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Part Two.

I just had an enormous burst of energy, spent it outside playing with irrigation hose. There's a hole in the pressure valve which is letting out water, can't work out if that's a sign the pressure's too high, or a sign that there's something wrong with it. When I turn it down enough that there's no water coming out of that hole, there's only a very occasional drop coming out of the irrigation hose.

My mood is better for the effort.

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I also watched some cycling (the Tour Downunder), and tweeted merrily for a while with likeminded folks.

Puzzled by fans who go on about cheering on the Aussies. Procycling teams are trade teams, consisting (usually) of people of all nationalities, and while one does tend to have favourite cyclists, cheering for any particular nationality seems to be missing the point.

My sentimental favourite is an Australian, Cadel Evans, who is retiring this year - this is his last Grand Tour - and he's coming third. I love his ability to keep grinding along even when everything goes wrong, and even when other cyclists are giving him hell above and beyond the usual. He is also one of the few riders who was riding in the Armstrong era who kept his nose clean as regards doping and performance-enhancing drugs.

There are compelling reasons for cyclists (and sporting people generally) for using these methods and substances, but the fact that Cadel did not cave in and use shows a level of pigheaded determination that could have cost him his career and almost certainly cost him many wins (and therefore a lot of money) - but he rode clean anyway. So I really like him.

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ozswede
Jan. 24th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
I still remember how shocked I was that Stuart O'Grady admitted using EPO. Until then, I really thought that he rode clean. Lance Armstrong I always suspected was doped - especially watching him come down like a sledgehammer on ANYONE who suggested it - he just protested too much.

I used to enjoy watching the Tour Down Under - it was a great atmosphere.
splodgenoodles
Jan. 26th, 2015 09:22 am (UTC)
Oh yes, Armstrong was a nasty piece of work.

It was sad to learn that about Stuey, but it also helped me understand just how hard it was *not* to go down that path. And he only did it for a short while, during that era (and that I do believe) which also shows that changing the culture *does* work. Most people are redeemable.
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