Published: September 6th 2010September 6th 2010
So much for a short, flat ride into Montpellier along the Mediterranean coastline. Whilst I did see the sea for a short while, it was unfortunately brief amid 95 miles or so of rather unpleasant roads into a fairly persistant breeze. This won't mean too much to too many, but for about 15 miles or so I was riding with a 34/21 on the flat (and struggling), I think I slightly pulled a muscle in my neck as I was cursing the wind at the top of my voice. On another day it all may have been grand, you can't get lucky all the time I guess. On the plus side, I am about 5 miles ahead of schedule owing to some sort of conference in Montpellier which saw every hotel in town booked out. From what I saw it is a beautiful city, it's a shame I didn't have the presence of mind to get my camera out as I went through.
Tomorrow's forecast is awful. The ridiculously cheery German girl at my hotel's reception seemed to delight in telling me they would have 3 months worth of rain in a day. Ordinarily the prospect of a storm like that would make me quite happy too, however I have 70 odd miles to cover tomorrow and any thoughts of getting up early enough to miss the worst of it appear to have been dashed already. It's chucking it down now!
A good chance to test the resilience of my wet weather gear then, which had it not rained for the entire trip would have seemed unecessary weight to have dragged up all those hills. I guess I should be glad as psychologically that would have been a killer...
One more thing as this post is starting to drag on a bit - I now have a wierd sensation of numbness in my left hand, concentrated mainly on my palm and little finger, possibly from gripping the bars too tight on the climbs. If any physios happen to be reading this, should I be worried?