Jul 29, 2017

An enormous day!!!! We started by cycling over the Col de la Croix de Fer, then descended 38 km to Bourg d’Oisans, at the base of l’Alpe d’Huez. By this stage I’d chalked up 69 km and 1810 metres (6,000 feet) of climbing.

However, while Dave and Peter rode up l’Alpe d’Huez, I decided to run it instead. I’m not sure this was a wise idea, as I’m not used to sustained uphill efforts at the moment. My lower back was killing me from muscle fatigue – anyone who has tried to run up a mountain when untrained will know what I mean. I eventually got to the top, with a bit of walking thrown in. That part of the day’s effort entailed nearly 14 km and over 1,100 metres (nearly 3,500 feet) of climbing on foot. I’m now officially exhausted.

Luckily tomorrow is almost all downhill, so I’ll consider that a recovery day. I couldn’t continue with days like we’ve had recently. We’ve now covered 615 km with 32,000 feet of climbing. I can really feel the fatigue from the Big Red Run affecting me now. Ideally I’d have a rest, but that’s not an option. I’ll just have to take it easier on the bike.