Monday, July 13, 2009


It is the first rest day at the tour, this comes at a good time for me. I like to watch all the stages from start to finish. This meant 5am on Friday, 4:30 on Saturday and 4:00 on Sunday. Now I do get up early but even that is early for me, so a sleep in was most welcoming this morning.
Phil and Paul like to say that the rest day for the riders is a mixed bag, that the riders don't always respond to a day of rest that well. I did notice that both Levi and Thor were quite enthused by the rest day, as Levi said, who wouldn't welcome some rest. I think training and exercise have changed very much in the last 30 years and some of the tradition that surrounds the Tour has become more folklore than fact. With massage, short easy rides and more knowledge about nutrition I would think the rest day is a very important part of the three week race. If some of the riders don't react well I would say it is because they are not taking advantage of the rest while the others are.
I know for me in the middle of summer it is easy to go out and ride every day, the days are long and the roads and trails are beckoning. Last week I had to work a little more than average as a couple of my co-workers were gone. More work less riding. When I managed to throw in an interval session I was amazed at how strong I felt. I think rest is a good thing even for those pros.

1 comment:

martysavalas said...

Pretty sure Phil and Paul have a rest day script that they read out every year. They've been saying that since the I started following the tour in 1989...