It's 50F and sunny. That means the bike came off the trainer, and I headed out. The kids took their bikes out at the same time. I did just over 25 miles in 1:25. It was a pretty laid back ride, meaning I've been seriously shorting my estimates for time spent on the trainer. I've been using 15 mph for spin rides, and they've been much more challenging than today's ride, outside. Of course, just being outside probably helped. A lot!
First, let me congratulate the members of the TBC who competed at Ironman CDA, this weekend. So far as I could tell, everyone finished the race in fine fashion. This includes:
Roman Mica recently posted an article about a local sheriff's take on cyclists, traffic laws, and attitudes. The sheriff, along with many readers, made very vocal comments about their perception of the attitude of cyclists. In return, cyclists tried to help others understand the environment they sometimes face. And to be fair, other cyclists did much to prove the sheriff's point.
(Picture - Corey Wilson/Green Bay Press-Gazette)
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Things have been a bit slow the past couple days, as far as blog ideas go. Work has been a bit frantic, I've played full time dad while Mrs. Pol gets some time out of the house, and the kids have kept me hopping. What little time I have had, I've been trying to hit some of the blogs in the Tri Blog Community.
On Friday, September 21, the arbitration panel reviewing the doping case of Floyd Landis ruled that the positive test result that has stalled his career would stand. This ruling, which will result in a 2-year ban from the sport of cycling and his being stripped of his Tour de France title, is laced with controversy.
Also intersting is the stance that Landis' lawyer has taken. If Floyd Landis is unable to vindicate himself in this case, it is senseless for anyone charged (rightly or wrongly) to even attempt to clear their name. Let's face it, the majority opinion admitted in their decision that mistakes were made, and the lab may well see future rulings dismissed if they continue the same practices used in this case.
I don't know if Floyd Landis used illegal substances to fuel his amazing victory in the Tour de France. I do understand that there are valid and compelling questions about his recovery that tend to lend credence to the theory he did. There are equally compelling arguments that tend to support negating the testing as potentially flawed and untrustworthy (note, I didn't say "inaccurate," simply untrustworthy).
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.