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Mar
05
2018

If youre always stimulating excuses to skip the gym, youve got to check this out.

Lets be honest: We all can use a little extra move to get the most out of our workouts. Now, theres one spin studio that has a brand-new approach to take motivation to the next level. At SpinZone NYC, theyve got a great new twisting to maintain riders active and focused the whole 45 minutes: Every one of their motorcycles is hooked up to a sick childs life support.

Too cool! Where do we sign up ???

If you thought spin class was intense before, just wait until you see this setup. With 16 bikes, each hooked up to the equipment needed to keep one child alive, theres no doubt that every bit of endeavor countsif you stop pedaling, the machines stop, too. Even with the array of pulsing illuminates and music weve come to expect from spin class, the distinct voice of an EKG flatlining on a 7-year-old can be a powerful motivator to let riders know its time to step things up.

In an increasingly competitive fitness market, the innovative approach at SpinZone NYC is a breath of fresh air, and its winning them new clients left and right. With no backup generators and no excuses, theyve generated precisely the various kinds of surrounding people need to get real results. Teachers are always there to offer a word of encouragement and remind cyclists how severe their childs condition is. And forget about plateauingonce participants make it through a full conference with one sick child, that simply means a bigger and sicker child for the next workout.

I are applied to make it 30 minutes, tops, said Erika Perry, a regular who says she never breaks eye contact with her kid for extra motivation to keep going. Now I regularly make it the full class. Theres something about small children depending on me for survival that really gets me going in the morning. And Ive fell 11 pounds and feel great!

Wow, it sounds like things are off to a great start! If this catches on, its exactly the kind of bold idea that they are able transform an entire industry. Way to go, SpinZone NYC. Keep on pedaling!

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Sep
11
2017

At first glance the former professional cyclists Floyd Landis and David Zabriskie–both kicked out of the game after confessing to utilizing performance-enhancing drugs–seem like imperfect( at best) advocates for the benefits ofmarijuana. Yet today theyre announcing their new business: topical creams laced with the active ingredients of weed, is targeted at athletes. The pair are selling a variety of marijuana-infused products to Colorado dispensaries under the Floyds of Leadville brand.

But it kind of attains sense? After all, Landis and Zabriskie certainly know what its like to use small amounts of a chemical substance to improve performance, recover faster after a hard attempt, or reduce the pain of exertion or crashes. Our market is athletes who want to relax or feel good after a workout, says Landis, who won the 2006 Tour de France and then was stripped of the title after he tested positive for testosterone a few days after the race ended. Some people say it helps with their focus and attention. For me, its for afterwards to help mitigate pain.

The Floyd’s of Leadville creams contain both THC and cannabidiol, but Landis says theyre similar to the testosterone creams he sometimes used during his five Tour de France rides in the early 2000 s. We take a transdermal substrate, a base thats designed for administering hormones, he says. We add oil extracts of THC or CBD. It absorbs rapidly into the bloodstream. Its a lot faster than eating.

Zabriskie, a former teammate of Landis who briefly wore the Tour de Frances yellow jersey in 2005, is the companys creative director. He started using medical marijuana products about six months ago to combat ache from all his accidents over the years. The more I learned the more I have come to respect its benefits ,” he says,” especially given that it seems to be a safer alternative for many people who are suffering .”

Whether or not it actually runs, its not crazy as a business model. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia let marijuana to be used for a variety of medical conditions. Fifteen additional countries have enacted laws intended to allow access to CBD oil and/ or high-CBD stress of marijuana, according to the National Institutes of Health.

So a few pro athletes are to intervene in the pro-marijuana bandwagon. Former Baltimore Raven tackle Eugene Monroe said he wants the NFL to look at pot as an alternative to opioid pain relievers.Monroe donated $80,000 to medical marijuana research, and he recently invested in a Maryland medical pot company called Green Thumb Industries. And Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan said this week that he wants the NFL to look at the possibility that CBD may protect the brain from injury hits.

