Monday Blues

Cottage Time

Due to a vacation scheduling conflict I was away during the last week of the Tour de France. I don’t regret it but I do wish I saw live video of the fireworks that happened during the week.

The first thing I did after we got back, had the kids in bed and finished our clean up after a week at a cottage at the lake was to tee up some YouTube videos of each of the stages that I had missed. Since there was no tv or internet at the cottage, I had no idea what had happened during the week. It was fun to watch quick video clips of the final kms and be surprised after each stage.

That was Friday, July 22nd. The day before Stage 21′s ITT. I was able to watch the TT and the Champs d’Élysée which was great but now it’s Monday, back to the real world. Might as well go back to work, get some groceries, do some laundry, yard work, try to fit a ride into a hectic life etc.

Post Tour Thoughts

If I was a betting man, I would have put money on Evans or the Schleck brothers and do send them congratulations for their efforts and successes. I did believe that Contador was completely knackered after the Giro and wasn’t going to win the tour but crashes in the first week wrecked his chances. I was pleasantly surprised to see myself cheering him on in some ways even though I wasn’t quite sure he should have been in the race.

I echo a number of people’s belief that Thomas Voeckler is one of the greats in the pro peloton. Not just as a cyclist but possibly as a person. How could you not cheer for someone who rides with such panache?

Padraig at Red Kite Prayer has a well written blogpost called “The Ache” that is worth the read and to know that you’re not alone in your post tour funk.