My Lungs

Your lungs are a fairly important part of your body, sadly my whole life I have been gifted with crap lungs. This is why I came to cycling as a way to try and remedy my lungs. Every year though I always seem to make the same mistakes.In an effort to tell you what you probably shouldn’t do I am going to retell a story from a doomed cyclocross season. I was using cyclocross at that point in my life to work as a form of winter training for BMX. Sadly I ended up ruining the majority of a year by doing stuff I should not have done.

I am bringing this up as I went out yesterday and hit the old Stirling BMX track, what I should have done is just had a fun session and worked on skills. Instead I pushed myself to my limits, which are really depleted now due to not listening to myself. Today I have a raspy sore throat and an inability to breathe properly, so now I am doing nothing in the hope that this cold will disappear pronto.

Without further ado my old tale.

The New Year always brings enthuasim for becoming a better person. Mine though this year though have been crap. This disappoints me as it’s probably the first year I’ve started with a huge amount of enthusiasm to become nearly an athlete. Instead of racking those miles up, building speed, losing body fat, becoming better. I’ve been sitting on a sofa eating Ben and Jerry’s. I want to argue that this is a travesty but I can’t find it in myself to say a bad word about ice cream, forget bacon, ice cream is the true reason you can’t become a vegan. If Ben and Jerry’s read this, I am a highly motivated athlete, with many ambitious plans andI am just ripe for the old sponsorship deal.

My main problem is the doctor keeps prescribing me steroids and I keep thinking I should keep these aside for when I’m allowed to train again. This idea is being planted in my head by most professional athletes, it seems the only way forward and also I think it might be harder to prove than shoving a motor in my bike. You know if everyone else is doing it, well I’m only levelling the playing field. That’s the “Lance Armstrong technique” ®, it’s a fun training system, the hardest bit is learning to scowl at the whole world.

The reason for all the drugs and ice cream, who says cycling isn’t rock’n’roll, is that I went and rode a bike when I should have stayed in. Had a small cold and did that fake macho thing of “I’ll be alright, it’s only a cold”. 3 weeks later and finally I can see the error of my ways. That one day of riding has now cost me 21 days of not riding, now I know rest days are important for recovery and therefore allowing your body to adapt but I think 21 consecutive rest days is a bit over the top or I should be one of the greatest athletes ever now as my body has totally adapted to one day’s cycling. It’s called the student technique.

Basically, my whole point here is, don’t go and ride a bike when you have a cold, stay in and eat ice cream. I recommend Ben and Jerry’s Utter Peanut Butter Clutter. It’ll make you feel better and ready to pound those miles again. I am available for coaching sessions.

Originally published at on November 24, 2017.

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