Tour hangover

26 07 2013

I’ve got a hangover.

A Tour de France hangover.

The end of the Tour is always a tough time. Three weeks – two of which are vacation time – is long enough to fall into a familiar routine that begins in the early morning with the live broadcast of the Tour and ends after watching the evening replay. In between there’s family activities and, of course, rides.

The Tour de France starts early in the Pacific time zone; often before sunrise.

The Tour de France starts early in the Pacific time zone; often before sunrise.

The Tour is a great motivator to ride. After all, it’s hard not to be inspired to click over a few kilometres of your own after starting your day with four or five hours of bike racing on TV. Plus there’s all those mileage competitions out there, Strava, Map My Ride, ActiveBody. Each challenges riders to complete some percentage of the actual Tour. Some offer actual prizes, some just virtual badges of honour. All are a good incentive to get the rides in and log them as soon as I get home.

But now the Tour is done. So are most of the challenges. Thursday’s quick 36 km ride was my first since the Tour’s finale on Sunday; my legs felt heavy, my spirit diminished.

Of course the shadows lengthening ever earlier and the increased urgency to get out and back as quickly as possible as portents that we’re on the road to fall might also have had something to do with it.

It's 8 p.m. and already the evening shadows are lengthening.

It’s 8 p.m. and already the evening shadows are lengthening.

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