Training is going on pretty well. Yes, the heat makes it harder but anyway it will be hot also on d-day. I do running, cycling and even some swimming sessions. Cross training is the best to get back in shape without hurting your body with repetitive routines. With cross training all our muscles got involved one day or an other so one can get in shape in a smoother and less traumatic way.
I start to feel better and better. Saturday I took the Fuji Track Comp and rode from Yokohama where I live to Tokyo - Harajuku where I currently work. I always wondered how long it would take. On the map it is only about 30km. A distance I can ride in less than one hour easily when in the countryside, but in an urban environment it is totally different, obviously.

You can't keep a pace and just ride. You have to constantly be careful of the traffic, pass the cars that are bumpers to bumpers, stop at many lights, restart (my ratio was 48x15). So imagine with the heat and the dust it is kind of a nervous ride. Plus I was carrying my messenger type bag… (I am going to buy a more suitable little backpack for cycling, maybe something with a soft bottle inside, camelbak style. Any advices ?)

Short break on the Tamagawa bridge, which separate Tokyo and Kanagawa prefectures.

One of my other stops was Komazawa Park, a first time to go there for me (thanks to Alban for the tip). A real sports mecca, many runners, baseball players, skaters, fixed gear fellows etc… I'd like a place like this in Yokohama… Is there one?
The result is that 30km felt (and took) much longer than what I thought but I did it :)


At the UltraSuperNew office in Meijijingumae. Time to go back to Yokohama.


To find my way I used the function on Runkeeper that allows you to create routes on google maps, it is very useful especially coupled with the iPhone as you can check where you are. Alas the iPhone battery could not stand the whole ride and on the way back around Jiyugaoka it was out of energy…no more gps. damn…
So I just used the good old method, and asked two times my direction to people.
Arrived at Kikuna I made a mistake and continue to follow the main road instead to take the same shorter way as earlier in the opposite way. As you can see at km 23 (+30km), I had to climb a steep road, very hard with the 48x15 but at least it was a good training for the Fuji San :)

Yokohama - Fuji San

By the way, today I think I decided the way I'll take on d-day. From Yokohama I'll cross Kanagawa Prefecture to reach Gotemba and then make it to the 5th base of Fujinomiya. It is the southern start for the climb of Fuji San, and the shortest way to reach the top as well.From Yokohama to Fujinomiya it is about 112km. Good warm up before the climb :) If anybody thinks this way is a wrong choice, please tell me!
Next saturday I plan to ride from Yokohama to Gotemba (you can spot it on the map), about a 80 km ride (if my route is correct). I will stop just before the hard  mountain part. I'll then take a train to get back home for this time. 

Links :

Runkeeper : Yokohama - Fuji route details : 
Fuji Track Specs : 
http://www.fujibikes.com/Specialty/Track/TrackComp.aspx [en]http://www.fujibikes.jp/track/track_comp.html [jp]
UltraSuperNew : 
Alban : 

Fuji family, blue Feather and red Track Comp, the old rivalry between the red bike ad the blue bike ;-)

Posted on : by Fuji Project - Training

Tags : Fuji Bikes Training Fuji Project

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By matthewailin At 2010-07-19 21:53:07
from Tokyo

Wow, we rode the coast route through Chigasaki and then on to Odawara before climbing to Hakone... I bet the road you mean to Gotanda is beautiful - think I might have been on some of it in the car before... I'm going to keep checking your progress, very interested!

By the way, are those Panaracer 'tricolore' tyres on your 'feather'? Look nice! (and patriotic!!)

By Jerome At 2010-07-19 23:22:56
from Home ,Surfing the web

I was first thinking of going to Kamakura and then along the sea until Odawara but then as you said there's Hakone ... And I think I want to avoid as much as possible Hakone on this day, probably harder than the climb to Fuji San 5th station itself...

As for the road to Gotenba (not Gotanda ;-) I will tell you next week but I bet the traffic must be quite dense in the summer :/

You're right for the panaracer tires. I bought them recently, nothing really patriotic there though, just a nice classic colour combination :p

By Méfèce At 2010-07-27 05:49:53
from DTC

Jerôme, give the direct link to your runkeeper profile. Like this we can follow your training and progress before the Fuji challenge. It is also quite interresting for whoever wants to see how much preparation is needed for your performance.

By Jerome At 2010-07-27 13:21:51

I gave the link in the previous post, but here it is :

I just changed my work schedule so from now I'll have more time during mornings.

By Pchan At 2010-08-15 00:55:21
from Home ,Recovering from VTT

Salut Jérôme, ça faisait un bail.
Dis moi ton vélo il a vraiment la classe, je n'ose imaginer le prix d'une telle bête.
Un de mes collègues japonais de travail est aussi un dingue de vélo. Il voulait acheter un vélo à 2000 euros, un dingue quoi^^
Je viens pour ma part de m'acheter un VTT pour parcourir les routes de Wallonie profonde. On a de la chance d'avoir de nombreuses pistes vélo ici.

By Jerome At 2010-08-15 23:19:34
from A la maison ,Boit un thé

Merci, mais bon ce vélo est un pret que Fuji m'a fait (pour l'instant) pas
acheté ;-) ... sinon il vaut 126000 yens ici et 1000$ aux states... 2000 euros pour un bon
vélo de course je dirais c est un prix moyen :p

J'ai tres peu pratiqué le VTT, en Normandie j en connais qui en font spécialement
l'hiver...pas trop ma tasse de thé. Mais bon j'en ai jamais fait dans des endroits
sympa non plus... Perso j'aime vraiment la sensation de pleine vitesse qu on peut avoir bien
posé sur son vélo (encore mieux en position contre la montre) roulant sur un bel
asphalte...presque de la glisse :)

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