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The Week After the Tour

by John on June 5th, 2008

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
Artist Track
Aerosmith Back In The Saddle
Aerosmith Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Aerosmith Eat The Rich
Aerosmith Livin’ on The Edge
Aerosmith Love In An Elevator
Aerosmith Pink
Aerosmith Rag Doll
Aerosmith Sweet Emotion
Aerosmith What it takes
Alice Cooper Poison
Alien Ant Farm Smooth Criminal
Beastie Boys Fight For Your Right (To Party)
Beastie Boys Intergalactic
Beastie Boys Sabotage
Beatles A Day in the Life
Beatles All Together Now
Beatles Come Together
Beatles Hey Jude
Beatles I Am The Walrus
Beatles In My Life
Beatles I’ve Just Seen A Face
Beatles Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Beatles Revolution
Black Crowes She Talks to Angels
Bon Jovi Livin’ On A Prayer
Bon Jovi Wanted Dead Or Alive
Charlie Daniels Band The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me
DMX Party Up (Up In Here)
Dr. Dre (feat. Eminem) Forgot About Dre
Elvis Presley A Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix)
Eminem Lose Yourself
Eminem Square Dance
Eminem Without Me
Everlast Black Jesus
Everlast What It’s Like
Faith No More Epic
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax
Fugees The Score
George Thoroughgood One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
Geto Boys Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta
Gorillaz Clint Eastwood
Guns N’ Roses Live and Let Die
Guns N’ Roses Paradise City
Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine
Guns N’ Roses Welcome To The Jungle
Guns N’ Roses You Could Be Mine
Ice Cube It Was a Good Day
James Brown Living In America
Jay Z Can I Get A…
Jay Z Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
Juelz Santana The Second Coming
Kanye West Jesus Walks
Kid Rock Bawitaba
Kid Rock Cowboy
Living Colour Cult of Personality
Men At Work Down Under
Midnight Oil Beds Are Burning
NWA Boyz in the Hood
NWA Straight Outta Compton
Oasis Champagne Supernova
Outkast Ms. Jackson
Outkast The Whole World
Pixies Where Is My Mind
Public Enemy Fight the Power
Puff Daddy Come With Me
Queen Another One Bites the Dust
Queen I Want It All
Queen Under Pressure
Queen We Are the Champions
Queen We Will Rock You
Quiet Riot Cum On Feel The Noise
Red Hot Chili Peppers Aeroplane
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers Breaking The Girl
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers Can’t Stop
Red Hot Chili Peppers Give It Away
Red Hot Chili Peppers Scar Tissue
Red Hot Chili Peppers Suck My Kiss
Rolling Stones Paint It Black
Rolling Stones Start Me Up
Run D.M.C. (feat. Aerosmith) Walk This Way
Sam Kinison Wild Thing
Skid Row 18 and Life
Snoop Dogg Gin and Juice (featuring Dr. Dre)
t.A.T.u. All The Things She Said
Tom Petty Last Dance With Mary Jane
Toto Africa
U2 Sunday Bloody Sunday
Van Halen Jump
Warren G (feat. Nate Dogg) Regulate
ZZ Top Legs

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