Pinkbike Editors' New Years Resolutions for 2020

Dec 16, 2019 at 9:39
by Ed Spratt  
Photo by Trevor Lyden


It's always good to have a great big lofty goal to aim for, even if your resolution ends up being abandoned by mid-January. If you could accomplish anything in 2020, what would it be? We put that question to each member of Pinkbike's editorial crew:





Daniel Sapp
Commit to Off the Bike Strength Training

It's easy for me to get out and go on a ride day in and day out. While riding consistently no doubt adds a lot to fitness, it's clear that work done off the bike helps a lot too. Last month, I challenged a number of friends to join me in 100 pushups a day, in whatever sequence works for them, for the entire month of December... I needed some accountability.

Everyone in the challenge has been amazed with how much this simple thing, that takes no more than ten minutes, has improved not only our riding but posture and overall strength. Going into the new year, I want to keep this up by adding more workouts to it and focusing on getting even stronger which makes riding bikes, way more fun.





Dan Roberts
Self-Belief

I used to ride like a sack of shit, in between crashes. I was the guy at the back of our group wishing I could keep up with Beech and Dave at the front. Since moving to Switzerland in 2011 my riding got pushed from all aspects. The terrain demanded it, friends were lightning fast and rarely asked questions before taking risks and I felt as an engineer you need to ride, and ride well to validate the work you’re doing.

Improvement ensued, and although it will never stop, I am a much better rider for making that move over to the land of cheese and chocolate.

But doubt can cloud confidence. And a few times I’ve had to have some words with myself for not doing something, or not riding as well as I somehow know I can. While it shouldn’t be something that perpetually plays on your mind, it’s something that I want to work on for 2020. Believing in myself and allowing myself to get better, to get faster and extract even more fun out of this sport. Not the most tangible of New Year’s resolutions, but the mental aspect of this sport is huge, and unclouding that self-doubt is a key to unlocking a big door for my own improvement. That and steezy dangling one hand and one footers.





Mike Kazimer
Do More Stretching

I don't like New Year's resolutions. Maybe it's because so many of them seem destined to fail (a fact that's backed up by statistics), or maybe it's that I just don't want another task added to my seemingly endless to-do list. Either way, I'm not really a fan.

Still, there is something I could try to do more of in 2020: stretching. My body works well as long as I'm on a bike, but once I stop turning those pedals I'm about as flexible as a 2x4. I've tried to add a stretching routine into my repertoire before without much success; maybe 2020 will be the year that it sticks, although I might have to actually go to a yoga class for that to happen. We'll see.





RC
Climb the Waterfall at South Mountain

There's a boulder problem on the National Trail above Phoenix, Arizona that is a bit of a commitment to descend, but the real trick is riding it the other way. I've ridden South Mountain many times and while I've been very close, I've never mastered the waterfall. This Spring, I'm going to visit my friends at Pivot Cycles, (the factory is a short ride from the trailhead) and armed with better legs and a positive, winning attitude, session that 25 yards of disappointment until I can no-dab it to the top. Wish me luck.





Ed Spratt
Learn Some New Skills

I definitely feel like my riding has stagnated in the past year due to a combination of not riding enough and not pushing myself when I do get out. For 2020, I want to try and improve my riding whether it is getting a little fitter or trying that trail I have always looked at but never thought I had the skills to ride. The top of my list is improving my technique on jump trails so some coaching wouldn't go amiss.





James Smurthwaite
Ride a Century

I'm writing this on the winter solstice and feeling the winter weight starting to pile on so I'm setting myself up for a challenge in 2020. 100 miles on the road is a pretty lofty goal even for committed road cyclists, but I want to be able to say I can do it off road by the end of next year, in fact, I want to be able to say it halfway through next year. Resolutions work best when you have a goal in mind so I'm already preparing for the summer solstice, Sunday 21 June, when I will ride a 100 mile off-road route. Targeting the longest day of the year should give me plenty of time to slog through the miles (and factor in some coffee stops along the way too) plus there's even the slim chance it might be sunny in England then!





Sarah Moore
Take a Wilderness First Aid Course

I have done first aid courses in the past, but without practicing those skills every day as a First Responder, the details get hazy about what you're supposed to do in various scenarios. I mean, I'm very happy I haven't had to respond to more accidents than I have, but like anything, it's hard to keep your skills sharp when you don't use them. This year, I'd like to commit to taking a Wilderness First Aid course to improve my knowledge and make sure that I'm in an ideal position to respond in an emergency. Hopefully, these are skills and knowledge I don't ever need to use, but it doesn't mean I shouldn't have them in the first place.





Mike Levy
Do More Stupid Rides

Next year marks something like two and a half decades of me pedaling bicycles around in the forest while either laughing, crying, hyperventilating, or doing an embarrassing combination of all three. Actually, when I think about it, some of my fondest memories have come from exactly those kind of days, the ones that saw me rolling out of the bush looking like an extra from The Walking Dead, completely empty, and close to biting someone if I can't get to the nearest 7-Eleven soon enough.

Yeah, I need to do way more of those next year. I don't know why, but my favorite rides have always begun with a faint voice in the back of my head saying things like, ''Dude, you probably can't climb this mountain five times in a single day.'' Or maybe, ''It's not an all-day epic if the ride doesn't last literally all day.'' So for 2020, I'm gonna listen to that voice more often.





