Notes on This Week’s Issue
Here’s what we’ve got on tap for you today:
- further tips by Coach John Hughes on helping slow the inevitable effects of aging by following the Four Pillars – this week the focus is on the importance of Recovery
- a Tech Talk column by Jim Langley that tackles the provocative question: Should You Trash Your Rim Brakes?
- Coach Rick Schultz adds an article on common fitting problems he regularly sees, and how to address them
- Sheri Rosenbaum discusses the merits of getting outside to ride in a yucky climate by “getting fat” in the winter (a Fat Bike, that is!)
- and much more
As always, I hope you find at least one or two nuggets each week that apply directly to your riding and your life. Enjoy!
Recovery Lessons From Roger Federer
As I was finalizing the editing and posting of Coach John Hughes‘ article today on the importance of Recovery as one of the Four Pillars to follow to help slow down the effects of aging, I was marveling at what was happening in the Australian Opentennis tournament.
Every one of the four finalists was over 30 and a multiple major championship winner, the two winners were 35 (Roger Federer and Serena Williams) and the best ever at their sport. Oh, yeah, the other women’s finalist was Serena’s sister, Venus. And the other finalist on the men’s side is tied for 2nd most Grand Slam victories ever, Rafael Nadal. It was simply a remarkable, maybe even once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.
What made it even more remarkable on the men’s side, though, was that this tournament was the first Federer had played in six months. And he had not beaten his long-time foil Nadal in a Grand Slam final for 10 years.
Both in recent years have suffered a spate of injuries that ate into their playing schedules and limited their abilities. But both followed human nature and rushed back from injury time and again as quickly as they possibly could.
Does this sound at all familiar to you? It does to me! I don’t have a single cycling buddy who isn’t always champing at the bit to get back on the bike after an injury or illness, or who isn’t nearly always complaining about a sore something-or-other that just won’t go away. I have to laugh at myself as I write this, because I’m exactly the same way. I only have to look back to my clavicle surgery last year as a prime example of rushing back in a mad hurry, and I sit here today with a lingering sore back.
Let’s get back to Federer, though. Last year, he finally realized the error of his ways and decided he needed a real break to let his body (knee) recover thoroughly and completely. Let’s not forget that this is a highly trained professional athlete still in his prime – not a 40- to 70-something roadie.
“What I’ve just come to realize is when you don’t feel well, you have too many problems going on, you just won’t beat top-10 players,” Federer told the AP after his semifinal win in the tournament. “That’s where both, I guess, Rafa and myself said, ‘OK, enough of this already. Let’s get back to 100 percent, enjoy tennis again, enjoy the practice.’ I hope to be back next year of course,” he said. “That’s why I took the six months off to hope I can still be playing for a couple of years.”
Many, if not most, of us probably don’t take recovery seriously enough. And not just recovery from a serious injury or illness, but rather recovery from hard efforts, from lingering or nagging minor injuries, etc. Think long-term, and know that taking a day or two off now and then is not going to zap all of that (to borrow Coach Hughes’ term) Athletic Maturity you’ve built up over years of working out.
If the best ever in his sport can justify and benefit from it, surely you can, too.
SeeSense Lights Winners Announced Next Week
Just a quick note that I’ll announce the 2 lucky winners of the terrific SeeSense lights next week. And then I’ll start working on our next prize.
As often as I can, I gladly accept quality cycling products to give away in drawings to Premium Members as a way to say a big Thank You! for being the primary financial support that keeps RBR going. To give everyone a shot at these great lights, I’ve decided to extend the giveaway window through January.
Our Holiday Season giveaway will be 2 complete sets of the See.Sense ICON Front & Rear Lights we just reviewed. (Click to read the review.) We’ll give one set each to 2 lucky Premium Members.
All current Premiums will be included in the drawing.