L’eroica 2013

A bike ride. Going back to the basics.

5,000 cyclists.

Classic bikes, wool jerseys, wine bottles, toe clips, white roads.






An amazing spectacle. No competition. No stress.

Just ride your bike and drink some wine (or beer) when you’re done.

Might enter the lottery for next year’s…


Strange places with a stroller

My brother and sister-in-law are so generous.  They’ve given us a lot of things their kids used to use.

One of those things is our carseat/stroller combo. We take it everywhere.

We took it with us to the top of Alpe d’Huez.

We walk through forests with it.

It’s not very fancy, but that doesn’t matter. It works.

It goes over cobbled streets and handles muddy paths just fine. In fact, we probably need to clean the poor thing. 🙂


Nursing bras

I breastfeed our baby.

I have big boobs, which have gotten bigger now that I’m lactating. I really need a bra that will support me well.

I had two nursing bras by the time I had the baby. The same bra in two different colors.

It was this Gilligan & O’Malley one from Target.  At first, I thought it was great.  And then a month passed.  I got a ton of use out of this bra, but it quickly became apparent that I would need another one as the Gilligan & O’Malley ones had stretched out so much that it was uncomfortable to walk briskly.  I could fit my fist inside the back of the bra when it was on the tightest setting.  Not good.

Here I am a few months later and finally getting new nursing bras.  I was in London for a couple of days and decided to stop in Harrod’s to see what all the fuss was about.  While I was in there, I thought surely they must have maternity/nursing bras.  And, they did!

Enter:  Elle Machperson Intimates.  The very helpful woman working in the lingerie department could tell my size just by looking at me, and within minutes I was in a new bra and feeling totally supported.  I felt like a new woman!




I bought this bra in a 32G and this one in a smaller cup size (it was all they had and I was desperate).

I feel so much better having made these purchases.  Yes, they are pricey and nearly four times as expensive as the Target bras.  They are worth it, though.  For me, there’s nothing worse than feeling like my boobs are swinging around just when I’m walking.

I also bought this bra from Carriwell in the maternity boutique at Harrod’s.  I bought a size Large and it fits perfectly.

I have to be honest, I felt a little guilty for spending so much money on bras.  I’ve never spent that much money on underwear in my life!   Now that I’ve worn them for a few days, however, I can tell you that I’m so glad I made the purchase and would do it again if I had to.


Back in Florence

We’re back after a week of traveling in France.  It was fun to follow the Tour for a bit, but it’s nice to be back in my warm bed.  Can’t believe how cold it gets on top of Alpe d’Huez in JULY.  So worth it, though.


For the first part of the trip we stayed near Embrun, where the mountain time trial was starting from a few days later.

I rode part of the course, breastfed baby once I reached the top of the climb (Ged followed in the car as my “directeur sportif”), then descended on that crazy, gravelly downhill before heading back to the campsite. I think I did 5k in climbing, and I was pooped by the time I got to the top. Total ride distance was 30km. My longest ride yet since giving birth on May 2. Woot.



From there, we left for Alpe d’Huez.  As we did two years ago, we set up camp on the top of the mountain.  Our tent was right next to a ski chair, as well as some very nice Danish people. During the Tour, Alpe d’Huez becomes a camping free-for-all. There are literally tents everywhere–tents in the playground, tents under the ski chair, tents in the parking lot.


Staying in a tent with baby was awesome. Ged and I have always liked camping, so to share that love with our new baby was very special for us. She looked so cute in her baby sleeping bag, too.

Getting to see a bike race was cool, too. 🙂




I am a snail

Two months post-partom.  A handful of rides since giving birth.  Not doing too bad in the saddle, I guess, but it sucks to start from scratch.

The only rides I’ve done since I’ve been back have been 16km long.  Today, I bumped it up to 20km and even included a CLIMB!  Ha.  It’s been a while since I’ve gained altitude on the bike.

Here are my slowww stats via Strava.




We’re off to France in a week to watch a stage or two of the Tour, as well as ride a bit.  I’m worried that I might die on Alpe d’Huez when I attempt to climb it.  I’ve climbed it twice in the past, but I’m in terrible shape right now.  We shall see.