Yesterday morning I did my first ever brick workout; a 18 mile road bike ride followed by a 3 mile run. I want to start doing a few duathlons this year, but I've never gone running right after getting off my bike. It certainly was a different sensation, took close to a mile to find my running legs after getting off the bike.
Flying Scotsman Movie
I was a bit sore and tired yesterday, so I was lounging in my bedroom, with the lights off and the TV on. I was flipping through the channels when I came upon the movie The Flying Scotsman. This movie is about British cyclist Graeme Obree. The film, which premiered in 2006, stars Johnny Lee Miller as Graeme Obree. The film is based upon Obree's 2003 autobiography, The Flying Scotsman. Obree, who suffers bipolar disorder, wrote the book as a journaling exercise, with the encouragement of his therapist.
Obree's Claim to Fame
In 1993, amateur cyclist Obree, broke the one hour track cyclist record, formerly held by Franceso Moser, on his homemade bike. Obree was the former owner of a failed bicycle shop, and was no stranger to the mechanical aspects of bike building. His unusual, homemade track pursuit bike can be see in the picture at the top of this post.
Obree's record only stood for one week, when cyclist Chris Boardman broke the record. Obree went on to break the one hour record a second time, in 1994.
Obree says he was pressured to take drugs by his cycling team, but he refused: "I still feel I was robbed of part of my career. I was signed up to ride in the Prologue of the Tour (de France) back in 1995, but it was made very obvious to me I would have to take drugs. I said no, no way, and I was sacked by my team."
Additional information about this interesting cyclist can be found on the Graeme Obree website. Obree also maintains a blog, My Words etc.., on blogspot.
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva