Yes, it is no problem at all with that approach.Frankly, it probably helps mentally to have an actual break and slowly built up form towards your season goal.
Why would he already fly in the first pre-season race?
Besides the drinking it probably adds to your longevity as a rider.
What are you smoking? The fact that G lets himself go in the offseason is so well known it’s basically pro cycling lore.CN today: „Geraint Thomas: In the off-season you let yourself go“.
Can it be that riding or having ridden for Sky/Ineos makes people feeling the need to frequently talk… em… „weird stuff“?
Firstly Froome talks about setup differences of centimeters, recently (called „BS“ by Rasmussen), now Thomas claims to let himself go in the offseason.
Never ever does Thomas let himself go in the offseason. There isn’t even something like an offseason for Thomas. And if he had/has an offseason, he never ever lets himself go.
He‘s a great character, and we all want to hear what he has to say, because he‘s smart and experienced and has a nice humour, but claiming letting himself go is rather… boring, and misguiding, and certainly wrong.
I agree, your career longevity must partly come from having fun with friends and socializing and probably escaping a bit getting drunk if that's what you/they like to do together. One thing Thomas does seem always able to do is get in shape for the races he wants to be in shape for and always seems disciplined. 7s off Roglic is a career still right up there and probably longer than many GT winners achieve.
I think your society might collectively have a massive alcohol problem if an elite athlete binge drinking to such an extent doesn't even sound weird or at least like something they should probably keep under wraps
One of the problems I have with this debate is that it is largely based on a mythologised past where riders lived in monk-like seclusion from the Spring Classics to the Autumn Classics, hung up their wheels for a couple of months and then started training on Christmas Day, with the early-season races just pre-Classics leg looseners.A lot of riders freely admit to going on a bender on occasion, but there's a very big difference between having the occasional party in the off season and enjoying the holidays and never being competitive before Trentino/Dauphine.
Yeah, but cycling hit the peak of its coked-out era with Boonen.Cocaine also on the rise amongst the working class too as it's cheaper than booze and the cost of living is high, behind the majority of violence on the football, done openly on the terraces, none of the pundits will go within a mile of the subject.
That 12 out of 14 nights bit I think is the really worrying part of what he said. The guy's a father, the guy has a family, 12 out of 14 nights drunk is taking the mickey.I like to party and there is nothing wrong with enjoying yourself in off season, it should be encouraged, but for 12 out of 14 days drunk it's probably indicative of a problem. And I'm not talking anything relating to cycling, just on a personal level.
"The last two weeks, honestly, I think I've been drunk 12 out of the 14 nights. Since coming back to Cardiff, it's been mad. That's the way you meet your mates. Like, 'Oh, do you want to catch up? Yeah, let's go for dinner, or just go down the pub'," he said. I don't drink during the season, apart from the odd drink, but in the off-season you let yourself go. For sure, the tolerance is lower at the start, but I feel like I have a good drinking condition now. I don't know if it's a British, or an Aussie mentality, the culture of just going out and getting drunk when you're young."
Quite, and if he doesn't drink the rest of the year a couple of sherbets and he'd be well on the way already
Cockney rhyming slang - Sherbet dip (an old type of sweet) = Sip - which has morphed into Sherbets being slang for a few alcoholic drinks.I'm assuming you're not talking about the frozen desert. Unless you* have a habit of putting interesting stuff in those in the UK...
*I'm right that you're in the UK, right?