Yesterday started with me laughing at André Greipel and ended with me feeling bad for him. A lot can happen in a day… or a week. It is part of the sport — rolling with the punches and overcoming.
My last post was about George Hincapie’s “non-standard” jersey. That brought to my attention the story about André stealing George’s jersey. Seems George was almost treating that thing like a security blanket and the younger rider was going to get some of that mojo (or play a prank on his mentor). The jersey came up missing, but Greipel was caught because of the Hincapie markings.
It is neat to see some of the inner workings of a team. It makes you understand the riders a little more when you see them on the bike. It also makes you feel all the more for a guy when things don’t go his way.
Greipel was sitting second in the standings at the start of stage 3 yesterday. He was poised to make a good run at being a two time winner in the race. That opportunity went down to the pavement early in the stage as he ran into a motorcycle that was jutting out into the race lane. He ended his day with a dislocated shoulder.
Just like that his race changed. The week is done for him and his whole season will have to adjust. Thankfully, he is young and nothing was broken. He’ll be back.
George carried the banner for the Columbia team with a fourth place finish. That allowed him to move up one position in the standings, but he is still 20 seconds back. The old man is showing some legs this early season! Must have been that last UWBL ride 🙂
Me? I got home last night from mid-week service at my church fully intending to spin while I watched the UNC vs. Clemson game. However, during the day I started to feel some soreness in my knees. It has been a long time since I’ve had the feeling. I know why. I’ve just got to work it out.
The reason is because I was pushing too big of a gear during my 2 hour trainer workout Tuesday night. I felt no pain at all during the effort, but I know that the low cadence is what did it. It was the first long effort after being off the bike for a week. I thought I had warmed up enough, but I’m pretty sure I overdid it.
I skipped out last night to give them a break and focused on relaxing them and stretching out the muscles around the joints. Tonight I’ll get back on, but I’ll back off doing anything really hard. I want to make sure I am good to go this Saturday when I hope to take part in the longest ride yet (5 hours) for the Upstate Winter Bicycle League.
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