Sentuhan Pertama, Sentuhan Kecundang
I am sitting at home, back all sore. Broken, actually. The first ride up to Genting Sempah with my office mates was all gorgeous and painful and scary at the same time.
This was the first time Batman rolled beyond the gerai. First ride, baby! The day before, few flashes across the sky calls for a fun day out, and Batman answered!
I arrived at the RV point smelling all new. The jersey, the bike, the helmet, the shoes, cleats, the whole works. The tights requires some 'acclimatizing', and walking with the cleats on was weird. But being a runner, I arrived the earliest, in fact we rolled out just before 9 a.m.. In my vocabulary, a brick with 20k Bukit Aman - Hartamas - Bukit Aman LSD would be feasible.
In the excitement to go riding, I completely forgot my fuel at home, and resorted to 2 karipap from the gerai along the road while waiting for the guys.
When Azlan came in, we prepped the bikes. After all is good, we decided to climb first without waiting for the rest, and so off we went. Clipping on required some actions as I wobble by the road side trying to clip. After all the drama, we rode up the rolling hills. It was... OMG! The air was cool, and the sun peeked through the umbrella of trees. I was paying more attention to following Azlan while concentrating to learn the effects of the shifting gears - front and back. Not a good place to learn it, but there I was, sometimes standing up to have a feel of the bike.
When we arrived at the communication tower, there are few hairpins with inclines which stops our conversations abruptly, when both of us bowed down and just pedal. It was when he shouted another km to go that I left him behind. We were supposed to stop at McD at Genting Sempah. But when I arrived at the top of the hill, where some 12 cyclists gathered, I sprinted down, not knowing that was the end. What went down must come up, and that one in particular was short, steep climb. Kena kencing daa...
Shortly, we regrouped when our mates arrived, and it was time to roll down. Rolling down was scary! The guys sped off that I cannot even smell the rubber, but I was very cautious on my brakes. I read somewhere that sudden braking might topple the rider over, and that is one scary image. Coupled with the big lorries coming up that morning, I was doubly cautious on bends, although when mastered, could have been one hell of a ride!
And coming down at some speed on uneven roads was painful, I gathered. Even the smallest hole causes some discomfort, but when the road is smooth, wallawey! I let the wind picked up, and ride.
To be honest, I was not fatigued as much as finishing a run, or high enough after a great run. For now, it didn't feel like I have exerted as much, and coming downhill didn't help either. I didn't feel like I sweat that much (although the sweat rate is no right way to gauge level of intensity), which did not allow me the ticket to indulge at the dining table. This thought, of course will be re-visited in the near future.
What I know was, by noon I was completely wasted! I slept for hours from the ride, I suppose mostly from the brain overdrive, looking out for potholes, lorries and navigating down. I was tired, and coupled with stiff back, I had a slow evening today.
It has been a good day out. But I sure am missing my runs, I still can't get over it.
But that doesn't discount the things I need to get soon - gloves, pump, spare tubes, blinkers. But why lah bikes are not fitted with side mirrors and honks? Sure would be helpful, yes?
Now, open water beckons.