The 194 men in lycra?
I told you lycra was fashionable.
Yes the Tour de France.
What a brilliant day.
I know if you’re not a cyclist it’s probably pretty boring.
It is however one of the most gruelling sporting events to take part in.
Love or hate the French, as an event for bringing people together it was fantastic.
In my little outcrop of Pleshey we ‘high fived’ police on motor bikes.
Cheered random cyclists as they followed the course regardless of the speed.
Here a little fact for you >>>>> did you know why they keep the road closed so long?
So the likes of you and I can cycle the course if we choose to. What a great idea!
What better way to motivate people to get out on a bike and do something positive for their health.
Sport and exercise is often a brilliant way to make a few friends.
I always let my kettlebell sessions start 5 minutes late, purely for that reason so people can relax,laugh and have a chat.
Regardless of what time I start it though, Mark Imray will always turn up 5 minutes late (sorry Mark!).
Coming back to the cyclists….
I was watching an interview of Tyler Hamilton, one of Lance Armstrongs team mates.
He’s stepped down now, but one of the questions was will he miss it?
He said “No.”
“When you are competing you are starving hungry all the time, its the worse feeling.”
Some of these guys lose huge amounts of weight.
On an average tour a cyclist will lose about 10Ibs of weight off an already lean body.
Thats 10Ibs of muscle, gone, because they cant get enough calories inside them.
They go what called ‘Catabolic.’
You may not be a tour cyclists but this still has a lot of relevance for you too.
I’ll tell you about it in my next email.
Have a good evening. Im off to set up tonights Kettlebells.
Russell ‘le tour’ Pearcy
Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.