He's a good 10-15 kgs lighter than me ... bloody good sprinter... no fear, he tried to go pro many moons back but didn't quite have it.
Good news is my weight is finally coming down again ... found something that works for me, because diets never do!.
ha, I would ride more if I could!... gotta work and look after the family sometime!.
grrr... sore throat, head cold, mild coughing... feel like crap ... Prologue this Friday at 21.25. I could always cruise it giving me till Saturday to recover . Prologues at this race always include climbing walls .
Plus it's going to be hot this weekend .
Not much you can do sometimes with young kids in the house... I am hoping it will be OK, no fever which is the main thing... I was going to take it easy this week anyway .
On the diet... feeling crap around the house yesterday I ate like a pig, but this morning on the scales there was no change in weight. I can control the cravings eating like this which is the most important thing... before I could demolish some serious amounts of food in weak moments, now if I have a weak moment ( usually around 4-6pm ) I can still demolish a fair amount of food but there isn't going to be much damage .
At the moment it is just to try something different... but while I am losing 1 to 1.5kgs a week while eating very well I am not complaining.
Good on you TLL. Eating well & losing weight is a step in the right direction.
Gas propulsion.......it's natural don't fight it.
Ah, the joys of young school age children. Guaranteed to give you at least one lurgie a year
Some snaps from around France and Italy...
Around Menton / Nice 1
Around Menton / Nice 2
Around Menton / Nice 3
Around Menton / Nice 4
Photo 25-06-13 18 14 30
Around Menton / Nice 5
Around Menton / Nice 6
Croix de Fer
Croix de Fer 2
Great shots toolonglegs. Bringing back wonderful memories!
Is the first photo from near the top? Didn't see the small chapel or the wonderful view when I rode it last year...
My view looking back nearing the top.
Yes I rode it...wasn't that hard, but i had a lot of trouble with my hammie on it for some reason... had plenty of gears left but couldn't spin them!...i found it similar in difficulty to the tourmalet. That and the fact that i spent 50k's on the front the day before.
Had a problem with splitting the ride up so had to leave two days together.
Dalai, i had to drive the van for the Mortorolo... the only ride i missed out on...gave my sore hamstring a chance to recover from the day before. What a brutal climb though!. The chapel was on a beautiful loop from the top...we were advised this was a much safer and more pleasant way to come down.
^^^ it is a big toy ... but after this last group i have now met someone with a higher saddle than mine!
Jasonc, i took this one handed as i rodepast him on alpe d'huez... it was about 10 feet high!... he was struggling.
Didn't really get hammer many climbs as i was working...alpe d'huez i left along time after my guests so i thought i could give that a go, but on the first ramp there was a guy being winched up from over the cliff so the road was blocked....then i caught up to my back markers and on of them preffered that i stayed with her.
Next day before the stage i whipped up Glandon / col de croix fer .... alone .
The most surpising climb for me turned out to be Seistrier ( Pinerolo side ) ...50km long with 1500 m climbing, i spent the first hour on the front pretty hard and then let them play games... i suffered a bit in the next hour!.
The descent on the other side is magic, have done it twice before but never that fast .
Loop with the chapel was on the Mazzo side? Day I rode the Mortirolo I did it as a loop over the Gavia back to Bormio. Raining mean't on the steeper pinches on the Mortirolo I had to stay seated to keep traction! Those middle km's are quite challenging. From a profile I has that broke the ride into 500m segments, easiest section in that middle was 10.8%, the rest between 11.2 and 14.2%
I found the Stelvio quite challenging, especially after first climbing from Bormio which I feel was the easier side, dropped back down a few km to descend into Switzerland via the Umbrail pass and climbed then up the longer Prato dello Stelvio side before finally returning to Bormio.
For the chapel, when you went over the Mortirolo, you would have gone left at the intersection just after the col towards the Gavia, we went right... it ran along the ridge line for a few km's, the chapel was there looking down on Tirano ( where we finished up ).
That would have been a nice Stelvio ride you did on both sides... I probably could have got away with that if my leg wasn't playing up. One the days we just go up and down a climb we have a bit more freedom because the guests can't get lost ( usually ). One of the guys I was with was chasing kom's on a lot of the climbs, he got the Stelvio one pretty easily, but the next day there was the Mapei Day in Bormio with a race up the Stelvio... the top guy on strava did it in 1hr11m!
Nice. Maybe one year after I've won tatts and head back I'll turn right.
Yes, it's him ... he has his own sponsors etc these days... hence you rarely see him on TV anymore, ASO don't like sharing the pie.
Nearly two weeks off the bike... lots of eating and drinking, bit hard not to being on a food and wine tour in France!. Feel more tired now than two weeks training, that may be due to 5 hours sleep on Thursday then up and 800 kms drive to Belgium and 6 hours back by train. Very cool seeing everyone from pro's to kids out and about on bikes in Belge, very sad to hear that Amy Dombroski was killed the same day while motorpacing very close to where I was .
So anyway, I will call that my end of season break ... probably needed it!.
Here was my ride for the last 10 days... felt like Mr T, very cool set up, takes 8 bikes and has sliding luggage rack underneath the bikes.
What, you carted other riders around and made them ride, while you got fat on cheese and plastered on plonk?
I don't suffer fools easily and so long as you have done your best,you should have no regrets.
Yup, that's basically what I do for a job... although usually I get to ride .
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