In diesem Jahr ist wohl alles etwas anders. So habe ich mich im Juni kurzerhand dazu entschieden mit dem Flugzeug nach Bordeaux zu fliegen und über die wunderbaren Französischen und Schweizer Alpen zurück ins Ländle zu radeln. Alleine.
Workin’ #openoffice was quit tough today.
It was a rather flat and hot étap. Riding 2/3 alone in No Man’s Land was new and kind of bizarre for me. But for sure I was closer to the space surrounding me.
I might holliday-adjust the forthcoming days’ program.
time: 9:45 h
drink: 6.3 L
intellecutal output: 0
Day #3 – Bonjour, Mademoiselle-Madame!
The start of my day was as cramped as yesterdays’ end. But kilometer by kilometer my thoughts got calmer. Then, I was just traveling by the speed of my legs, landscape changed as time passed by. Head winds served me well in dealing with hot temperture almost all day.
A beautiful day!
time: forgot to check
pain au chocolat: 3
hotspot: Le Tran and of course Les Cévennes
Day #4: Vous êtes tout seul, madame? – No, I’m never alone.
I plan my routes in advance as GPS tracks – or better: a random line on a unknown map. There is no feeling, no clue, no assiciotion about what the landscape will look like, if it will be strange or attracting to me. Today, I first find myself in the solitude of an unexpacted grand and magnificient canyon. After descending I started my way towards the Provence, with all its Caves à Vin and Chic Lifestyle. Hence, it is a rather lager scale of impressions that remains – maybe the very nature of travelling. But one thing is for granted – France is generous to its’ pedaleurs.
I’m grateful for riding save from the Atlantic to the very beginning of the Alps within three days. And I’m confident to evolve day-by-day from a more achieving-orientation further to a just-ride attitude.
Whatsoever. I’m tired and somehow wasted new. Perfectly ready for a recovery day just under the fair countenace of La Mount Ventoux.
#openoffice acquaintance: 1
Day #6: Landscape affects performance of young femal cyclist [ p<0.001; BF:231; n=1] (Altmann & Bachmann, 2020).
As Dr.Altmann predicted, the surroundings of Mt. Ventoux and les Rhonê-Alpes winged my legs and rocketed me to the Alps. I’m overwhelmed by what the day gifted to me. Le Mt.Ventoux, Le col Macuègne,… I’m now somewhere and nowhere north of Gap on the Rue the Napoleon.
I set out for this tour to get a bit more grown-up. DIY. getting more senior… Today I figured out: What a bullshit. I admire science, a natural sense for aesthetics and the art of play. Further, I want grow confident enough to do what I value high. Well, I might actually not too far off.
And as it is such a great day, I will give something to you – a item for your personal bucketlist – you know: Good advice is rather valueable.
– Do a ride from Laragne-Monéglin to Montbrun-les-Bais.
Day #7: Anna unplugged and the Col-Collection.
Alp d’Huez. Col de la Croix Fer. What big perspectives! Already on the way to Bourge d’Oisans something unplugged me. I become extraordinary slow and somehow lost in space. Well, then I considered to take a train. or call a cap. or wait for Superman to take me off. As I realized he won’t come, I took a #winforce power pro recovery shake, reset my mental model of the day and had a prolonged petit-déjeuner, so I managed to reboot.
It was still no easy rider day. I somehow found a rhytm and than – gratefully – found myself pedalling in the middle of les Rhonê-Alps and la Savoie, the emotional heart of cycling 🖤. This scenary stands out by it’s magnificience and leaves you with a feeling of devotion.
Todays Col Collection:
Col de Parquetout
Col de Croix Fer
Col de Glandon