I love Strength!
…and by that I mean both the physical capacity of Strength and that which tends to generate it, including Strength training–the art of Iron and all it’s various derivations the require movement under resistance.
And as you may notice, it is my mission in life to awaken that passion for Strength in you too. For I believe Strength is an essential capacity in our world and that are better, more resourced, more capable, caring and compassionate people when we have more of that.
So, today when I saw this list, 101 Things We Love About Cycling, well… you can see where I’m going, right? Why not make our own list–a reminder of what it is and why we love to practice, live and share the Strength.
Can I do 101? Sure. You bet. Easy… you know it. But I thought the better idea was that WE do it.
I want you too get to share and we create the list to share with the world, together. Thus, I give you an assignment. Please take a moment and share 1, 2…even 3 things you most LOVE about Strength–Strength in life and Strength Training and yes, this means our lovely new and passionately energized new cousin CrossFit. However you choose to measure or do it, it’s all about Strength.
… Okay, get to it… Here are a few things that pop into my head and I’ll continue to add until we are done.
- the gym when everyone else is home, taking a holiday, or slacking off
- my muscles so pumped it almost hurts
- struggling to find jeans that will fit my waist and thighs both
- knowing I can pickup any suitcase when we’re family traveling
- finding a new gym on the road and exploring the new/old equipment
- a common language with fellow strength-athletes we meet along the way
- knowing how food / nutrition effect me in a very real and present way
… get rolling, your up!
Here’s the Top 25 from “The 101 Things We LOVE About Cycling” for igniting ideas
- Riding on New Year’s Day, no matter what
- French fries at the restaurant on the top of the Tourmalet
- Bumping a water bottle closed on your hip
- The inexplicable ability to feel the rider behind you … and to sense when he’s no longer there
- The first postwinter ride in shorts and a jersey
- Dropping the friend who always dropped you
- Riding on the hoods
- The flyover
- Circling at the top of the hill, waiting for the others …
- … and circling at the bottom
- Laterally stiff, vertically compliant—when it works, it really really really really works
- Walking your bike by the saddle
- A paceline in which you have absolute trust
- Setting the gripper on your shorts exactly where your tan line is
- Hearing someone tell you “Nice pull” …
- … in a voice somewhat out of breath
- A relationship that began with a ride
- Smelling the embrocation waft off your own legs
- Riders who don’t train, show up on unimpressive gear, and rip ass
- Having a friend fall in love with the sport, on the bike you loaned him
- On the rivet. Tout adroit. El gancho.
- Knowing how to lean two bikes against each other so they can stand without other support …
- … and knowing how to stand a bike by its pedal on the curb
- LeMond at the line, 1989 world champs
- Fresh bar tape