The_Forth_Rail_Bridge,_September_2012

Training: The Fourth Bridge

Training: The Fourth Bridge

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Before the New Year, it was my ride up Haleakala. At present, it’s Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2013. Before Haleakala, it was one of the various Cyclocross races and before that the Zoo Hill Time Trial. The targets change, but throughout my life as a Velominatus, there always seems to be a goal looming over the horizon which spurs me on. Training, for its endless nature, is like painting the Forth Bridge in Scotland: it takes a year to paint and you have to paint it every year.

In contrast to my opinion of painting a bridge, training is something I fundamentally enjoy. Lucky for me, I love training for the sake of training; I don’t feel any compelling need to do a particular ride in any particular time. What I do feel, however, is the need to do any particular ride in a better time than I have previously. I’m fortunate to delight in the process of finding form and fitness, of getting better. I love seeing the improvement; I love setting incremental goals and reaching them through the elementary process of working towards them.

Cycling, in this way, presents me with an incredibly rewarding outlet for that bit of my nature that lives on seeing marked progress. In every walk of life, things are complicated. The deeper we wade into any endeavor, the more embroiled we become in the mechanics of staying afloat – to say nothing of actually moving towards an end. Yet, Cycling is simple; put in the work and the results come.

The more complicated my life gets and the more conflicted my priorities, the more I find I love Cycling for its elemental simplicity. Set a goal, make a plan, follow it. There is no one to look to but yourself. There are no external dependencies. There is only the endlessness of The Work.

Vive la Vie Velominatus.

// Defining Moments // La Vie Velominatus // Nostalgia

  1. @Buck Rogers     But ever since having kids, I just do not climb anywhere near as much and nowhere near as hard or crazy. Kids have, in a good way, grounded me!

    The same here, Kids took me off the adrenalin market also. I love to skydive back in the day ( pre kids ) but never any serious climbing for some reason just didn’t call too me? Just a shit load of hiking which would lend itself to bouldering no and agin.  Good  times!

  2. @scaler911

    beautiful Arizona

  3. In looking up a latin saying a mate had posted online today I came across this little gem sitting right below it in the translation list…

    perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim
    Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.

    Words to train by if ever I’ve read them.

  4. Bunch of climbers here. Very cool. I earn a living running a climbing gym. A former co-worker shot this video of Potter in Squamish. Go full screen for maximal scrotum shrivelage. Nut. Fucking. Case.

  5. @scaler911

    ^^^What’s missing in the Photo of Dean (and the answer is not shoes).

    upper cortical activity

  6. @gaswepass

    @scaler911

    ^^^What’s missing in the Photo of Dean (and the answer is not shoes).

    upper cortical activity

    I was going to say “brain” but this is a better answer, as he must one have one hell of a cerebellum.

  7. @starclimber

    I’m surprised he did that with it so windy out. Nice vid BTW. I’d not seen that before.

  8. @Mikael Liddy

    In looking up a latin saying a mate had posted online today I came across this little gem sitting right below it in the translation list…

    perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim
    Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.

    Words to train by if ever I’ve read them.

    Speaking of tough, and cool… in a race today Paul (the guy I roomed with on the Tour of Sharjah) had a blowout as he was attacking on a very fast downhill at nearly 100km/h.

    He realised he had to stay upright so he used the concrete dividing barrier in the road to stay upright and grind the speed off, Nascar style. Has totally fucked his wheels, bars and levers and his hand is a bit messy but otherwise OK.

    I passed him about a minute later and thought he’d just had a normal puncture and stopped. If it was me I’d have been a blubbering wreck. A hard man, with very impressive bike skills.

  9. Different kind of bike story here.  Years ago my friend and I were at a gas station during a tornado.  We saw the facade of a building across the street get blown off and fall into the street.  Just as it happened a guy came flying down the street on a motorcycle, hit the pile of lumber and somersaulted over it twice before sliding sideways on the bike into the gas station driveway.  He got up, dusted himself off, came into the gas station and asked for a pack of Marlboros.  I’ll never forget that.

  10. Had to give up climbing about 6 years ago.  Had to get one shoulder repaired and the other had major impingment.  Just got tired of being in pain all the time. I have thought about setting up a slack line over my pool.

    The latest video of Potter was great

    Moonwalk from Reel Water Productions on Vimeo.

    In other news I completed my cardiac rehab today.  I hope I never have to sit on one of those exercise bikes again.

