This isn’t a regional ride, but the cycling enthusiast seizes the opportunity to spin whenever it arises, even when the location happens to be the trailing edge of a frontal system strong enough to blow several states on a visit with the Wizard of Oz.
Just ask Floyd: This stuff is so powerful it makes DNA doping look low tech. During the 2006 Tour de France doping scandal involving Floyd Landis, I blogged about how it’s common knowledge that Jack Daniels is a performance enhancing drug. I’ve been on the lookout for custom formulations for recreational athletes ever since. I mean, who amongst us wouldn’t want at least a sample of whatever was flowing through Floyd’s body during his amazing Stage 17 victory.
As discussed in other posts, evidence shows that fitness programs that rely heavily on non-impact sports like cycling can adversely affect bone health and increase the risk of osteoporosis. Cross training that incorporates weight lifting, resistance training, and activities like jogging that jar the skeletal system are an essential component of a long-term health program, especially for athletes in their 40’s and beyond.
A few years ago, an Outside magazine article about bone health caught my eye. The article begins with a story about a fit middle aged cycling enthusiast who had had borderline osteoporosis.