Back to the Mountains! Iriyama and Wada Pass

After the training camp in Nagano, I spent a good 10 days in Indonesia sitting in trains, planes and mostly cars. I had no bike and very limited time (excuses) for running or any physical activity. After coming back to Tokyo, the grey had become green, spring was here! This made my heart to seek … Continue reading Back to the Mountains! Iriyama and Wada Pass


After AcrossJapan the riding continues

After coming back from my journey, I had one full day off the bike and then did one hour of training on the trainer just to get the juices flowing, followed by another rest day. Also did a bunch of foam rolling, stretching and just plain walking, and by Monday I felt as good as … Continue reading After AcrossJapan the riding continues

A few statistics of the journey

I like statistics. Looking at the numbers all the gadgets I have generate makes the whole cycling experience just a bit more exciting for me. So here are some of the ones I kind of kept track of: Distance: Total distance: 2,392km Average distance of riding days (excluding in-town riding): 133.2km Calories: The excuse to … Continue reading A few statistics of the journey

Midnight random thoughts

Woke up in the middle of the night with some random thoughts about the trip. As fatigue builds up, quality of sleep has decreased. Probably why I am now writing this. Used to sleep like a baby in the beginning On the same note on fatigue, even though the two rest days have helped a … Continue reading Midnight random thoughts

Day 08: Experienced all the elements in one day

Drizzle, sunshine, headwind, drizzle again, rain, torrential rain with gusts of wind. In short that's how my day went. When I reached my ryokan I again couldn't feel my fingers, was shivering and just miserable overall. So due to the rain, I checked out from my hotel at the last minute and headed out at … Continue reading Day 08: Experienced all the elements in one day

Day07: Extremely tired astonishingly beautiful Shimanami Kaido

I finished my ride at 10am, and at that point I had been awake for 28 hours and did approximately 340km. I was way out of it. I truly think I should have spent the while sunny day exploring Shimanami Kaido, but the fatigue took over. I stopped plenty, took pictures and went really slow, … Continue reading Day07: Extremely tired astonishingly beautiful Shimanami Kaido

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 … Continue reading Testing the legs – All systems go!

A classic from Tokyo: Takao-san Friday morning was sunny and warm. The temperature rose all the way up to 20C, which is quite unusual for mid-February in Tokyo. There was one drawback though, very windy and really strong gusts of wind. Regardless I had to take advantage of this chance and decided to do the classic climb up to Takao. … Continue reading A classic from Tokyo: Takao-san