Popping in to see how you guys are doing....I quickly scanned back to get the general gist of things, lots of congratulations in order but in particular to CW on his solo-BGR, your technical and physical preparation were amazing! See a few of you are deep in marathon training....good luck
Busy, busy here and very little running (less that 4hr in the last 2.5 weeks). Spent a couple of weeks in a hot Toulouse in July managing the launch and mission for our latest (and huge) satellite. The launch is always fun....the fastest way I know how to spend approx. $100M (in about 20min). Three more launches to come in the next 18 months, so can't see any let up until 2015. Hard work but satisfying. Hoping to fit in a jog around London next April.
On the TdF, I used to be an avid follower (and cycling in general) in the late 80's and throughout the 90's....I would really look forward to it and buy the guides beforehand etc - ignorance was bliss....For me the whole thing has become totally devalued by the scale and organised nature of what has come to light. When Froome attacked on Ventoux my heart sank...I realised that whenever there was going to be a dramatic event like this there would now always be a huge amount of doubt. It is entertainment and you now have to suspend belief; it is like a Hollywood film and for me it is far removed from a true sporting event. Having said that, I will always remember Claudio Chiappucci's solo ride to Sestrieres in '92 as a truly great sporting moment - drugs don't give you the guts to ride 240km solo over so many huge climbs whilst being chased down by Big Mig - the good days!
I haven't read back, but I'm sure you're all doing just fine
Running a little bit, mainly for sanity than anything else....Major satellite launch a week today, life is just so bl**dy busy
Padams - nice run considering your recent exploits. So how did your clubmate's 'experiment' work out???? GCR weren't relegated which was looking on the cards at one point....long gone are the days that I'm able to help them out. The start of the JP Morgan race is about 100m from my office.