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Thursday Tri Reads

12 Feb

I’ve had a bit of time to be able to read some articles on line this week, so here are the ones that I felt were worth sharing…

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What have you been reading this week?

What have I been reading?

3 Dec
Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont

I’ve not been exercising a lot in the last couple of weeks, which has given me plenty of time to read. The main thing that I’ve been reading is The man who cycled the world by Mark Beaumont. I don’t think I’m revealing any spoilers by saying that it’s an autobiographical account of one man’s bike ride that takes him around the globe. I really enjoyed it as it was a good blend of travelogue (with interesting descriptions of people, places and food) with sporting biography. I felt I could empathise with the physical aches and pains of repeated long-distance bike rides (4 long days on Tour de Y was enough for me!) I’ve now found that a four-part BBC documentary was made to accompany the book, so I plan to watch it very soon. I’ve also just seen this very short video about Mark’s latest adventure:

North Coast 500 from North Coast 500 on Vimeo.

Here are some other articles that I’ve been reading:

  • Running with the Amish – this is a lengthy article written by Bart Yasso. I found it absolutely fascinating. It’s interesting that Mennonite and Amish runners are doing so well, but I agree with the overall conclusion that it’s probably down to their generally healthy lifestyle factors (plenty of sleep, less time wasted on surfing the internet etc, lots of exercise and wholesome food) rather than any specific genetic traits.
  • Italy: Town pays people to cycle to work – I LOVE this idea. It wouldn’t earn me much money, but it would be nice if I made enough to pay for servicing and my secure cycle parking at work.
  • Rwanda’s female cycling phenom redefining womanhood and a nation – There just aren’t enough articles about high-profile female cyclists because not enough people see women’s cycling as being worthy of an article. This is a great read as it let me know about a rising star who I hadn’t heard of before.

I’ve also just finished reading ‘A year of living Danishly’ (humorous autobiographical account of life in a foreign country) and need to read ‘Before I go to sleep’ for my book club next week, but after those I’ll be on the hunt for some new reading material.

What can you recommend for me? I love autobiographies and other books about sports history, but am willing to try anything!

Rest and reading

18 Jun

It’s been a very hot day and I’ve been working hard, so I’m grateful that it’s also a scheduled rest day.

Some of the great things that I’ve been reading today include Darlene’s blog My first 5k and more. In her latest blog post, she explains about the Mizuno Baton, which is a completely amazing charity running scheme. It’s such a simple concept: you download an app, log all of your miles for the week and then $1 is donated to a charity for homeless people for every mile you run in that week. It’s only available to residents of USA… if you fit into that category, please consider using this app for a week!

Another great read has been The Oatmeal’s DOs and DO NOTs of running your first marathon. I love The Oatmeal and will definitely be buying the book when it’s out.

My coach has been recommending the VDOT calculator to work out training paces. Coach Ant works out my training paces for me, so I don’t have to worry about it, but I can definitely say that training at a low heart rate for my easy runs is making me a better runner.

I also read about an amazing Japanese solution to bicycle storage issues. This video tells you all about it:

I’m thinking about going on a cycling holiday in Japan next year, so I will definitely be watching out for these.

Staying on the cycling theme, I read an interview with Olympian Joanna Rowsell.

What are your thoughts on the ‘cyclist stay back’ stickers that have appeared in London and are now spreading across the country?

Continuing this week’s theme of celebrating good food, did you know that it’s International Sushi Day today?

What have you been reading/watching this week?