Today I’d like to re-introduce you to Peter, a man some of you will know from a blog post I wrote in July. I took Peter out for an 80-km ride over a hilly course north of where I live one (fateful, it turns out) day in the summer. He did well, but struggled on some of the many ascents I threw at him and appeared a bit shocked when we compared heart rates on one of them. Neither of us could have imagined this, but that ride was a game changer for Peter.
When he returned to Canada he started getting more serious about his riding, as well as his weight. When he was in Le Sud he weighed a substantial 104 kg (229 lbs). At last check he is now down to 88 kg (194 lbs) and still dropping. This was Peter in July.
And Peter a couple days ago.
But the good news doesn’t stop there. Peter, being a man of great ambition, has registered for Act Two of next year’s Etape du Tour, nearly 200 km over the toughest climbs in the Pyrenees, and the harder of the two Etapes. He is guaranteed to get over all those cols because he has also enlisted the services of Coach Rob, the mastermind behind my great Etape triumph this year (i.e. I arrived alive). He is in good hands.
Congratulations, Peter, on your success so far and good luck in the training season ahead of you!