10 Things You Never Knew About Running, Riding and Swimming

  1. You don’t know it, but at any moment in time you’re always upside down.
These runes don't know it, but they're actually upside down.

These runes don’t know it, but they’re actually upside down.

The earth is just floating out there in space. Why do you think you’re right side up? It’s a farce! Step back 10000 miles from earth and everyone is upside down. So give yourself some credit on those bad days. It’s hard to run upside down. All the blood goes to your head.

2.     The wind really is in your face no matter where you go

Even with a 20 mph wind behind your back while on the bike or on the run, you still have to cut through the air ahead of you, and that’s wind resistance. Everything else is just an illusion.

3.     You probably walked farther in trips to the restroom than you ever imagined

If it is a 25 yard walk to the restroom at your office, you probably walked about 15 -30 miles to relieve yourself over the course of a year. Bet that mileage didn’t make it into your training journal.

On some days, every step you take is a water station. Trouble is, you also breathe out that much.

On some days, every step you take is a water station. Trouble is, you also breathe out that much.

4.     You’re breathing a lot of water when you run or ride.

According to one of those stupid “best answer” sites online, “the warmer it is, the more humidity the air can hold. At room temperature, one cubic meter of air can hold as much as 20 grams of evaporated water.” Some answer, huh?  The moral of that story is that you might as well go swimming some days.

5.     If minimalism is so big in running shoes, why aren’t people lobbying to run and ride naked?

Think about it. All those clothes we wear technically slow us down due to drag. Of course, they also keep us warm, prevent chafing, provide cushioning in critical places, and allow us to carry vital things like water, keys, phones and money. Plus we’d flap around if we ran around naked all the time. So minimalism is not so great whether you’re talking shoes or clothing. They’re made that way for a purpose.

6.     Debates over liberalism and conservatism are almost absent in sports like running and riding. Why is that?

Liberals and conservatives run and ride side by side without knowing it most of the time. It’s only when you slow down enough to talk that all that crap matters. So don’t slow down. If you want to shut someone up because their opinion is stupid, run or ride harder. That will fix them.

Sex is as much about how you imagine yourself as it is about how you look or feel.

Sex is as much about how you imagine yourself as it is about how you look or feel.

7.     Sex is better when you run, ride or swim.

There’s nothing like the honesty of a body that has been tested through effort. If you get fit and feel fit, you feel better about yourself in bed. It’s that simple. Call it one of the extra benefits of training. Muscles and endurance help. But mostly, it’s about how you feel about yourself that counts. Now go hump someone.

8.     Your diet may not be as important as how you eat.

It’s a radical notion, but those of us who run and ride tend to be the types that view food as fuel. But turn that quotient around and start to focus on enjoying what you’re eating and you are much more likely to “eat well” in terms of savoring, appreciating and digesting food properly. The natural byproduct is eating less quantity and more quality. Try it. It works

Sure, you should not run or ride during a tornado. But short of that, get your ass out the door.

Sure, you should not run or ride during a tornado. But short of that, get your ass out the door.

9.     It’s not the weather’s fault

You know that saying, “Every cloud has a silver lining?” Well the truth about clouds is that no matter how thick and dark they are, all you have to do is get above them and everything up there is sunny. It’s true. So you’ve got to put every kind of weather into perspective. Cold, wet, windy, warm. It’s all the same. You’ve got the gear to handle it. Pick the best conditions you can find on any given day and deal with it. Otherwise go to the gym and do an alternate workout. It all counts toward fitness. So stop whining about clouds, would you?

10. The traffic doesn’t hate you.

You may hate the traffic on the roads, but it doesn’t actually hate you. What does hate you sometimes is people inside the traffic. There’s a cure for that by being pleasant, smiling at every vehicle and waving them through at stop signs. It will cost you a lot less pain and time than you think. Being a prick, rolling through 4-way intersections and forming immutable, unmoving packs on the road will make you enemies, for sure. You beget what you give. Remember that.

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About Christopher Cudworth

Christopher Cudworth is a content producer, writer and blogger with more than 25 years’ experience in B2B and B2C marketing, journalism, public relations and social media. Connect with Christopher on Twitter: @gofast and blogs at werunandride.com, therightkindofpride.com and at 3CCreativemarketing.com. Online portfolio: http://www.behance.net/christophercudworth
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2 Responses to 10 Things You Never Knew About Running, Riding and Swimming

  1. brettday says:

    Great post! Living in Oklahoma I second your statement about not running during a tornado 🙂 Looking forward to reading more.

    Regards,
    Brett Day
    mtbmemoirs.com

  2. Drinking all of that extra water has me going to the restroom even more frequently. I may be up to 50 miles per year. That’s almost as good as burning 10 extra calories per hour just by drinking the ice water.
    Now that I’m almost 50, I feel more confident taking my shirt off than I did when I was 40! A friend once said, guys all imagine themselves to be about 26 yrs old, even when they are 60. But the young ladies still see the lines and gray hair. That’s probably a good thing!

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