I still don't have an internet connection at home, so I can only update from work which is getting harder as I get busier. I was told that the connection would be installed "in a few days" so hopefully I'll be able to post from home.
On Friday morning, I met with a guy who lives in the same building as me at 5:30 a.m. and he took me to the meet point where a group of people start a ride. This was the same group of people I went swimming with last Saturday. We rode for an hour and I gradually fell back and caught up with them at a gas station where we take a break. As you can see from the photos, they have Pocari Sweat (a sports drink for those of you not from Japan) and non-alcohol Budwiser which they put in a green can otherwise people wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
After the break, I fell quickly behind and my friend from my building was kind enough to stay with me so I didn't get lost. We ended up riding 85 kilometers and by the end of it, I could barely pedal. It was my first time using clipless pedals. I didn't have any amusing falls through forgetting to clip out and found that they were useful in helping me to pedal, especially the last 15 km when I could only pedal by pulling up on the pedals.
Because we left so early, it was dark when we left and we got to see a nice sunrise on the ride. I got back to my apartment a little after 9:00, just in time to take the kids for a swim in the pool on the roof of our apartment building. This was a good opportunity to get a little bit of a cool-down.
In the afternoon, I played squash in the squash court in our building. It was my first time playing, but because I've played racquetball before (badly), was able to play squash equally badly pretty quickly. Over the next week, I need to get some time in on the stationary bike in the workout room in our building to build up strength so I can keep up with people on the ride next week. I was planning on meeting people for a ride and a swim early on Saturday a few kilometers from my apartment, but didn't quite make it after an evening of darts and drinks at a nearby hotel bar.
I'm finding that with the triathlon group that I've joined through yahoo groups, there are lots of opportunities for riding, swimming, and running. It's a pretty active scene, even better than Dubai. Dubai is a bigger city, but we still have people making the drive from Dubai to meet us for a 5:30 a.m. ride. The roads are basically 3 or 4 lane highways with a paved shoulder. We ride in groups with lights when it's dark. Also, because we're leaving so early on a day when most people sleep in, the roads are pretty deserted at the beginning of the ride. The nice thing about it is that in getting home at 9:00 or 10:00, I still have a full day to spend with my wife and kids.