Sunday, July, 13, 2008

Tour De France 2008

Filed under: sports — mete23 @ 7:16 pm

The 95th Tour de France has begun. It started on July 5th and it will end 22 days later. I have so much respect for this event because it covers 3500 kilometers or 2200 miles across the French terrain. The break down is 10 flat plain stages, 5 mountain stages, 4 medium mountain stages, and 2 individual time trails, which amounts to 21 stages.

The first stage and the winner is Alejandro Valverde of Spain. It is amazing that in the mass of riders, they don’t crash into one another and create a domino effect.

Lance Armstrong, unarguably one of the best riders in cycling history, has a superhuman body.

His oversized heart can beat over 200 times a minute and thus pump an extraordinarily large volume of blood and oxygen to his legs.

When people reach exhaustion, their muscles build up acid, which causes the muscles to stop contracting. But Armstrong’s muscles produce about half as much acid as the average person’s muscles do when they get fatigued. This allows him to recover much faster than other people.

Eric and I are watching Shawshank Redemption.


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