Valet: Get Fit.
No. Work with a trainer who knows kettlebells first. It’s so easy to get injured from using bad form with these. Round your back at the wrong time, and you’re in for a world of pain.
Time: Salt Doesn’t Cause High Blood Pressure? Here’s What a New Study Says.
“We’ve reported before that the science surrounding salt is crazy confusing, and conflicting studies come out with some frequency. In keeping with the frustrating reality of so many nutrient groups, no one side has definitively won the debate.” Yes, no. Yes, no. No, yes. Listen to your body. Having a BP cuff at home isn’t a bad thing to have anyway. I’ve been surprised how many times I’ve used mine (inherited when my grandmother passed away). Fun to check BP before/after working out, cycling, etc.
The New Yorker: Why Walking Helps Us Think.
“Joyce and Woolf were writers who transformed the quicksilver of consciousness into paper and ink. To accomplish this, they sent characters on walks about town. As Mrs. Dalloway walks, she does not merely perceive the city around her. Rather, she dips in and out of her past, remolding London into a highly textured mental landscape, ‘making it up, building it round one, tumbling it, creating it every moment afresh.’”
NY Times: Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?
“... there is something undeniably screwy about a justice system that makes it de facto legal to kill people, even when it is clearly your fault, as long you’re driving a car and the victim is on a bike and you’re not obviously drunk and don’t flee the scene”
Collectors Weekly: The Hippie Daredevils Who Were Just Crazy Enough to Invent Mountain Biking.
A needed article! This needs to be a book. With photos. You’ll recognize so many names, now plastered on frames around the world.
Schiller Bikes: The X1. Biking on water. Love it.
Men’s Journal: The Only 8 Moves You Need to Be Fit.
Yep. Remember: perfect form. If you cannot do an exercise with perfect form, stop. Continuing is the road to imbalances and injury. I may actually use most of this over the next month - I’m way behind on my warm-month fitness regime. And my biggest shoot of the year is at the end of next month. I need to be able to walk 10 hours, ~15 miles, squatting hundreds of times, carrying ~45 pounds on my back and ~5-8 in my hands. Photographing cars at Concorso ain’t no picnic.
TAOM: How to Undo the Damage of Sitting - 7 Simple Exercises.
Pigeon pose and couch stretch get my heartiest approval. Careful with the couch stretch if you have a sore back - I find it the most beneficial, but trickiest to get in and out of.
Bicycling: 6 Tough American Climbs.
HisPotion: Maintenance-Free Bicycles - Priority Bicycles.
“So, these bikes feature a belt instead of a chain, an aluminum frame that is advertised to last forever and ever and, last but not least, a comfy saddle (that’s the best part, I’m already sold!).” $400 for no-maintenance belt drive? I’m sold too.
Usually, you only see the perfect performances on video. So much painful.
Bicycling: Carbon-Fiber Fear Mongering in the Times.
Bicycling: How Female Cyclists Pee in Bib Shorts.
I’d wondered. Bib shorts make a huge difference in biking performance, IMHO. The removal of a stricture around the waist frees up the breathing. If you’ve never tried them, you should. You really should. I don’t ride in anything else.
Bicycling: New Pro Gear at the 2014 Tour de France.
FiveThirtyEight: Dying at the Grand Canyon.
Erm, go observe in person. When I visited the park, the number of both American and European tourists prancing [I chose that word carefully and accurately] down the Bright Angel Trail with just a single water bottle stunned me.
HiConsumption: Solo Sleeping Bag & Tent.
Bicycling: A PSA on PSA for Cyclists.
“Our study does not show cause and effect relationships and so we do not conclude cycling causes prostate cancer. [snip] It is likely that cycling affects the way people are investigated rather than making them more likely to develop prostate cancer.”
Outside: Cyclists - Shaving Makes You Faster.
Come spring, I always find an excuse to shave. This makes convincing the wife a bit easier. Besides, I’m over the big 5-0 now. I’ve worn off quite a bit of my former gorilla fuzz - and it don’t ever come back. Via Will on FB.
Bicycling: Tour de France Riders vs. Regular Cyclists.
Valet: Do Some Pushups.
I don’t recommend pushups as a sole exercise; overstresses the shoulder joint, esp. in out-of-shape people. You’re only exercising the front of the deltoid, creating an imbalance in the joint. You need to strengthen the other portions of the shoulder (kickbacks, lateral raises) to avoid soreness — and if that soreness is ignored long term, injury.
Youtube: Ultimate Crossfit Fails Compilation.
Gawd. No spotters. Inappropriate equipment and facilities. It may go against the CF grain, but the best advice I ever got was from Steve Ilg (“The Outdoor Athlete”): Always use perfect form (and have others, qualified trainers especially, help you with this because it can be very hard to self-detect small misalignments that can cause injury). If you can’t, injury is inevitable. See the above video for generous, ample proof.
CycleEXIF: Mercatone Uno Bianchi.
Bianchi green is the only - the ONLY - green I like.
Mashable: Scientist Falls 70 Feet Into Mountain Crevasse — And Lives.
Guardian.UK: Clipless pedals: why you don’t need to be scared of switching.
The twist can play hell with vulnerable knees.
Runners World: Large U.S. Army Study - Foot Strike Doesn’t Affect Injury Rate.
“The Army videotaped all 1,027 runners, and found that 83 percent were heel-strikers. This was true for both men and women. The runners were asked about any injuries they incurred in the past 12 months, and two clinical experts divided these into acute and overuse injuries. The results showed no significant injury-rate difference between heel-strikers and non-heel-strikers, with 15 to 18 percent of the runners reporting an overuse injury. The rate among women was higher than among men, 27 percent versus 14 percent.” My italic emphasis.