le tour de france
the tour has been going on for a couple of weeks now. i've always followed it but this year decided i better watch it since it is the last tour for my fav-lance armstrong. i always respected lance but was never that big of a fan until i read his book. it's incredible what he has been through and just in general what a great person he is. he has won 7 tours! just think about it, 3 weeks of on your bike everyday(except for two rest days) riding at least 100 miles and much more than that some days. not to mention that the mountain stages are so grueling! i seriously have been getting up between 5:30 & 6:30 am and catching every minute. stage 8 was so painful to watch. lance was doing great, he was a little behind from a minor crash a few days earlier. him and another biker clipped pedals and armstrong crashed hard, he tumbled on the ground and got some good road rash. it happened right before an ascent. he then had to wait for a new bike to get started again. he tried to make up time but got lost on the huge climb. then, as if it couldn't get any worse, he is on a dead straight away and the guy in front of him just falls-don't ask me how he that happened. needless to say, lance is not in contention anymore. it was pretty hard to watch it happen. i honestly don't know if he could have won, but i think he would have got top 3 if it wasn't for all the bad luck. the tour is still very exciting to watch and i'm hoping for andy schleck to pull out a win. the tour ends on sunday and i'm excited to get my normal sleeping hours back.