For once Usain Bolt failed. No, this is not revisiting that 2011 World 100m Championship final in Daegu, South Korea, in which he made a false start and got eliminated. The world record holder in 100m and 200m retired from the track and then pursued football. But he failed to impress.
The champ spins it out
Bolt, however, is not someone to bow down to occasional failures. The sporting legend seems to have decided to play to his strength as he recently posted a video of himself cycling like a pro on a Watt bike. After all who could outrun his legs.
Since its development in 2008 when British Cycling felt the need for an indoor bike that could record extensive data for pros, the stationary machine called the Watt bike is the go-to equipment for elite cyclists as well as the lesser mortals. Its multi-pronged uses include:
1. Zapping the fat
2. Charging up the endurance level of the athlete
3. Helping in generating epic leg strength, and
4. Analysing pedalling technique and spotting the problems
Sweat, sweat everywhere
And, the effects could be seen on the floor of what looked like a living room where Bolt is seen exercising in the video. The eight-time Olympic champion looked to be following a pre-loaded workout programme on his bike. As the Jamaican worked up quite a sweat, leaving puddles on the wooden floor, he might have even sent a shudder down the spine of the likes of (Chris) Froomes or the (Geraint) Thomas’ of the world. Is Tour de France next on his wish list?
Though he himself has admitted to his morning struggle of making it to the gym on time, there is no denying that once he makes it to the gym, he leaves no stone unturned for maintaining what is undeniably one of the most sculpted bodies on the planet.
The superlative cycling effort could be another example of that, but Bolt always had his own motivations too. “When I’m at the gym, I think about chicks, going to the beach and looking good. I do it for the girls,” he had said once.