My recovery ride to Changi last Saturday with some of the Zendogs went well. The term “recovery ride” is usually applied to a short ride conducted a day or two after surviving a particularly long ride, like the round island. This time, however, recovery referred to my two months of the flu!
We logged 67km in all that day. Four of us headed off in the morning a little late (6.45am) and the difference in the air quality was already evident. Have to return to 6am start timings te next time.
Four of us started out together and we picked up two more along the way. We reached Changi in surprisingly good time even though I was back to climbing very slowly.
Some hardcore straight Aussie and Kiwi cyclists passed us on Tampines Road. Since we took a short cut through an industrial estate, we wound up ahead of them until finally, they vanished.
The long lay off finally showed its hand during the return leg. And the midday heat had me stop for drinks three times – but better safe than sorry on this first ride.
Construction along Lornie Road eventually had us abandon the normally wide and empty pavement n that stretch despite the sweet efforts of the construction workers to clear a path for us.
Now some Zendogs are nudging me about the Wednesday morning Marina South rides. That was a good early morning ride (5.45am) as it reached the fresh air of Marina South and on the return through relatively light traffic, included the option to climb Mount Faber and Vigilante Drive (we never did reach the point of including Telok Blangah Hill as well). Oh and the relatively safe southern approach to campus via South Buona Vista Road, the final climb of the route.
However, a recent Zendogs report says that there is poor air quality in Marine South and lots of small rocks and debris from the construction activity for the integrated resorts. People are already reminiscing about the ghost town there. So I should look for alternatives.
The Kranji loop is a little too far (about 50km) as the morning rides were then about a 32km+ – well, Bikely will help figure this out.