Fireworks at 7am
Thursday, 14 May 2009
I'm enjoying the terms 'tapering' and 'carbo loading' this week. For the uninitiated, tapering is where you rest before a big run and carbo loading is eating lots of carbohydrates before a big run. So, the idea of not doing vigorous exercise, resting, stretching, having massages, eating lots of pasta and drinking lots (of water that is!), sounds perfect to me! I had my last session on Monday - 45 minutes on the bike. I intended to go for a light run on Tuesday but had a major headache and sore throat, so skipped it. Apart from riding my bike to school each day, I haven't done any exercise. I thought I would enjoy the break, but I'm starting to get a little antsy, which is probably a good thing as it means I'll be ready to go on Saturday morning.
I must say that I am much more nervous than I thought I would be, and I've narrowed it down to three main worries - 1. Finishing the actual race. 2. The transport to and from (dealing with my irrational anxiety issues). 3. What will I do after the race is over? So, I'm going to use a little positive thinking here (thanks Amy!).....1. Of course I will finish it, I will travel 21 km by foot, whether it be running, walking or crawling (let's hope not for the crawling!). 2. I live in China, I have routinely dealt with large crowds on transport, if I have to stop, I can. 3. Hmmm, what will I do to remain sane in Wuxi when the race is over? Well, I'm tossing a few options around, namely joining a hockey club, doing more running events (Shanghai half marathon is already on the list), playing gaelic football in Shanghai, travelling more. We'll see.
Monday, 11 May 2009
Saturday, 9 May 2009
Thursday, 7 May 2009
As I rode my bike home the other night, I thought about how my bike riding confidence has increased since I've been in China and I have come to the conclusion that I have passed 'Bike Riding in China 101'. What are the criteria for this challenging course??? Here are my criteria:
You have passed 'Bike Riding in China 101' when you can:
- Ride with no helmet (took me a while to master this one!).
- Ride through red lights in a safe manner (safe = looking both ways, riding with hand on bell, avoiding trucks and buses).
- Carry multiple items whilst riding (I demonstrated this when I rode home from Uberfood the other day - laptop, handbag, school books, 1 loaf of bread, 1 bottle of wine, 2 desserts, 1 jar of pesto).
- Ride whilst wearing a giant raincoat.
- Confidently use the bell to warn others that a laowai is coming, move out of the way!
- Ride on both sides of the road with ease.
- Ride wearing a skirt, with one hand on the handles and the other holding the skirt down.
- Overtake people electric scooters, electric bikes and push bikes, as well as pedestrians.
- Carry an umbrella and pedal at the same time.
- Survive at least one minor (anything smaller than a truck or bus) crash.
- Ride home safely after several wines.
- Ride the bike with only one brake working.
- People of China, any others I've forgotten?
What happens in the next course? My next goal is to 'dink' someone on the back of my bike. Best to try this sober first, me thinks. Will keep you updated on my progress.
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
On Tuesday morning, I was feeling motivated enough get up at 5.15am and hit the streets of Wuxi for a run. After the initial shock of the early start, I settled into 'the zone' for a good 1 hour and 20 minute run, and discovered that it's actually a really nice time to be out and about in Wuxi. The streets were quiet, it wasn't too hot, the air was relatively fresh and most importantly, I didn't get too many stares.