Posts tagged "cycling"
  1. 1 year ago 
    The terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances - The Oatmeal

    The Oatmeal gets it. From the not caring about calories consumed to the feeling great instead of looking great to the huge legs and withered upper body, this sums up exactly my outlook on racing.

    …except when it’s on the bike it happens at 25mph alongside a bunch of your closest friends, on whom you try to load as much pain as possible.

  2. Notes: 11 / 1 year ago 

    Conversation on the bike ride this morning

    Me: Excuse me, do you have a multi-tool on you? My seatpost is slipping down.

    Other rider: I have a set of Allen keys.

    Me: Perfect. I’ll find you at the rest stop. What’s you’re name?

    Other rider: Michael.

    Me: Nice to meet you. I’m Justin. So what do you do for a living?

    Michael: I’m with the Foreign Service.

    Me: Really? I’d love to be in your shoes in a few years. I’m working in media now, but one of my goals while I’m here is to perfect my Arabic, which I hope will lead to a job with the government…

    (Long discussion about career goals, kinds of Arabic to learn and the challenges of learning it, etc.)

    Me: So what exactly is your position in the Foreign Service?

    Michael: I’m…well, I’m the ambassador.

    Me:

    He wasn’t kidding, either. The two vans I thought were SAG wagons were actually his security escort, though they still blocked traffic for us and swept up one of the riders who got an unfixable flat on his tubular tire.

    You meet the most interesting people in cycling.

  3. Notes: 14 / 1 year ago  from swimbikerunstudy (originally from nathanyoung)
    "

    I’ll never be anything special on a bicycle. But the beauty is that gravity hates us all, and it punishes us according to our sins and genetics. We can strive to be faster, can strive for the grace that eludes us, both on our bikes and in our lives. We can compete not against but with our friends to propel one another up hills, through hard times.

    Maybe we won’t ever be faster than some of them, but some days we can get them at the 40 mph sign outside of town, if we hang on long enough. Some days, we’re bent over the bars and tasting iron atop a climb, because we care about those 23 seconds. Some days, it’s easier than caring about other things.

    In those moments, we are free. In those moments, we’re all the same rider. In those moments, we are all great.

    "
  4. Notes: 37 / 2 years ago  from fuckyeahcycling
    fuckyeahcycling:

Tour de France 2012 | Stage 6
Peter Sagan has a bell on his bike today for when things get a bit dangerous.  Yesterday he was floored by Farrar’s riderless Felt swinging in front of him.
Edit: looks like the bell has been removed prior to racing. Probably not allowed!
(via Twitter / mrconde: Ha! Sagan put a bell on hi)

Ooh, look, Peter Sagan took a page out of my book.

    fuckyeahcycling:

    Tour de France 2012 | Stage 6

    Peter Sagan has a bell on his bike today for when things get a bit dangerous.  Yesterday he was floored by Farrar’s riderless Felt swinging in front of him.

    Edit: looks like the bell has been removed prior to racing. Probably not allowed!

    (via Twitter / mrconde: Ha! Sagan put a bell on hi)

    Ooh, look, Peter Sagan took a page out of my book.

     
  5. Notes: 18 / 2 years ago  from fuckyeahcycling

    Boy

    fuckyeahcycling:

    Wow, powerful short film.  I think I have something in my eye… gonna go ride around the block with my son.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHkOIFyC26E&feature=share

    (Submitted by kevin)

  6. Notes: 35 / 2 years ago  from attnkatdaley-deactivated2012100 (originally from bicyclerelated)

    (Source: bicyclerelated)

     
  7. Notes: 61 / 2 years ago  from fuckyeahcycling
    fuckyeahcycling:

Tour of California 2012 | Stage 5
Second for Jens!
(via 2012 tour-of-california photos stage-05)

Rule 5, footnote 14: You will never observe Rule 5 as much as Jens. The diamond industry is currently petitioning to move the standard measurement of the hardness of a diamond from “carat” to “Jens”. Preliminary studies show that the most perfect and hard diamond known to be in existence is 0.125 Jens.

    fuckyeahcycling:

    Tour of California 2012 | Stage 5

    Second for Jens!

    (via 2012 tour-of-california photos stage-05)

    Rule 5, footnote 14: You will never observe Rule 5 as much as Jens. The diamond industry is currently petitioning to move the standard measurement of the hardness of a diamond from “carat” to “Jens”. Preliminary studies show that the most perfect and hard diamond known to be in existence is 0.125 Jens.

