• Corona-Confusion is common symptom among outdoor athletes?

    Submitted by Bill Plock on May 3rd, 2020

    What mask do you wear, if any, exercising, especially as it warms up? A buff, bandana, surgical mask, or maybe one of those made by local bike clothing makers like Primal, BOCO or Headsweats? So many choices and styles and some side affect humor to share.

    My corona-confusion reared its ugly head back in early March 2020 when the coronavirus was becoming a real concern in the United States. When initially the government said not to wear facemasks because they did not work anyway, I was mildly confused. Coronavirus-Confused? Confusion because why were the front line and healthcare workers still wearing masks if they weren’t effective? I assumed I was slow on the uptake of this novel virus, certainly not the expert, and went about without a facemask but abiding by social distancing and hand washing. Read more

    • Zwift Racing, Jessica McWhirt’s Love/Hate Relationship

      Submitted by Bill Plock on May 2nd, 2020

      Somewhere between the false flat and the 7% grade hill, I lost the front group. It was a clear indication of one of my (many) weaknesses in racing. The hills were relentless in Zwift’s UCI Harrogate course, almost like the Superior Morgul Road Race in Colorado but without The Wall, wind, rain, course announcers, volunteers, the labored breathing of other racers, cowbells, and my family shouting at me to pedal faster up a steep hill. None of that exists in Zwift. Read more

      • COVID-19, Road to Perdition or Ride to Triumph?

        Submitted by Bill Plock on April 18th, 2020

        Snow notwithstanding, multi-use paths are packed with cyclists, pedestrians, dogs, rollerbladers and more. Roads in places around the country have been shut down to allow for people to recreate. People have come out of the woodwork to be active, much like the Coronavirus has sprung to life and has touched every corner of the world. A trip up Lookout Mountain on the weekend feels like you have stumbled into an organized century ride you didn’t know about.We have always wanted more people to ride bikes. Not only is there the obvious health benefits for ourselves and the planet, but more people riding bikes might hopefully fuel the demand for increased safe infrastructure and law adaptation that improves safety and prevents unsafe, deathly distractions and careless crashes. Maybe down the road more people will try new types of cycling, try racing, or do their first century and become advocates. Read more

        • The Great Outbreak of the Great Outdoors, Becky Furuta Breaks It Down

          Submitted by Bill Plock on March 30th, 2020

          When the world shut down, we all went outside.

          COVID-19 closed offices and schools and restricted public gatherings, and drove everyone out of their homes and into the world. It’s like the Great American Recess, and it’s pretty amazing

          Don’t get me wrong: I’m not minimizing the very real impacts of the pandemic or the tragedy of the losses, but a crisis on this scale can reorder society in dramatic ways, and not all of them are bad. A global, novel virus that changes the way we live for months can reorient our relationships with the world around us. There are opportunities for less polarization and a revived appreciation for the outdoors and for life’s other, simple pleasures.
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          • Ease Today’s Burden Starting With A Bike Ride Advises Becky Furuta.

            Submitted by Bill Plock on March 23rd, 2020

            The truth is, this is tough. We’re all struggling to some measure – some of us maybe more, and some maybe less. There’s no right way to worry. Everywhere we turn, we are inundated by news of the virus and its social costs. We’ve all experienced the disappointment of lost opportunities and cancelled events. It’s easy and even understandable to fill every moment with stress and anxiety and sadness. Remember, though, that feelings come and go like the breeze, and there are things we can do today to ease the burden we feel. For me, that starts with riding my bike.  Read more

            • Bike Shops Positioning to Stay Open as Essential as Other Retail Closes

              Submitted by Bill Plock on March 18th, 2020

              In Boulder, University Bicycle general manager Lester Binegar and Russ Chandler, owner of Full Cycle both sent letters to the Boulder City Council urging that they be allowed to remain open should most all retail operations be ordered to close. Read more

              • 303Endurance and Covid-19, Some Thoughts and Tie a Fly Rod to Your Bike!

                Submitted by Bill Plock on March 15th, 2020

                The pandemic we find ourselves in has collapsed time. Days seem like hours and hours seem like minutes. The news is old the second it becomes communicated.

                Late yesterday I received a notice that the Karen Hornbostel Time Trial series was going to go on as planned starting this week. I was pleasantly surprised and thought that if there is a cycling event that can adhere to social distancing, it is this one. You could show up at your designated time, race, and go home. Simple. I had prepared a post announcing that this event was on despite most all other events being cancelled. But I hesitated as the news about everything seems to change so fast. Read more