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Month: January, 2013

Lance Armstrong

Here is the deal. Short and sweet since just about everything has already been said on the subject in countless articles, blog posts, op-eds, and podcasts. Frankly, I don’t have much to say anyway.

My views on Armstrong have gone from respect to awe and now to simple disdain. I believe I am nearing the point of apathy. Do I really care that he doped? Simple answer. Nope. I actually find some merit to the argument that “everyone else was doing it”. Doping has been the culture of the sport of cycling for some time now and as such, the UCI has some of its own issues to deal with.

However, I find it outright despicable that this guy would continually lie to anyone willing to listen. He has destroyed careers to support his lies. He has sued to support his lies. He has hid behind Livestrong for many years now. All the while, after taking a quick look at Armstrong’s rise and subsequent fall, I see nothing more than a sad fraud. A cheat of course but, even worse, a liar and a poor excuse for a man.

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Road Rage

I usually bike on my trainer during the week because it is convenient. However, my neighborhood isn’t exactly a safe haven for cyclists.

I mean what triathlete or cyclist doesn’t like to get off the trainer and spend some time in the great outdoors, especially for those long rides. But, depending on where one lives, these rides can be quite dangerous. A danger mostly attributed to cars and drivers. There have been plenty of times personally when cars brush by me on the bike and leave me thinking to myself whether I was even noticed in the first place. I genuinely fear for my life at times.

 

I have been  honked at, cursed at, and pursued by cars with angry drivers. I have swerved from cars that are rolling through stop signs or not looking both ways. I have braked within inches of cars trying to beat me to the turn. At the very best, drivers are not looking out for cyclists. At the worst, drivers are flat out disregarding the dangers a moving vehicle poses to cyclists.

ANY SUGGESTIONS?

Good idea. In any event, remember to BIKE safe out there!

New Year, New Goals

Chances are, you made a new year’s resolution, or several vaguely defined, “I wanna get in shape” and “eat healthier” type of resolutions. Unfortunately, those are the dangererous type of resolutions. Don’t kid yourself. That new gym routine may last a week or two, the healthier eating may last a few weeks longer but, in the end, you will return to your normal habits and routine. Why?

Goals, resolutions, benchmarks, aspirations, desires, targets or objectives; Its all semantics. Goals are concrete, resolutions are vague; Cliche, yet closer to the truth…

The main problem is that we fail to create a system of resolutions where we make slow, calculated progress. Of course, that would not be much fun because everyone wants sweeping change overnight with seemingly little effort. But, that is exactly the point, I doubt people really want to keep those New Year resolutions. To do so would require dedication, discipline and plain old hard work. In sticking to a resolution, you will meet roadblocks, setbacks, and obstacles that make you second guess your seemingly simple resolution. That’s just it, your vaguely defined resolution was the easy part. While it’s easy to make a resolution, its harder to implement and even harder yet to turn that resolution into a normal aspect of your everyday life.

Fortunately, you have not failed yet and there is still time to sit down and prepare an actual plan for progress towards your New Year resolution. First off, choose one or two resolutions to focus on, even better if they are complementary. Use the SMARTER criteria to actually define, plan, and measure progress towards your resolution. Make a schedule and keep records to measure your improvements, obstacles and accomplishments. Tell family and friends to get input, feedback and a solid network of support. Start now, you can thank me later!