I'm sitting at home recuperating from another heavy weekend of editing and feeling a little guilty about missing Levi's Granfondo. Last year I was enjoying the satisfying post-ride fatigue of a century well done. This time around I just didn't have it in me. I've climbed about 500' since May with a few hundred miles to show for the entire summer. My lower back slipped two places in the nemesis rankings replaced by some higher vertebrae and a chronically bum left shoulder. Riding has been aggravating the pain so I'm conflicted about what to do next. Last week I flipped my stem up to encourage a slightly more upright position, but there's not much else to be done with the Enigma or I won't be riding a road bike.
Back to the editing... I've started book layout of the Tour for Kika project. The 23,000 images came down to 3,800 selects, further distilled to 800, and finally reduced to a concentrated pool of 480. That's the good news. The bad news is the myPublisher service I use supports a maximum of 100 pages per book. There's no way a single book will accommodate more than 175 of the images the way I'll play them. Other services offer higher page counts (Blurb 160), but I'm still convinced myPublisher has the best quality.
While I try to wrestle my way out of that predicament, the flood of images has only reinforced my admiration for the riders that managed to make 3600 kms of the Tour look easy. I have absolutely no hesitation is saying I couldn't have done it. With their training I might have ridden two or three consecutive days before my back put a stop to the adventure. There were a few uncomfortable stages. One rider fell hard descending one day and was understandably sore the next. Another ate something that violently disagreed with him and spent three hours turning inside out on a Pyreneean stage, otherwise they saddled up without complaint and knocked it out day after day. It was something to watch.
Well, I'm losing my 'chain' of thought and need to get back to the book layout. Too bad I can't hook Lightroom up to a trainer, I have a feeling I'm going to log some big DAM miles in the next few weeks before there's light at the end of the tunnel.