Formula One, Pro Cycling, and Acceptable Risk

Safety is one of the core tenets of our modern civilization. In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety ranks 2nd only to physiological needs of the human body. Psychologically then, any threat against our protected modern lives – however statistically unlikely – stand out from more silent killers. Terrorism, airplane crashes, and other calamities are examples of prime fodder for heavy news coverage.
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My Cycling Goal for 2015

On a recent ride me and some friends lamented the dearth of ride choices caused by our being located in a major city on the water.  From Boston there are essentially two options most take – southwest to the Dover area or northwest to Concord.  The unfortunate presence of the Massachusetts Bay to the east precludes any rides in that direction, speaking on the most basic geographic terms.  It’s not that there isn’t quality riding or many variations of those routes, but in my perception there is little room for a landmark ride in the Metro Boston area.

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On the Buildup to My Cycling Season

Leave the snow riding to the pros, I say.  Photo by Graham Watson via VeloNews
Leave the snow riding to the pros, I say. Photo by Graham Watson via VeloNews

To say that this winter weather in the Northeast hasn’t been conducive to outdoor sports training is a bit of an understatement.  Invites have landed in my inbox from people that were riding well into January and in hindsight calling it quits on riding back in November might have been a mistake.  It remains to be seen how long it will be until the road shoulder is visible, let alone clean enough to ride on, and hence the potential magnitude of this mistake has not been established.  This past weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the first time I ventured forth after an eleven-month break from riding (not training, riding) and I went on to have my best-ever season in terms of conditioning and mileage.  My hopes are still high for this year and delaying my start outdoors by a few weeks won’t affect the ultimate outcome.  Meanwhile, I am rediscovering the joys of indoor training.

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Shut up legs! An evening with Jens Voigt

Food art by Kaiko Shimura for Bicycling.com http://tour.bicycling.com/tour-de-france/tour-features/jens-voigt-trek-factory-racing
Food art by Kaiko Shimura from Bicycling.com
http://tour.bicycling.com/tour-de-france/tour-features/jens-voigt-trek-factory-racing

For the uninitiated, Jensie is a rider whom cycling commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen would describe as “a strongman of the peloton.”  As such, it is unsurprising that he braved the freezing temperatures, gale-force winds, and mountains of snow to reach Landry’s Bicycles in Boston on Sunday Feb. 15 and be interviewed by Richard Fries in front of a full house.  Bike store.  Whatever.  In fact, Jens was spotted on twitter visiting the local zoo and gleefully doing Boston things while most of us were huddled at home riding out the snow.

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