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Recovery Ride

Six of us had ridden either about 110 km or 130 km on Saturday.  Four of us turned up at D’Bayu on Sunday for a recovery ride.  The idea was to have a gentle ride to a nasi lemak stall near Kampung Kundang, have breakfast, and then ride back to Bukit Jelutong.

We got to the Kuala Selangor exit fairly quickly.  A sign of things to come.


The breakfast part went as planned.  We stopped at Selera Ria in Kampung Cempedak for the usual food and drink.


Photograph courtesy of Marvin Tan

The recovery part was anything but.

We rode about 57 km at an average speed of 28.6 kph.

Granted we went twice as far the day before.  That ride hadn’t feel slow by any means.  We averaged 27.6 kph.

So much for a gentle recovery ride.

What was clear was that I had recovered from the ‘flu that had made all my rides in the preceding two weeks feel harder than normal.  That was most obvious in my heart rate.  My heart rate was at least 10 bpm higher than usual.

This was my Saturday effort.  My average heart rate was 131 bpm.

Suffer long

Graph courtesy of Strava

On Sunday my heart rate had settled down.  My average heart rate on this faster ride was 120 bpm.  I spent much less time in Zone 4 – Threshold than I had the day before.  And conversely more time in Zone 2 – Moderate.

Graph courtesy of Strava

Graph courtesy of Strava

So the ride on Sunday was a recovery ride of sorts, despite the higher speed.

About alchemyrider

I left Malaysia in 2008 as a non-cyclist. I am back home now with three road bikes and all the paraphernalia that goes with being addicted to cycling.

6 responses »

  1. MaGIC Ride
    MaGIC Ride is organized in conjunction of the lauching of MaGIC that will be held on 26th April 2014. It’s a fun ride event open to all Malaysian and resident Cyberjaya.
    Date : 26th April 2014
    Time : 6.15am – 10.00am
    Flag-off venue : MaGIC Centre, Cyberjaya, Selangor
    Flag-down venue : MaGIC Centre, Cyberjaya, Selangor
    Targeted Participants : 1,000 cyclists
    Participants : Open to all Malaysian and Cyberjaya residents (age 12 and above)
    Distance : 10 KM
    Concept : Fun Ride
    Lucky Draw : Worth RM2,000
    Event Organizer : Red Adventure Sdn Bhd
    Organizer : MaGIC and Cyberview Sdn Bhd


  2. hi there, I read somewhere that you bought a set of Boyd wheels from the States. Would like to know if those are subjected to import duties/sales tax? If so, what is the rate?

    Also, how tedious is customs clearance? I’m intrigued by Boyd wheels but I not too warm towards our customs dept 🙂

    • Hi Lim,

      “Yes” the Boyds were subject to tax. Something like 30% if I remember correctly.

      Clearance took about two hours but was reltively straight forward. All done at the Post Office facility near the LCCT in Sepang. It took some time for them to calculate the tax rate and make payment, but it was all in the same building.

      If I wanted to bring another set of wheels I would try to get someone visiting the US to bring them in for me. More to try to avoid import duties rather than avoid working with customs at Sepang.

      Best wishes,

      • Hi Johan,

        Thanks for the tips. Too bad the 30% is a real bummer :(.
        Awesome to see that you’re rocking them though. Cheers

  3. hi there,i’m looking for route from KL to Hatyai.
    can you help me here?

    Best regard;


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