Balancing safety against speed

I’ve been experimenting with a couple of different cycling routes to work recently. As I commute more and more, I realise that each has its own imperfections and annoyances.


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Learning to breathe fire

I recently read “Learning to Breathe Fire – The rise of Crossfit and the Primal Future of Fitness” by J.C. Herz. It’s a fast paced, interesting read and it’s got me intrigued about Crossfit and its potential benefits compared to the training that I currently do. I’m already familiar, experienced and onboard with lifting heavy things (both external resistance – barbells, kettlebells etc and bodyweight calisthenics), sprinting and high intensity interval training (work capacity). But it’s raised lots of questions in my head.

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On the bike

I admit it. I’ve moved to the dark side. I’ve kept it from you but I’ve got to come out. I’m officially a cycle wanker. I don’t know why it took me so long to realise that cycling is the future. I finally took the plunge into road cycling back in the autumn because it’s a key to saving money and keeping the momentum rolling in terms of moving towards F.I. but I’ve discovered that it’s also an excellent form of mindfulness meditation.



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Life principles

This will be the last of the three posts on the principles that I live my life by and these are the long-term ones, the overarching life long principles. As with the other principles I’ve already outlined this is a living list and I’m sure it will be added to and subtracted from in the future…..

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Daily principles

Bunk explains in the Wire that “A man must have a code” (google it if you need to) and I want to share mine. I find having a set of principles held in my mind helps me to prioritise them over the other seemingly urgent stuff that comes into our everyday lives. I should emphasise that they are not fixed. They are just my current principles, I am open to adding, changing, updating, and discarding these. I should also note that I’m by no means perfect. I certainly don’t manage to stick to all of these everyday. But these are the principles that I try to adhere to on a daily basis: –

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How to find time to exercise

Those who do not find time to exercise, sooner or later will have to find time for illness.” -Earl of Derby, Edward Stanley

One of the key barriers  that people cite as preventing them from doing exercise is lack of time. I’m going to help out with a few strategies for getting around this.