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Comparing Commutes

I've been taking the track bike on the morning and evening commutes to and from work this week and it's been great fun. I love how responsive the bike is, how fast I can dial it up, and how I can just concentrate on steering through the traffic instead of thinking...

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Two Fourviere Loops

So yesterday I ran a slight uphill in the morning and then added a flat-as-a-tack riverside session at lunch. Two not-so-vertical runs in a row inspired me to make things a little more difficult this morning and so while Cécile binged on The Gilmore Girls last night I...

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Hey, Dad!

I mentioned in my post about this morning's run that I was thinking about running a second time at lunch. It wasn't the idea of adding a second run to the day that had me reflecting. What I wasn't too sure about was the weather which was meant to top out at 36°C...

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A Little Bit Up, Then Down Again

I'm back at work again this morning after a couple of weeks off. The break has been nice but I am itching to get back into things and, as well, make the last month and a half of training before the Ultratour du Leman count. Wanting to revert to my regular morning...

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Throat of the Wolf

After hurting my back earlier in the week and giving it a couple of days to feel better, I set out this clear Sunday morning to test out the running legs and see if the now 'sorta better' back would hold up. Good news up front: I felt fine, and the back didn't hurt at...

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Fixed Gear

I used to ride bikes instead of run, and I loved it. Whether competitively in Australia or more for pleasure and exercise here in France, I've always enjoyed testing myself on a bike in terms of distance, over hills, up mountains, or just negotiating the traffic in...

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50 Days Out

So I'm 50 days out from the Ultratour du Leman. I'd be lying if I claimed I was exactly where I wanted to be right now. I am behind on training for a variety of reasons - family, vacation, illness, injury, and work - but I haven't lost my fitness. When I have been...

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Review: The Jungle Bunch

Another day, another vacation film with Jamie. Today we saw The Jungle Bunch movie and it wasn't too bad. It's a typical good versus evil film with a touch of family values and a slightly psychopathic koala thrown in for kicks. Jamie enjoyed it and I have to say it...

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Ouch, My Back

Waking up this morning I headed out and grabbed some breakfast for Jamie who was enjoying having a TV so close to his bed for once - we should do this at home, too, Dad, he had told me and I just grunted my reply. Back home we ate, got dressed, packed up all the gear...

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Grenoble

I spent the day in Grenoble with Jamie today on a bit of a father-son trip a little south of Lyon. Having visited Marseille over the weekend and taken in the Tour de France, the visit to Grenoble was going to be a lot less structured with nothing really drawing us to...

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Review: Cars 3

Today I went a preview screening of Cars 3 with Jamie. It was a movie he had been hanging out to see for months now but which, truthfully, I didn't know all that much about. Part of this was because I had never seen either Cars or Cars 2. I had been to see Planes 2...

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A Day in Marseille

Jamie and I spent the day exploring Marseille today. Cécile was going to join us but was not feeling well and returned to Lyon in the morning leaving the boys to take on the city by themselves. And so we did. The first thing on our list was a hike up to the Notre Dame...

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Roadside at the TDF

Today we were roadside at the Tour de France in Marseille. Cécile, Jamie, and I took the very early train down from Lyon to Marseille this morning so that we could see the race up close and personal for another year. It's something we've done for the last couple of...

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Orica: What Happened?

Picture this. You're a rider in a nine-person break with a clear gap to the chasers and an uninterested peloton nearly ten minutes back. The winner is going to come from this group and you know, the rest of the group knows it, and even the chasers know it in their...

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Summer Rain

I woke up to a phone displaying a new automated task on my Todoist list for the day: bring an umbrella - it's going to rain. Thumbs up for the automation kicking in nicely, but thumbs down for the weather? Nah, not at all. In fact, the light rain I was running in this...

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Rat Race

I didn't think that yesterday's effort on Fourviere was all that hard on my legs but, nonetheless, when I got out of bed this morning I felt a little soreness in my legs. Not a lot, mind you, just a little, and I took it as a reminder that sometimes running downhills...

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Fireball

Up early again and out the apartment door heading for the hills. Well, hill, anyway. I decided this morning that it was time to run a couple of uphills and so I looked to the west, took in Fourviere, and said 'that's for me'. Sort of. I started off heading up the...

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Wabbit Season

Usually I am the only one running in the morning. Oh, sure, I'll pass a couple of others, a handful at the most, but more often than not I'll be the only runner I see hitting the trails and paths at 5:00am. This morning, though, was a little bit different. Instead of...

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