Day 3: 15 mins of meditation using the Calm app.* Stop me if you’ve heard these before: ‘Follow your breath.’ ‘Say to yourself “I am breathing in. I am breathing out”.’ ‘Focus your awareness on your breath.’ ‘Your breath is your anchor; a safe harbour you can return to during the day.’ Personally, some of […]Read more "#MEDITATEFOR30: DAY 3 – Follow Your Breath OR How to Use Kraftwerk On Your Bike Ride"
So, can meditation make you a better cyclist? Can it improve your performance? Can it make you enjoy cycling more? To try to get some answers, I’ve determined to try to meditate every day, for 30 days and see if this has any effect on how I ride my bike. But where to start? Let’s […]Read more "#MeditateFor30: Day 2 – Getting your OMMMM On"
Tim Ferriss, writing in Tools of Titans, maintains that in order to feel the first benefits of a regular meditation practice, you need to meditate daily for a minimum of 7 days. Anything else, he says, and you’re really wasting your time. This got me thinking: I’ve long heard folks extol the virtues of regular […]Read more "#MeditateFor30: Day 1 – Does Meditation Make You A Better Cyclist?"
Do you cycle to work? Do you bike the kids to school? Do you sometimes go for a morning ride before you start the day proper? Well, be careful out there; it’s dangerous. Especially so, it appears, if you live in the UK. A combination of downtrodden infrastructure, general lawlessness and impatient drivers can can create a […]Read more "Dealing With Angry Drivers"
As a man of the stretchy cloth, you hear a lot of discussion about road rage: ‘CAR DRIVER GOES JIHAD ON SQUIRREL’ ‘MOTORIST GAROTTES COMMUTER WITH BIKE LOCK’ ‘VAN DRIVER BEATS CYCLIST TO DEATH WITH HIS OWN BROMPTON’ That class of thing. But you don’t hear much about cyclist road rage. Few and far between, it seems, are the headlines […]Read more "I Need To Tell You About My Grandmother’s Funeral"
posted by Damien DeBarra ‘No Matter how stressful the scenario, you can always hear the voice of GB cycling’s psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters in your head. Can you change anything? Yes? Then change it. No? Then deal with it.’ – Geraint Thomas The Chimp Paradox by Dr. Steve PetersRead more "The Chimp Paradox"