Some prime breakaway territory today:
Many short, but steep, climbs. As yesterday, the toughest climb is last - the Category 1 Col de la Croix:
The breakaway specialists should be out in force. Will Cancellara try to make a move to get back yellow, or save his energy for tomorrow's time trial? I'll be interested to see how Sagan fares today.
Will any GC contender who lost time on Friday try to make it up today?
The lull in Treadwell/The Opening/Tim and Trey @Lebron's camp/hoops freshmen(yeah, that Mad5 thing didn't really take) information has got me to thinking...
Man, there are a lot of things I wish someone would have told me before I had kids.(Yeah, for those of you who dont know/care, I'm the tired dad of a pair of 4 month olds). And I guess I was hoping to gleen some advice from the greater mgocommunity as well. (Yeah, I know the first piece of advice is going to be not to start an advice thread on an sports blog...bite me)
The first thing I'd want to tell babyless me: Good lord you lump of crap, get off your butt and go for a run. Go lift some weights. You cannot possibly grasp how much free time you have. Do you really need to watch Rocky/Star Wars/LOTR every time they show it on cable? Believe me, there'll be plenty of time for that later. If you knew how precious opportunities for actual physical activities were going to be...
Clean out your freaking basement. You've got junk down there that you haven't touched since you moved in. If you dont get to it now, it will never ever happen.
8 words: Little Tikes Snug a Bunny Cradle and Swing(AKA IRON DRAGON). You need one of these per infant on every floor of your house. We're talking 180degree swivel, mirror ball, oscillating mobile, soothing music...if they had one in my size I'd be sitting in it right now.
Get yourself to an ACO Hardware. Find the big rolls of trash bags labeled "Ironbuilt". 50/100/150 count, whichever is cheaper per unit. Buy them all. You dont know when you are going to make it to the store. And you cannot run out of trash bags. This is not an option.
While you are at it, run down to Kroger and fill your cart with 6dbl roll packs of Home Sense toilet paper. They go on sale for $2.50 No reason you shouldn't have 5 or 6 packs stashed in each bathroom. Again, running out is not an option.
Oh, and get the big tub of Similac. I dont know who you think you are kidding with that half-sized $15 can...Running out just isn't an option...And dont worry about running out of those $5 coupons, they'll send out another batch next week.
Why didn't anyone tell me about these Kroger Comforts diapers? I wasted all that money on a Sams Club membership, (and the giant packs of huggies) and you're telling me these freaking Kroger diapers hold up just as well to blowouts and cost 6 freaking dollars for 50? I thought you guys were my friends.
Finally...Dont try to talk to your wife when there is a screaming baby in your arms/ in the room. It just doesn't end well. Whatever it is...it can wait.
Edit: Anyone have any experience with 529's(college savings programs)?
I was looking at Michigan Educational Trust, and while the idea of locking in today's tuition seems great, the suggested payments/current tuition just dont seem to add up. I ended up starting Michigan Educational Savings Program accounts for them...hoping grandma/grampa might chip in too...Can you imagine what college is going to cost in 18 years?
At last, the mountains. Kind of a shame this stage couldn't have happened a day earlier to separate the peloton a bit more, but oh well. This one is a beauty, with a mountaintop finish:
That finish is nasty - one of the steepest climbs in France outside of the Alps or Pyrenees. A close-up:
So after riding 193 km (120 miles), these guys get to cover 5.9 km (3.7 miles) of double-digit inclines. That should be a doozy. Will anyone attack? One hope from after the terrible crash is that maybe it will force the climbers who lost time to really throw caution into the wind from here on out.
Fortunately, here's something Michigan oriented that will help pass (some of) the time until Football season: UM's Solar Car Team and the American Solar Challenge.
The race will kick off on July 14, 2012 in Rochester New York and wrap up in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 21, 2012. The route, for the most part, will be within the B1G footprint. If you have the time, I'm sure the Team would love to see some support along the way or at the nightly camp sites:
- July 14: Erie, PA
- July 15: TBD
- July 16: Ann Arbor, MI
- July 17: TBD
- July 18: Nortmal, IL
- July 19: TBD
- July 20: La Crosse, WI
Here's a LINK to the Solar Car web site for a map of the actual route. In year's past, the site has hosted a CIL type substance so you can (kind of) follow along. I'll do my best to provide some daily updates (for those that are tired of "OT" posts and what current commits might (or might not) be doing.....).
If you haven't watched yet (It's rebroadcast at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Versus), here's the layout:
On paper, it looks like a fairly conventional first-week stage.
Wow, who'd have expected this? That crash was nuts. I don't know if I agree with Phil Liggett that this is fatal for Frank Schleck's chances - I think he can make up two minutes in two weeks - but that's it for Hesjdal and some others.
Peter Sagan is an animal. Has the torch been passed from Cavendish?