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xDOMx

Member since Sep 2012 • Last active Jul 2020
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  • in COVID-19
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    For clarity, Japan can’t be lumped in with South Korea as regards testing or any kind of effectiveness. Statistics about confirmed cases here are utterly meaningless.

    I live in Yokohama and there are extremely low levels of testing. The number of cases are almost definitely exponentially higher than any statistics show.

    For an illustration:

    • South Korea testing as of 20 March = 316, 664
    • Japan testing as of today (23 March) = 20,228

    To be honest, the measures have been poor to non-existent and the media is seemingly towing the party line by focusing on how bad it is in other countries. Trains are still packed, work from home is ‘encouraged’ (policy doesn’t get followed by many) and people are very much out and about (50,000 people went to an Olympic torch event last weekend). All of this is basically an attempt by the government to make Abe less unpopular and to try to save the Olympics (in my view, won’t happen).

    I don’t know what the future holds for Japan and COVID19, but I’m pretty anxious about it (especially with a two month old and 2 and a half year old).

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I’ll also be posting back via tracked delivery to be as sure as I can it arrives in time/arrives at all (especially with Christmas fast approaching).

    Not ideal to have to foot the bill for that, but my seat is a close Con/Lib Dem seat and needs as much help as it can to keep the Conservatives out (even if that means keeping Tim Farron in 🤮).

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Lurking on this thread, but haven’t contributed to date.

    Just a note for those living outside the UK - postal vote forms arrived here in Japan, so I’m guessing others will be arriving imminently.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Wouldn’t mind a trip to Girona myself, but Japan’s mountains will have to suffice for now!

  • in Rides & Races
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    Last race of HC season here in Japan and a proper ‘cycling connects’ moment, as I had the pleasure of meeting @Tychom for the first time.

    The 12.8km, 930m elevation gain course was tougher than the 7.1% average gradient sounds, and the (stupidly) humid Japan summer didn’t make things any easier.

    In any case, a really well-run event and another time benchmarked for HC races next year.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I just rode a race/event called Attack!299, which goes from Hanno (Saitama) through to Chino (Nagano).

    205km and 3,700m of climbing.

    There’s coping mechanisms, but not sure they apply to a race (as much of a worry to me as to you, I’m sure).

    Anyway, you/we will be fine (the amount of time it takes is a different question, however!).

  • in Rides & Races
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    I have an Aussie mate who lives near the event, so I’ll probably stop with him.

    I have a race next Sunday, which I did an effort on today (West of Tokyo). Humidity was brutal and resulted in the effort feeling much worse, but that may be because rainy season is still in full flow.

    From the options you stated, Nasu may be good. They did a Rapha Prestige there a few years back and it’s a pretty town.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Signed up for Cat B too. Now let’s see just how brutal the heat and humidity are...

  • in Rides & Races
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    That means I’ll have to finally get off my arse and sign up. Cheers for the motivation!

  • in Rides & Races
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    I don’t know anyone doing it or that has done it, but it may work for me...

    I’d be in the same class if you did the B category.

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