Friday, July 18, 2003

Friday. Well, it pissed down with rain last night so no training. I was just doing a steady 30 minutes so thats no great loss.
Looked at next week, I have to spend 2 days at Leamington, and I wanted a night in Manchester, so tentatively arranged Sunday by text, but it seems to have been mis-understood. Must talk later on to arrange it. It seems as I am one of the highest utilised consultants in terms of chargeable days since February I am in for a special award, which is a weekend in Portugal. Hmm. Track tonight. Should be fun !

Thursday, July 17, 2003

I have been nominated for employee of the month on the strength of the work I did at the medical place in Watford.
Felt bad still on Tuesday. Tuesday evening I wolfed down my tea, then out and did a 90 minute plod around Rednal, Barnt Green where I was going along, a van turned right, a guy on an mtb decides to stop between the kerb and the van and I (doing 25 mph) just about squeeze through. Then, as my good old thin wire frame specs finally broke on Saturday, I had to wear my good specs, which seem to funnel flies down into my eyes. To edge of Redditch, Moons Moat, then cut onto old hill, cut my legs on brqambles & stung by nettles going along the narrow track onto the old road. But miles better than going up the dual carriageway. Onto the main road, passed a couple of geeks on flash bikes that jumped on my wheel, not talking, even though I was on an easy ride, low gears, they seemed to think they were cool dudes following my wheel. Turned off at Bransons Cross, along towards Wood end where they came past. Then back via Primrose Hill and stopped at outdoor by Old Mill, got a few tins of lager to sit and drink in the garden, which I did after watching the Tour. Top temperatures of 33 C today, blistering hot !
Work, then out to Wood End, no-one else which was good as I had to do 5 5 minute flat-out intervals. Found these hard as it was humid, though not quite so hot, more about 25 C, 28 C max.

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Had a very easy half-hour plod after finishing lat yet again on Friday, trying to clear up other peoples work.
Saturday, off to the 2-day ! This time feeling more confident. Warmed up properly, but: Disaster !
In the TT my pusher-off pushed me off ! Into the gutter, scrambled back on swearing, & off at a fearsome rate, started blowing pretty quickly, the last 500 m to the finish was pure pain, did a good time, under 5 mins so 30 mph average. Then the road stage, did a bit on the front for the first 2 laps, dropped to the back for the prime and there was a mighty pile-up, just as we were warned. Unfortunately Rob and Mark went down, Mark injured his back, Rob went off to caualty for stiches to his knee. It seems I rode over Brians head. I came off onto the grass verge, slowed enough so I just toppled over in slow motion. Got going but the buch were ahead too far to catch. Spent the rest of the race working hard, in a group of 4 initially, then we hoovered up stragglers and finished hard and knackered. Felt weary at home, took some paracetamol and didn't sleep very well.
Sunday, off to the road stage. There was a leaking sewer which meant riding through a spray of smelly water 13 times ! Sat mostly near the back. Half way through yet another crash. Avoided it and kept in contact, finished neaqr the back of the sprint. Legs tired and I felt the heat (31 C).
Home, wathed the Tour, collected Joanne from Redditch, bough beer and wine. Sat in garden drinking it.
Monday, felt rough, started to the office but turned back. Spent day lying down, dozing and watching the Tour live.
Tuesday in office. Still feel a little bit groggy.