If those ideas seem confounding, that might be because society holds athletes to a strange double-standard when it comes to drugs and performance. We have completely normalized doping in everyday American life, says Mark Johnson, author of Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports . Theres Viagra for adult men, Adderall for toddlers, but at the same hour, we are saying to athletes that we are going to hold you up to a different define of standards than everyone else. Thats a contradiction that fascinated me.

Its the morality of athletes taking drugs that bothers us, according to Johnson. Sports doping has overtones of moral failure and corruption, even though taking EPO[ erythropoietin, a blood oxygen-booster] under a doctors supervision is pretty safe compared to riding on a road with texting drivers.

Johnson isnt advocating a drug free-for-all in sports. But he notes that history continues to repeat itself. Recent revelations that the World Anti-Doping Agency failed to do anything for years when given evidence about Russia running a doping program for its Olympic team are similar to the warns Landis dedicated US cycling officers. Federal researchers eventually picked up the occurrence. Floyd went to USA Cycling and said the athletic is rotten to the core, Johnson says. But you have these national govern bodies who are torn because their job is to build the sport. Exposing dopers is antithetical to their objective.

Landis long strange cycling trip-up might have a finale of kinds next month. Hes headed to France for the Tour kick-off on July 1, his first time back since he wore the race leaders yellow jersey on the cobbles of the Champs DElysees in 2006. This time, hell simply has become a tourist. I never started out racing bicycles guessing I was going to use drugs, Landis says. It was a decision I attained, and a bad decision. If I could undo it, I would. This is something different. This is something that benefits a lot of people. Sometimes it takes an imperfect advocate to deliver a complicated message.

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May
14
2017

This narrative originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk cooperation .

Paris has inaugurated its first motorcycle highway. Opening last May, the 0.5 -milestretch of freshly paved roadalongside the Bassin de lArsenal is part of theRseau express vlo( REVe) , an initiative to construct fast-track motorcycle lanes free of motorized vehicles. Its merely the first section of the soon-to-be 28-mile network of motorcycle roads that will cross the city by 2020.

In 2015, the city voted unanimously to expend 150 million ($ 164.5 million) on expanding and improving its biking infrastructure, including REVe( which translates to dream in French ). Cyclists will benefit from more bike-friendly rulesincluding the freedom to turn without waiting for a green light at every intersectionas well as new motorcycle stands and two-way motorcycle lanes on one-way streets.

Sandrine Gbaguidi, a local biking blogger, rarely leaves home without her motorcycle, using it to run errands, get to work, or just find a nearby park. But that wasnt always the case. When Gbaguidi moved to Paris from Dakarsix years ago, she first employed public transit to get around because she was too afraid to motorcycle. She bought a motorcycle after three years in Parisand, as she feared, there was a steep learn curve. Youre constantly on your guard and riled or irritated, tells Gbaguidi. Biking is supposed to be fun and relaxing.

Gbaguidis initial anxieties are not unique. In 2014, bikes amounted for only 5 percent of daily traffic in the city, accounting for about 225,000 trip-ups. Although that number is growing annually, it stilldoesnt compare to the 15.5 million daily trips by vehicle, tallied in 2012. Meanwhile, other European cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam report 55 and 43 percentage, respectively, of their daily traffic happens in bikes.

Charles Maguin, chairwoman and co-founder of Paris en Selle, a biking association, tells one reason people dont bike in Frances capital is that they don’t feel safe vying with motorized vehicles on the road. Paris en Selle was founded in 2015 when Maguin noted the absence of biking groups advocating for the cyclists safety in terms of laws and infrastructure. Parisians would rather take the Metro for a short commute than motorcycle to run, tells Maguin.

But Metro, while popular, is not valued for comfort or cleanliness, especially during rush hour. Commuters breathe in more pollution using Metro than while riding a motorcycle, according to a study conducted in 2009 by Airparif, an association monitoring atmospheric pollution in the greater Paris area.