Matt Wragg
Run

I know, I know, heresy. Surely my only exercise should be bicycles, right? But running is wonderful in how simple it is, just you, the ground and the rhythm of your strides. It feels even better in the pouring rain. The thing about running is that you can do it anywhere with nothing more than a pair of shoes. For a traveling photographer like myself, that means you only need to pack your trainers and you can keep working on your fitness, wherever in the world you are. My problem this year has been the pain of getting started again - it hurts like hell for a few days after, which means time off the bike, so I have been putting it off and putting it off... To the point where a quick 3km run this week meant a bloody taste in my throat and several days of hobbling around the house. So next year, it's time to commit to pounding the dirt more often.

Also, once the robots take over, I don't need to be able to outrun them, just you...





Brian Park
Be a fan

It's super easy for us in the media world to get caught up with the day-to-day. Being on the pulse of the MTB world is a responsibility we take seriously, but it can definitely get in the way of our fandom. Hell, I'm embarrassed to say I didn't watch every WCDH race before jumping into the results post to make sure everything went well. So for 2020, with a great team in place, my goal is to take the time to be a fan. To watch edits from a fan standpoint instead of a "should we post this? okay what should the headline be?" standpoint. To nerd out on race tech. To be a fan.

A few other things:

• Dial my tool kit. Instagram has me envious of nicely organized kits, so I'll dork out on that for a bit.
• Do a custom build for the first time in years. Spreadsheet and everything.
• Get my arm working, again. It's been 4 months since I broke my humerus, and if all goes well I'll get the nod for MTB in January. Still some work to do though.





What is your resolution for 2020?


182 Comments

  • 52 0
 Take my health more seriously. I have worked in a very corporate environment and it shows. Weight gain. The whole bit. I ride 2-3 times a week, and that's all I really have time for in terms of MTB but that's not enough for me as far as exercise goes. I've been trying to clean up my diet lately and I picked up a pair of running shoes to supplement my mountain bike. Currently my goal is to drop 25 pounds by summer and keep it off.
  • 35 38
 Here's a pro tip: running is a horrible exercise. I tell people that the only good reason to run is if you want to become a better runner (for say, a marathon or something). Otherwise, walking is a great exercise, lower impact, and is easy to do at a pace where you don't go into oxygen debt--and you need oxygen to utilize fat for a fuel source.

I was there too, man. When I sat at a desk all day I was in the worst shape of my adult life. Here's to getting in better shape and having some kick ass rides in 2020!
  • 1 1
 @mikealive: Well I hate running anyway. Super f*cking boring. Lately I have been doing 2 maybe 3 days of running sprints and the other days I am either out on the trail with my bike or walking. Maybe I'll just do good solid walks instead of sprints. I'd like to increase VO2 Max and get a better lactate threshold to help on my MTB, but I'm also not sure doing it while running will help as much on the bike. Thanks for the advice man.
  • 27 1
 @mikealive: the level of psuedoscience in this post.... "you don't go into oxygen debt -- you need oxygen to utilize fat for a fuel source." Running consumes calories. A calorie deficit will cause you to lose fat. Running is boring as hell but its not a horrible form of exercise and its certainly uses more exertion than walking.
  • 7 0
 @deeeeeb: I think he is referring to the beta oxidation cycle which is sometimes correlated but I don't believe it's necessarily related to what is referred to as Maximal Fat Oxidation and yeah... some people think it's bullshit. I'm honestly not sure, bu the idea is to maintain exercise for a prolonged period of time between 45 and 65% of your vO2 max which is supposedly the optimum exercise range to trigger this "MFA." So it's not necessarily psuedoscience, but it is incredibly hard to test and prove.

Here NBCI has a thing about it: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5766985
  • 8 0
 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups a day
  • 2 0
 @kymtb0420: Not something I haven't considered that's for sure. I used to be really into strength training. Then kids and job happened. Might try and work some self weight exercises into it as well.
  • 6 0
 Swimming! Great to build your upper body endurance for you DH game.
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flag TheR (Dec 31, 2019 at 8:38) (Below Threshold)
 @deeeeeb: Whether you walk three miles or run three miles, you consume the same number of calories.

But exercise is not just about burning calories. I think what he’s talking about is getting your body into an aerobic zone long enough where it’s burning fat for energy and not just glycogen.

You’re right, though, running is not a horrible form of exercise. You have to get your heart rate up high enough to reach that aerobic zone in the first place, and running does the trick. I also think many people run too hard. I know I’m guilty.

You’re also right about calorie debt leading to weight loss, ultimately. Otherwise, people wouldn’t die of starvation. That’s not exactly healthy, though.
  • 2 0
 @dbarnes6891: Best thing about pushups--you can do them anywhere. Even with your kids. My niece is trying to beat me in pushups everytime I baby sit her. @brownierice Is spot on with swimming
  • 1 0
 @brownierice: If I'm being honest... I can barely swim. I can't tread water. I doggy paddle at best. I just bought a house with a pool though and my wife is an excellent swimmer so I'm going to try and coax her into teaching me.
  • 2 0
 @mikealive: Try a stand up desk...
  • 2 0
 Try a stand up desk.
  • 3 3
 Running can be healthy. It definitely helps to run barefoot.@mikealive:
  • 3 1
 A few months ago I got a Wahoo Kickr Core trainer and a Trainer Road subscription. It has been a game changer for me. Like you I used to try to get out "when I could" for trail rides 2-3x/week, but just the consistency and ease of being able to do a 45-60 minute structured workout any time including mid-week before work has been huge. And adding fitness is a massive benefit when riding outdoors of course; add a lap! Add two!

