Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My thoughts re: SI Lance report.

Today Sports Illustrated and the editorial team that broke the Alex Rodriquez "drug" story published investigative journalism report on Lance Armstrong.

Click here to read the SI report

At work I was asked today what I thought, here is what I think:

I don't give a shit!

I wrote a blog about Lance in July 2010 (see side bar link to the right) and want to explain a bit more now, when the press is hot and the apparent noose on Mr. Armstrong is tightening.

I am pragmatic about dope in pro sports, it's big money and people do it. I used to get upset that cycling was always on the front pages of dope in sport and stepped away for 3 years but I reconciled a few things:

First, cycling tests the most and therefore, gets busted the most.

Second, it is sports entertainment and beautiful entertainment it is. If you think I am whacked, ask yourself this:
  • "how is it that an offensive lineman can run sub 5 second 40 and be 6'6" and 350lbs? How is it no one is ever busted in the NFL? How is it the biggest drug in the NBA is pot? I mean, look at that 19 year old 6'10" 260lbs forward who is just so dominant?"
If you are a fan of pro sport and NO ONE is getting caught in the sport you watch, ask why. FIFA's last drug positive of any noteirity was Maradona for cocaine. Please, these are superior athletes making more $$$ than baseball players and not one positive? Really, remember when baseball was squeeky clean? Um, Bonds/McGuire/Canseco/Clemens etc. were the stars.

These two points coupled with knowing I myself am drug free less a whole lot of Merlot, allow me to get on my bike with a clear conscious and train and race in the sport I absolutely love.

Third, and most importantly to the Lance question itself, the I don't give a shit part comes from a more personal place, from a place that really says to me - I just don't care if he was doped! In fact, if drugs allowed him to win and that winning in turn allowed Lance to do his foundation and write his book, then I care even less about the dope question.

Why? When you have a parent reading Lance's "Its not about the bike" in your arms knowing sooner, rather than later, we can't share that moment together and that parent gains inspiration from turning those pages, then dope up I say. I owe Lance a thanks for that moment in time, I will never forget it, it is a cherished memory for me of my mom.

If Lance was clean, clean, clean that memory doesn't change one bit. It doesn't have anymore value to it if he was clean.

Does that memory make doping ok in sport; absolutely not. I just don't give a shit if Lance doped.
Lance is bigger than his sport for all the right reasons; his foundation, his inspiration for millions, his influence in government's backing of cancer research etc. The test of a man is not how much money or fame, the test is what you do with it!

Perhaps you will argue, The test is actually HOW you gained the money and fame before what you did with in, doing right as a consequence of doing wrong does not make a right. VERY VALID, I just don't give a shit because of point #3 above.

Ride safe, please ride clean, just don't ask if you want the straight goods from me on the subject of LA!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Product review: TP Therapy Foam Roller

Friends and family:

I don't have sponsorship per se, I have help from local retailers, but not sponsorship. This affords me the opportunity to actually go to retailers and buy products I believe in. For years I have had the same relationships with GREAT products while also researching other new products that are fun to use or support my goals. This will be my first a few installments for products I am absolutely NOT PAID to endorse. I want to write about them because THEY WORK!

Context: Last week I had a great training week capped with a great 3 hour indoor ride with triathlon team and Sunday I did a 21km progression run; first 10km on 7:30 pace; next 5km at 7:15 pace and final 5km on 6:57 pace then a nice mile warm down. I was feeling great and confident. Then Sunday night while flipping over in bed (think side plank) something popped in my right rib area. Sharp jabbing pain and suddenly I could not breath! Unfortunately this wasn't a cramp, this lasted right through till morning and into work. AFter an urgent physio appt. I came home and hit the TP Therapy foam roller (see picture). 2 minutes before bed, 2 minutes when waking up for 5 Friday I am breathing pain free and back training!
I am really amazed by the power of the TP Therapy roller. Other foam rollers don't match this thing because they cave under the pressure when rolling on it. Their website is and a workout site is available at

Be prepared, it is incredibly painful to start but over course of a few days the muscles really loosen up and the rollers warms up to you-:)

I recommend the roller and I am now suffering through IT Band rolls, calf rolls, and quad rolls.

I am a big believer in the product!!

Train safe folks.