Cycling and the wind – there is a cure

Don’t Go – this weekend the forecast was pretty mean and the cyclists I spoke to afterwards had scary tails – from the front 3 in a group being blown sideways in the road narrowly missing a car to a solo friends 30km battle into the 40know headwind ….

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I went kitesurfing instead and had a whale of a time. sure it is winter and cold and i hate kitesurfing in full gimp kit (hoodie gloves and boots as well) and after 1 hour you have to take a break but still what a great day

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what is interesting is putting the details into veloviewer and analysing speed there in the data sections – most of my time is spent in the 28kmh-30kmh (16knots in old nautical money) zone which when you work out that involves jumping and riding waves is pretty fast. and a good low cardio fat burn heart rate of 120-130bpm

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Zones in the veloviewer website

How to start the week

Drop kids at school then sneak in a run even if it is slow

Screenshot 2014-12-01 16.00.33and then back home where i had my bike set up on the turbo so did a wee fat burn ride ….

Taming the badger as opposed to Slaying – more on that film once I finish it …..

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how fit are you?

Do this test

answer truthfully now.

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there is no way my VO2 is 62 – my polar HRM used to say it was around 57-59


Oi Fatty …. yes you

from huffington post

This is the average American male in his 30s.

usa bodyHe doesn’t look too bad, right? Well, here’s how he stacks up against his international peers from Japan, the Netherlands, and France.

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America’s expanding waistline may not be new news, but throwing the average American male’s body into a line-up spotlights America’s obesity epidemic, which is exactly what Pittsburgh-based artist Nickolay Lamm did when he created these visualizations (which obviously deal only with body size and not ethnicity or skin color).

“I wanted to put a mirror in front of us,” Lamm told The Huffington Post in an email. “Americans like to pride ourselves on being the best country in the world. However, it’s clear that other countries have lifestyles and healthcare better than our own.”

Here’s a look from the front.

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And a side angle — Oof, not the most flattering comparison for the American. He’s second on the left.

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Lamm constructed the 3D models based on body measurements collected from thousands of men by universities and government agencies — including the CDC, the Netherlands’ RIVM, and France’s ENNS. The average American male has a body mass index (BMI) of 29 — significantly higher than Japanese men (who have a BMI of 23), men in the Netherlands (who have a 25.2 BMI), and French men (who have a 25.55 BMI.)

Lamm said he used BMI charts and photos for visual reference, and ran the models by Dr. Matthew Reed, an expert on body shape measurement, for accuracy.

“I chose the Netherlands because they are the tallest country and are clearly doing something right there,” Lamm said. He chose Japan because it is well-known for its longevity, and France because, he said, “a lot of Americans like to compare themselves to that country.”

So what are the Dutch and Japanese doing right?

Experts suggest it has to do with a complex combination of genetic, environmental and social factors. A good healthcare system, better nutrition, and more active lifestyles have been cited as reasons for the towering Dutchmen and long-lived Japanese.