Sunday, 21 August 2011

Break time in brussels

With a fair amount of racing behind me and an ever increasing amount of fatigue in my legs I've been enjoying a week of taking it fairly easy. I'm not quite sure what's up but u seem to have lost anything vaguely resembling a jump or indeed anything looking like someone dressed up as an anaerobic effort for a sports science themed dressing up do. Yup it's that bad.

My initial response was to train more but that didn't work so I've enjoyed a week(ish) with mum in belgium, riding a couple of hours each day and enjoying a bit of culture, museums and food. And sleep, can't beat a good sleep.

I've eaten frites, drunk beer and even eaten chocolate. I can report that all are very good especially the beer!any tips on personal favorites are welcome, but don't say duvel. That's like saying your a connoisseur of fine wine because you drink the four dollar bottles not two buck chuck!

I really enjoyed the centrum ronde van vlaanderen, the belgians really do museums very well and this one obviously hit on a favorite subject. I also dominated the wattbike "cobbles simulator" let me tell you, it was bumpy but the watt bike is neither cold nor wet nor will it push you into a ditch. Anyway the cobbles are okay, it's the missing cobbles which get you.

In other news, new delicacies discovered include carbonnade which is possibly my favorite Belgian meal, and sirop de liege which is a delicious apple,date and pear jam. Waffles are still good, real cream is still better, horse is surprisingly yummy and very lean and Belgium has maple syrup at breakfast buffets unlike canada. Oh and the little crispy sprinkles they have at the buffet, they're for your nutella sandwich but they go well on yogurt.

And now for the Debbie downer; I've been doing lots of museuming and history in Belgium isn't all waffles and beer.

I want to reflect a bit on the tough deal Belgium has had over the years, I mean this poor nation(or nations) has been where the rest of Europe has come to sort out it's squabbles for centuries. With my host family I've found some rather grim souvenirs in the garden, it strikes me as utterly insane that where we sit relaxed and enjoying our beers today, people have been dying for centuries and indeed many of them haven't moves since they took their last breaths in a country which wasn't even their own. I know you've heard it all before but why on earth do we try to prove who should rule whom and who is right about what by demonstrating who can more effectively slaughter young men? Surely the opposite should be the case.

We've raced through graveyards and battlefields in the last few weeks and sitting down to think about how most of the guys in the peloton would've been older than everyone in the ground around them. Having been to Waterloo, passendale, dunkerque and even passed by the eu court of human rights I am given to wondering, if insanity is defined as doing the same thing expecting a different outcome, when are we going to abandon such mass lunacy?

-yep typed it with my thumbs: they're what makes us better than apes

Location:Galavanting about in Belgium

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