I tried a fluid-type trainer years ago and hated it. But the fact that "smart" trainers can vary resistance, give you a structured workout customized to your ability, and allow you to track your progress is a huge improvement. I have no interest in Zwift, my goal is maximum benefit for minimum time on the thing, which I think Trainer Road provides. Worth a look.
  • 2 1
 @kymtb0420: and 100 kettlebell swings. I did push-ups and swings because your core is going to get it so you don't need the sit-ups
  • 1 0
 @Drew-O: I was also looking into something similar to this. I was looking at some of the TACX stuff. Might still pull the trigger on it. Not sure.
  • 1 0
 @dbarnes6891: if you (or anyone reading this, really) want to give TrainerRoad a try, shoot me a PM. I've got 3 free months to give out. I'm NOT an ambassador, just a dude with a kid and a desk job who got really fast with it.
  • 4 0
 @mikealive: Swimming is a much better option, I started swimming this year before work and I can feel and tell the difference. I hate running anyway so that was never going to be an option.
  • 3 0
 @dbarnes6891: just make sure she hasn't taken a large life insurance policy on you before she starts teaching you to swim. Your failure could be her gain.......
  • 7 9
 @deeeeeb: Hoooold on.. you call out pseudoscience and then broscience everyone with the an oversimplification like "a calorie deficit will cause you to lose fat". Yes, in *the most reductionist of terms* that is correct. But it angers me that you not only speak out of your ass on the topic, but it saddens me that so many people have propped your post.

@dbarnes6891 will put you on the right direction, as will @TheR with their responses. But heck, just a simple look into the Krebs Cycle would suggest that in order to utilize fat as a fuel source you need oxygen in the equation i.e. an aerobic (meaning 'with oxygen') versus anaerobic ('without oxygen') efforts in the exercise department. If you want a reasonably short article with some nutritional chemistry thrown in to understand how the human body utilizes different macros for fuel sources, I found this one that does a decent job:
www.climbingnutrition.com/diet/why-you-need-oxygen-to-burn-fat but feel free to actually crack a textbook on the topic as I, and apparently other informed commenters here, have done.

Gtfo if you're going to call someone out and then fall flat on your face with your reasoning. That's just the nutritional side of the argument--it still stands that running, in and of itself, is a horrible exercise for anything other than getting better at running. Sprints have their place, but running (the type I clarify when I reference marathon training) is a terrible exercise for the body. As many here have mentioned, swimming is a fantastic low-impact whole-body activity. WALKING is a great activity because you can do it right from the end of your driveway. Both are good at utilizing fat as a fuel source.

So much more can be said on the topic but I just don't have the time at the moment to continue writing out base-level understanding of the topic right now. I'll gladly elaborate more with better sources layer today if you'd like.
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 @onemind123: Haha! Yeah I need to check into that.
  • 2 1
 Run up stairs or sprint up hills. Walk down, repeat. Best workout ever and easy on the joints.
  • 1 0
 @chickenlassi: I like your style
  • 13 5
 With all due sympathy... can you people please stop demonizing desk jobs? Yes not all of them are the same, yes I may be the lucky one, I don’t think so though, Around me I see folks with bodies broken by a chair and a keyboard, but it has more to do with yourself slowly slipping into the grove. If you need any more motivation go straight to Brook McDonalds insta and watch his road to recovery. Or go have your piece of better life at road works, delivering mail, social care or whatever. You can become a cleaner at your office. Stop whining about your desk job. It puts food on your table, it keeps the world rolling, have some piece of appreciation where you are and what you do. Take it as much as a duty as a privilege. If you won’t respect yourself, your work and your free time, damn right to exercise - nobody will. They will move you around like a ragdoll, then fire you. Nobody gives a sht about how hard you work until you make them. Always remember you can die and nobody will thank you for anything. So you may as well take the minimum of what you deserve. Just move your arse, in any possible way, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel, just show up to exercise every second day. Compound effect of consistency over Heroism. When I hear pros whine on how lucky they are mot to have office job, how they would like people to take more risk I want to smack them in the face. Who the F do you think pays your bills Peter Pan? Shut up and entertain me. Or fk off, my office cleaner increases my quality of life more than you do. I don’t need any pity for sitting 8h a day by the desk. On the contrary. My work helps people have places to live and work. Have some self respect people.
  • 5 4
 @mikealive: You are a very clueless person. I hope your brain starts working better.
  • 3 1
 @kymtb0420: I did 100 pushups for a few months and I got jacked. Full body jacked. Eventually, my back started to hurt because of it, but I'm old.
  • 2 0
 @typx: Ha....32 ain't old. I'm 39. I'm going to add what @chickenlassi said. Kettlebell swings. Get your old *ss up and swingin in the 2020---happy new year.
  • 4 0
 @mikealive: Running is tough on the joints, but it does help with cardio interval type training if you run at faster paces and higher heart rates. It helps with VO2 max and keeping your heart rate lower on rides.
  • 8 1
 Never take health advice from the pinkbike comment section?
  • 3 1
 @mikealive: if you do it right running is a great sport.
  • 3 1
 @tacklingdummy: what stops you from doing intervals on pretty much any sort of a mountain bike? I train sprints twice a week on my commuter on my way from work.