Above ground, Maguin says that since the automobile became popular in the 20 th century, the city has continued to prioritize cars over bicycles and pedestrians. To this day, theres a prevail stereotype of an average cyclist as a Parisian bobo, or hipster, biking in the city with a baguette in their front basket. But Maguin stresses that this clich is outdated as more people consider biking for get around the city. All thats missing is the right infrastructure to encourage more riders.

Riding a motorcycle in Paris is as much a mental workout as it is a physical one. Although there are bike lanes on most roads in the city today, cyclists are still being pushed out by other vehicles that share the same lane. Sharing the road with motorized vehicles makes a sense of insecurity, tells Maguin.

The new REVe network aims to counter that. With these new motorcycle lanes, the city hopes to see daily biketripsincrease from 5 to 15 percentage by 2020. The initiative will not only construct roads for bikes, but it will also double the number of motorcycle lanes from 435 to 870 miles, building the organizations of the system most effective and inclusive. And with the creation of 7,000 more advanced stop lines at red lights( with priority given to bikes at every intersection ), cyclists wont be as restricted by vehicle traffic.

Parismayor Anne Hidalgos initiative to create a more motorcycle and pedestrian-friendly city is part of a multi-year plan to stimulate the city greener, including goals to reduce vehicle traffic on its roads and the air pollution it creates. One of Hidalgos projects even involves turning major boulevards like the Champs lyses into pedestrian streets.

Paris en Selle salutes the mayors effort to incorporate cyclists into city planning, but wants to push these initiatives even further. I hope that biking gets to be considered as a viable alternative means to get around the city, and not only a project run by green parties for the Parisian hipster, tells Maguin.

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Apr
22
2017

By train, by motorcycle, and even by ferry there are now 3m of us who commute for two hours a day, and 900,000 who the hell is on the way for more than three hours. This is what its like to expend a fifth of your waking life in transit – through vicious storms, traffic jam and German lessons

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Tonight on the motorcycle I got caught in a blizzard. But in autumn you assure the valley shrouded in mist

Neil Smith, communications executive

South Lanarkshire to Dumbartonshire

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From my house, I cycle along country roads, then I get two develops across Glasgow, then Im back on my motorcycle on country roads. It takes me about 2hr 15 mins in the morning, and about 2hr 45 min in the evening. I get up about 5.20 am and I leave the house just before 6am, then cycle about nine miles to the station. I change develops in Glasgow, then I have a six-mile cycle at the other objective. I usually get back home about 7.15 pm.

Having a busy job and a family, its one way of fitting in exert. If I was to do the same journey in the car, its not a great deal quicker about two hours each way. I drive sometimes, but when I get out of the car I feel as if Ive seized up. I enjoy riding my motorcycle, and I have more energy and can focus better, especially in the mornings. Rather than sitting in a auto, I can move around when I change train theres enough time to buy a coffee, and I can read the paper, do some work on my BlackBerry or only look out of the window. It improves the quality of my life, even though some people think Im mad for doing it.

Im that middle-aged human in Lycra. I have a decent but relatively inexpensive road motorcycle, and Ive fitted it out with mudguards and panniers; Ive get waterproofed shoes, various layers and a helmet. Its absolutely pitch black at this time of year, so Ive had to invest in pretty good lightings. Im fortunate that we have good motorcycle storage and rains at the office. Every now and then I go in the car and I take suits in, which I leave at the office. I take shirts and other things in every day.

The first leg is almost entirely downhill, and I get into a low gear and dont worry about velocity. There are stretches when I can do about 30 mph. On the way back its the reverse Im climbing uphill the majority of members of the time. Tonight I got caught out in the blizzard. I was penalty until I reached the peak of the hill, but as I get over the top the blizzard reached me like a brick wall. I started to walk, in the pitch black and the pour rain. A van came along and picked me up and took me the rest of the way. Mostly I genuinely enjoy it. On the working day I dont do it, because the climate is bad, for example, I miss being on my bike.

