If I told you that someone was willingly, and regularly, inflicting pain upon him or herself, you would likely think that person was crazy. You might be surprised if I told you that this voluntary self-subjugation to pain is a well-established and commonly practiced behavior that is highly regarded by most societies in the world. In fact, I am nearly certain that you have also engaged in this practice. I’m talking about racing in sports.
The Central Coast has so many things to offer. As a Cal Poly graduate, local business owner and Central Coast resident, I believe that the only thing as great as living here is visiting! From wine tasting to mountain biking, cowboys to surfers, there is something here for everyone and all ages.
My husband, who I met at Cal Poly and has participated with me in Wildflower since we were sophomores, is the Supervising Park Ranger for the City of San Luis Obispo. SLO has 12 different open spaces, 3600 acres of land open to the public with trails, which are roughly 48 miles long. These trails are great for hiking or mountain biking and are mild to straight up hill. Some have spectacular views at the end and some offer fun bridges or obstacles to ride over.
What if it where possible to gain 20-30 watts on the bike for a very small investment? Say in the range of $200-$300. I’m sure most of you would agree this is a no brainer investment. In an era were $8k bikes, $3k wheels and $400 helmets are common place, a $250 bike fit SHOULD be a no brainer. Especially if a proven gain of 25 watts waits for you on the other end. Here is my story.
I took up racing triathlon about 3 years ago after many years of racing mountain bikes. At the beginning of my triathlon racing I was met with some bike problems. I am fortunate enough to have power on both my road bike and my tri bike and because of this I was able to see some disturbing power discrepancies between the two.
I spent my entire life battling obesity. I was always somewhat of an athlete, I played sports all through High School and College. While in College my weight started to pack on – I stopped playing sports and eventually joined the working world where the lack of activity and continued poor eating habits lead only down a dark road that was sure to be met with medical problems and an early death. I have always felt like my life was under control with the exception of one thing, my health. I married the love of my life, I have a career that I enjoy and two of the most amazing children a father could ask for. Mentally I blocked out what was going on with my body and health. Looking back now I was truly in denial, my age played a major role in that. I guess in some weird and twisted way I thought that youth would always be on my side.
Trying to fit exercise into your daily routine can be a challenge, add work and family into the equation and it can pose an even bigger challenge. I’m writing this blog to tell you that it can be done and you don’t need to feel like your life is spinning out of control while doing it (although sometimes on really bad days it may feel like it).
My husband (Joe) began consistently training for triathlons 3 years ago. What I mean by “consistently” would be working out every day, one or two times a daily. I didn’t mind it really. Most days he completed one of his workouts before the kids and I got out of bed in the morning. The other workout was done around our family schedule. I was strictly running at the time and was not interested in doing triathlons, so I would usually run when he arrived home from his early morning workout. This is how our household ran BEFORE I started triathlons. Now for the past 2 years my husband and I both try to fit in our daily workouts, work, and raise our 2 boys together. Some of the things that we found helpful are as follows: