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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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Rise and Shine

Rise and shine, people, it's Sunday funday! I slept poorly last night, waking up a number of times and not being able to drown out the white noise of the fan that we had on to keep us somewhat cooler in the still-hot summertime swelter that Lyon is experiencing right...

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Trotinette

So I'm still a little sick - mostly the throat is better but the cold and the running nose still remain - and I'd hoped to be able to get out for an hour this afternoon after watching the Tour de France stage finish. As it turned out, though, I would be joined today...

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Bastille Day

I am still not feeling great this morning but I wanted to get a short run in anyway. Cécile and Jamie are due back later in the afternoon and I had to fit in some shopping, some work, and at least the start of today's stage of the Tour de France before they did....

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Sick

So this is how it is going to go. The day that I bid farewell to the office for a couple of weeks of vacation and the cold and cough that has been threatening to bring me down for the last couple of days finally strikes. That tickle in the throat had worsened...

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Great Scene: Lethal Weapon

I flashed back today on a great scene in the original Lethal Weapon movie. To set the scene: There's a depressed guy threatening to kill himself by jumping off a building The cops along with a crowd are watching from down on the street - will he do it? Riggs and...

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Before Brussels

In one of those things that I never thought I'd be doing when I lived in Australia, today I'm off for a day-trip to another country for work. I'll be jumping on a high-speed train headed for Brussels in Belgium in a couple of hours, recording an interview, and then...

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Ten Weeks Out

I'm about ten weeks out from the Ultratour du Leman and my first +100 mile ultra. That means I have about eight weeks of regular training to go before the taper begins and, while two months is a reasonable period of time, it alo seems short considering I have been...

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Live Blog: Mont du Chat

A blow-by-blow T 0:00: The climb begins with Bakelants and Gallopin off the front by a couple of minutes and Marion Rousse on the France 2 commentary team hardly holding back her enthusiasm in seeing her hubby leading the day's stage. T 2:02: Gallopin goes for it,...

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Col de Grand Colombier

Tomorrow the Tour de France takes the riders up the Col du Grand Colombier. A couple of years ago I rode the same climb as part of the Tour de l'Ain Cyclosportive and let me tell you - it's a killer. I decided to look up my performance on that climb as a keen amateur...

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Calling it for Kittel

Sometimes predicting the winner of a stage of the Tour de France is hard. Tomorrow, for example, is going to be tough, as is Sunday. Any time the road points up and the riders start to put some distance between the wheels, it is hard to know who will come out on tip....

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Nacer Bouhanni Knows How to Lose

Finally someone in the professional peloton has seen what I see in Nacer Bouhanni - and that is, not much. In the wake of today's sprint stage Arnaud Demare's lead out man, Jacopo Guarnieri, spelled out exactly what was wrong with the Cofidis sprinter: Bouhanni is an...

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Planche des Belle Filles

After yesterday's successful - well, mostly successful - prediction of the stage winner and the resulting win of a foot massage from Cécile, I am looking forward to catching today's stage of the Tour de France after work. The first of the summit finishes, it's a sharp...

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…And The Winner Is?

So today was an almost guaranteed sprint finish in the Tour de France - a long, lazy jaunt across France before a slightly twisty but still-wide road approach into Vittel? Yeah, nothing says sprint finish like the first week of the Tour de France when you throw in big...

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Sagan!

The stage ended with a climb, it was too steep for the pure sprinters, and it was going to be a fight between Gilbert, Valverde, Vanmarcke, Albasini, Matthews.... ...ah, who am I kidding? This stage was made for Peter Sagan and he delivered. BMC was pushing into the...

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A Lyon Classic

As my Mum is in town I decided to make the Sunday night dinner a local dish that is pretty easy to prepare but always goes down a treat: Lyon sausage and twice-cooked potatoes. Pulling this altogether is easy and really only takes about 40 minutes start to finish -...

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Review: Heineken 0.0%

I don't drink a lot of beer because, well, I don't drink. Occasionally I'll have a zero alcohol beer during the summer, however, so when I saw that Heineken was advertising a new zero alcohol beverage in the last couple of weeks, I thought I would give it a try. Here...

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