Oct 8, 2013

The Tour de Bois is over for another year. Last year's tour, during which I was running in the US, was the first I've missed since its inception in 1988. It was nice to be back.

I was fairly happy with how I rode, despite feeling a clear lack of cycling muscles in my legs. We rode two mountain time trials, which were identical to two years ago. I was about 10% slower in both, but that's understandable. However, I'm not sure that racing up mountains 3,000 feet high, at maximum effort, was what my body needed so soon after finishing the run. I've since been a bit tired.

That said, I did feel pretty good this morning on my 7 km daily run, showing more pace than I have for some time. I know I have a lot more muscle mass now in my thighs, as my jeans are a lot tighter than they were a couple of weeks ago. I have also put on a few kilograms – probably a combination of additional muscle mass and the excesses of the tour.
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Many people have indicated they miss the blogs, so I will continue to keep readers informed on a regular basis. There should be plenty of news to write about on various fronts.