Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Week After the Tour

Actually been meaning to post for the past couple of days, and just never got around to it. The day after the Tour, I took myself on a 30 mile bike ride -- this started as something where I just wanted to get my legs moving, and ended up with me just "going". I even biked to work on Monday -- then I hurt my knee. I'm still not sure what I did, but somewhere along the way to the office, my knee started aching. Then, it ached all day and I biked home slowly. Since it still ached a little the next day, and I figured it might be best to take a day off. The thing is, the weather was absolutely beautiful on Monday and on Tuesday. I remember sitting in my office all day Tuesday calling myself a wuss.

Wednesday was threatening to rain all day, so driving in was a little easier to explain in my head (especially through the downpour from about 11 through 2). The thing that sucked, however, was that things were actually quite pleasant while I would have been on the road.

While it is very humid today, and is threatening to rain, I still biked in, as I won't be able to tomorrow. I'm noticing that my average and maximum heart rates during the journey are declining, the number of calories I'm burning is declining, while my time stays about the same -- this leads me to think that I'm just getting into better shape - which I certainly can't complain about.

Comparing myself at this point last year, I think I was still catching my breath by this point a year ago. In fact, I recall heading out to dinner with my father in law a day or two after the Tour and him commenting about a bike ride that his brother wanted to take him on -- I believe it was "Across Wisconsin in 6 days" or something like that. At the time, I agreed with my father in law. A 60 mile ride in one day seemed like enough for a month. After last year's ride, I didn't get on my bike again until at least two weeks later. After this year's ride, though, I couldn't wait to get back on the road, though. Funny how a little bit of discipline will change you.

For anybody who might be interested, my playlist from the Tour de Cure
AerosmithBack In The Saddle
AerosmithDude (Looks Like A Lady)
AerosmithEat The Rich
AerosmithLivin' on The Edge
AerosmithLove In An Elevator
AerosmithRag Doll
AerosmithSweet Emotion
AerosmithWhat it takes
Alice CooperPoison
Alien Ant FarmSmooth Criminal
Beastie BoysFight For Your Right (To Party)
Beastie BoysIntergalactic
Beastie BoysSabotage
BeatlesA Day in the Life
BeatlesAll Together Now
BeatlesCome Together
BeatlesHey Jude
BeatlesI Am The Walrus
BeatlesIn My Life
BeatlesI've Just Seen A Face
BeatlesLucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Black CrowesShe Talks to Angels
Bon JoviLivin' On A Prayer
Bon JoviWanted Dead Or Alive
Charlie Daniels BandThe Devil Went Down to Georgia
Def LeppardPour Some Sugar On Me
DMXParty Up (Up In Here)
Dr. Dre (feat. Eminem)Forgot About Dre
Elvis PresleyA Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix)
EminemLose Yourself
EminemSquare Dance
EminemWithout Me
EverlastBlack Jesus
EverlastWhat It's Like
Faith No MoreEpic
Frankie Goes to HollywoodRelax
FugeesThe Score
George ThoroughgoodOne Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
Geto BoysDamn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta
GorillazClint Eastwood
Guns N' RosesLive and Let Die
Guns N' RosesParadise City
Guns N' RosesSweet Child O' Mine
Guns N' RosesWelcome To The Jungle
Guns N' RosesYou Could Be Mine
Ice CubeIt Was a Good Day
James BrownLiving In America
Jay ZCan I Get A...
Jay Z Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
Juelz SantanaThe Second Coming
Kanye WestJesus Walks
Kid RockBawitaba
Kid RockCowboy
Living ColourCult of Personality
Men At WorkDown Under
Midnight OilBeds Are Burning
NWABoyz in the Hood
NWAStraight Outta Compton
OasisChampagne Supernova
OutkastMs. Jackson
OutkastThe Whole World
PixiesWhere Is My Mind
Public EnemyFight the Power
Puff DaddyCome With Me
QueenAnother One Bites the Dust
QueenI Want It All
QueenUnder Pressure
QueenWe Are the Champions
QueenWe Will Rock You
Quiet RiotCum On Feel The Noise
Red Hot Chili PeppersAeroplane
Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili PeppersBreaking The Girl
Red Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication
Red Hot Chili PeppersCan't Stop
Red Hot Chili PeppersGive It Away
Red Hot Chili PeppersScar Tissue
Red Hot Chili PeppersSuck My Kiss
Rolling StonesPaint It Black
Rolling StonesStart Me Up
Run D.M.C. (feat. Aerosmith)Walk This Way
Sam KinisonWild Thing
Skid Row18 and Life
Snoop DoggGin and Juice (featuring Dr. Dre)
t.A.T.u.All The Things She Said
Tom PettyLast Dance With Mary Jane
U2Sunday Bloody Sunday
Van HalenJump
Warren G (feat. Nate Dogg)Regulate
ZZ TopLegs

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