     
  8. Notes: 61078 / 2 years ago  from tomorrowland-105-deactivated201 (originally from littlepositivelife)
    Well, with the exception of points primes. I’ve been dropped from cycling races a few times because I blew my legs out looking for small points.

    Well, with the exception of points primes. I’ve been dropped from cycling races a few times because I blew my legs out looking for small points.

    (Source: littlepositivelife)

     
  9. Notes: 7 / 2 years ago 
    Bicycling Magazine - Why Johnny can't ride: As childhood obesity rates increase, some school districts are refusing to allow kids to bike to school.

    This issue resonates with me.

    When my family and I moved to Florida in 1999, my parents chose our house specifically for the school district it was in. We lived two blocks from the elementary school, so walking or riding our bikes was expected of us. Every day for two years I rode my bike through our neighborhood and across the street to school, as did my brothers. My little sister still walks or rides to school, and will for the next month until she graduates.

    When I moved up to middle school, which for me was two miles away, I continued to ride to school. It gave me complete freedom: I chose when I left home and left school. I could participate in any extracurricular activities I wanted without having to worry about negotiating a ride home from a friend’s parent. If I wanted to stop by a friend’s house on the way back, or get a treat from the local Italian ice shop, I could do so without a second thought.

    Most of my peers at that age were constantly complaining about how their parents were restricting them and not letting them do what they wanted. They would yell at their moms to pick them up over their cell phones, and then stand around waiting for half an hour while their parents drove to get them. I’ however, only needed to carry change for a payphone in my backpack in case I got a flat tire or got stuck in the rain. My bike gave me the freedom and independence that my friends craved, and let me build trust between my parents and myself by proving my self-reliance. By the time I got into high school, I had the freedom to ride the entire length of the Pinellas Trail if I wanted. I could get out of school in Seminole and ride 25 miles north to Tarpon Springs if I wanted, as long as I was home before dark.

    When I entered high school, which started at 7 a.m., I still continued to ride my bike to school. And to marching band, which had its own hectic schedule. And to friends’ houses. And to work, 4-5 miles away from home. And just for fun after school. Heck, the only thing that stopped me from riding was breaking my leg during my senior year. I didn’t even have a driver’s license before then; I didn’t need one. My bike was cheaper than paying for a car, gas and insurance. And it was a lot more fun.

    There were more benefits to riding my bike than just freedom from other people’s schedules and a good relationship with my parents. It helped my stay fit and healthy throughout my school days. It kept me out of trouble after school: instead of drinking and drugs, I had band and bike riding. Riding to school led to involvement in the sport of cycling, which led to getting a job in sales at a bike shop, which completely changed the way I view and interact with people (and paid for a lot of expenses in college.) It also woke my body and mind up before class, which helped an awful lot when trigonometry was the first subject of the morning.

    When I have kids, you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll be riding their bikes to school. I want my kids to be raised with the sense of reliability and trust I had with my parents when I was growing up, and part of that entails giving them the power to get themselves to places without relying on me. It frustrates me to no end that there are people out there who would deny kids the ability to bike and walk to school just because they don’t want to cut the umbilical cord they share with their own children. Kudos to Bicycling for covering the issue so well.

  10. Notes: 3 / 2 years ago 

    There’s nothing better than going out for a run in 89-degree weather, pushing your heart rate higher than it’s theoretically able to go, and then jumping straight into an ice-cold shower.

    Now that school is all but over for me, I can get back to a regular training schedule. I’m still registered for the Mad Marathon in Vermont on July 8, and I hope to be running it if my leg doesn’t give out on me like it did last summer. I’m going to be smarter about my training this time around, and more consistent with it.

    I desperately want to go out on a 10- or 12–mile run, but I know my knee can’t handle that right now. The past two semesters’ workloads have caused too much atrophy in the muscles that absorb shock in my knee. It’s better to build the up slowly with shorter and more frequent runs than to blast them out on a long run and spend a week recovering.

    I also want to get my cycling back to the point where it was last spring. I want to be playing in the front of the pack during the Wednesday night rides instead of hanging in the back and trying not to get dropped. It’ll take a few months, but I’ve done it before.

    As for swimming…well, I’ll worry about finding a pool once tri season gets underway. But I’d still like to try going to Lucky’s Lake once a week.

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