Living the Lifestyle
3rd Jan 2014Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 1
Living the Lifestyle

Light Reading

“In training or conditioning for bike racing, one must remember that for best results it must be considered a full-time job, and the entire mode of living must be directed toward one objective, namely, the best possible health.”

The first sentence of the book Eric Anderson (’13), our coach, gave to me before winter break did not surprise me.  Not even a week after joining this bike team, a daily schedule broken into 15-minute increments appeared in my inbox.  A day later, I received a three-month life plan that I did not believe was my own.

From the beginning, Anderson wanted us to know that real commitment was not one workout, a set of goals, or an entire training program: it is a lifestyle.  Each member of this team has committed his entire mode of living toward reaching our goals this season; for us, it has meant waking up every day with the race on our minds, organizing our days into strictly structured intervals, and falling asleep with torched legs.

This winter break has shown me, personally, how training on the bike has become as integral to my life as is eating a meal.  Eating is not optional, and much in the same way, riding isn’t; I do it without thinking about it, because I can’t go a day without being in the saddle for a few hours.

If my teammates and I were only to ride our bikes, however, we would not commit our entire mode of living to this goal.  In our own various ways, we have molded our lives around this race.


Braving the Cold

Craig has looked into modifying our diets so that everything we consume contributes to our body’s nutritional potential.  Sood constantly studies our equipment, bike componentry, and the mechanics of this sport.  Knight continues to lead us all by example with his insatiable desire to push himself during training.

For me, it has been a continual process of researching how to maximize four components of my body’s performance: aerobic capacity, lactate threshold, aerobic threshold, and pedal stroke economy.  I’ve sought the best way to plan months, weeks, days, hours—even heartbeats and pedal strokes—toward personal improvement.  I’ve made each workout a quantifiable piece of data that fits into an immense training scheme that will allow us to reach our goals this spring.

We are training as hard and as smart as we can to be competitive in this race.  Though all of us will experience the Little 500 for the first time this April, we trust our coaches, we have faith in our training, and we have confidence in ourselves.

We will wear the yellow jersey with pride.  When you see us on the track, you will be proud, too.

112 days,

Joe Laughlin


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