Testing the legs – All systems go!

Before starting my journey, I wanted to see whether my legs (and especially knees) are up for the task.

Previously, I have had some knee pain when suddenly increasing cycling volume. A good example of this is the Golden Week in 2016, where I cycled around Izu peninsula and Mt. Fuji in 3 days, accumulating approximately 530 kilometers.

#Stravatoproveit

Tokyo to Kawazu , Kawazu – Minami Izu – Higashi Izu – Numazu – Fujinomiya , Fujinomiya – Around Fuji – Yamanakako – Doushi Do – Tokyo

I have learnt from past experience and this time know to keep the pace slower and not push it too hard.

Last week I accumulated a nice total volume of 371 kilometers and more than 16 hours on the saddle. This week was a whopping 485 kilometers with more than 18 hours. Volume wise it is still less than I will do during the journey, but intensity wise I was going quite hard quite often. So the overall strain on my body will most likely not be much more.

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Here are some pictures from the past few weeks of adventures:

Local exploration

Not so local mountaintops

Testing the bike in various terrain

And breathtaking views!

This week I will let my body heal, do a few smaller rides with the added gear just prepare everything.

Cannot. Wait.

 

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