Thursday, June 30, 2011
Spent two nights here in 2008, didn't even know the lake existed until 10 mins before leaving in 2008...had to explore some more...tranquil, nice running, tourist park near empty.
Now back to Les Herbiers, 20km, to play Tour de France:-)
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
This morning left Rochefort for La Rochelle, via Ile d'Aix, then onto Ile d'Re, explore and stop off for a night or two.
In the new week along the coast further north to Ile de Nourmoutier and the Passage du Gois (a passage only possible at low tide). The Tour de France starts from this point next weekend and follows the coast road we will have driven before turning inland to Les Herbiers (finish of stage 1 where we will be).
Finally after 7000km of driving, 1000 km of running, 60 min of planking, 10 small tour stages, 3 rolls of ankle tape, we are here for the start of the tour in Vendee.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
This morning early on the beach, the tide is high, 6,5,4,3,2,1,1,1,1 min intervals with 30 sec recovery. Temperature already over 20, another 30+ on the way...not a cloud...
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Out of the carpark, start running through pine forest, soft paths, start heading for the summit, come to a road, people cheering me, I am in a race, start passing runners up the steep trail towards the summit, peopke cheering louder, can I win? I can do it, push harder, I think I can...I stop to take photos of the runners, pass them again, try not to breathe when I pass them, take more photo...man tells me not for from the top...I can not win...bandits can not win..,I don't even know where the start was::-) too funny...ps Minnie in 2nd the feminine
Night at Mont Dore, a petit pizza to warm, on the other side of Super Besse, Puy du Sancy.
This morning complete the long trek, Bordeaux, jog on the bike path, a long one, 85 mins
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
From 1400m asl up to 1600m asl and return. Found some more wild strawberries...the blueberries are disappointing at this altitude..near to non-existent.
Cadel struggled today, held onto 2nd place...will be at the finish at La Toussuire tmoz to cheer him om.
Then who knows where... Brittany still looks so cold, barely a day above 20..did someone mention Bordeaux???
Chasing Cadel again in Criterium du Dauphine today and tmoz, very exciting yesterday...should be more of the same, two mountain top finishes, all to play for.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Today from the village at 1150m asl, winding up a soft woodchip path to the top of a ski run @ 1520m asl and return. 50 minutes up, 20 minutes down.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
On the way to the Suisse border to meet up with the Dauphine at Les Gets tmoz. Will return to this region for the final two stages on the weekend.
Last 6 weeks (in Europe) 120km average. Still ages until my next race of City2Surf. I can't get more fit, will start to work on getting more race fit in the next weeks.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Harder on the way back (25 out, 14 back, nearly flat out).
Watching Criterium du Dauphine on the box today, Lyon far too big a city for me...Grenoble time trial tmoz, same route as Tour de France in a few weeks time...very excited to be seeing both...go Cadel.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Following the run, straight back to Albertville to see the depart and sign on of Criterium du Dauphine...watch the stage finish on the box in the hotel. Go Cadel.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
On the bike path, my favoutite of all the world, 24 minutes out along the lake to the tunnel of doom, almost flat out back, 14 minutes, very hard at the end.
Tomorrow begins Criterium du Dauphine. We will see 6-7 stages. Many of the Tour de France riders will do their final praparations. Soe were on the bike path yesterday and today. Some have been in the mountains.
The beaches filled with pique niquees, also more than a few swimmers.
Me a longish run, 17km, 8 minute temoo run in the middle.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
This morning drizzle, not above 10 before lunch, sun came out, not a bad afternoon. Drove 50km to a different valley, d'Arc.
Long run up Col de la Madelaine from the valley below. Over 400m of climbing at an average of 7%, stopped at the 800m level.
87 minutes of running today. 127km last 7 days.
Have been doing planks, must do before consuming wine, not possible during or after.