Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunny and summer. It's about time.
I can't believe it. Four sunny and hot days in a row! This summer has been nuts here--rain, rain, and more rain. For all of you who are experiencing their first summer in VT (you know who you are...), I promise this summer is not the norm. These past four days are the norm. Then throw in one day of rain to cool it off and change it up a bit. Then back to sun. That's the norm and hopefully August will be the summer month that we've been waiting for!
The 96th Tour de France is officially over and it held tons of stress, but no big surprises. Actually, I think it's pretty surprising and impressive that Lance finished 3rd. Contador won by a wide margin as most expected. He's incredible and has won the last 4 Grand Tours that he's entered -- Tour de France '07, Giro d'Italia 08, Vuelta a Espana '08, and now Tour de France '09. He's going to make a legendary name for himself.
For me, this has definitely been the summer of biking. Besides gluing myself to the TV every night to watch the Tour, I've been exploring the roads of VT on my new Trek 520 Touring Bike. Sometimes with my sidekick, Norma Jean, in her sidecar (Rover pet trailer) and sometimes alone to get in long distances. Two weekends ago I made my first attempt of my goal of riding a century ride, but got a flat upon reaching 82 miles. I was feeling great at the time too, so if it weren't for the glass I rode over, I would have had my goal already in my back pocket. No biggie though, it'll just give me another opportunity to go for it.
Show tonight. Looking forward to it. Tune in 8pm at www.theradiator.org or, if you live in the Burlington, VT area, 105.9 FM.