The problem with running is not running itself. The problem is a cyclist starting to run. And the stronger cyclist you are the bigger the problem. Regular bloke who starts running gasses out after 2 miles. He/she then slowly progresses to run longer and longer distance. An avid cyclist with good cardio base is capable of easily doing 5-8miles from the get go as long as he/she manages to shut up the inner bitch. That exposes their knees and other joints to extended stress right away. Then the technique matters a lot. Cyclists are notorious for atomping hard on heels. You can read all you want on Triathlon. Aside of good swimmers being at an obvious advantage, it is the marathon runners that start cycling that are at lower chance of overuse injuries than cyclists who start running. Illiotobial Band syndrome is extremely common among cyclists who start running.
  • 2 0
 That was exactly my goal last year. Three things that made that possible that I can’t recommend enough were 1) HIIT training in classes - it really helps to have a trainer barking at you to keep pushing yourself and 45 minutes and your done. 2) download and use religiously the MyFitnessPal app. It’s a pain in the beginning, but like anything, the more you use it the easier it gets. And 3) as cliche as it is, cooking at home. More specifically, my wife and I signed up for Hello Fresh. Yes it’s expensive, but it has been an eye-opening experience to not overeat and learn that healthy food can actually taste amazing. This is coming from a guy whose cooking abilities were confined to cereal and cup of noodles.

Not trying to tell you what you need to do for success, only offering suggestions that worked well for me and has sparked a lifestyle change that my wife and I have carried over into the new year.

Good luck and I truly wish you the best!
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 @WAKIdesigns: I didn't say I don't do intervals on the mountain bike. I just said running can be good for intervals. A lot of times, I run as a recovery and cardio for mountain biking. A short fast 5K still helps if you push your pace and heart rate. One thing with running is that it is easier to keep your heart rate higher for longer than mountain biking when not doing intervals. Trail running is a different ball game. My legs are only equipped for mountain biking and road running Smile
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 @WAKIdesigns: you people?
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 @WAKIdesigns: good for you. Some don't have the ability to bike to work. You seem to have the silver bullet for everyone. Maybe to should just give everyone the answers.

Also time is a factor. I don't know what this 8 hour work day is you speak of, but I certainly don't have one.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Go get some counselling.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Did you seek counselling yet?
  • 1 1
 @dbarnes6891: actually I have a 7h desk job. I used to have a 9h desk job. I felt like a fkng hero helping the company to grow. And they kicked me out as soon as company’s economy had a dip, like they did with many, on several occasions. I got rehired, talked to the boss and repositioned myself, then got the fk out of there as soon as I could. Last 3 month I spent working 9-10h a day, I worked 50h each week, didn’t have time for riding, working out, my sacroiliac joint started flaring again, wife started to hate me, I saw kids only in the mornings. Panic attacks what not. I thought I am doing something important. Nonsense. I was stupid to not demand additional resources right away. And that is a common pattern at my job, at my friends jobs. Ask any senior engineer or manager at a company who can give you sincere answer. World is full of folks waiting for a train to come, for someone to appreciate them. Nobody gives a fk about you, and if you let the company you work for put you into submission even your family won’t give a fk And leave you. You make people give a fk about you. I you cannot fork out time fir exercise twice a week, you either come up with a plan how talk to your management About it or look for another job, however I highly recommend training gaining respect to your needs where you are now. Respect and sympathy are something we work for deliberately. That is why the designated office a*shole is liked by a boss. He can tell the client he’ll be late for a meeting with a smile on his face, tell the boss he won’t do something. Because he works on being liked by a boss and clients. Meanwhile Sad Wendy or Jerry work their ass off and listen to podcasts on assertiveness, thinking they will be liked based solely on the results they deliver. They find it... ethical!
  • 3 0
 @curendero: you new here?
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 @TheR: running absolutely burns more than calories walking.
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 @gmiller720: It burns more per minute or more per hour — however you want to look at it. But distance for distance, it’s pretty much the same. Don’t believe me? Try it on a treadmill that measures your calories. You are obviously running farther in an hour than walking, which accounts for the difference in calories in the same amount of time. So yeah, if you’re looking to burn more calories more efficiently, run. In order to sustain a pace where you start burning energy from fat rather than glycogen, a lower, sustainable pace in your run — whatever that is for you — would be best.
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 @TheR: I see what you mean about distance but the logic is flawed. It’s physics. It takes more energy (calories) to move a mass from one point to another quickly. Same reason cars burn more gas at 120km/h than at 100km/h. I think it’s difference of about 15-30% calories based on your fitness level.
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 @TheR: I agree with you that mile for mile the calorie burn is close. However with running, you get more calorie after burn because your metabolism increases with frequent higher heart rate cardio. Of course, time is the main factor between the two.
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 @tacklingdummy: how is that close in terms of energy expenditure? How fast do you actually run? Walking is not that broad term, but running is. You can burn same amount of calories when doing a few hill sprints as you can in few hours walk. Same is true for utter pointlessness of gravity MTBers getting on road bikes to do “cardio”. Poor folks riding for 2-4 hours a session believing it will make them better at riding enduro bikes. Lunacy. 30-45 minutes of intervals/sprints and you will outride any amateur who opts for long low intensity road rides. Because we live for power from pedal strokes on downs, usually on a few short flatter bits. If someone bought a 140mm+ bike and wants to be the king of fireroads, the least tired bloke at the top of a fireroad climb, then he is just an a*shole completely wasting his time. And whole caloric debate is a BS anyways if the person involved in it doesn’t count calories on his Meals and workouts.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Equivalent miles. Meaning same distance, same elevation, same surface. Mile for mile at any pace will burn same calories. Go do some calculations on an online calorie calculator that you input distance, time, weight. You get same calories burned per mile. Of course the time will be different, but calories burned will be the same. However, I do believe that when you increase the pace, you metabolism increases which burns more calories when not exercising.

