more questions! do you do any other workouts besides cycling? strength training? weights?
I’ll be honest: No. Should I? Most definitely.
For the last year or so I’ve been saying I need to work on my flexibility - seriously, I talk about it all the time. I’m a broken record. My flexibility is terrible and I want to ride in a more agressive position when I ride/attempt to race - so I’m looking at Yoga this year. Again. They have classes at work, so no excuse not to get it in there. My first bike fit was specifically geared for long rides and comfort, and I still run that setup on both my bikes. I was incredibly inflexible back then (and fatter) so I’m sitting too upright and have simply grown out of that fit.
That said, I also have very poor core strength which I am attempting to correct now. Winter is the time for weights, but I probably won’t get into that too much. Not a huge fan of weight rooms. Just working on planks, pushups and situps and a couple of other things right now. The 100 pushups program is what actually made me realize how weak my core was - I was fine doing the pushups arm strength wise, but my back just can’t handle the stress. Back to square one in that regard.
I guess this is my way of saying I have no structure to what I call training - riding, strength or otherwise - and am not training for anything right now. It’s winter, but there seems to be no such thing as an off-season when it comes to the Specialized lunch rides, which can be dangerous if you’re the kind of person who gets easily sucked into the chase and the thrill of trying to hang with some very fast people. I am trying to be disciplined in picking which days to let myself pop on those rides (because riding with fast people will make me faster in the long run), and which days to peel off and do slow base miles. On top of that, which day to fold the Yoga into.
Long answer to a short question and some things you never asked. :)
I also told myself I was going to get a coach this year - or join a club that had coaching - and see what I could do, but the move from NYC changed all that. I’m going to be too busy, plus there’s lots of ‘free’, good spirited coaching at work. :)
CYCLING Australia has issued Chloe Hosking a punishment of sorts - a suspended $200 fine - for calling the head of the sport’s world governing body “a dick”.
“We took into account the fact that the women, and in particular Chloe, earn bugger all from the sport. And if in fact we imposed an immediate $200 fine that would be a very severe penalty.
“For the blokes a $200 fine would be a slap on the wrist. And if the guys earning the big bucks did something similar they could expect a much more savage outcome, but Chloe would be on 10,000Euros or something a year, she has to pay for all her own accommodation, all her own living expenses.
“Chloe was very contrite and we said to her ‘we respect your right to savagely criticise the attitude of the UCI and things that Pat McQuaid has done and said, but you can’t attack the messenger. You can attack the message, and we respect her right to do that, but calling someone a dick or a dickhead just doesn’t elevate the discussion at all and she knew that.’”
This is probably my favourite story this week! Remember Specialized-lululemon cyclist Chloe Hosking called UCI President Pat McQuaid “a bit of a dick” because of his comments about women cyclists at the Worlds? Well, Cycling Australia have decided her punishment… in a way that not only has some uniquely Australian phrasing, but also recognises that she was making valid points. I love the Aussies! This put a huge grin on my face - well, apart from the last paragraph, but you can’t have everything - have a read, it’s a lot of fun
Swedish olympic silver medallist and current national champion Emma Johansson crashed in training on Grand Canaria yesterday. Apparently both she and the oncoming car managed to swerve, avoiding what might have been a fatal accident according to Emma J in an interview with Swedish television. The accident still resulted in two broken collarbones and some bad bruising. Swedish Eurosport also mention a possible arm-fracture although the Swede herself made no mention of it. She hoped to be back in training in four or five weeks considering herself lucky to escape without even more serious injuries. Recovery will be hard though as two fractured clavicles makes her very handicapped, needing help even to eat and drink.
The accident occurred at the end of a 220 km trainingride. An oncoming car overtaking another car illegally, crossed over in the opposing lane in a curve with poor visibility, meeting the rider head-on.
Cranktastic: Both clavicles? Shit, that’s a pain in the bum. Well, not bum, but you know what I mean. The words ‘head on’ really are not a good combination in any story, so glad that that’s all.
Competing at the highest of level of anything tends to make people appreciate the little things less. But for me, just finishing the Australian National Road Race on Saturday has left me with a certain sense of accomplishment. Crossing the line dropped, cramping and a few places off last I really did feel like saluting; because after four attempts I’d finally finished.
Held every year on the same notoriously hard course the Aussie nationals are most definitely not taylor made for a sprinter. A ten kilometer circuit with a three kilometer climb ridden ten times translates to 30% of climbing. Combine this with usually soaring temperatures and it goes without saying that the nationals hold a special place in my heart…right next to my hatred for university assignment due dates.