  11. @seemunkee

    Had to give up climbing about 6 years ago. Had to get one shoulder repaired and the other had major impingment. Just got tired of being in pain all the time. I have thought about setting up a slack line over my pool.

    The latest video of Potter was great

    Moonwalk from Reel Water Productions on Vimeo.

    In other news I completed my cardiac rehab today. I hope I never have to sit on one of those exercise bikes again.

    AWESOME!! Didn’t know that you’d had problems. Did you have a stent? Scary stuff.

  12. @starclimber

    Why is he wearing my grandma’s jeans?

  13. @scaler911 Yes, had a 99% blockage of right coronary artery.  No heart attack, no damage.

  14. Although the expression is still in the Lexicon, the Forth bridge no longer requires continuous painting….

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7250560.stm

  15. @seemunkee

    @scaler911 Yes, had a 99% blockage of right coronary artery. No heart attack, no damage.

    This is why I like to keep my blood treated with plenty of ethanol, makes it nice and thin so it can get through all those small places and keep things running.

    Congrats on your rehab progress!

  16. @Sauterelle

    Different kind of bike story here. Years ago my friend and I were at a gas station during a tornado. We saw the facade of a building across the street get blown off and fall into the street. Just as it happened a guy came flying down the street on a motorcycle, hit the pile of lumber and somersaulted over it twice before sliding sideways on the bike into the gas station driveway. He got up, dusted himself off, came into the gas station and asked for a pack of Marlboros. I’ll never forget that.

    FUCK’IN HARDCORE!!!  I dream of doing stuff like that!  Of course I would have been in the fetal postion crying like my four year old daughter after her big brother stole her Ferbie and chucked it against the wall (with my permission, of course).

  17. @Buck Rogers

    you’ve done enough trauma to know the dude prolly had a blood alcohol >0.2.  just saying.

  18. @frank

    Apparently he has a patch of leather sewn into the crotch/upper thigh area so he can grab the webbing with his inner thighs when he bails, assuming he bails onto his balls and not into the obituary column.

  19. @frank

    Did you ask him about his time training with the Chicken?

  20. @Steampunk

    @frank

    Did you ask him about his time training with the Chicken?

    Frank…how small is that guy?  Or are you still wearing your ‘Fat Bastard’ suit?

  21. @Steampunk

    @frank

    Did you ask him about his time training with the Chicken?

    Frank…How small is that guy??? Or are you still wearing your ‘Fat Bastard’ suit?

  22. @Buck Rogers

    @Sauterelle

    Different kind of bike story here. Years ago my friend and I were at a gas station during a tornado. We saw the facade of a building across the street get blown off and fall into the street. Just as it happened a guy came flying down the street on a motorcycle, hit the pile of lumber and somersaulted over it twice before sliding sideways on the bike into the gas station driveway. He got up, dusted himself off, came into the gas station and asked for a pack of Marlboros. I’ll never forget that.

    FUCK’IN HARDCORE!!! I dream of doing stuff like that! Of course I would have been in the fetal postion crying like my four year old daughter after her big brother stole her Ferbie and chucked it against the wall (with my permission, of course).

    A mate of mine is in his 50s, about 6’4″ and well north of 120kgs. A few years back he was going through an intersection and a VW Golf (Rabbit in US?) coming the other way turns in front of him. Head on collision, he hits the windscreen and rolls over roof.

    Result. He was unhurt but for a few scratches, front wheel of his bike fucked but rest ok. Car was written off by the insurer because he bent the roof out of shape. Rider 1, Car, 0.

  23. Training ….    ouch ……   Crows Nest ride here yesterday in 40+ degree heat …..     one way to lose those unwanted kilos

  24. @Barracuda yeah friend of mine who has a terrible combination of pigheaded stubborness, over-ambitiousness & an aversion to training tried to do the 85k version of the first Grand Slam yesterday afternoon…she consequently spent 5hrs in the RAH being treated for heat exhaustion after being too stubborn to pull the pin at the optional stopping point half way through

    There’s a reason my riding was done & dusted by 11 both days this weekend, it was too fucking hot to stay out any longer.

  25. @The Pressure

    @Steampunk

    @frank

    Did you ask him about his time training with the Chicken?

    Frank…How small is that guy??? Or are you still wearing your ‘Fat Bastard’ suit?

    Also Frank, why do you have a chain wrapped around your finger? Are you perhaps a T-800 demonstrating a slight injury? Would explain the weight issue….

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