WE HAVE NO PURPOSE
So part of this blog is to just capture my current thoughts and beliefs. My hope is to come back at one point and compare how I think that day to how I think today. I want this to essentially serve in part as a public journal. There is an inherent vulnerability in making thoughts and beliefs public. How will people interpret my thoughts and how will that change relationships. I don’t want to ostracize anyone as I am one always open to the other side. So with that said this past weekend I got to drink some beers with my wife and my great friend. At the end of the night my wife went to bed leaving the friend and I to discuss the world’s topics. With an upcoming deployment a lot of existential thoughts have been passing through my mind. I am always grateful to have the friends I have that allow me the ability to discuss the big questions. Two of the many topics, in the middle of many beers, that my friend and I covered was what is our purpose and what happens when we die?
Dreams and Sleep
Dreams, a magical place created by our own masterful mind in order to secede from the day. It is a world to connect to things we thought was impossible during our wakeful hours. They are a time where we all become directors of our own films. These rolls of collected film have fascinated civilizations since civilizations existed. The Greeks and Romans believed that dreams were a time to connect to the Gods! (Linden 2011) Psychologists, the profession dealt with gleaning some sort of meaning from the nightly pictures, have been focused on dreams since Sigmund Freud in the early 1900s. Dream analysis has evolved from the Roman’s interpretation to the ability to map active regions of the brain using imaging technology. Even with that evolution of technology, we still seek the meanings of dreams. The question is still out on why we actually dream.
I am a soldier and i am ok with protesting
Did you know that 724 Americans per 100,000 are incarcerated in America? We lead the world for most people incarcerated. Even Russia has fewer people in jail at 581 people per 100,000! Is this the land of the free? Did you know that 21% of the 2,220,300 people in prison haven’t even had a trial yet? Yes, that means almost a half million people are currently in jail without being proven guilty. Is that the land of the free? Did you know that 38% of prisoners are black even though only 12% of Americans are black? Is that the land of the free?
2017 RIVER GORGE OMNIUM REPORT
It has been awhile since I last posted a race report. I planned on going all the way back to write a report on the Cascade Classic but it’s too far gone. Instead, I am going to put some thoughts into how this past weekend went at the River Gorge Omnium in Chattanooga, TN. This race marked the second weekend in a row for racing bikes in Chattanooga. This weekend was a US Military Endurance Sports focus event which meant I had some teammates at the race. Sam Curlee flew in from the perfect weather of California to race in the CAT 2 Omnium. Our hopes were high for this race and we were determined to represent USMES in a positive manner.
IMAGINE ALL THE...
There is no way to debate that your mentality has an effect on you performance. No matter how small or large it could be there is something to work on; more than that 1% or marginal gain you will get from buying Nike’s new shoe or that $500 Ceramic Speed derailleur cage. As you will hear from any sports psychologist, the mind is too often overlooked for its performance capabilities. Imagery has a lot of benefits, but just like aerobic capacity and FTP it requires training to develop.
GETTING STARTED IN AMERICAN BIKE RACING
You turn on your television and a news story pops up about the Tour de France. You get inspired and want emulate them and race the bike. Where do you start? How do you find races?
The best place to start is to ensure you are ready for the commitment: financially, physically, and emotionally. Before you do anything exercise related you should always get checked out by a doctor. There are rare instances where the prospective athlete has a hidden heart disorder or ailment that could be worsened through exercise. Play it safe. After you get the green light from the doctor you need to start spending some money.
A Guide to Post Workout Comments
“Post Activity Comments and Enter a new comment.” It is a section in every single TrainingPeaks workout. It is a highly underappreciated tool for the athlete and the coach. Most of the time both people are concerned about the numbers and the pretty graphs in the “analyze” section. Leaving the comments blank and just looking at the objective data only gives you 70% of the picture.