Ha! I remember those days...so long ago now. However compared to my mate I had it easy! My eldest "Baby" likes to wrestle, and push me around the house these days
An eventfull week or so in the "Shakey Isles". Couldn't believe we heard and felt an earthquake ~500km away. Lucky it was really deep so didn't cause any damage. But gives you an idea about the massive forces involved.
Then a 4.9 went off only 7km away(just beside Summit Rd) which gave us all a scare. Massive boom and then big short sharp shock out of the blue that knocked over our picture frames. Haven't had many recently so not used to them anymore
Oh well did my obligatory Sunday ride. Was doing my tax return and was freaking out cause I've lost about 2 yrs worth of invoices/ bank statements in this big box that has somehow ceased to exist. God knows where I put them! Good thing was I found this old rear light bracket I had lost behind the daughters bed while turning the house upside-down. How it ended up there I have no idea! (That was the one before I bought my latest rear light and bracket(about 2 yrs ago) which I've since lost
). Just meant I was stressing out most of the day, so only had time to do just a short ride.
Real pity as we actually had some Sun to enjoy! First time in ages. Just lovely
Was a short 50km ride to Rapaki and back via the Bastard and SOK. However had a reasonable amount of climbing for the distance and due to my decreasing fitness, my legs had had enough by time I got home. Had planned to do an extra 30mins ride to Purau bay and back but didn't happen. Seems a bit pathetic as I was quite amped and inspired by the tdf, but 2hrs was all I could manage
Forgotten most of my times, but felt a bit stronger than I have done. HR was quite a bit lower up the climbs, and not running away on me.
Top of Bastard 44mins something
Last hill 4:35
2hr1:10 50.23km 24.8Av 69.3M
17 39 41 147A 176M
TDF has been quite interesting. Seeing all those riders crashing in the first week was sickening though when seeing some of their injuries.
Knew Wiggans and Froome were strong but not that strong! How do they generate all that power from legs skinnier than mine! I can understand them being so good on the climbs but would have expected them to lose a bit of speed on the TT's or vice versa? Can't believe they both wasted Cancellara on the TT. Perhaps he's not quite in his best form after going into the red a bit much defending the yellow jersey, or due to his last injury?
Still early days but looking good for Sky atm.
Evans and/or Nibali need to do something very special in the mountains to gain back some time. But might be better to wait till later in the the tour, hoping that Wiggs and Froome are tiring, before launching an epic attack? But in the mean time will have to take it to them and try and soften them up as much as possible, without killing themselves in the process! Just so many variables though.
Cool hearing our 1 tdf rider (leadout man for Greipel) talk about how hard it is. He couldn't believe how fast they were going up hill hitting 500W or more on the climbs in the 1st hr in stage 8. Seasons 5 10 15min records! Hit a max speed 103km/h on the descent