Being in the west of Scotland, in the summer it hardly get dark. Some of the mornings are beautiful. One morning, I was going down this hill and I could see for miles. A deer only ran out and leapt from one side of the road to the other. It was beautiful. You can see right across the Clyde valley, and in the autumn you can see the whole valley shrouded in fog. Its little things like that that make my day.

Cyclists and pedestrians during a London tube strike. Photo: Ray Tang/ Rex
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On the barge I try to get back to sleep. On the develop you get your own personal soap opera

Tim Sewell, marketing manager

Isle of Wight to Salisbury

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If you didnt have to do the commute for too long, youd think it was lovely being on the water. It does attain you far more well informed the seasons. There are certain periods of the year when you assure the sunup and sundown from the barge, and that is amazing. But in the winter, when the whole journey is in the dark, its a slog.

Ive only left my job, but I used to get up at 5.40 am and leave the house at 6.15 am to drive the 10 minutes to Cowes, where I would catch the ferry to Southampton, which would takes 23 minutes. Then Id get on a shuttle bus to Southampton station, and then catch a develop to Salisbury. I would get into the office just after 8.30 am. On the way home, because of the times of the develops and the boats, the journey was a bit longer, but I would get home about 8p m.

On the barge in the mornings I generally tried to get back to sleep for 20 minutes. On the first two boats in the morning, everyone get on and doesnt tell a word, its genuinely quiet. If you catch the 7.15 am ferry, its more social and people are more awake. On the develop, you assure the same people every day, especially school kids, and you overhear their conversations about football and girlfriends and their woes. Its quite funny listening in its a little bit like your own personal soap opera.

The rest of the time youre reliant on your iPad and telephone I read the newspaper on the iPad, would go on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and catch up on personal emails. I get quite good at Candy Crush, and Id catch up on TV programmes, so BBC iPlayer was a bit of a godsend. My journey was in little chunks so it was harder to get into a book.

The worst component was never being at home for my childrens after-school things, or to help them with their homework. You can also miss out on going for a drinking after run or other social things, because even if “youre staying” for only half an hour, it means trying to get home when the barge and develops are less frequent, and your commute abruptly becomes three hours.

We put the house on the market last year with a view to going back to the mainland. Its an easy decision to attain in the winter, but during the summer when the kids are on the beach and were enjoying all of the fantastic things about being on the Isle of Wight, its trickier. We didnt get a buyer and there was a lot of uncertainty at work, so we decided it would be best not to move. I left my job about two weeks ago, and Im looking for another one. Ideally I merely want an hour to commute, but Ill probably have to start looking at jobs in London as well.

The journey runs quicker some days than others. Photo: Robert Harding/ Rex
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I never get bored in the car. But when its raining and windy, the journey feels never-ending

Jane Hegedus, school support worker

Carlisle to Chorley

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If Im delivering training courses, or we have sessions, Ill be in Chorley, which is about 100 miles door-to-door about 1hr 45 mins on a good day. I encompass all areas of the authority, so working near Rochdale, which I have been doing, can be a 250 -mile round trip. I try to get one day a week working from home. If Im in a school for the full day, its an 8.30 am start. Usually Ill devote feedback at the end of the day, so I can be there up until 5pm or 6pm. But some days I can be home by 6pm.

It would be hard to do my work by develop, because a lot of the schools arent close to a train station. The secondary school I go to are quite urban, but the primary schools can be in rural, isolated villages.

I never get bored in the car. I listen to Radio 2. I listen to Chris Evans in the morning and Simon Mayo on the way back. The journey runs quicker some days than others, but the radio keeps me entertained I usually sing in the car. Or Im thinking about run. I might be planning, or ventilating frustrations. Its good quality guessing time.

People think Im mad for doing it. When I first took the job it was a one-year contract, and I supposed I could do the commute for a year. Then it get extended to two years, and then five. At that point the financial crisis hit, and nobody was buying or selling houses, so I was stuck. Then the government changed, and with the reorganisation of local authorities , nothing about our employment is set in stone.

