Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lance Demands Apology or Threatens to Tell Teacher

--The Lance machine has launched another in an unending series of publicity stunts. Get this, his attorney's are demanding an apology from CBS.

An apology? Wait, I thought they were attorneys? Don't they know about law? Like, if you have a grievance, you file it in court, and you can get real money. You know, things like libel, if someone says something untrue about you. I mean, I'm not an attorney, but I read the news.

Oh wait, you're saying it's not that CBS told lies, it's just that they told things that were damaging to your client? I get it. The CBS thing was "untrue" but not in a legal sense, otherwise you'd file a real suit, instead of just crying for an apology.

Please, those of you real attorneys, chime in.

--Yesterday someone commented saying they really liked the weight loss tip so I thought I'd expand.

What I've been doing:

Basically, Mel went on a no flour, no sugar, no a bunch of other things so I decided to go no flour, no sugar. What does that leave? Lately I've been eating a lot of greens--mixed greens, kale, chard, and arugula--meats, beans, and fruits.

For something sweet but without sugar I'll make a smoothie with unsweetened almond milk, frozen fruits, and a banana. You can also throw in some ground flax seed or protein powder. A great mix is banana, blueberries (frozen or fresh), flax seed, and almond milk.

If you can't make a smoothie another nice snack is dried fruit. Be careful not to buy sweetened dried fruit. Usually I buy it in bulk. Mangos, figs (warning: these will cause massive gas), prunes (warning: only eat in close proximity to a toilet), raisins, you get the picture.

I've also had a bunch of nuts. Almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, and so on.

I know it's hard at first so maybe just try giving up sweets, or soft drinks. Whatever foods constitute the bulk of your sugar intact. Try cutting those and then gradually scale down.

Yes, you'll have to spend more time planning meals and foods since it's harder to find foods without flour and sugar. But it will also pay off in stable energy levels. You won't get as sleepy after your meals, either.

Better yet, you'll climb faster! Give it a try and let me know if you need any other tips.

--This weekend I was over in Cow Hollow and stumbled upon the new Rapha store.


Inside there was what appeared to be the full line of Rapha gear. Jerseys, bibs, hats, you name it. Other than that there was the pretty typical spread of Rouleur and other cycling mags. There was a complete cyclocross bike that had been disassembled and mounted to a wall which was kind of interesting.

The whole thing was pretty underwhelming. I think the Rapha stuff is lame and unexciting. I'm not sure what niche they're really going after. I think it's the high end hipster Fred. It's not like Assos, either, where I wouldn't mind wearing it if it was given to me. This stuff, I wouldn't wear. I'd eBay it. Okay, I'd totally eBay the Assos stuff, too, but I'd at least consider wearing it.

I still remember being at a cross race a couple years back where my friend Oliver was wearing a Rapha jersey. Weird, I know. Some woman after the race was like "Hey you in the Rapha jersey, nice!" So lame.

--Here's a cool interview with Joel Felicio the producer of cycling on Versus. He talks about the recent Tour of Cali and some of the challenges they had.


  1. Warning your readers that your advice could cause excessive and regrettable flatulescence is braggable. This sort of self-imposed social responsibility could keep Lance's attorneys from writing you a nastygram, but probably not.