Day 12: Nara to outskirts of Mie prefecture – if only it didn’t rain

When I checked the weather forecast yesterday, it showed rain from the afternoon. I still didn’t want to set up my alarm and slept until 7 and departed at around 8AM. 

Nara was sunny and warm. I felt good and it was going to be a good day!

The deer don't respect zebra crossing. #AcrossJapan2017

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After getting lost a few time (road tolls, cars only roads) I started climbing up to approximately 400 meters. It’s not much, but I stayed at that altitude for almost all of the day, which means it is much more colder than sea level. I guess the highest temperature I got up to was 9c or so.

It was relentless up/down, but since I knew rain was coming in the afternoon I took minimal breaks. 

Spent the whole day in the middle of nothing. Epic mountain views. #AcrossJapan2017

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I was dry until the last big hill, when it started to drizzle inside the misty mountains. After crossing the peak it started to drizzle a bit more, and from there it was a relatively cold 25km for the minshuku of the day. I was somewhat cold and wet, but nothing compared to the last time, not even close. 

Misty mountaintops, wet feet and cold hands, that's what my mountain days are made of. #AcrossJapan2017

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Took a bath, went to the local supermarket to get dinner and breakfast and basically now I’m stuck inside due to the rain.

The last part of the ride was astonishingly beautiful, but when you are wet and cold, stopping to take pictures is the last thing on your mind.

The rain is supposed to stop tonight and looking like a nice +13 and sunny for tomorrow. Very much looking forward to it.

Now it’s time to stretch. I felt slight discomfort in my hip today but much better than yesterday.

Also, looking at the ride stats, it’s quite apparent the mountains take their toll. I used much more power and burned more calories on today’s ride than the much longer ride yesterday. I might have sore legs tomorrow, but it’s mostly flat roads so no problem.

Update:

More about the stats. Generally my rides have had an IF (intensity factor) of approximately 0.7, so basically 70%, but this ride was more than 0.8. Doesn’t seem like much of a difference, but I can definitely feel it in my legs in the morning again.


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