“If you can’t find the answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t finding them.”
I like to let my thoughts wander while on long, easy runs. Makes the run easy when the focus isn’t on distance. Or speed.
On yesterday’s run, the wandering, jaywalking brain came back with an interesting thought (observation) on running, and cycling:
When running down an easy descent, legs work as wheels on a bike – lightly ticking over with little effort, tapping the momentum generated by body’s weight and gravity for motion.
When running down a steep descent, legs work as brakes on a bike – slowing down the body to prevent falling over due to its own momentum.
That’s what makes bikes so frightening: we prefer the devil we know, even when it’s infinitely more bloodthirsty than the one we don’t.
One of the goodies about athletics is you get to find out if you can stretch. If you can get better.
But you’ve got to push.
- Coach Fitz (via Michael Lewis, in NYT)
You just gotta appreciate everything. That’s one of the most important things in life… just really appreciating it. Because we only get to do this… *once*, and it’s not for long time, so… enjoy it.
Illustration, and tee shirt design, by Cycology. Discovered via London Cyclist’s newsletter.
“When I first started, winning was a bonus, you know? Now anything but a win is a loss. That’s how things have changed. I no longer win races, I lose races and that really changes not just my perception of things but the team’s perception of things”
Asked to articulate the difference in mindset between his first and one hundredth wins, Cavendish offered a moment of genuine insight into the expectations that have built up around him since his maiden win as a raw 21-year-old in at Scheldeprijs in 2007.
Image (and title) shared by Suzanne Xie, on Twitter.
Intervals are the dementors of the cycling world. They drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them!
– @norbs, on Twitter.
When I’m running, I don’t have to talk to anybody and don’t have to listen to anybody. This is a part of my day I can’t do without.