So it was a big day in the cycling world today! Alberto Contador admitted to testing positive for a steroid called clenbuterol during the Tour de France in July. Obviously this is a huge story and has been covered by many different media outlets today: CNN, USA Today and Sportsscientists.com were just a few that I read today. Here’s a quote from the CNN article:
“It is a food contamination case of which I am the victim.” He [Contador] added that the test result was due to bad meat he and several other riders had eaten the day before the test.
“When they confirmed to me what had happened the first thing I did was ask the UCI which of my fellow riders had passed the test.
“They said the only one who passed the control … was Alexandre Vinokourov. [He was the only one of the riders] who did not eat the meat on that day.”
I also saw on BikePure’s Twitter feed that a RadioShack rider, Fuyu Li, also tested positive for clenbuterol. It was unclear whether or not he also ate the “tainted meat” that the others claim is the reason for the positive sample. In addition, this USA Today article describes the grand jury testimony by physiologist Allen Lim in the Lance Armstrong investigation.
I expect that the professional cyclists in the Tour who participate in doping, far outnumber those who don’t, but does it make it right? No. And it’s sad to think that cheating is so inherent to most sports now that no one seems to really care anymore. Pro baseball players fail a drug test and they get slapped on the wrist. NFL players, same thing. It doesn’t really matter what sport. It’s just disappointing to know that the majority of them cheat.
I’m looking forward to finding out more information on the results of the UCI’s investigation into Contador.
In other news, it was weigh-in day at Weight Watchers today. I lost .8 pounds, which isn’t much, but it’s better than last week’s 2.4-pound gain. The past two weeks I’ve been frustrated and unmotivated. Actually, I’m rather tired of counting points and keeping track of everything I eat. But I’ve done a lot better cutting out candy and sweets. Now I need to work on doing the same with bread and carbs. Mmmm, bread! Reminds me of this scene from the Simpsons:
Who knew they serve donuts in Hell?! 🙂
Today’s food journal:
— Whole wheat bagel thin = 1 point
— 1 Tbsp peanut butter = 2 points
— 1 banana = 1.5 points
— Grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat = 7.5 points
— Iced tea = 0 points
— Apple = 1.5 points
— Soft pretzel = 10 points
— Iced tea = 0 points
— Skinny Cow ice cream bar = 2 points
Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!
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