Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Skies cleared late afternoon, drove 32km into Italy, night in Renault at Sestriere. Woke to clear skies, minus 2.
This morning jog on last 8km of Giro d'Italia penultimate stage, forest road with deer and marmotte, snow everywhere, returned from 2335m asl, an ascent of 400m. I think we are hill fit now.
Now to eat, drink, be merry, wait for lycra to come.
Easy week was 108km. Knee niggle went away. Back up to 125km last 7 days.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Ran from Col du Lautaret 2055m asl to Col du Galibier 2556m asl, almost exactly 500m ascent on a sunny afternoon.
Spent some time at the kiosk at the top before descending back down the mountain. Awesome views, Glacier de Meije more spectacular than ever.
Have been icing my left knee...yesterday with gelati pistachio, today with snow...not quite as delicious.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Both were shiraz and grenache, Canorgue with carignan variety as well. Vintages 20007,2008. Smooth and delicate, similar, not surprising as they are located within a mile of each other, both grown with organic methods.
Our journey to the Luberon is complete with a 12km jog to the market at Gargas this morning and back.
In 2008 Tour de France came through the Luberon and past our hotel room. It took only an hour to visut before finishing the stage at Digne les Bains...where we were sitting under an oak tree 150m from the finish sipping ice cold nesquick offered repeatedly by a young man dressed in yellow.
Happy to have had the chance to sit still for two weeks and taste how almonds, wheat, olives, figs, grapes, cherries, limestone etc can add colour and inspiration to so many people by artisans who know how to create something beautiful and delicate through skill, care and lovexx
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Rousillon is one of the last villages on our list. Walked that village today. Known for the ochre and a nice view of the Luberon as well. A market on the way home...the smell of paella, fruit of the sea.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Today the trip to Oppede, built into a cliff, mulberry in the ville square, cherry and vineyards in the valley below. Two days left in provence before we head back to Italy for a day trip to see the Giro d'Italia, penultimate stage in Sestriere.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Now in Apt, the market here is the biggest I've seen, full of local produce and bargains. Strawberries and g-strings on sale today...
After 3x120km weeks a recovery week scheduled. Something like 100km? When I am fresh and niggle free ramp it up again.
Today's photo from Sault looking towards Ventoux, the lavender fields just starting to bloom.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Today off to the market at Lacoste, a jog before, going bush for a few days..i miss those pommy wash...not sure where, not sure when
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Have now bagged most of the film locations from A good year.
All to do now is taste the wine from Chateau Siroque (Canorgue).
Last 2 weeks ave 123km + 50km velo
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
The pique nique at the two perched towns of Lacoste and Bonnieux. Amazing part of the world. Almost no tourists at Lacost, a market in full swing at Bonnieux.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Brunch at Gourdes in the 1000ad cite, honeycomb rocky chateau and tiny
lanes all full of boutique shops and cafe. Magical place.
A scene from Russell CRowe's A Good Year, his romantic interest was
shot here. I remember the scene well, fight in background with man
falling into the fountain.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
direction from Sault, I drive to summit @ 1920m asl, run down to 1450m
asl (6.5km) escort her back to the summit taking video and photo of
her ascent...forgot about my own climb..very hard getting ahead to
take the good shit, then to surge back onto her wheel again. Almost a
race for 40 min, 70 in total.
Today roles reversed. I ride to summit from 1500m asl (6km) in time
trial mode, could not hold 15kph in the last 2km when the gradient hit
8-9%. Minnie ran up while I wait at the top.
Spent last night below the tree line at a pique nique rest area in
the hotel Kangoo.
Now in Provence, Luberon, Apt.
Monday, May 9, 2011
MDCFR results: I only know kj did 20:59, others were close together.
Today a jog of the lake, shopping (Minnie pink Nike0 skirt, moi t-shirt) brunch and a pommy wash.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
60 minutes all up, 30 minutes all down. Voila.
The pique nique back in the resort, the usual baguette, fromage suisse, concombre, tomat, moutarde dijon, avocat and a special treat mother's day, tarte clafoutis cherises..delicious.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Today a longer tempo, approx 20 minutes in honour of my friends who are mothers and did the classic today.
Well done to l&p, jbhifi in the Arafura triathlon.
Off towards Italy soon. Over the border tnoz and on to Torino for the opening stage and team time trial of Giro d'Italia.
This morning again laying a tempo base for later on. 6x 5-6 ninutes at threshold, 1 minute recovery.
KM last 7 days=120 Bike last 7 days=123km Weight=¿¿
Thursday, May 5, 2011
This climb adds to the list of Tour de France ascents we have been bagging over the years. Not many better things to do than climb a mountain and stroll through a village or have a pique nique at the top.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
By the time we first came in 2008 it was about 30km long using the old rail line. Every year we come a bit more is added.
Today's ride was 36.5km x 2, with pique nique in the park near the ville. Salad, fromage, artesan baguette, pastries x 2...delicious...mine bum is sore:-)
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Drove across to Courchevel for the daily pique nique, then on to the medieval village of Conflans for a stroll.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Snow on the hills all around, market vegetables just newly planted, very near to a frost today. Will warm to about 28 by lunch.
The intervals 6 x 5 minutes with 1 minute jog between. Not too fast. About City2Surf pace.
Soon shopping and to put the bicycle together so I can ride to Annecy and back. It looked very inviting on the drive in yesterday. Everyone wearing summer clothes, the lake and snow capped mountains as beautiful as ever.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Today a 55 minute run at 1500m asl from Col du Marchairuz (kom for stage 5) including more tempo hills.
Looking forward to some flat runs and a bike ride tmoz in between Albertville and Annecy.
Also good ro have some company for part of my runs as Minnie is on her feet again and running quite strongly.