Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Article one discusses a condition known as RI, reciprocal inhibition. Means that one muscle, usually the dominant of the opposing duo, such as your hamstrings as compared to your quadriceps, do more than their share under stress. Often resulting in early onset of fatigue, bio-mechanical imbalance, cramping and often injury. One of the most beneficial steps to avoid, or lessen, the impact of RI, is to up our cycling awareness of the crucial role that balance plays. Having equal right side to left side power output. Spinning easy and smooth, and knowing what a circular rotation feels like, in ALL 360 degrees. We can practice this. Seated, standing, sprinting and climbing. Next session, take 60 seconds during each of the cycling postures and their tangent speeds and hone in on the sensation of a complete, fluid, graceful symmetry. Let the muscles complete their grand design by working in harmony to facilitate powerful movement.
Article two illustrates the reciprocality between quads and hammys very nicely. One work-one rest, one push-one pull, wax on-wax off. The animation also shows why sometimes we get sore knees from all this movement as the muscles slide over the patella, increasing heat as friction, aka inflammation, or patellar tendinitis. Make it smooth.
Article three is a fascinating piece on endurance, or the limits our minds, bodies and hearts have. The initial story is about Ironman ladies Julie Moss and Wendy Ingram and the second is on two Race Across America riders, Patrick Autissier and Jare Robic. I find it absolutely amazing how much more we are capable of enduring once we THINK we are tired. As you have heard me say a few times in the past (and as recent as this morning) YOU'RE NOT TIRED -- YOU JUST THINK YOU ARE. Think again.
Lastly is the embed trailer for Bicycle Dreams an award winning doc on riding a bike a long way. And the (hard earned) joy thereof.
All for today, back to work.