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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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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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