better speeds… With all these fun, I also managed to injure my foot hitting it to rock unknowingly of course. It is just a small inner injury without any bruises, thankfully the shoe avoided more serious injury. I reached back home by 11AM having clocked about 40km.

Damn, I ended up writing a lot wanting just this ride summary to convey on this post. Anyways, more about the cycling maniac in me and some good rides which I wanna share in the later posts.

Cheers! 🙂

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