Today, I biked 56 miles non-stop as part of a half-ironman triathlon relay team.
I don’t know my official time yet, but my GPS watch said a little over 3 hours. It was my fastest time ever!
…well, actually, it was the first and only time I’ve ever gone 56 miles without stopping as my new bike only has 156 miles on it. Hey, ya gotta start somewhere. The course had many hills and a total of 1600 feet of climb with my top speed only being 38.1 MPH.
On my bike, I had a Garman Forerunner 201 adapted to help give me data during the race. My bike computer gave me CADENCE (how many RPM my feet are pedaling with a target of 90 RPM) and MPH while I used the Garman GPS for DISTANCE, TIME ELAPSED and PACE (in per minute mile). Since it was a relay and I didn’t have to swim or run 13 miles after my bike, I wanted to be sure that I burned everything out and left nothing behind at the end of the cycling event.
Interestingly enough, if I slowed by cadence down to less than 50 or 60 RPM, I burned more muscle fibers out than if I kept it up higher in the 80-95+ range. A friend told me that Lance never bikes below 100 RPM for his cadence rate.
This is similar to article writing in that once you get cranking at a high-speed of output, you naturally can produce more than if you stop and start or run at a low rate of words per hour. I know if I’m writing slow, that I’m most likely only going to crank out a single article in a sitting vs. cranking it up a notch, not worrying about perfection, and all of a sudden the race is over and I have 4-7 new articles written… or in Winslow’s case, he’ll have 30 articles written in the same time.
One of the less than a dozen ezines that I read comes from Active.com (the folks who manage the triathlon and running events registration) and I recognized an EzineArticles author in a recent issue: James Raia
Turns out James is the co-author of Tour de France For Dummies and he’s covering his 10th Tour de France for several print, online and broadcast media outlets. He’ll be publishing his free ezine, Tour deSport, daily from the event.
Ok, I now return you to your regularily scheduled article writing and marketing blog. :-)