MTBing and road biking are different animals. MTB heavier bikes, dirt is way more resistance, rotating mass is higher loads, wind resistance, etc. MTB miles and road bike miles are totally different.

I pace about in the high 6min for 5K, around 7min for 10K, and around 8min for half marathon. I ran a half in 1:45.

I do find your comment interesting about marathon runners cycling and cyclist running and Illiotobial Band syndrome. I'm a MTBer that started running late and have issues with Illiotobial Band syndrome.
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 @dbarnes6891: fabulous! Ya, I don't know, I just find it does wonders for lung capacity especially if you build up your number if stoked per breath and builds upper body endurance. I usually swim with a buoy between my legs occasionally to save my legs for the bike. Best of luck mate! This is based on personal experience in case anyone wants to get evidence based!
  • 38 0
 Build more on the local trails for me
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 Underrated post.
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 Amen
  • 28 1
 RC that is so rad. Old guys rule. You have inspired me to ride for decades. At 50 I committed to jump crab apple with my son and we do it every summer. At 52 my goal was to wheelie my 2-mile commute to work. I never made one sharp right-hand turn but I got pretty good at the worthless skill of Wheelies. At 53 my goal was to do the 35-foot triple at our local BMX track. It took most of last year to commit, but after yanking real hard, I've cleaned it a few times.
Now you have me thinking of my 54-year-old goal. Hum??
  • 9 0
 land to manual...
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 I only know of a handful of people who have road up the waterfall at So. Mo. and these are from locals who worked at it for many months or even years. I think RC knows exactly how difficult this is from his previous visits over the years. Very impressed that he'd put this out there as a goal so publicly. Best of luck to you RC!
  • 26 1
 For 2019 I gave up Instagram. I haven't logged into my account for a year. I highly recommend avoiding all social media.
  • 14 2
 Good call. No more PB comment section.
  • 5 0
 I gave up Facebook earlier this year. It has elivated much annoyance and stress. Best decision in many moons. Instagram is next on the chopping block!
  • 2 1
 Gave up Facebook years ago and still like Instagram. I’d sooner give up Strava to get back to just focusing on my own experience while riding - not comparing against others on segments.
  • 3 0
 Instagram is only time I see fit attractive women. Lol. I'm surrounded around dudes all the time.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: you don't need instagram for that Razz
  • 25 0
 I'm 45, my news years resolution is simple, don't break.
  • 3 0
 im 55 and thats what I was thinking at 45. now im still feeling great. old guys got to be a little more careful.
  • 22 1
 Interestingly the only one to have a resolution that aids people other than themselves is also the only female.
  • 5 0
 Between all the riding fatalities in the s2s region this year plus 3 of my riding buddies needing trips to the er this season it has reminded me how important a well stocked first aid kit plus the skills to use the kit properly are.

Sarah's idea of the course (either first time, or as a refresher) is a superb idea.
  • 5 5
 I am going to start to identify as female. It will possibly try to finish my degree in "Advanced Recreational Gynecology". I understand there are openings in the field......
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 Does that means said female feels that she is perfect so all that is left is to help others be a great as she is?

Wink
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 My new years resolution is to be more creative, I will do this by commissioning a new children's educational entertainment show called Jihaditubbies:

In episode 1, Tinky Winky receives an arms shipment from Syria, Dipsy makes an IED, Laa Laa is in the kitchen cooking up meth to finance operations and special guest Dora the Explorer teaches us the value of friendship......and armour piercing ammunition.

Here's to 2020!
  • 7 0
 Did somebody just get CoD for Christmas?
  • 22 10
 @priest55 - I like you man, I like you! In the final episode they all do a painting of Mohammed made of macaroons, poppies and 7.62x39 shells
  • 3 2
 @WAKIdesigns: oooh you know your Soviet bullet dimensions there Waki :p
  • 13 5
 @priest55: no, just googled ak47 bullet size before writing this
  • 8 8
 The potential here is limitless. If I can make a request for episode 1, while Tinky Winky is receiving that arms shipment can there be a shot of Hillary Clinton making a sacrifice to Satan simultaneously?
  • 8 6
 @nyhc00: keep politics off Teleteubbies. We just want gore with a tint of religion. Woodland Critter Christmas
  • 5 3
 Ahhhhhh! Happy Jihad my brother! I shall take any remaining deodorant from my wives in your honor. I am thinking we go to CamelBack and suggest an ISIS model unit with enough room for C4 and a few liters of camel urine.
  • 1 0
 Strange comment to make unprompted?
  • 1 1
 You are no better than any other war mongering country...way less creative as well and even less funny as many countries have paid terribly for your boastful freedoms. Ignorance is bliss....
  • 3 0
 @curendero: what wait what? How do you go from Teletubbies to “who is the worst and how to fix the world” bullshit?
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: weed mate
  • 19 0
 Buy a ROCKY MOUNTAIN SLAYER
  • 3 0
 There are no emojis here, so I take the comment serious.
end then there are two us Smile
+ training of course :o
  • 1 0
 I will also buy a slayer
  • 1 0
 Just picked up mine!
  • 11 1
 +1 for stretching more like Mr Kazimer, and I also agree that running (which I used to hate, but now enjoy) helps with the fitness when back on the bike. Not resolutions for New Year, just a pledge to do more in 2020. Smile
  • 5 2
 My new stretching time is during my post ride shower.
  • 5 4
 Ironically If anything, out of all of them Mike Kazimer looks like he needs more muscle mass. Back Squats stretch hamstrings very efficiently Smile
  • 4 0
 more blinking too...
  • 4 0
 If you look into the evidence into the efficacy of stretching to decrease injury risk, you are going to be severely disappointed. You are better off focusing on eccentric strength gains. Also, if you race, improving your lower body flexibility may decrease your cycling economy. My practical recommendation is to stretch if you are limited by flexibility in activities, or stretch if you perceive it to make you feel better, but know that it is likely not the answer for injury prevention or improved cycling performance.
  • 3 0
 @xphysnerd: There is limited evidence that stretching pre-workout limits injury. There is a decent body of research to suggest that stretching programs (e.g. yoga, where research is centered) improve flexibility and balance.

