Day two: Zhunan to Yuanlin; 108km.
The routine is like this: wake up at 5:30am, breakfast by 6am, group warmup at 6:30am; by 7am we are on the road, riding, riding, riding. Break at every 15-20km, with ample water and snacks and even music, and everyone chats and laughs and incessantly pound away at the thighs and calves to release tension. At lunchtime, a longer break where we are to rest and nap a little, I break away to sketch — frequently my only time to sketch during the day. By 6pm, when we have arrived at the evening’s destination, we drag ourselves through cool-down, dash for the showers, dinner at 8pm, a bit of socializing after dinner if time allows, and by 10:30pm lights are off, and I can barely keep my eyes open to finish writing emails on my mobile. My body has never been so used to the max so continuously, and it felt marvelous.