I like driving and the M6 is usually pretty reliable. I recollect the working day I was stuck only a few miles from the office in Chorley, but I was there for about three hours. The other two people I was supposed to be gratifying is likewise stuck in this traffic jam. That commute took longer than four hours.

Sometimes I do get tired of the same route. I drive through the members of the Lake District, and when the weathers nice, its stunning. It lifts your soul in the mornings. Early autumn, youve get that sunshine and fog rolling over the hills its beautiful, like a Constable painting. But when its raining and windy, like it has been the last few days, the journey feels never-ending.


There are certain periods of the year when you assure the sunup and sundown from the barge. Photo: David Taylor/ Rex
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Embankment is a racetrack every morning 40 cyclists all trying to outdo each other

Stuart Crawford, IT worker

Woking to central London

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The ride usually takes 1hr 45 mins sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the wind and traffic. I live just outside Woking, so the first half of the journey is quite pleasant, on leafy roads where the traffic doesnt tend to be that heavy. From Kingston on, the traffic get bad, and when you get to London it gets worse there is more traffic, people pay less attention, and they drive more dangerously.

When I reached Putney Bridge and turn right on to the Kings Road, its pretty grim from there. Im hyper-aware its a completely different mindset from the earlier the members of the journey. Cycling from Woking into Kingston, I can get some speed up and use it as a workout, but cycling in London you cant do that youve got to be so well informed everything thats going on around you. The exception is the Embankment, which is pretty much a racetrack every morning 40 cyclists all trying to outdo one another. You start to see the same three or four people. Theres quite a camaraderie built up, particularly on the long commutes.

Ive probably had about 15 incidents, but merely one youd consider more serious person opened a auto doorway in front of me. Luckily I wasnt running that fast, maybe 18 mph, but fast enough so that I went over the door and into the road. But you have to be aware that these things can happen, and be able to respond.

I generally tend to put my stuff in a rucksack at the beginning of the week and leave it at work, so the first commute in and the last commute Ive got a heavy rucksack with me, but the rest of the time I cycle without a pouch. Sometimes Ill ride in and have a bad day at work, or an injury that plays up, or Ill go out for a drinking after run, so Ill leave the motorcycle at work and get the develop home, which is only about 15 minutes quicker. Luckily Ive got a cycle-friendly employer.

Im pretty geeky, like a lot of cyclists, so I use things like heart-rate monitors. I have got bored on occasion, but turning the commute into a training regime helps, because youve got a defined goal.

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I do anything but run music, Facebook, practise German. Thats the key to happy commuting

Karolyn Webb, university technician

Peterborough to Cambridge

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On the bus I listen to music, catch up with the news, read through Twitter and Facebook. On the develop, it depends which is available on there. There is quite a few of us who commute to Cambridge all down the line, so if there are people I know, we might have a coffee and a chat. If Im on my own, I read or listen to music. Ive been trying to practise German on the develop. Anything, as long as its not work I think thats the key to happy commuting. When I first started, I did work, but it extended the working day vastly, and I dont think it induces you very happy. I see it as day, when youre coming home, to separate run and non-work. I get through graphic fictions and catch up on TV or films.

Including the walking and bus, the journey is about two hours each way. At the moment, moving to Cambridge is not an option. What I pay for a house in Peterborough wouldnt even get me a room in Cambridge. I walk about 10 minutes to the bus stop, the bus then goes all around the houses to the develop station, which takes about 25 minutes. Then its about 50 minutes on the develop, then another 10 or 15 minute walking once I get to Cambridge. Generally the bus is fine, because its the first one and there isnt much traffic at 6.30 am; coming back can be a nightmare because there is a lot of traffic. Getting home can take more than two hours. Yesterday it took about two and a half hours. The worst has been about five hours, with delays and missed connections, but that doesnt happen often.

Sometimes all you want to do is get home and its cold, and for some reason theyve closed the station waiting room, and you dont know why the develop is late. Thats unavoidable. Im sure even the happiest commuter will have experienced that at some point, but certainly on the Cambridge train, there is an element of camaraderie, especially through adversity.

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