After 27 hours of flying (and half a dozen romcoms) I made it to Singapore a few days ago. It is very hot here.
The first thing I did was rent a Cervelo from a guy named Mervyn. He delivered it to me in an unmarked van with the works – helmet, bike pump, extra tubes and a tire, an extra stem, etc. I handed him a couple hundred Singaporean dollars, exchanged absolutely no paperwork, and we said we'd meet in a few weeks. I wish everything were that simple. Now that I have a bike, my goal is to get into a sold-out race next weekend on my birthday.
So far I've met some really friendly athletes here in Singapore. Somehow the aquathlon team seems to be the most popular team here (and to be honest, it's the first aquathlon team I've ever heard of) and I was able to find them at the pool, as well as some track athletes at the gym. Yesterday I rode with a National University of Singapore grad named JJ who took me on a fantastic orientation ride around Singapore. We met in the pitch black of the early morning, but the fascinating thing about Singapore is that there are so many street lights that not a single stretch of road is dark, and so you can easily ride well before sunrise – in fact it's preferred because the traffic is much lighter. As we rolled out, the first thing I noticed was the extremely good road condition. Everywhere was a super smooth ride, and we tore around the streets as it slowly got light out and the city woke up. By 7:30, traffic was terrible and the ride went from 20+mph average to under 10mph in a matter of 10 minutes because of rush hour traffic.
Finally, it's a tough adjustment to the heat and humidity. Even just sleeping I go through two bottles of water, let alone a track workout. I've got some serious acclimation to do.