Article Writing Cadence

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. :-)

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Lance Winslow writes:

Looking good out there Chris, way to go. I can tell you once when I rode from Oregon to Mexico (raising money for Special Olymics and the Kiwanis Club) on an SR Pro-Touring Bike that I too worried about cadence. Once your body adjusts to the cadence or “Pace” it is amazing how many miles you can go and the speeds you can produce. I think I was averaging 35 mph or something like that and at the time the newest electronic odometer meters had come out and we started the 1,000 plus mile journey giving us 10-days. 10 started out only 3 finished. I was able to use exactly the prinicipals you discuss to ride ahead and complete it 3.5 days early and crossed into TJ, Mexico in 6.5 days. You have to commit to a pace and ride it out, concentrate too, it is amazing what you can do and how long you can do it; when you are in the zone.

Excellent work Chris and yes, I too see correlations to marathoning, swimming and bicycle racing to online article writing and output. Additionally I see similarities in Sailing, canoeing and so many other sports. It is interesting how such principles and you are describing here hold true to so many of life’s endeavors. If more people recognized this then I bet there would be more cross-over successes between sports and school work, work and parenting, military service and business and even volunteer work and politics.

This analogy you make is indeed worthy of deeper thought and at least 5-more articles so I do thank you for an excellent topic to write on. Good stuff and great work. Keep it up!

Comment provided June 25, 2006 at 9:00 PM

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This morning I woke up realizing…Holy Crap! I biked at race-speed non-stop for 3 hours.

If I can do that, well… then I can do other things that were previously impossible.

:-)

Comment provided June 26, 2006 at 6:49 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Indeed human intent and will, with proper strategy and a little planning ahead and you are as good as Gold. In fact I forgot to mention that during that ride I put in one leg of 272 miles non-stop. I rode thru the night listening to nature and rode thru Big Sur at Sunrise to complete the trek. That morning I woke up still on the bike, knowing that there is nothing in life you cannot do and as I crested the hill of another cove on that two-lane highway, I felt like I was riding thru a “Successories” poster picture in someone’s office. But it was real life and there I was in the photo. I now know that victory and success go to those who perservere to go beyond what they said could not be done. Chris you are 110% correct and God’s Speed on your next race!

Comment provided June 26, 2006 at 4:10 PM

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Maitiu MacCabe writes:

Getting in the zone can be bad for your health too! :-))

When I am focussed on a stream of thought, banging out up to fifty words per minute, my wife can ask me to do something and I don’t even hear her. :-))

A flying saucepan is a bit of a distraction, though…..

Maitiu

Comment provided June 27, 2006 at 5:53 AM

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