How good was the Tour de France last night? The big mountain stages are sorting out the strong riders from the sprinters (who are a bit like sit and kick track runners and let's face it, no one really likes them ... ). Thankfully, Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwen can now stop feeling like every third sentence has to include the words "Mark Cavendish".
Watching Armstrong get back onto the group with Contador and the Schleck brothers up the mountain was awesome. Rox had just gone to bed but I called out to her when Lance took off. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat (actually a very comfy couch). I hope people don't think less of me when I say that although Contador looks like he is the best rider in the race, I sort of hope he comes a cropper in the individual time trial so that Lance has a chance to win.
Not a good day for Cadel Evans again. I know this is probably sacrilegious for an Aussie, but I can't really get excited about Cadel Evans, it's like he has had a charisma bypass (plus I can't help thinking how much he looks like Virgil Tracy from the Thunderbirds every time I see him).
I have to say though that the commentators are giving me the sh!ts a bit especially Paul Sherwen. I know maths isn't my strong point but listening to him stumble about with simple addition and subtraction as he tries to work out relative placings on the road is painful.
Worse than that though is that he has taken this whole affectation about calling each of the teams "Team this" and "Team that" to a completely new level. Never mind the stupidity of it in the first place which doesn't occur in any other major sport (although I am really looking forward to seeing "Team Reading" get promoted back to the English Premier League alongside "Team Manchester United" and "Team Chelsea". The football should be good this week with my team "Team Western Bulldogs" playing "Team St Kilda") .
Sherwen can't help himself though. "Team Cervelo Test Team?" - Paul, they've gone to the trouble of putting "Team" in their name, you don't have to insert another one - "Cervelo Test Team" will suffice, you plonker.
Although it seems easy, I think the job they are doing might actually be quite complicated as they are commentating for a number of different networks across the world. In a few of the earlier stages, I was sure I could hear Phil commentating in the background while Paul was talking and I am assuming that he was providing comments for another network at that time - I guess so they can tailor their comments for their audience. As a result, it can seem a bit disjointed at times as if they are not really listening to one another or can't remember if they have already said something before. On the other hand perhaps they are married ...
Michael Tomalaris isn't any better especially since he has started talking to that wally Rupert Guinness after every stage. Never mind that Guinness seems to know as much as the average armchair critic, (apparently he is a journalist from the Fairfax Media Group - well whoop de doo),what is going on with those shirts? Tomalaris seems vaguely disinterested and I know he is looking down at a monitor when Rupert is talking so that he can see if we need to cut back to the other cyclists finishing or an interview with the winner, but he looks like he is averting his eyes from the shirt or avoiding Rupert's bad breath. Why can't they put the monitor up higher on the other side? On the other hand, those shirts of Rupert's look like they are made of polyester so they are probably a bit stinky at the end of a warm summer's day.
Why does he wear them? Is it to rub it in to the rest of us that he is on holiday in France in summer while we are back in Australia in winter? Or is it his "thing" in the same way as some eccentric academics wear bow ties? I guess some people find something they like and stick to it. My Dad has an unusual liking for the skivvy and waist coat combination and my friend Bolty always wears Adidas Sambas (he had a pair when we were in Germany that squeaked whenever he walked - I think he relieved his problem with vaseline in the end but that's probably a story for another time). Rupert could hardly look more ridiculous unless he was wearing a beret. Actually that could be quite funny in an ironic sort of way, especially if he had "Rupert" embroidered on the front of it a la the Griswalds in European Vacation. ("A la" this French stuff is really catchy isn't it?).
I wonder where Mike Tomalaris gets his SBS body shirts from? More importantly, are they available to buy, especially the nice brown one?
Isn't this supposed to be a running blog? I guess I'll try to remember what I did this week.
Monday - felt quite fresh after Saturday's 32km run so headed out for my 16.2km general aerobic run as scheduled. Very windy so not great time wise 72 minutes from memory but felt very comfortable even when running into the wind apart from the big blustery gusts from time to time.
Tuesday - 21.5km medium long run scheduled. I knew it would be flooded down Burswood way so did my run out to UWA instead. It was raining quite heavily when I was getting ready and I was a bit sick of getting cold and wet so I took a rain jacket with me tied around my waist. Murphy's Law came into effect of course and it didn't rain the entire time I was out for my run. Even more annoying was that the underpass at the Causeway was flooded so I was unable to do the necessary detour out to the Marathon Club and back so as a result my run was only 19.7km. I could have added on a bit at the end but I find that when my planned runs get disrupted I often can't be bothered making alternative plans on the run. Had to stop for a pitstop on this run so not sure of exact running time - approx 91 mins I think.
Wednesday (today) - 8.4km recovery run plus 10 x hill sprints. I didn't do my hill sprints last week as I was concerned about the soreness in my achilles. No soreness this week so back into it and felt great. The gradual increase in reps has resulted in me running much stronger through the short workout such that I think I am going to have to find a longer hill and get the sprint time out to 14-15secs per rep. HR was a little higher today 137 but I think my HR monitor was playing up early in the run and I don't know how that impacts on the overall average.
The forecast for this Sunday's 10km Run for Gold is excellent. A little bit of wind but nothing like we have had recently and no rain on the day or for the few days before. As a result the course should be dry. I have got a couple of different ideas about how I might run this race and can't decide which one to choose. I think it might come down to how I feel when I warm up on the day as to what tactics (which makes the assumption that I actually follow any plan that I decide upon) I will try. I will have to leave straight after I finish to get to Ben's soccer in time to take the warm up.
PS - I am a little bored and lacking focus at the moment.
PPS - If you disagree with me about my take on the cycling, please leave me a comment - I could do with a good argument.