From Yoga Mat to Bike Saddle

21 Mar

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Due to health issues I haven’t been able to ride or train much, but yesterday I got back on the bike and back on the road. 

With little riding or training possible, I saved what sanity and fitness I still had by doing yoga.

I noticed the benefits of my daily yoga practice yesterday on the bike.  I rode my Scott CR1 Pro, my usual “road” bike.  She felt tailor-made for me yesterday.  The cockpit felt nice and snug, no saddle discomfort and I felt surprisingly strong on my 25 mile ride – especially considering my time on the bike has been very limited.

I commented to my husband while riding that it was almost as if I had grown -  which of course I haven’t – at my age you’re more apt to shrink – talking height here, not weight. 

When I first got my Scott (Rocket), she was just a little big in the cockpit.  I often had pain/tension in my neck after long rides and saddle discomfort – even after shortening the stem and making other adjustments with my fit.

It was never bad, but never just right either.  This was not the case yesterday and it was wonderful!

Obviously it wasn’t a growth spurt – but rather better flexibility.

I love yoga and have done it off and on for several years, but not daily like now.   I recommitted to a daily yoga practice for the mental/spiritual/emotional/physical benefits with no regard for how it might help me if and when I ever got back on the bike for any serious riding.

That’s how it is sometimes.  We do something for one reason or benefit only to find it has some other consequence (sometimes positive, sometimes negative). 

Fortunately in this case it was positive.  Thank you yoga!

2 Responses to “From Yoga Mat to Bike Saddle”

  1. Diane Lees March 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    As a bike shop owner and a certified yoga instructor, I wish I was able to convey what you learned as well as you did here. Thank you. It is easy for a yoga teacher to say – practice regularly and you will notice the benefits; it is better to have someone like you say so! The connection among mind – body – spirit, without any religious connotations is very real. And, it makes for better flexibility, breath control, endurance, and in the end, a healthier cyclist. Happy riding and as we say – Namaste.

    • Susan March 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

      Diane,
      Thank you. I’m a believer in yoga and everything it offers – it’s without a doubt the single best thing I do for myself. Practicing every day is the key for me. Thanks for your comment.

      Susan

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