Three years ago, the Mistress of Frimousse decided to buy a bike. She
wanted flat handlebars and certainly not a «man» frame. It is with
this bike that she has cycled so far, that she’s climbed Galibier,
Steph’s mother has bought an electric bike and offered her classic bike to the Mistress of Frimousse, for a very good price. It is a very good bike. Problem: it has a «man» frame and road handlebars. The Mistress of Frimousse has tried it several times on a country road near our village – with me in the car – but the experience was not convincing. (Husbands are rarely good advisors…) On Sunday Fabien proposed her to try the bike on the bike path with him. After a couple of hours… “Great! I’m buying it!”
I am going to speak
about my health. Not for you to pity me (!) but because I think that
what you are going to read may be useful to some people you know –
I can give you the sources of my “treatment” if you wish.
About fifteen months
ago, after a blood test, my doctor told me that I was suffering from
hyperglycemia – we can also call it the onset of diabetes. They
analyze the hemoglobin and it gives, to put it simply, the glycemia
over the last three months. Beyond 7, you are bad! I was at 7.5. I
did an analysis every three months and today… 6.1 – the “normal
is between 4 and 6. What do I do? Two things. Completely give up
eating ALL carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils,
fruit, and obviously cakes, chocolate, and soft drinks, etc.).
However I have eaten the peaches and the pears of our garden, big
exception. And— I’ve tried to walk and then jog EVERY day: 1016
km between January 1st and today – I didn’t record for 2018.
At the time I was
running a lot, I used to write my kimometres on an excel sheet –
and the Mistress of Frimousse continues to do so. It’s a great way
to get motivated!
At the beginning of the year – January 1 – when I decided to try to walk a little, I resumed this habit. I walked and then started to jog a bit in the middle of spring. And today I have reached the symbolic bar of 1000 km (625 M), that is a little more than 2 miles per day. The heat wave (July) was the hardest period. But it’s not easy to spend all those hours chatting with myself.…
It’s nine and a half. I’m away for a-3km-climb (2M), for 250m 850ft of difference in height. A tarred road. There is a shortcut on a path but too steep for me – well… too steep for me now because 15 years ago… Not many cars, a few heifers in the meadows, nobody – people are at home because it’s raining. I took my walking poles to relieve my knees during the climb. I do not climb very fast but a certain impression of ease nevertheless. Probably the rain. I like the rain, I admit it. Finally the end of the paved road – my goal – is fast approaching, with its curtain of trees in front of me. A path continues up the mountain. Will I go there again, one day? It is raining very heavily now. I turn around to start the descent, a pole in each hand, touching the road with my heels tgo save my knees – nevermind my back!
Yesterday morning, the Mistress of Frimousse and Fabien ran about ten kilometers near the Lake, at a moderate pace, because… This morning, departure from Saint-Jorioz, altitude 460 meters, to climb to the Forclaz pass (1150 meters), in 8 kilometers. It’s considered one of the toughest passes here. It’s done!
So on Saturday, while I was running, Steph overtook me. She ran 11 km
in about an hour. Meanwhile, the Mistress of Frimousse and Fabien
climbed the Marais pass over Faverges, descended on Thônes and then
returned to Saint-Jorioz via the Bluffy pass. In the evening we had
Elouan, Kerrian and their parents for a raclette. And of course
Elouan and Christophe didn’t come in the car but cycled. And they
didn’t take the shortest and easiest route!
Yesterday morning Frimousse’s Mistress and Fabien had a fartlek session. This morning I have had my (usual) 4km jog.
Special treat for a special day. A 11K (7M)-jog this morning, Half of it on the bank of the Lake, If I said that my knees are all right I would be telling stories. But I managed to do that. Very very happy. 10 min before finishing I was overtaken by Steph.
During Sunday’s orientation race, Arthur and Elouan, who were racing in team of two, came near disaster. Arthur injured himself in col de la Cochette. But he’s tough! They managed to finish on the podium. Elouan has still a sore ankle when he runs. But he realized that with thin socks the pain is nearly away. A solution, maybe! This morning I went jogging starting from home. I decided to avoid going up the path for a while. Going up and down the road seems more comfortable for my knees.
I’m waiting for the return of the Mistress of Frimousse who left this morning, with Fabien, for a bike ride of about 80 km in the Bauges. I am also waiting for news from Elouan who texted me “Race day”, in English. Does it mean “race day” (competition) on foot or by bike? Or does it mean “Running day”? He’ll tell me tonight! (1)
For my part, I had a
small jog of 5.5 km starting from our house
Right now the Mistress of Frimousse texts me they have almost returned to their starting point.