Sunday, 25 July, 2004
Another Bicycling Update
Three more items on the bicycling front, before I leave that topic for a while to avoid losing readers:
- Lance Armstrong made history today by winning the Tour de France for the sixth time. Not only did he win by a convincing margin, he completely dominated the mountain stages of the Tour. In particular, he won Wednesday's mountain time trial up Alp d'Huez by over a minute and beat his closest rival in yesterday's individual time trail (55 kilometers) by over a minute. All around, it's an impressive achievement.
- I did my monthly century ride yesterday, rolling out a little before 7:00. I met another cyclist about 10 miles into my ride, and we rode together for the next 70 miles or so. He's a much stronger rider than I am, but was taking it easy while recovering from a knee injury. The temperature topped 110 degrees on the road, and by the end of the ride I was suffering. But I completed my 100 miles, keeping with my goal of at least one century ride per month for the year.
- Debra's training is coming along well. We did a hard 45 mile ride this morning, introducing her to some of the hills to be found in the Austin area. She wasn't too happy having to climb some of them, but she made it home without any ill effects.