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Bike and Cycle Faster Lecture 1

So you want to bike faster?

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  1. Bike Fit: with all bikes being different and people physically designed a bit, a good bike fit can keep you comfortable, injury free and be a faster setup.
  2. Electrolytes and Fueling: having a fundamental understanding of how hydration works and how the body’s fueling needs change based on effort level can help the speed workouts be more effective. There is a lot more to this, but understand that if you run low on sodium, your muscles can’t perform as well. And you DO NOT burn fat very well during hard effort. When the blood, liver and muscles run out of glucose, you will slow down and not reap all the benefits of that strong workout that you could if you fueling well.
  3. Technique: basically being efficient with your pedal stroke and developing good body habits that are core centered, efficient and effective. Single leg drills, rpm work, among other things.
  4. Heart Rate / Power: use a system to get you out of that gray zone. Going slow enough and hard enough is where it’s not. This is a science and art. There are many things to be said about this. More articles to come. Just understand that using both heart rate training and training by power is a wonderful mix, they both bring excellent things to the table.
  5. VO2 Max Improvements: making changes to the physiology of the body, on how it produces energy and fuels muscles. Check out this awesome article by Coach John. READ MORE
  6. Intervals / Lactate: making changes to the physiology of the body, on how it produces energy and fuels muscles. No, this is not a typo, these two topics are very closely related. Additional article to come. TDB.
  7. Strength Training: lifting weights the correct way is the fastest way to get faster and stay injury free. Though you MUST BE CAREFUL with this as combining endurance training and strength training takes a lot of knowledge of both worlds and most person trainers do not have enough education/experience with this.
  8. Other Considerations: DO STRONG WORK, not a lot of netflixing, use structured workouts or apps for structured workouts, rest and recovery is a must, eating well to support the changes and rebuilding is also a must, skill and adaptations take a bit of time but with all these topics above covered, changes will be quick and permanent.

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I am a super sentimental person.  Like over the top.  Scrapbooks.  Pictures.  OMG. The pictures.  I have 28,000 on my phone, not really organized or backed up well.  

When I was a child, my parents/mom did none of that.  I have virtually no pictures of myself as a kid. My mom didn’t show up at my soccer games and take pictures.  She didn’t bug me about holding still to catch the smile and such.  She wasn’t that kind of person.  I guess thats ok.  

Though let’s be real. It stings a SHIT TON because she loves loves loves to take pictures of flowers and things and that. And her cat.  I mean, that was recently, I couldn’t say that about her during my younger years.  I really don’t remember that about her. She went to school, worked and such.

I am sentimental.  I think a decent portion of that comes from my past, not having real great memories and having just about nothing of my childhood.  Like I didn’t exist.  

WOW. There is a truth right there.  Like this 2000 piece puzzle that D and I worked on. I really loved the experience.  We grew as a couple a bit.  We enjoyed each other a bit.  There was a lot of thoughts that I entertained during.  The kids helped.  Just good stuff.  So ... when it was finished, I saw a cool puzzle.  But I also saw a glowing thing of love and family.  Of something that I want a lot more of.

LOL.  Kind of like my AWFUL looking bike shoes.  They have gotten me through all my triathloning so far.  3 ironman.  A lot of blood guts and tears.  And yeah, a couple of times they might have smelled like urine.  A couple of relationships.  Some amazing times.  Some horrible times.  So I see them now, with new shoes that are just fine, training for ironman #4 (corona style, meaning a self ran ironman due to the world shutting down to survive), and I don’t want to throw them away.  D had fixed one of them when we first starting out out.  I mean seriously!!!! Some new dude was messing with my STINKY bike shoes, fixing them so they didn’t hurt my feet.  I want to dip them in that plating stuff like you do the baby’s first shoes and hang on the wall. LOL.  I’m silly.

Back to the puzzle, I didn’t want to take it apart.  I wanted to glue it together. Memorialize it.  Hang it up.  To store the juju, love and magic.  Cling to the hope that during difficult times in our house, that it will continue.  (I struggle with fear of abandonment issues, thanks mom and dad).   

I’m doing this relationship school program which is really helping me to open my eyes to how some of my behaviors make it claustrophobic for others.  Make it compressing.  I feel like this thing I wanted to do with the puzzle was more that than loving and honest being a sappy sap.  I wanted to grasp on to something in the hopes that it will stay forever.  

Thats the heart of a child that has been abused, starved, victimized and abandoned.  Those monsters, I’m working to get to know, tame and learn to be friends with.  Maybe help them be less monster like.  You know, like the Gremlins.  They didn’t eat over midnight.  They returned back to cute and cuddly.

I let the puzzle sit for a good bit. To try and figure out what I was going to do with it.  I was having a hard moment related to teenagers and the struggles there, was in a pissy mood ... D said, don’t take it apart.  I was on the verge at that moment of just throwing the whole thing away, I’m that frustrated with the teenager/ex husband situation.  His kind words, direction, calmed me down in that moment and I walked away from it.  

I came back the next day and decided that I was going to do something different.  He doesn’t view stuff like I do.  He’s not even remotely as sentimental as I am.  Though it did mean good stuff for him.  And we live in a tiny house.  Hoarding all the good juju stuff just isn’t possible.

It really came down to the biggest reason why I wanted to keep it. Store love.  And grasp things so they don’t change.  So I thought.  I can keep the puzzle. Maybe we do it again. I have another puzzle.  Love isn’t something that just stays in a puzzle.  It’s stored in the kitchen table that it was on. In the location.  In the act.  In our home that we are working hard to build and protect.  

So ... as we begin to work on another puzzle, that love is there.   As is well. 

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