rain cycling


Racing Rain
21 March 2017

The rain clouds have been chasing me around but I beat them home today! The wind made for strong resistance training on my round river loop with novice Michelle. She is a strong rider but still has trouble clipping in and is very nervous downhill, so I was waiting and guiding for the first half of the ride. We went in different directions at the half way point so I was able to put my foot down and race the rain front. 🚲☁

I aim to incorporate stretching and mobility into my training routine. It makes a big difference, especially to my spinal health. I normally do my own mobility sequence but this week my challenge group set a yoga session for bonus points. I tried the Down Dog app. It was pretty good, and of course little Mitzy wasn’t far away. 🐶🌀


Sodden Shakedown Ride
18 March 2017

What a difference a day makes!
Friday: Celebrating a record 22 Reabold Hill repeats on a perfect Autumn morning.
Saturday: Soaked to the skin, asking myself if I would enjoy another 50km of wet, wind and road spray? The answer was ‘no’. I called it a day - a 29km soggy shakedown ride after yesterday’s efforts will do - got to look after my health after all! 🚲☔🌞🚲

The bus shelter #baaw features iced coffee but a hot cappuccino was required, and poached eggs with Italian tomatoes ☕🍳🍅 - wolfed down without a photo! 🐺

Once, when Adam had still lived in the trailer park, he had been pushing the lawn mower around the scraggly side yard when he realized that it was raining a mile away. He could smell it, the earthy scent of rain on dirt, but also the electric, restless smell of ozone. And he could see it: a hazy gray sheet of water blocking his view of the mountains. He could track the line of rain traveling across the vast dry field toward him. It was heavy and dark, and he knew he would get drenched if he stayed outside. It was coming from so far away that he had plenty of time to put the mower away and get under cover. Instead, though, he just stood there and watched it approach. Even at the last minute, as he heard the rain pounding the grass flat, he just stood there. He closed his eyes and let the storm soak him. 

That was this kiss.
—  The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

love is just a bloodsport
a super chill rovinsky [mix]

  1. across the universe ost - i want you [she’s so heavy]
  2. blue foundation - eyes on fire
  3. mikky ekko - we must be killers
  4. 30 seconds to mars - bad romance [lady gaga cover]
  5. halsey - trouble [stripped]
  6. cracker - low
  7. alexander ebert - bad bad love
  8. hozier - angel of small death & the codeine scene
  9. arctic monkeys - 505
  10. placebo - special k
  11. the neighbourhood - lurk
  12. the sneaker pimps - bloodsport
  13. placebo - every you and every me
  14. arctic monkeys - why’d you only call me when you’re high
  15. x ambassadors - love songs drug songs
  16. alt-j - breezeblocks
  17. daughter - landfill
  18. across the universe ost - happiness is a warm gun
  19. ms mr - dark doo wop
  20. the neighbourhood - wires
  21. panic! at the disco - far too young to die
  22. 30 seconds to mars - was it a dream

bonus tracks:
the neighbourhood - female robbery
placebo - meds & days before you came

  • Onoda regularly wipes out while cycling and just shrugs it off because he wants to ride with his friends 
  • Makishima believes rain is ideal cycling weather and has a riding style that’s very likely the reason the anime has a DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME warning at the end of every episode
  • Kinjou gets back on his bike after a horrific accident that leaves him bleeding & with several shattered ribs and its hinted that he wants to keep riding the next day
  • Imaizumi tells no one about his injured knee and when Miki points out that he’s favoring one leg he just tries to brush it off as him ‘limiting himself’
  • Tadokoro charges straight at some fallen traffic cones at full speed despite the very real risk of getting flipped off his bike, tells Makishima he’s totally cool and okay despite falling ill and puking his guts out, competes a day after this without telling anyone, and pushes himself to keep going even when it’s clear he’s still sick
  • Naruko not only does the same thing Tadokoro does with the traffic cones but pushes himself until he goes temporarily blind, keeps riding while he can’t see, and doesn’t stop until he literally collapses from sheer exhaustion

the moral of Yowamushi Pedal is supposed to be “you can achieve your goals if you stick with your friends and never give up” but honestly it comes off more like “you can achieve your goals if you throw away your fear of death”

Rainy days

When you don’t feel like riding is the exact moment you must put your clothes on and go. Next time you feel like putting it off, you’ll remember that it’s always worth it. You’ll remember the amazing landscapes you enjoyed on your last ride, the people you met, the road you discovered or how nice it feels. It’s the feeling that you’re doing something really good for yourself.