Archive for December, 2009

Measuring Progress in the OutSeason

**via Endurance Nation

Using metrics to measure your fitness is a double-edged sword. No more is this true than in the OutSeason, when the fitness you have right now is competing with the fitness you had during the season. Don’t be depressed by the disparity; instead find a deeper meaning in what the numbers are telling you.

Let’s say I have a “friend” whose FTP was 325 last season. He’s a big doode, so it’s actually not that impressive. For 9 months he thought of himself as Mr 325; that’s what he tested, that’s what he rode…it was just a huge part of his being. Enter the OutSeason. After a few weeks off, my “friend” starts training again only now indoors. The first test is a debacle; so hard it’s a slap to the face…the net outcome is 305 watts. It’s humble pie, it’s a bit of a knock-down, some might even say a step back.
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Politically Correct Happy Holidays!

Politically Correct Happy Holidays!

Regardless of, but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, diet and hygiene habits, please accept, with no obligations, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally-conscious and friendly, socially-responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

May you have a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Canada great (not to imply that Canada/Britain are necessarily greater than any other country nor are they the only countries in the western hemisphere) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, triathlon/marathon personal best or sexual orientation of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wishor to actually implement any of the wishes for him/herself or others, and is void where prohibited by law; it is revocable at the sole direction of the wishor.

This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wishor.

Signed, sealed and delivered by the wishor, this twenty-third day of December, 2009


Nothing to do with Triathlon, but a great article nonetheless

** GREAT article by Matthew DeBord via HuffingtonPost

Tiger Woods Is So, So, So Much Bigger Than Golf

I will not talk about Tiger Woods’ mistresses, some of who actually seem like pretty nice women whose feelings were genuinely hurt by the Striped One and his randy ways. I will not talk about Tiger’s perhaps soon-to-be-ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, who has apparently taken off the gloves along with her wedding band in preparation for an epic assault on Woods’ bank account. I will not talk about Nike, which is in the unenviable position of having to stick by Woods no matter what, given that Phil Knight has built a major golf brand from scratch entirely on Tiger’s back. I will not talk about Phil Mickelson, who has to be somewhat bewildered after finishing the official 2009 golf season toe-to-toe with Woods, with many predicting that all of 2010 would be a replay of their final round duel at the Masters.

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The Jan – “Broken Knee”

Typical Pre and Post Ride Cyclist Conversation…

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