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Diary of the World Record: Day57

  • By Vin Cox

4th April. 148.5 miles cycled.

Took scenic route through hills, forest and coast. Joined a [cycling] club run for 30 miles.

Had late start and headwind, so good mileage.

Ate at KFC 7 miles before hotel – was smart move.  Saw monitor lizard and lots of kingfishers today.

Bike rough after yesterday’s rain.  Baby lotion saving my bum from total failure at moment.

Lost a glove!  Sun burnt back of hand.  Rode with helmet off for some time [heat and humidity]

148.5mi @ 13.4mph

Riding with other cyclists was great. They were very friendly and it was just nice to be in a group.  I took some video:

The KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) was such a good idea because it meant I could just check in to a hotel, wash, and sleep.  No reason to unpack anything or faff.

The heat and sun was intense throughout South East Asia, and I noticed some subtle behaviours to cope with it from motorcyclists.  Most applicable to me was a trick at traffic lights (which Malaysia has a LOT of!).  The trick is to look for a shadow, even if it’s just a foot wide from a signpost, and stop there rather than the line while the lights change.  It saves just a little bit of sweat, but every little helps!

That was my diary from precisely four years ago.  I’m writing up each day on it’s fourth anniversary as a motivation to get this long overdue task done.  These days I’m to be found spending my working days at a brewery, my leisure time cycling, and my family time with my wife and baby daughter.  I hope this entertains, informs, or motivates you.