After a month’s waiting today I finally had my appointment with Mike from Bike Dynamics for a proper bike fit. My aims for the fit were to address some lower back pain that I get and my right leg constantly coming outwards. My experience with Mike was very positive, he did some careful analysis and he took me through everything he was doing and described to me the reason for doing it; highly recommended. After a two hour session the result was an increase in the saddle height as well as the bar height and a shift in the positioning of my cleats (my right ankle was pointing outwards while it should point inwards). Even after these adjustments my right knee still has some tendency to come outwards, however I feel a lot more comfortable on the bike. My pedal stroke according to Mike is quite unusual, with the peak of my power coming quite low in the circle instead of close to the top which is the normal/optimal. I will have to work a bit on my technique to fix this.
Naturally after the fit I went for a quick spin and did around 25 miles at a brisk pace (slower than sweetspot, route Rugby reverse shortcut). I felt a lot more relaxed on the bike, hopefully this is not just a placebo effect. I can’t comment on any performance increase as it was quite windy today.
Today I would like to share a very interesting article from the New York Times, which discusses some cases of children being “cured” from autism through behavioural therapy (thanks Andrew for bringing this to my attention!). The article describes both positive and negative examples, with the positive cases being of people that after receiving this treatment no longer showed any symptoms of autism. The therapy consists of certain tricks to help control the impulse that autistic children have to exhibit certain behaviour, to reward wanted behaviour and to discourage unwanted behaviour. There is of course the criticism to this method that autism is part of the identity of the autistic person and trying to cure it may repress the development of certain exceptional skills that some autistic people have. This is a huge subject and there are many factors to take into account, but the article has a very positive note.
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