Friday, 28 January 2011

Harder Better Faster Stronger

If my blog had a soundtrack this was the song I would have chosen. It's always in my mobile phone, playlists...

Thursday, 27 January 2011

I imagine its cold

The first time I saw the sea in the UK.
On Saturday I went to Sheringam with some members of Tri-Anglia. We had a coffee and a cake in front of the sea.
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Monday, 24 January 2011

One of the best - Faris Al-Sultan

Many Portuguese will be there this year!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Science vs Beliefs

There is a common sense that stretching (before or after doing sports) can improve sports performance, reduce muscle soreness or clear the lactic acid that builds up during exercise. Other people think that they become more flexible with stretching. And biggest problem is the word of mouth because most of what people thought about stretching doesn't have any scientific evidence.

I have been reading a few things and this is what I found:

There are many studies who prove that stretching before exercise does not have any benefit and sometimes can be detrimental to sports performance (most of these studies were made for stretching before explosive sports).

Some people believe that stretching after exercise can reduce muscle soreness or work lactic acid out of the muscles. Wrong. Stretching doesn't do any of these things. There are many studies that saw the effect of stretching after exercise and there are no results that show a decrease in muscle soreness or lactic acid.

More flexibility - yes. Daily stretching can lengthen muscles, giving you more range of motion around a joint. I usually have a 10 minute routine each morning after I wake up to stretch my neck, back and legs. Or you can stretch after being seated for a long period of time.

So the next time you stretch yourself think about this and do it because you heard someone saying that you must stretch after every training session. 

Friday, 21 January 2011

Big weekend

So one week in and I'm back to the routine: lectures and training.

Tomorrow I'll have a big ride to Sheringam (Map)- 90kms. Finally I'll be able to see the sea and the beach in the UK!

On Sunday I'll have a 80km reliability ride (where you have time to complete the distance in a certain route).

Let's hope the weather will help - now is getting cold again but sunny!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

From Vegetarian to Organic

This is a nice article about a journalist changing from a vegetarian diet to an organic diet. She found that most of all the problem was how the meat she ate came to her plate.

This is how it begins: "To be vegetarian is to be a pacifist, avoiding the fight against animal cruelty. Eat meat from sustainable farms, and we will win"

Vegetarian animal cruelty meat

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Mental note

Hard training (and hard work) make things a lot easier!
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Monday, 17 January 2011

Some French Humour

From Remi Gaillard

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Back and Ahead

After 1 month in Portugal where I had time with family and friends and after all the parties including Christmas, my birthday and New Year's Eve - I'm back.

Back to Norwich, to some serious work in my Master and for some hard training!

Regarding Triathlon I've decided that the best option for me and for my future goals was to get back to my former coach. So I'm even back to training with the coach that always believed in me and gave me all the support last year.

Now I'm waiting for my new saddle to arrive:

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Here they are to win

Great team from a country that I know well: Belgium

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Chase Film

Cool video from Intel!

Monday, 10 January 2011


"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching"

Anson Dorrancee

Friday, 7 January 2011

Can't wait

...For the Tour. This will certainly be Schleck's year.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Happy for them

Now that we are growing up and since We've been apart for quite a long time, I really enjoy knowing what my friends are doing at the moment: their activities and their goals to live in this world.

One of them have a passion for the sea and the waves.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The One and Only - Chrissie Wellington

For those of you who missed her seminar in Norwich organized by Tri-Anglia (my club) here it is:

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

The Will to Live Longer

This is something that I found really curious: 3 places on earth where people have the highest expectancy of life.

It is interesting to learn their lifestyles, what they eat and how they leave in society. 

Here is the article: How to Live to be 100+

One of the things I've retained from the video: "the 2 times where there is a higher risk of death is after birth and in the year people retire"

I found this

From last month. Me running in freezing conditions.
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Monday, 3 January 2011

Trainer Motivation

Because sometimes training in a turbo trainer can be hard...