The past couple of days has been spent running errands and continuing renovating our house here in Fitou. But Sunday is always a rest day here, so I took this opportunity to get some excercise done in the sun!
Earlier this week I had my first ride on my slightly upgraded fixie bike. Here’s a brief look at that ride.
Isabell and I have decided to go travelling for 6 months later this year. And in order to have fewer and less expensive things to put away in storage, I recently decided to sell my racing bicycle. This also means that I will focus more on running this year to stay in shape. But don’t worry, I still have my fixie bike that I’ve been sorting out today, in the sun. Here’s a short description of what I’ve done along with a picture gallery.
Breathing — it happens naturally, we mostly don’t think about. It’s obvious how important breathing and oxygen is for our body. But what’s not so obvious is how much mental and physical potential one can unlock by breathing with the right technique. Continue reading “It’s all in your breathing”
This has been an incredible year so far. So much has been going on. My wife has been recovering from her surgery, international conferences, house renovation in Fitou, trips to Lanzarote, Paris and many weekends at other fun places. I’ve been happy to put my bike aside for a while. But heading into this winter I’m now motivated to reach some fitness goals again. If you want to know why I enjoy riding so much, checkout my very first post on this blog. Continue reading “My fitness goals for this winter”
As I mentioned in my cycling season review 2016 my winter training did not go as planned. Life got in the way, as it does. But since the end of February I put in a decent block of training and averaged about 8.5 hours of riding per week. It’s still too little to really be competitive, but I’ve made significant progress in my fitness. And for that I’m happy.
If cycling was measured in how much you learn, instead of the watts your legs put down, I definitely would have won the Tour de France in 2016!
Last year was all about learning about bike racing and getting into the cycling scene in London. I wanted to do as many races as time (and other commitments) permitted and I wanted to build a decent base fitness. My focus was on criterium racing.
What makes your heart beat hardest?
Answer this question for yourself. What lies therein is something that give you purpose and fulfilment to live. If someone would ask you “Why this?” you might not know. Your answer might be illogical, counterproductive or even irresponsible. But it makes your heart beat hardest.
So why do I ride? Let’s start from the beginning…