Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Will pedal for food and lots of it...

JACOB, Ride like a pro and stay lean for life with cycling!


Are you ready to say farewell to that stubborn weight plateau forever?

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Bicycling is a fabulous weight-burning tool that's good for so many reasons: It's easy on your joints. It gives you energy to burn. It blunts your appetite. It relieves stress and makes you healthier. And it helps burn calories long after your ride!

I received that email message today from Bicycling Magazine and someone there evidently thinks that I am a cross dressing behemoth of a man who needs to loose 50+ lbs. To paraphrase my friend John Caletti I might be showing one of two extra Christmas cookies on the waistline, but 50 lbs would put me in the Atle Kvalsvoll category of cyclists and I probably would not pass my annual physical agility test at 120 lbs.

I understand where they are going with this message and I think it is all positive for the most part, however there are two things that they slipped in there that are absolutely insane. Ride like a Pro? Cycling blunts your appetite?

On what planet do we encourage folks to ride like a Pro and then give them the impression that it is good for their health. The line has been blurred so bad between Pros and everyone else that folks are starting to think that they are riding like Pros. Have you ever seen the Pros in casual wear walking around? They are not exactly the picture of health (BJM excluded), as a matter of fact they are always on the edge of sickness due to their extreme lifestyle hence the wool caps, hand sanitizer, and vitamin ritual. I will give a SW jersey to the first person to get a ProTour rider to do 30 push-ups in a row.

I thought of Doug E. Fresh when I read the claim that cycling blunts your appetite. Cycling not only increases your appetite but will make you eat combinations of food that your never thought was possible before. Below is a photo taken by Frank Schleck inside his team van showcasing the typical daily intake of a single rider. Grand Tour riders do speak of a phenomena towards the end of  the race where they start loosing interest in food and that is because their jaws and digestive tracks are so overworked that they start shutting down. I tend to be food motivated just like Brent Marks and our African Basenji. Mama WÜleur and I used to meet Damon Kluck at Marian's ice cream when he was pedaling for USPS and watch him knock back a triple scoop of 10-20 and I am pretty sure it had something to do with the fact that he put in 6 hours that day. Remember to ride for fun, ride with friends, and ride for food.

photo by Frank Schleck

 Bob Wiley after a Steel WÜl Boogie

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