A Boxing Cycle.

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Injury helped me discover another indoor-training motivational tool.  Muhammad Ali fights make perfect interval workouts with three minute intervals, an announcer and clock riding through each round gets your adrenaline flowing.  Ali was the greatest!  In 1980 I was working as a sports cameraman.  I was lucky enough to film an interview with Mr. Ali.  Fascinating Humility In This Man!  I kept thinking.  He would have given Lance a run for his money.

Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe 1980 Wimbledon Final with Borg winning 18 to 16 games in a five-set masterpiece.  Back then no tie-breaker in the fifth set.  Here’s a highlight clip of artists playing tennis.  A kind of slow motion boxing match.

A Bird VS  a Magician; Celtic’s Lakers, all classic’s.  Bringing the best out of each other and their teammates in every game Larry and Magic were simply flawless under pressure.  The dominance of their collective talents defined the NBA with shear greatness.  After sharing a Bird highlight film my son asked with complete sincerity, as the young do Dad does Larry Bird have eye’s in the back of his head?

Any Celtics-Lakers playoff game from the 80’s also great content.  Larry Bird was the greatest from the neck up and the wrist up.  Larry and Magic Johnson all but saved the NBA after the 1979 NCAA final when Larry and Magic’s monumental skills rejuvenated the NBA hard-wood a struggling league who’s only star attraction seemed to be Dr. J a basketball genius ahead of his time who defined The Art Of The-Dunk.

You’ll find entire Celtics Lakers Playoff games from the NBA’s greatest era on YouTube.   Ali, Bird, Magic, Borg, McEnroe these guys will push your competitive buttons.  The cheering crowd doesn’t hurt either.  I’m riding along thinking, I wonder how McEnroe would have held up against Ali in a fifteen rounder? 

I leave you with this a great film for any ride.

Shorter Rides Yield Strong Lasting Benefits.

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I’ve discovered shorter more frequent rides build a stronger rider.  Since lock-down shorter rides have filled my days.  I find two, three or four rides preferable VS one long ride especially while unemployed, every errand evolves into a side trip.  I did go for one long ride recently, it felt shorter.  My rides are stronger on a more consistent basis and shorter rides fit in your day with ease. 

Aug-Bicycle-Images-GraphicsFairy002_01Familiar and memorized terrain is cached in your RAM.  When close to home I ride without the added weight of tools a tube or co2/pump even no water. 

I’ll design a series of two to six mile loops with options along the way or repeat a loop with three screaming downhills. Find a tail-wind loop with a long downhill and ride it like a roller coaster, repeatedly till wind patterns change and move on. Swing by home to shed a layer or two, look at it like a pit-stop option. Pick up new friends along the way.

In this this photo provided by PhotoSport International shows Fausto Coppi catching and passing Jean Robic on Alpe d’ Huez. (First time used by TdeF)

Once in a while I’m riding through time in the strangest of places in the right frame of mind I run into these guys near the finish line. Augmented-Reality on a bicycle. If I find boredom with some terrain these formula-one loops are great motivators. Repeating four each one faster? Try plotting out some loops in your neighborhood. All out the door, driving to ride is a waste of time, energy and money. Every mile in a car is a mile closer to a grave. So if times abundance is overwhelming you ride your bike, ride it everywhere anytime. Night riding especially nice lately with bars shutdown and sleeping pattern off course. Watch for critters at night.

One evening approaching a bunny thirty yards out my light made the bunny skittish. He bolted frantically back and forth across the trail then jumped from left to right hitting my right hand seeming too fly away in the tall grass. Holy Monty Python Batman.