Whether it offsets the negatives for racers, I do not know (I'm not familiar with that literature).
  • 1 0
 It all depends what range of movement Mike has and in which areas. There are some good resources online on fundamental mobility ranges.
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 @MarcusBrody: there is a large body of opinion among world’s leading strength coaches that stretching before lifting heavy weights makes no sense since warm up routine stretches you well enough. It is very hard to argue that doing a yoga dog does any better than a few bodyweight squats or drop jumps being a form of dynamic stretching.

Stretching pre ride, mobilizing all joints , particularly pre ride in the park makes more than perfect sense.

Yoga improves balance among unbalanced people because it makes you... balance. It inevitably trains deep muscles responsible for balance. That involves balance when standing on one foot or walking. Yoga will not teach you good balance on bike and when lifting. If someone wants to get rid of too much leaning forward or backward when doing snatches, and does Yoga for that, he/ she will be greatly disappointed since balance comes mainly from technique...
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: ???? Namaste.
  • 2 2
 @kingbike2: Slayer is my meditation
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: stock up on conditioner.
  • 1 0
 @MarcusBrody: Stretching improves flexibility, which is not of debate. The debatable question is if you are limited in your performance due to having too low of a range of motion in any specific joint. In my opinion, if you can tie your own shoes and wipe your own butt, your mtb performance will probably not be improved by increasing your flexibility.

Balance is pretty task-specific, especially when we are talking about young healthy populations who are not gaining strength by doing yoga or stretching.
  • 1 0
 @xphysnerd: I personally don't stretch/do yoga to perform better on my bike. I do it so my body feels better in general after lots of hours using certain muscle groups on the bike or being too still in my office.
  • 8 0
 I reckon learning skills on a different type of bike can really benefit riding an mountain bike. So learning to wheelie a cross bike or 180 a BMX or something achievable but translatable like that I'm going for
  • 8 0
 Work my last year as "regular" person and lay the ground work for a non-profit dirt jump builder that works with at risk kids.
  • 11 1
 Wank less
  • 4 0
 and....broken Jan 1 2020 12:10 AM. Thank you for a great party, I'll see myself out now.
  • 1 0
 @CarlMega: i always suspected u were a time-traveling chicken-choker! or perhaps a chicken-choking time-traveler.
  • 3 1
 Wank on, m8. Reduces your risk of prostate cancer (maybe.. but can't hurt).
  • 1 0
 @savagelake: Both work
  • 6 0
 For me it's:
- keep riding - more and bigger.
- clear my debts and move forward
- keep pushing my career in the mtb industry. so far so good.


Can't wait for 2020
  • 9 1
 do fewer drugs at the same time.
  • 4 0
 Trail work is a fantastic upper body workout too, just sayin'.

But I also need to add, based on some pretty janky work that gets done 'round my parts...DON'T do trail work unless you know what you're doing (and others agree you know what you're doing). Janky trailwork just takes time away from good trail workers' efforts to fix your jank.
  • 3 0
 @jamessmurthwaite the South Downs 100 (100 miles in a day across the South Downs in England - for those non UK riders) has been on my bucket list for a while now. I mentioned it to a few riding buddies and it didn't fall on deaf ears - maybe this is the year however it's going to take some serious training (and time).
  • 2 0
 Tis on my to do list this year. Only annoying bit can be the amount of ramblers when it's a busy summers day.
  • 3 0
 That's my plan too, send me a dm if you want a training partner!
  • 1 0
 @scar4me:
Solution to the walkers: do it at night! Back a few years when the Maxx Exposure race used to run, this was my favourite race of the year. Normally around the autumn equinox, start gun at sunset! The place feels so much more wild than in the daytime, not much light pollution and a lot of wildlife (just try not to hit any sleeping cows/sheep!)
  • 1 0
 @Keeno-1: like your idea.
Most of my riding is weekday night rides anyway, so would suit me well Smile .
  • 8 1
 I can't believe not one editor put "proof read"
  • 2 0
 haha
  • 7 0
 My resolution is simple - less buying, more riding.
  • 1 0
 Hear, hear!
  • 4 0
 For me it's simple . After many years off a bike i have a new one arriving mid January.. So all i need to do is get out and ride
  • 2 0
 Good luck to the South Down's Way guys aiming to do it in a oner. Done the route twice over 2 days. Loved it. Not sure the engine can do 100 miles on tracks. As for me, well, I'm one of those converts from XC who has gravitated to to tech trails I never thought I would be able to do (always ridden a hardtail). So, this year I am buying a trail/enduro bike (poss via pinkbike buy/sell), popping some "brave pills" and heading down to Finale Ligure and enter my first enduro. All the best everyone for a fun, exhilarating 2020 that is injury free!
  • 2 0
 @MikeKazimer, I like you suffer from too much riding and not a lot of natural flexibility but this website helped me tremendously when you started posting Abby15 yoga articles, in particular I often suffer from a sore lower back if I’m riding a lot and this routine once or twice a week does me wonders, I totally recommend it and all her stuff.
www.pinkbike.com/video/397127
  • 5 0
 Ride further, hurt myself less, stretching too!
  • 5 0
 not fck myself up again like the last 2 years.
  • 1 0
 I want a RipRow, but my wife thinks it’s stoopid.

