Saturday, 13 October 2012

Where are all the heroes........

It's been quiet a week with revelations about 80's legend Jimmy Saville and noughties legend Lance Armstrong. Both unsavoury for different reasons, although Saville's appear particularly heinious and gross. As each new revelation hits we all say I can't believe it's true, they were such heroes and legends.
I remember watching the George Hincapie dvd a couple of years ago, and he was asked who his heroes in the sport were. His reply was something along the lines of "I've been around this sport for so long I no longer have any heroes", at the time I and I guess many others watching it, expected him to say Lance Armstrong for his seemingly miraculous journey from near death to 7 Tour victories, but he didn't. As I dwelt on his reply in the months that followed it planted a doubt in my mind about Armstrong, Hincapie and the whole wave of American cycling success. If Hincapie, Armstrong's close friend and as the press dubbed him "trusted lieutenant" didn't see him as a hero, then surely he knew what many suspected, that he, them and most probably most of the peloton were doped up to the eyeballs. It now looks that, that may well be the case.
I think the lesson to be learnt from this, is this; people who become our heroes tend to excel at something that we admire, but, we expect all areas of their lives to follow their specific area of excellence. It's made me think that we shouldn't have heroes, we are all fallable, and putting people on a pedestal will only lead to false hopes or expectations. We hero worship, because we like to think that perfection is attainable for all, but it's an illusion, a trick, no one is perfect, least of all our "heroes".
We should enjoy life, endevour to be the best we can, in all we do, laugh often and show compassion where it's needed. We don't need heroes to do this.........


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Monday, 7 May 2012

A Guide To The Triathletes Blog

Search around in the internet, Facebook or Twitter and you'll find a proliferation of triathletes blogs. Many by age groupers inspired by their idols, the professional athletes, who look to give us masses an insight into the life of a full time athlete, whilst also giving their sponsors a nice healthy plug.
Unfortunately alot of the blogs, status updates and Tweets you read are full of inane shite. Anyone of us involved in multisport, or even mono sport have been guilty of this, taking the emulation of our idols a step to far with boring details of our training sessions ect. ect. Now I'm not for a minute suggesting we shouldn't talk about our passion, I'm not saying we shouldn't post online about our sport, I'm just suggesting a few rules for minimising the crap we post.

Rule #1 - and today I did......
Posting your days training. DON'T! You've not won anything so who's interested? No one. I want to read what training Chrissie Wellington or Alistair Brownlee have done, hoping for that winning insight to unlocking the hidden Olympian lurking deep with in, but reading what some middle of the pack Age Grouper has done? NO!!!

Rule #2 - and today I didn't do......
Ok you couldn't be arsed getting out of bed to swim, you're to lazy to get your trainers on to run, it looks a bit too windy to ride, whatever. Lets be honest, you probably just didn't want to get cold/wet/tired, that's ok we're not trying to make a living out of it, just don't harp on about it online trying to appease your guilt at accepting you really couldn't be arsed, whilst trying to create the impression that you're gutted at breaking your regimented disciplined routine.

Rule #3 - plugging your kit
Professional athletes are always giving their sponsors a plug. This is fine, this how they (the athlete) make their living. We as fans, might even like to know what they use, so we can buy it in the hope of emulating their success. Listing what kit you use, is of no interest to anyone. YOU HAVE PAID FOR IT, the kit hasn't been given to you for free, you owe the manufacturer nothing, you paid your dues at the 'checkout. If you've bought something that is genuinley awesome, by all means let people know, just don't go listing your kit thinking you're a pro.

Finally, we all love what we do, it makes us feel alive, gives us satisfaction, rewards, highs and lows, takes us to places we would never have gone to and helps us to meet friends we may never have met, so please share the joys and the sadness this all brings to your life! If you've had a great race, an awesome swim, ride or run or bought a new bike, wetsuit or goggles that you love, shout it from the roof tops and let everyone know, just remember the Three Golden Rules listed above! Happy training, racing, Tweeting, FB'ing and Blogging!




Remember we do it for fun.
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Friday, 13 April 2012

Cycling in Mallorca

Just come back from a great training camp/ beer fest in Mallorca. Had a great bunch of people from Rhos CC head out for company and we had a great time.
If you fancy heading to Mallorca for cycling, you won't be dissapointed there are some great mountain climbs as well as diverse flatter routes all within easy access. I recommend the North of the island. Puerto Pollenca is a beautiful seaside resort, nice and quiet with golden sandy beaches and plenty of good places to eat. Most importantly it is only 5 or 6 miles from the mountains.
The last two years we have stayed at the Pollenca Park Hotel. This place is awesome and caters for cyclists. It provides secure bike storage rooms, which saves lugging your steed to your room. Food is good, buffet breakfast with plenty to offer and if you eat there on the evening you'll find plenty of variety on the night time buffet. They'll even launder your bike kit for around €2!
Triathletes - there is some good running in the area with plenty of flat routes, either coastal or heading into the country lanes which are only 5 minutes from the hotel. There is an outdoor pool, 25m, which is quiet bracing at Easter time despite the good weather. There is a municipal pool just off Puerto Pollensa square, which is excellent. Very quiet and you usually get a lane to yourself, not bad for €4.
The first day you can always get a quick ride in. Do the Cap Formentor, a cracking ride of around 2 hours, great views with a little bit of climbing. Other highlights include the Sa Calobra clinb ( around a 60 mile ride) and a ride to Soller which is around 80 to 100 miles depending on which route you choose.


Yes, that's me at the back again!

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