I've been somewhat quiet lately.
First, there was the Tour. I watched almost every minute for three weeks. There were lots of exciting moments and plenty of dull moments as well. One thing that kind of annoyed me was the extent to which the media (TV & Web) tried to create controversy around every little thing (Alberto vs. Lance, Cavendish vs. Hushovd, Hincapie vs. Garmin, etc, etc). Sure, there was probably some legitimacy to it, but everything just seemed to be blown completely out of proportion.
Next, as Melissa mentioned, I've apparently been nesting. We've done lots of work around the house in preparation for Fig's arrival, and there's still plenty more to do. On top of that we had baby week.
Finally, the I've been busy working on a couple of interesting (to me) software applications in my spare time. I'll probably talk more about them in the future.
The bad news is I've been out with this knee problem for around six weeks or so. Earlier this month I completely stopped riding my bike (I already stopped running at the beginning of June). I still swam a little bit, but it didn't help that my swim practices conflicted with my watching of the Tour.
The so-so news is that I started riding the bike to work again last week and picked back up with the Wednesday night rides. Last Wednesday I didn't feel great. I kept complaining about how hard the ride was when everyone else was talking about how easy it was. I've got some work ahead of me. My poor ride was further complicated by a complete bonk with about 10 miles to go. 24 mph became 22, then 20, then 18, then 16, then 14, then finally 12 mph the last mile or two. It was the worst I had felt since, well, the Illinois Marathon.
The good news is I'm feeling better day by day. Since monday I've had no knee pain on the bike around town, and only very little knee pain on tonight's hard 50 mile ride. I felt much better on this ride than I did last week, but my fitness is still very poor (by my standards). My heart rate was absolutely through the roof for most of the ride. My average heart rate was 154 and my max was 189, which is fairly ridiculous. Typical numbers from two months ago would be closer to 135 average and 178 max.
Tonight's ride combined several commonly used routes along the Sangamon river into one, making for just about as much rolling hills as one can get around here.