New Year’s resolutions are silly, but if I could add a little wisdom to this group of young uns:

Try being more open minded and saying “yes” when you feel like saying no.

Yes opens doors. No closes em.

Happy New Year! Now go ride!!
  • 4 0
 I was hoping not using the words "Down Country" would be there somewhere... Smile
  • 2 0
 Been doin' trail work 1 day a week since 1996, soooo I guess 2 days a week so that 50 % of the people that ride my trail will still think I'm an a*shole.... but only twice as much Wink
  • 1 0
 I'm with Mike Levy; i've started doing a 'stupid ride' at the beginning of september each year, it's fun trying to come up with a ride that will make everyone think you're nuts haha. And it's fun learning that if you pace yourself and eat+drink well and are motivated you can do it.
  • 1 0
 If your background is in the quick-twitch sports, especially in the USA, distance running was often used as punishment (miss a block, take 3 laps, miss a tackle, take 4 laps, drop a pass, take 10 laps).. Therefore, I find running for fitness psychologically unpleasant. Perhaps if I hired someone to chase me......

Undeniably, cross-training is valuable for total body fitness. To avoid the drudgery or runs and gyms, I hike and ski. I used to play basketball and tennis, but these seem to aggravate my many injuries. Since I am now 60, I have taken up Pickelball!! Feel free to down-vote me for this, I fdeserve it (but it is fun)...
  • 1 0
 More stupid rides. Fuck yeah serious cycling bores the crap out of me. Save the teck talk and the who's fastest for Strava and Pink Bike . Go for an adventure. The pain , getting lost , self doubt. All good for the spirit. Those are the riding stories you remember.
  • 6 2
 My resolution is to break my resolution.
  • 13 0
 But, if you break your resolution, then u have full filled your resolution to break your resolution. Which means u have failed at your resolution to break your resolution. omg, that means u would have broken the resolution which means......
  • 1 0
 @Snugs: that's right... A resolution feedback loop that will destroy the World. Helmet
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: this confuses me more than The Terminator timeline
  • 6 3
 Eds, how about a collective resolution to push the powers-that-be for a new website design?
  • 5 0
 Be a biatch
  • 2 0
 Ride as close to 365 days this years as possible, road or trail, anything over 5 miles counts (for those days that its a squeeze).
  • 1 1
 Wow me an @BrianPark are both bang on:

- Need to organize my tools better and some of these pit tech's cases are giving me serious envy
- Started building a totally custom rig this year, spreadsheet and all.
- Broke both hands over the course of last year. Still mending some soreness and ROM this winter.
  • 2 0
 @steflund Be careful of the spreadsheet. Its a deep dark hole that will make building you next bike take much longer and far more expensive than you thought it would.

