Archive for June, 2010
It’s been a fairly long day here in the Pyrenees, so as you do I’ve just got back from my massage and quick trip to the supermarche for some supplies to get me through the evening. Love my lollies…
So it was up at 6h30 for a 9am start of Stage 2, 85km with rain and maybe 12dgr along with some sketchy little roads. I resumed my position at the back of the peloton, looking to stay out of trouble and upright. With a lumpy run into the finish I managed to hang onto to the back of the peloton dodging a few crashes as the race heated up. The legs felt better so I was happy with that and the heart rate was a little more under control after a days racing.
After a small transfer we arrived at the start of the stage 3 TT, in Loudenvielle Peyragudes deep in the Pyrenees. From here would attack the Col de Peyresourde on route to a Peyragudes Ski station. So not really my cup of tea, 16km TT with 11 of it up hill but it’s all engine building so you just take it in. Not sure how I got on, but not expecting anything more than near the bottom of the list for now.
Tomorrow is another day though with just rolling hills from Lavaur to Castres. So fingers crossed the temperature changes back to summer after a bitter day in the hills.
Back soon, dinner time for now.
Below, how the FDJ staff look after themselves between stages. Will leave the mechanic unnamed.
Day 1 done and a real day of French racing it was. Up n down all day enough attacks for a grand tour in one day, though ending in a sprint.
I had very little part to play in any of that, as I quietly rolled through the stage near the back of the pelo.
It’s the best place to when your in the ‘reprise’ as the French say, or comeback. Out of trouble and getting in the miles you came for.
So not a lot to report on, though one of our boys did manage to run 2nd in the kick which was good to see.
Tomorrow we have a real Tour of Southland style day, with a double stage 80km in the morning and a 16km uphill TT in the arvo. Don’t expect any fire works from here though, It’s just good old engine building I’m here for and that’s it.
Ok well I have an early start either way so time to go.
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Well it’s been a busy couple of days since having the cast removed. As I mentioned earlier with the cast off starts another process, strengthening a very weak and stiff wrist/hand. I have had a splint custom made with a silicon insert to give me some protection from the road vibration, along with many exercises and massage to help regain strength and movement.
This aside, I will be lining up at my first race since Paris Roubaix this Friday, La Route du Sud. The race kicks off in my old stomping ground of Albi, so I will make sure I get down to the bakery to see JP and the rest of the crew around town.
My training has been going well over the past week now with the cast off, getting in the odd long ride and some intensity. Though I have not tried to prepare specifically for this week as my next race following is not for another 5 weeks.
However I have been working on regaining strength in the gym. A lot of road cyclists don’t go anywhere near the gym these days, but I find it helps a lot with muscle balance and stability on the bike. It’s not always easy to fit into a training schedule when your racing, so you need to count it as one of your intensity sessions for the week.
Well I best be off, the rollers are waiting for me and a massage not long after. Gotta love recovery days. Will do my best to keep you posted on the race outcome.
For now here’s a couple of pics… 1. My latest efforts in the gym, fair to say I was down to 1 rep on this one. 2. If you haven’t already seen yesterdays madness at the Tour of Swiss, once again the dangers of our sport showing its takes no prisoners as many of the worlds top sprinters bite the tarmac.
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Well it has been a fairly long 9 weeks, but it is over and the next stage of rehab is about to get underway.
I had a call from my specialist reception late Thursday to say I could take the cast off Friday, anytime after 8am. So obviously I was there not long after 8.
Cast off, and one skinny white hairy wrist left behind. Not the best look, but damm it felt good.
So I decided to take a rest day off the bike, and enjoyed some time at the Ventimiglia markets with my girlfriend, and then took to the beach to test out our new snorkles and masks.
Yesterday I tested my wrist on the bike and it felt great to hold the handlebars again though it was a little sore last night…. whoops.
Anyway the plan is still to race next week at Route du Sud in France, but will let you know how the week goes as the strength comes back.
Will be in touch soon.
It’s been a blustery couple of days here on the cote d’azur, with high winds creating havoc along the coast. Though back in the hills it has been a little calmer so what better reason to do a little climbing.
So it’s been almost nine weeks since my arm has been in plaster and as you imagine I’m itching to get it off. Though as always the rehab does not end here. Having your wrist immobilised for 9 weeks, means one pretty lean, weak joint. So there will be a fair bit of work ahead still.
In saying this the past 3 weeks have been somewhat more enjoyable than the 4 before that spent pounding away on the erg. My weeks have been filled with gym sessions, pilates, and 3-4 hours in the saddle most days. Fair to say I’ve been swinging on and off the back of the group on the climbs as the rest of the boys prepare for the Tour of Swiss, though the coffee shop in Ventimiglia has never been too far away either.
Also my girlfriend Sarah and I have been making the most of our new living arrangements this year just 5km from the Italian boarder. The fresh food and coffee seems to be often half in price and double in goodness. Somehow the Italians just seem to do coffee that much better, and it’s not overpriced like many other places in the world. 70c espresso’s now that’s what a coffee should cost isn’t it…
So apart from my daily caffeine fix things have been pretty low key around here, depending on dr’s orders tomorrow we will then know when the cast comes off. Bringing me into the next phase of rehab which I will update you on very soon.
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Here’s a pic from the bunch one day this week, Simon Gerrans (Sky) is taking the pic, Me, Ritchie Port (SaxoBank) Mark Renshaw (HTC) Cameron Wurf (Androni Giocattoli) Wez Sulzberger (FDJ) Tom Boonen (Quickstep) and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo)