Minute 1: Peleton is now worth over $1 billion.
What’s driving this explosion in popularity? Outside Online explains why people are lining up to buy $2,000 stationary bikes and $4,000 treadmills. So far, so good with Goldman Sachs VPs and suburban Dallas cougars swiping their Amex Black cards, but can the company transition to become a software and social media company? They will need to do that in order to reach CEO John Foley’s goal of signing up “tens of millions” of new users. Does Peleton continue to break away from its competition or does it go the way of inline skates and windsurfers?
Meghan Markle wants to run London Marathon, but the royal family forbids it. “She has been told it is because of security – but knows the real reason is because royal protocol dictates that it is unseemly for senior royals to be seeing sweating away in workout gear with a public mob.” (If she promises to lift her pinky while she sips water on the course, would the Queen change her mind?) This Dark Ages view reminds us of what the BAA said about women in 1967: “Women can’t run in the Marathon because the rules forbid it. Unless we have rules, society will be in chaos. I don’t make the rules, but I try to carry them out.” The BAA race director then tried to tackle Kathrine Switzer which ended poorly for him, not her. He didn’t realize the guy next to Kathrine was her boyfriend, an All-American football player, who threw a devastating block on the race director. Her first-person account is an absolute must read for any runner or female athlete. Hmmm – wasn’t Prince Harry a rugby player?
Minute 3: Racing against time
The average marathon finisher is getting older – and slower – every year. Seems like a pretty obvious correlation, right? But is there any way to run faster as you age? The median marathon finisher age is now 40 for men and 37 for women. Their median times are 4:22 and 4:47 respectively. Endurance coach Jeff Horowitz has a fascinating new take on what causes us to slow down and some good news for those willing to work hard to buck the trend. Death and taxes are inevitable. Slowing down next year isn’t.
Minute 4: Same exercise, different results
Ever wonder why you can do the same daily gym workout as a friend, but they will get stronger and bigger than you? Or why you can run stride for stride with your bestie every day, but you get much faster? For the first time, researchers have identified a protein, JNK, that is likely responsible for these very different results. Even more fascinating, they have figured out ways to turn the JNK “switch” on or off. While the study has big implications for diabetes – the original research topic – it could be safely applied to amateur athletes and anti-aging programs.
Minute 5: Quick Intervals
- Tough Mudder Bootcamp gyms are opening new locations more quickly than expected
- World’s first feature length movie on triathlons debuts this week to good reviews
- Shalane Flanagan’s last cookbook was very well received and rocketed to the NYT best seller list. Her new one, again co-authored with UNC teammate Elyse Kopecky, hits Amazon next week
- Family of eight (including a two-year-old!!!) is on track to complete the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail this week
Minute 6: Daily Inspiration
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter