Sunday, August 29, 2010
Cycling bits & pieces...
But as I started riding more, I realized that the benefits of cycling where greater than I had thought. Not only did my cycling get better, but I started running faster and stronger. AND I started loosing weight faster. Who knew?
I found a blog last night with a pretty interesting take on cycling v. running especially when it comes to calorie burn. It was written by a guy named Dave Moulton, who is an x-bicycle frame builder/current author and musician (which, by the way, I find to be quite an interesting mid-life career change). Anyway, you can check out the article here.
I don't shop at Performance Bicycles that much, preferring to support the various local (and honestly better) shops in the area. But I got an email this morning saying that they where having a massive tent sale with gear up to 70% off. Since Performance is 2 miles away and a block from the car wash (hell yeah I had a big Sunday), I figured I should check it out just in case.
The "massive" tent sale was a 10 by 10 foot E-Z Up in the parking lot with 2 racks of garbage apparel and a broken-ass bike repair stand. Seriously, Performance - the 97 year old blind lady down the street is kicking your ass in terms of visual merchandising every time she rolls it out for the neighborhood garage sale. The only thing potentially worth buying was a pair of Cannondale Team Liquigas bib shorts. The price was right - $59. And though I am not a huge fan of lime green, I can always use another pair of bibs, especially at this price. But I didn't buy them. Why? Because it didn't seem right. I realized I'd never EVER wear a Lakers jersey to a pick up basketball game, or a Patriots jersey to play football at the park with the guys. Shouldn't the same rule apply here? Yes - maybe even more so, given all the club and event kit available for things I'm actually a part of. You gotta' keep it real.
I have a couple questions about the Vuelta a Espana TV coverage - Where are Phil and Paul? Contracts aside couldn't Versus have lent these guys to Universal for the sake of my sanity? Why is this on Universal and not Versus anyway? And why is the Spanish TV feed so crappy looking?
Even with those questions, it doesn't really matter. I'm so hooked on watching pro cycling I'll suffer through this dramatic shift in race coverage quality for the next 19 or so days.