Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Things move forward...

but stay the same. It's great to see the seasons change and frequent readers of this blog (and there may well be at least one) will know that autumn ranks with spring as the months of choice here at Chateau Mokes&P. The temperature drops, bringing relief to us Gingers and the chill in the air stimulates activity... a welcome contrast to the lethargy of summer.

Autumn this year means changes are afoot. 'Charlie' (unofficial name of our foetus) continues to grow in line with expectations which is fantastic.

From ventoux august 2009


We're also continuing to modify our lifestyles to accommodate the changes needed in response to Charlies existence. This is not easy, but every little adjustment leaves a nice feeling of preparing for something that we both want a great deal.

It also motivates us to look back on some of the fantastic things we've done, things that perhaps we won't do for a few years as we shift our foci onto being a family of 3 rather than a team of 2.

From ventoux august 2009


Like climb the Ventoux. P was awesome during our holiday. Super careful about moderating the intensity and happy to spin away and get up all the climbs. It made hitting the summit even better - big smile factor.

And as for sister Beth... wow. What a monster effort, it goes to show what fitness can be developed with regular commuting and a 'no car - no worries' attitude.

From ventoux august 2009


It was slightly odd doing tough rides by myself... missing my training-life partner while looking for a different perspective. The solo highlight? Getting our mega early when the rest of France was asleep and tempoing a 60 min silky smooth climb as the sun rose over the hills. Perfection.

From ventoux august 2009


And finally (there should always be an 'and finally') a photo to strike fear in every Wrangers (slang for Ginger... a bastardisation of Oranatang) nightmare. I applied SPF 50 to my back, but not my front, then swam for 60 min in an open air pool. I guess UV light can reflect off the bottom of the pool. This was not funny then, although it is now.

From ventoux august 2009

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