Reasons Triathletes Should Bike Commute to Work


– I feel like I lost a hammer fight. (swoosh) Your lifetime cool points
go up a few notches. (swoosh) – I got in my sleeping
bag and like we were done. (swoosh) – Morning trainiacs, after trying to be a real hero yesterday with
free, back, breast, and fly, all these muscles that I forgot I had, that was no picnic. Saw a nice little bump up in
the subscriber base yesterday. Oh my god, so many choices, yellow. Likely from the people that listen to the intelligent racer podcast, which went live yesterday
or the day before, welcome, now we swim. (upbeat music) Phew, that was swim and a half, after yesterday’s fly, back, breast, free, feel like I lost a hammer fight. (grunts) (upbeat music) look at coach Pat over there. My coach Pat and hopefully soon, some of your coach Pat. (ding) Smooth headed majestic man. Considering that I left my iPhone 7+, stupid lightning cord, no headphone jack
headphones at the office, I think today is a fantastic day for an episode of thoughts from the bike. I want to talk about
why triathletes, whoa, seriously consider
commuting to work by bike. I’m really bias, but there’s
a lot good reasons for it. I gotta go, gotta hit this light, hang on. Made it, so I’ve always had
a fair bit of bike strength and typically done quite
well in the bike portion of a lot of triathlons, but it’s really only been in
the last couple of seasons that I’ve put in really
crushing bike times and had major improvement and I think that that has a
lot to do with bike commuting. So, I started commuting in by bike somewhere around a year
and a half, two years ago. All summer, all winter, rain or shine, and what I found ended up happening is that my bike fitness really improved. Now here, I don’t know,
I don’t have a number. We’re just gonna see how
many benefits I can think of as to why people should
consider commuting by bike. Number one, bicycles are fun. There are very few things that
are still as fun as an adult as when you were a kid. Biking is one of them. Number two, it’s efficient. You gotta drive to work
and home every single day, you might as well use that time for a little bit of a workout. Number three, when you
start going year round and you’re going through say
snow or really windy days, I find that it helps build
the strength in your legs, especially if you’re on
a single speed like I am. Number four, if you ride a fixie, where you can’t just like roll, what I’ve heard, because
you have no choice but to hold up and push down, you’re creating a really,
really efficient pedaling style that translate over to when you hop on your road or triathlon bike. Number five, you get to
experience a lot of the benefits of nature, of sun, and
vitamin D, and fresh air. Number six, and this
relates more to overall life than triathlon, you know how I always say you need to get into
the habit of saying yes and doing things that
other people might dismiss? You’re going to be dismissed a lot. Honking, from cars trying
to pinch you up on the curb. Kind of just part of it but it’s a real mental shift
and an eye opener that you can go against the flow of the world. It feels pretty good. Number seven, it will
teach you quite a bit about bike mechanics. You end up just fixing a
lot of the stuff yourself and you become a fair bit more handy on all your tri bikes as well. There is the Manitoba legislature. It’s the golden boy on top,
(ding) it’s like a giant 20 foot naked dude holding a bunch of wheat covered in gold. Life goals, right? And then lastly, this is
my total bias opinion, but it just makes you an
all around better person. You’re more mellow, healthier, you’re doing good things
for the environment. Your lifetime cool points
go up a few notches and that, I believe, has been
a successful first episode of thoughts from the bike. Ladies and gentlemen, we have
a special guest appearance. That’s Mike Anderson. Hi Mike.
– Hi. – He is a Barkley, well you
don’t call it a finisher because there’s been
how many finishers ever? – 15
– 15, in how many years? – Over 30. – It’s a hard race and
we’re gonna get Mike to tell you about it. – Two weeks ago, yeah. It happens every year
on April Fools weekend. – Give everyone the run down of just how badass this event is. – Barkey is in Frozenhead
State Park in Tennessee. The legend of the race is that actually the guy who shot Martin Luther King Jr. was in a prison in the area. He escaped
– Right. – And they found him 54 hours later and he had made it eight miles. Oh, there’s Charlie.
– There’s Charlie. – Gary Cantrell, who’s the race director, who grew up in that
area, hiking, exploring, kind of scofted at him and said, you know I could have made
it 100 miles in that time. So he came up with this race. It’s five loops
– right. – In Frozenhead State Park, it’s unmarked. So to prove that you completed a lap, you have to collect your page out of a, this year was 13 books. You get a number at the start of each lap. – Your race number’s 52
– right. And you pull out page 52 out of each book, and you get to the end and you have to present all your pages and that’s proof that
you’ve completed a lap. Each loop is supposedly 20 miles, but every year he adds
to it to make it harder and the distance never changes. It’s always 20 miles. No GPS, no altimeter and this year, he handed out $10 watches,
just normal stopwatches and that was all you’re allowed to carry. So it’s map and compass, you can be tracking how
long you’ve been out there, but nothing else. I’m gonna get this wrong, but I think in total, they’re doing somewhere just
shy of 70 000 feet of climbing. – How much is Everest? – 30 000, so you’re
climbing Everest like twice. – And down.
– And down, correct. And there’s just some
beastly climbs out there, then they’ve got some descents. So there’s stories to go with all of these and then there’s a 60 hour time limit. So if it was truly 100 miles, as long as you go no slower
than 36 minutes a mile, you’ll finish the race. But in 30 years, they’ve had 15 finishers. – How many enter every year? – It’s limited to 40 racers, there’s no application process. – It’s like a hidden application process. – Yeah, you have to know someone. Gary Cantrell, who goes
under the name Lazarus Lake, picks out the 40, based on the likelihood
that you’re gonna finish. Every year, they have the human sacrifice. – I was gonna say– – So there’s someone who has
no business being out there at all that just gets picked,
that’s completely unqualified. – Wasn’t there one year, a human sacrifice where the guy got lost or something like that and a day later they found him and he had gone two miles? – Oh, could be, I mean, there’s been some unbelievable stories. So this years finisher was
John Kelly, third attempt. He only started running ultras in 2013. Last year, he made it out onto loop five, but because there’s
cutoffs to start each loop, he got started, walked 100
yards up the trail and slept. And so now they’ve named
that place on the trail, Upper Camp Kelly and
most people don’t realize those cutoffs get really tight. He had about an hours sleep in 59 hours. So pretty cool accomplishment, number 15. – Explain the feeling of your one loop. – I went out there in
2003 with a buddy here. I still don’t know how we got in. – Were you the human sacrifice? – I don’t know, maybe. The race was so much less known that I think getting in was a lot easier. We went out there, totally naive of what
we were getting in to. We ran up and down the
stairs at PanAm for hours and that was our elevation training. We latched onto a veteran because we had no idea
how to navigate the loop. The guy we ended up picking was Frozen Ed. If you watch the Netflix
documentary, he’s in there. We did a loop, took us
11 and a half hours, to go 20 miles. It’s been 14 years, so
I don’t remember a lot but the memory that I don’t have, is having any ambition of
starting a second loop. That’s not there at all, like I finished, I got in my
sleeping bag and we were done. – The first time I met him, I said did you think you
could maybe do a second loop and it was an unequivocal no. Not even a thought.
– Not a chance. Once you know what’s
waiting for you out there, you just have no desire to go back. Five loops is just beyond
comprehension for me, just an amazing, amazing feat. – Check out the documentary,
it’s pretty intense. Now we’re gonna do work, bye. That’s a day, trainiacs. Mike there, is a super
good ultra distance runner. I think his long term goal is to make the Western States. I don’t know ultra distance running, I think that’s right. Check out the Barkley Marathon
documentary on Netflix. It’s like so crazy, that you’re gonna want to do it, I’m out.