I’ve been seeing a commercial for a new “get fit never” device advertised on TV that offers a benefit – getting fit – for “minimal effortless resistance”. In return for effortlessness this device promises a tighter core, better fitness, more energy… Just about everything, short of peace on Earth. With “effortless minimal resistance”. I wish I were kidding, this is from the website: “The sitNcycle is a fun and convenient way to stay in motion effortlessly and get in the best shape of your life.” The commercial is even better (or that would technically be worse).
The reality is you can’t have those three words together like that and expect anything good. The problem is the “effortless” part of course.
Folks, the reality is this: That ass won’t lose itself.
For this reason I have a serious problem with minimum requirements and claims that minimal efforts will get results. For instance, the government recommends a minimum of a 30 minute walk, six days a week as “exercise”. There are studies out there that show you’d have to walk 100 days to get the benefit of one of my daily short training rides (1 hour). That’s right, it’s about a 50:1 ratio. Now, will that minimum effortless workout help? Well it won’t hurt but jeez, look at it another way: You’d have to walk a half-hour a day for 50 years to realize the benefits it took me one year to get.
That should put that “minimal effortless resistance” into context.
This is what $100 of awesome looks like. My estimation is that this will last about half of the season, maybe a little less with Mrs. Bgddy riding too. Now, we can all go back and forth about whether or not you agree with my choices but there’s a fair amount of trial and error in that little stack right there and I bought everything from shops that I like to support so I’m happy (and that is what’s important after all).
I stick with the Roctane Gu’s because they taste way better than standard Gu and they have caffeine. The Jelly Belly Energy Beans are simply awesome. They taste fantastic and they make my mouth happy while riding, even if they’re really tough to open while rolling. The ERG bars, at between 450 and 500 calories each, are incredibly easy to eat while rolling and they really provide an excellent boost. The Perpetuem is meant for longer hauls and I simply love it. The taste is alright at best, but once I found out how well it worked, I had no problem living with the taste. It’s amazing stuff.
The trick to all of that crap is that it serves a perfect purpose: That stuff makes a century more fun.
And if it can do that for a century, guess what it can do for a metric century.
*Let’s face it, Christmas to a cyclist looks like a new bike (or two) but when you’ve already got two new bikes (8 months and 2 months) and you’re exceptionally pleased with both, plus you’ve got sound backups for each, a new bike just isn’t necessary – I’m lovin’ life as it is. A bunch of performance nutrition goodies is more than adequate.