Best of luck!
  • 2 0
 Nah, embrace the spreadsheet! And sorry about your hands, that's rough. I broke my arm pretty badly a few months ago and am still recovering, but the fingers I broke in the same crash are taking WAY longer to heal than the plated humerus. Annoying.
  • 4 0
 Actually ride once in a while.
  • 2 0
 Actually commit to and focus on my racing as much I've wanted to for the past 3-4 years. I know I can do better and I want to prove it to myself.
  • 1 0
 I am zwifting through winter in order to ride more come the snow melt. Make a leaner better me (or rather rediscover the old me from a few years ago) and get out on my bike more.
  • 3 3
 Just made a Pinkbike account after a year of wasting my life reading these mostly idiotic yet entertaining comments to let Editor James know that EQUINOXES are in fall and spring and SOLSTICES are winter and fall!!! Keep it classy and scientific you all! My resolution is to not waste so much of my life reading the comments sections or low information sites like Pinkbike!!! Now to go for a fat bike ride in the snow where they should stay! Peace, Love, and may Waki find something more productive to do with his time!!!
  • 1 0
 Solstice winter and summer - go find your low info site
  • 1 0
 Yep that’s what I meant summer and winter solstices!!! @Chilliwacker:
  • 2 0
 If you have to rant just make sure it's accurate; on that note I'll be looking forward to this years fall solstice.
  • 3 3
 For Mike Kazimer, I strongly do not recommend adopting a stretching regiment. Rather I recommend taking on a full-body strength training (weight lifting) regiment. Although I am not affiliated with this entity, I strongly recommend that you either watch many of the videos posted by Jeff Cavaliere (SP?) of AthleanX or simply subscribe for 3 months for a specialized regiment put together by the professional Physical Trainer and Physical Therapist that Jeff Cavaliere is. I may not be a fan of the NFL, but I respect the athleticism and strength of the players and Jeff has been instrumental in establishing the level of fitness, strength and agility of many players, and he's provided training to many other sports too. The point he knows how to build muscle, and he knows very well how the body works and how to make it work as well as possible without injury. Jeff does not recommend static stretching to lengthen and soften muscle tissue (he does a very good of explaining why that is bad). He also does a great job of explaining why strength training, contrary to popular belief and perhaps simple logic, actually improves both strength, stability, and flexibility.
The quality of a Yoga workout highly depends on the instructor. Women are inherently more pliable then men, hence why they tend to find Yoga easier and more attractive then men. Much of Yoga, espsecially introductory Yoga, is mostly about developing quick twitch muscles for balance (which is surprising exhausting), dreaded static stretching, and core engagement (which is good but a balanced strong body needs more than that). Advanced Yoga builds on that basic foundation and brings body weight strength training into the mix. The problem with Yoga is that position and posture and really make or break the quality of exercise and it's really easy to screw it up, especially if you have an instructor that isn't very familiar with body mechanics (which is a lot of them). The other component is that many instructors focus too much on static stretching and less on strength building. It's hard to find a good instructor that structures a routine based around the latter, the former sets the participant up for injury especially in Bikram yoga classes. All said do not do static stretching...do comprehensive strength training the helps facilitate flexibility. The body likes balance and lots of movement with resistance.
  • 3 0
 A thorough review of the Banshee Titan 29er
  • 3 0
 Race, multiday bikepacking, run semi again, lose 10kg. Great year coming.
  • 1 0
 Curious to know the posture benefits of frontal shoulder work. Is it the planking effect of a pushup that has helped posture? Stronger core?
  • 2 0
 Consciously engaging core in pushup leads to stronger core Wink Try engaging not only abs/obliques but also thigh adductors & perineum if you haven't - amazing how much easier pushups become.

Pushup/plank shoulder-benefits are dependent on good form/alignment/recruitment.

As always, good posture & stability require balancing the strength and tone of antagonistizing muscle groups... or really all of them :-D
  • 2 0
 @RC The waterfall is on my list every year, but like you I think this is the year. The waterfall is going down!
  • 1 0
 Oof, good luck you two. I've seen people do it, and I still can't wrap my head around how. I'll stick to riding down it.
  • 4 0
 4K. No more 1080p.
  • 3 0
 Good luck RC! I have the same goal. The waterfall is a beast.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, that's no joke. Seen 3-4 guys on Instagram do it, but when you're there in person, it's pretty freaking daunting.
  • 2 0
 Run, swim, and pushups. If I can afford to get a bike again sometime, maybe I’ll start riding so more too.
  • 1 0
 I'd like to have a photo of me boosting like the one they keep showing above of Jason on the SB165. I probably won't land it but everything about that photo is impressive.
  • 3 0
 I want to ride Fade to Black. On a slayer.
  • 4 1
 More puns in the comment section.
  • 3 1
 Will anyone be riding for anyone in 2020?
  • 3 1
 Allah!
  • 2 0
 Smurthwaite, you have equinox confused with solstice
  • 1 1
 @jamessmurthwaite this! It's the winter solstice. Equinox is when day and night have the same duration, which logically enough happens in spring and autumn.
  • 1 0
 I like the 100 pushups per day idea. Might take me a bit longer than 10 minutes though!
  • 1 0
 You could try a stand up desk or strap your laptop on your bars and ride around a running track typing no hands!!
  • 1 0
 Push my climbing outdoors, and keep it going behind bars. It's good to mix it up to keep the stoke!
  • 3 0
 I'm with you on this. This winter especially I want to "focus" on:
* bouldering indoors 2x a week, outdoors whenever possible
* trail building 2x a month
* base miles on the road bike
* MTB advocacy work
  • 1 0
 @brian park: I'm sure Im not the only one that would love to follow along as you plan and build your bike.
  • 3 0
 Sell dropper post!!
  • 2 0
 Buy an eMTB and then huck it off a bridge or similarly tall structure.
  • 1 0
 which editor is in the photo? steeziness in the air is not in short supply so maybe set a goal for being more grounded?
  • 2 1
 360. I’ve been practicing and I think this year I got it!
  • 8 0
 One doughnut every day for a year with 5 rest days?

You’ve got this
  • 2 1
 Do more DH, now that I got a proper DH bike????
Snow, snow go away....
  • 1 0
 Land a proper 360 on a proper double jump.
  • 2 0
 Buy new tires lol.
  • 1 0
 My New Years Resolution is to Become a rEaL bOy!!!
  • 1 0
 What Mike K said. His flexible as a 2x4 pretty much applies to me as well.
  • 1 0
 Getting tattoos removed to avoid ink poisoning.........
  • 1 0
 Yah Levy! Come down to WA and we'll show you some proper epics!
  • 1 0
 @Mikelevy friggen preach dude, can I join?
  • 1 0
 Buy more carbon then enjoy!!
  • 2 1
 Buying a dropper post!
  • 2 2
 Try more pedal assist bikes....
  • 1 0
 do a long manual.

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