my week in cycling

Because I don’t want to brain today, i thought i could just tell you about my rides. I enjoy doing enduro rides (rides longer than 100km. It is time that I don’t have some times).

I ride 5 days a week with two days for rest, that is Friday and Sunday. Those two days I walk or run. I have not always been this active. I have always had a reason to not run or cycle until Covid and then the government put restrictions on movement into and out of Nairobi, encouraged employers to allow their employees to work from home. It then occurred to me I could actually be active & boy, I have tried.

This week I have been on the bike for a total of 16hrs 42 minutes, covered a distance of 407.2 km (253 miles for Muricans) and climbed a total of 5,065m (16,617,45 ft again for bloody Muricans). Why do they insist on using feet, miles and pounds?

The longest ride was 182km and the shortest 37km. I am trying to train to run 5km. Most of my runs & walks this week were a few metres short of 5km. Hopefully I will get to run 5km in under 30 minutes.

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74 thoughts on “my week in cycling

  1. basenjibrian says:

    Nannus: That is actually amazing.

    One problem with living in a place for a long time one can remember when certain routes used to be so much easier! Luckily, we have a four-day weekend coming up. I am increasingly anti-nationalistic along with my misotheism, but I will take the holiday. 🙂 I think I might do a major one-way ride on Thursday. I will risk the train back…doubt it will be crowded.

    How are you doing, Maka? Is the crash recovery on track?


    • makagutu says:

      Thank goodness the injury wasn’t too bad. Other than sprains on the wrist and shoulder and a cut on the face, I came out ok. So recovery is progressing well. I will try a ride this Saturday to evaluate how much pain I am in.

      A four day weekend is good for a long ride. You ride as far as you can for three days and on the fourth day, you take a train or bus back.


      • basenjibrian says:

        Good to hear!

        I think I will ride from Benicia to San Jose. I love extremely diverse riding, including city riding, and that ride would have everything! Historic waterfront towns, a suburban bicycle path that follows a cute little canal, up$cale leafy suburbia, back of beyond grassy hills, a preserved watershed, and the heart of Silicon Valley!


  2. basenjibrian says:

    I live in Vacaville, Nan. A half hour drive away. I could theoretically ride my bike from home, but that would be a Maka level bike ride and I want to do other rides this weekend as well.

    My sister just moved to the Ashland area. Beautiful country-Mediterranean climate and landscape (which I prefer over the drippy, gloomy Puget Sound area she moved from!) 🙂


    • Nan says:

      Oh I agree! Ashland is the cream of the crop in So. Oregon. But boy-oh-boy … it is NOT cheap to live there! Kudos to your sister for being able to settle there.

      Have a GREAT ride! I wish I were younger and more fit so I could do likewise … but unfortunately, the years do take their toll. *sigh*


      • basenjibrian says:

        Her husband designs and manages server farms. They are not hurting. Although they are extremely generous with family, so this is not jealousy at all.

        What shocked me about Ashland was the prices are not that much lower than outer Bay Area (Sonoma County/Napa County/Contra Costa…but the property tax rates are twice/three times what they are here. I know there is no sales tax, but I don’t buy all THAT much taxable stuff! 🙂

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  3. basenjibrian says:

    and I love California, despite its many, many manifest problems. Many of which could be solved if there were 10 million fewer people. 🙂 🙂

    So thank you for your service! (Moving to Oregon!).

    I am kidding, of course!

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  4. “16hrs 42 minutes, (and ) covered a distance of 407.2 km” …. Jeeez! I’m seriously impressed. I need to get back on the saddle. Thanks for the inspiration! Katie


    • makagutu says:

      Hello Katie,

      Nice to see you here and thanks.
      You should get back on the saddle whenever you can.

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      • I shall …. I’m thinking about another trip in Europe next spring/summer but my lovely bike is in storage as we’re currently on a posting out in the US. In truth, the bike was terribly heavy so made for quite a slow trip through France, but I needed something sturdy enough to cope with carrying all my kit (tent etc etc) and also I was doing a lot of track and off-road. Perhaps the time has come to look for something a little lighter not that I would EVER be able to do the sort of times that you managed! Lovely post and good to ‘meet’ you.


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