Now that I actually pay attention to what I’m doing on a bike, I shot my first video of myself yesterday to get a look at my form (it’s getting serious folks – or maybe seriously fun would be more descriptive), it makes me laugh to see an actor in a commercial making a mess of riding a bike and I can pick out the little disasters instantly.
I saw a commercial for a pill that claims to boost testosterone in men this morning. They’ve got some actor trying to mash his way up a hill (in the setting sun for crying out loud), with the pedal sitting on the arch of his tennis shoe’d feet – and they actually zoom in on his feet as if to say with a picture: Look how tough this guy is now that he takes his daily dose of manliness. They may just as well have shown a runner lumbering up a hill decked out in a tank and matching running shorts (in the setting sun) running up a hill in deck shoes on his heels. It made me chuckle out loud.
Now, if you happen to be even more of a rookie than I am and have no idea what I’m talking about, fear not! I’m here to help. Let’s look at good form first…In the following photo, you will see good form in pedaling. Pay particular attention to the placement of the foot on the pedals… Right up there on the balls of the feet, almost inching toward the toes. That’s some good form right there, baby.
In fact, I have another photographic description that illustrates perfectly what I’m talking about:
Now, if you look closely enough, ahem, the guy in the background drinking from his water bottle is the same guy from the photo above. You can see our example of great foot placement on the pedals is kicking his butt – in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he worked that butt off just so he could marvel at how well our test subject pedals… Look at the first photo again… She’s got her feet in the power position, while he’s rocking the arches. If ever there was photographic evidence of superior pedal placement of the foot and the translation of that into power, I haven’t seen it.
Interestingly enough, this leads me to another issue that perplexes me to this day. Overheating. First of all, we can look at a photo of what looks to be a professional racer:
This racer looks fast, but notice the open mouth and all of the perspiration. I have a theory as to why this woman looks so tired.
She needs proper ventilation:
I hope we’ve all learned something today. As always, I’m happy to be of service.