Bodybuilding + Wakeboarding = Cyclist

I still miss my wakeboarding days very much….and the time spent on my CWB wakeboard. I never had the chance then, but I’d like to thank CWB wakeboards for some great days on the water. Those summer loving memories of skiing all day and baking in the hot sun still bring a smile to my face. Even so, I’m very happy I hung up my board and replaced it with a bike.  I mean like, literally, hung up the board….and it now rests happily on our entrance wall reminding me of all the great things it has brought to my riding.

Competition – I competed once in bodybuilding, but a whole bunch of times in waterskiing.  When it comes to cycling, it’s given me the experience and confidence necessary to compete in sport.  Very valuable for cycling racing or any other competition I face.

Sun – Living a great deal of my life on the water and in the sun has given my body immunity from the rays.  I can be out all day and never worry about burning. When you’re out on a 4 hour ride, it sure is nice not to fear leaving the sunblock behind.  My tan might look a little funnier now with the jersey lines and all, but I’m totally okay with it.

Wind – As a wakeboarder and waterskier one of the biggest enemies is Wind.  I had my battles and cursed the wind many times in the past, so I was totally ready for round two when I seriously took up cycling.  I still have my battles and yell out my swears, but it’s been going on so long I am so used to it. My buddies who rode Ronix wakeboards used to tell me that they cut best on the rough water.

What other athletic passions did you have prior to cycling?  How have they helped you?  I’d love to hear it.

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    wakeboarding must be hard for a heavy bodybuilder

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  • http://force-factor-for-high-performance.wetpaint.com/ Lance Twellman

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  • http://www.healthystride.blogspot.com Lindsay

    I just found my passion for cycling!! I am loving it. Fun to read about your prior sports.

  • http://www.cyclelicio.us/ Richard Masoner

    It’s always cool to see the background of other people like this.

    Be careful of the rays, man — I’ve lost two friends (both cyclists) to skin cancer.

  • http://massivemtber.blogspot.com/ Clive Chapman

    Muscle memory is a fact mate. The strength and conditioning coaches at my rugby club all say so and all of the military PTIs I’ve ever come across too.

    I was in the military and played rugby to a decent level too, so in some ways we share the same background in as much as we’re used to training, used to competing, we know our bodies and we have a base line knowledge to help with our pedalling.

    The only difference is you weren’t stupid enough to let yourself go like I did. It’s a bloody long road back and I’m paying the price for my behavior. I don’t normally do regrets, life is too short. But if ever I had my time again I wouldn’t end up at the age of 45 weighing 22 stones 4Ib, that’s 312Ib to you good folk across the pond.

    It’s still a complete mystery to me how it happened and why I stopped doing physical stuff. I just wish I could identify a moment in time when the change happened. From rugby playing, pedalling fit bloke to lethargic lazy fat bloke. What an idiot…

  • http://www.myrnacgmibus.blogspot.com Myrna CG Mibus

    I didn’t do much with athletics/sports growing up but got into competitive aerobatic flying as an adult and lifted weights regularly for a couple of years around the same time. Both taught me that regular practice was important and that you have to work through some discouragement/challenges to accomplish goals

    I’ve done some yoga in the past few years and quite a bit of belly dancing. Both have taught me to concentrate on my own abilities and body and not compare to the other people in class.

    I think all of the things I’ve learned are helping me with my cycling yet the most important for me to stay excited about cycling or any activity, athletic or not, is to have a supportive friends to keep me going. I found that having positive connections means more to me than the sport itself – and I have found the bicycling community to be so supportive. And with great connections like lovingthebike and my Twitter bicycling friends I’ll probably be doing this for years to come :)

    • http://www.lovingthebike.com Darryl

      Great to hear it, Myrna. Yeah, the cycling community includes a whole bunch of great people so I know you’ll find support wherever you turn. I’m so happy that we’re able to be there to help you out however we can….and connecting with you on Twitter, Daily Mile, and other places makes it even better.

  • http://shebicycles.com Cassi

    I would never equated the nutritional angle of bodybuilding with cycling – but it makes perfect sense. You have a very fascinating sports background … and I really love that you hung your wakeboard on your wall! :D I figure my bike will someday end up in the same place when I am old and feeble. LOL.

    • http://www.lovingthebike.com Darryl

      Good idea….I’ll be sure to make room for the bike to go on my wall in our next house. Thanks for dropping by…my site needs a dose of your good karma whenever we can get it.

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