Cycling: What’s Hot, What’s Not

What’s Hot, What’s Not

28“Two related trends bode well for our sport: More and more races are providing online pre-registration, and more and more races are reaching capacity…”  Chicagobikeracing.com

Hot: Yoga for Cyclists Not: tight, weak muscles

Today consider contemporary cycling crazes.

HOT: Internet information and interaction for rides and races

NOT: Electronics replacing face-time, used for delicate personal discussion or conflict-resolution, and further isolation depite more ways to communicate

HOT: Less elite amateur teams and more low-budget pro teams

NOT: Amateur skills and habits in a pro peloton; not enough mid- to high-level professional teams and programs

HOT: Powermeters, positioning systems, accurate analyses of energy expended for nutritional replenishment

NOT: Replacing pacing strategies by feel or human spirit for robotical prognostication or by targeted data only, and this from me, a power-based training coach

HOT: High intensity work, less long slow distance

NOT: Six hour rides for weekend warriors; likewise neopro advancement with not enough volume

HOT: Criterium series and UCI Tours (U.S.)

NOT: Disappearing stage races/quality events for mid level pros (U.S.)

HOT: Ethics for winning; sense of purpose from participation

NOT: Questionable accountability or testing; winning at all costs

HOT: Strong teams with a number of capable but selfless winners

NOT: Arrogant team leaders who can’t get the job done

HOT: Facts plus faith

NOT: Optimism without realism, discipline, data, or deft counsel

Prayer for Trends & Fads

“An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth; fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies.” Proverbs 15:14

 

“Young people are prone to foolishness and fads; the cure comes through tough-minded discipline.” 29Proverbs 22:15

We pray for truth in our trends, firepower instead of quick fixes.

Ponder Is my belief system current? Affirm I spot truth in tradition and trends. Watch new ways and remember worthy old ways.

28“Is it necessary to pre-register?” Apr 15, 2008 posted under “Reader Questions” on www.chicagobikeracing.com

29The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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