Friday, May 7, 2010

Interstate Intensity

I am back from PCC Interstate 2010! Woohoo! I had a great time, with great & wonderful people, good food, good hotels, fantastic sceneries, and a superest bestest wonderfulest boyfriend for 3 days (who put up with all my nonsense and intermittent grumpiness on/after the ride)!

PCC Interstate is an annual 3-day ride that takes cyclists across the states in peninsular Malaysia. It is usually held during Merdeka weekend of August, but because Ramadhan falls around that time these couple of years, the interstate for 2009 and 2010 is brought forward to Labor Day weekend instead.

Last year, the route took us about 350kms total from Seremban - Gemas - Gunung Ledang - Melaka. This year, the mileage is a whopping 500km-ish, taking us from Kuala Kangsar - Tasik Banding - Kota Bharu - Tasik Kenyir.

To be able to complete all 3 days' mileage, one needs to have enough mileage in their legs and endurance + speed to last. Riding too fast may not be a good idea if you bonk out at 130km with another 40km to go. Nor riding too slow is, because the long haul of 8 or 9 hours or more takes a toll on your recovery time for the next day's ride. So, a balance of speed & endurance is essential to ride and complete interstate well.

The Vong Express gave us exactly this balance of speed & endurance. We call it the Vong Express because Vong (my bf whom I am so pwoud of :D) became the peloton leader naturally, hands down. It is also mostly because he was pulling the entire peloton for long stretches, going to the back occasionally only to push back the riders in the peloton who were in danger of falling behind. From Day 1, cyclists will instinctively join his peloton, no questions asked. We also picked up cyclists who got dropped from the faster pelotons. I wonder, if there were ever such a course called Peloton Management 101, he would qualify as the prof. or coach. Hehe.

As the entire experience is too lengthy for me to blog down in one entry, I will blog each day individually in the upcoming entries. :D

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