Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

Look­ing at what’s right in front of me, and what’s be­yond

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Iknew they would make fun of me. Of course my col­leagues would. My bike looked ridicu­lous with three head units on the han­dle­bar. And, I ad­mit, if I could have fit a fourth and a fifth, I would have. Five at once would have made my life eas­ier. I built this ab­surd mis­sion con­trol while I was test­ing head units for this is­sue (p.74). While folks around the of­fice got a kick out of razz­ing me, I was con­tent to take their rib­bing and tin­ker with com­put­ers. What’s more fun than try­ing stuff out?

Also for fun and out of a sense of cu­rios­ity, I asked Mark Co­hen to look into the fu­ture and re­port back on what he saw on bi­cy­cles. It was a tricky story to write: part trend-spot­ting, part ex­trap­o­lat­ing, part ex­er­cise in get­ting peo­ple to re­veal a lit­tle more than they usu­ally might. You should def­i­nitely check out Co­hen’s story (p.48) for a glimpse of what lies ahead. My own con­tri­bu­tion to this tech­no­log­i­cal for­tune-telling came out of my chat with Ar­mando Mas­tracci, who is be­hind the train­ing soft­ware called Xert. His al­go­rithm can help plan your work­outs and pro­ject your fu­ture fit­ness. I’ve been us­ing it. Some­times Xert shows a bright fu­ture; other times, it’s a harsh re­al­ity check and mo­ti­vat­ing kick in the bib shorts. But a strik­ing thing Mas­tracci said about what lies ahead for his pro­gram is that it in­volves an old train­ing tool, the heart-rate mon­i­tor. That sim­ple bit of tech – when com­pared with a power me­ter – is the key to some next-level data (p.52).

An ath­lete like Emily Batty has her eyes on the fu­ture, train­ing for up­com­ing races. At the same time, the past can weigh on her mind and af­fect the present. Writer Tara Nolan spoke with Batty for a pro­file of the top-level cross coun­try racer from Brook­lin, Ont. Batty dis­cusses some of the tri­als and sac­ri­fices through­out her 17-year-long ca­reer in a can­did and hon­est fash­ion (p.54). Nolan also checks in with Catharine Pen­drel, Leah Kirch­mann, Maghalie Ro­chette and Kirsti Lay. They’re rid­ers fo­cused on their ca­reers who also take time to sup­port and en­cour­age young rid­ers, es­pe­cially young women. Those pros are look­ing be­yond their head units to the sport as a whole. Those are good signs for the fu­ture. Matthew Pioro


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