Every year many sign up for a gym membership they rigorously follow for a good 3 weeks. Then we move back to the pre-resolution habits. Some other times we start sports with the goal of practicing them for a long time, and also give up. Why is this? [Read more…]
Unless you’re training on an indoor bike at home or at the gym, you and your bike are subject to weather conditions. In this post we discuss the joy of cycling in wind: easy when it is in your back, tough when facing it. I grew up in Provence, where there are sometimes very strong winds, the most famous being the mistral. When it’s winter time, cold and the mistral blows in Provence it can feel like a much colder place than it is. Wind accentuates heat loss. When it comes to cycling it can be even tougher as the speed of the wind + the speed of your bike add up.
Today was the first sunny day in a while, I took the bike and went out. To give an idea of how windy it was, on the lake was a surfer with a paraglide, and the guy was flying just holding on to it.
Science is gradually proving what has been shown for decades: physical exercise delays illnesses and aging. The recent emphasis goes beyond just exercising, focusing on high intensity training. This is sometimes abbreviated as HIIT: high intensity interval training. A recent article by Mayo Clinic outlines the many benefits of HIIT. The article recommends “supervised training”, which is a safe recommendation. But it makes no mention of an essential part: Warming up for high intensity training.
There are many ways to clear our mind, to start the day with mental clarity and finishing it feeling we made good use of time. One of them is to meditate through sport. Modern society is putting stress on body and mind through constant interruptions, something we’ll discuss more in the coming months. After a cold month of January, which included some running but no cycling, I took the bike for the first time 2 days back. As I stopped for minute on the way by Lake Sammamish, it reminded me that cycling isn’t just a sport. It’s a meditational vehicle. Here are some things you can do to make your favorite sport a tool to meditate. [Read more…]
Riding a bike to work is a wonderful way for building a daily workout into the schedule, so that it’s impossible to avoid it. New year resolutions fade within the first weeks. We get busy. We’ll do it later. If you bike or walk to work, the habit builds upon itself. Today the mayor of London announced the construction of dedicated highways for cyclists, very positive for the safety of riders and the physical fitness of UK residents. The bike is more efficient than the foot. Consider how much faster you can go with a bicycle, compared to walking or running. Now e-bikes include batteries: as long as the rider retains the same level of effort it’s worth the power boost. Of course if it becomes an electric motorcycle the fitness benefits are gone. [Read more…]