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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Skinny Barry Bonds cycling in Colorado

Forget the amverybiguous Bonds article…what’s with the equally coded Jeff Bagwell sign?

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Baseball’s all-time home run hitter was recently spotted scaling the mountain passes of Colorado earlier this month.

A photo of Bonds taken at Independence Pass, which is 20 miles from Aspen and at an elevation of 12,000 feet, shows him looking rather svelte these days.

Bonds, now 48, was said to be 6-2, 228 pounds in 2007, the season he retired. Baseball-Reference.com has him listed at 6-1, 185.

With his playing days over, it’s possible cycling led to Bonds shedding a few pounds over the years.

Repoz Posted: July 26, 2012 at 04:26 PM | 49 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: July 26, 2012 at 04:34 PM (#4192890)
It's nice that Bonds hasn't given up on cycling.
   2. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4192901)
Bada-bing!
   3. bunyon Posted: July 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM (#4192908)
That's a beautiful spot. I spent a night there watching the Perseid meteor shower in 2007. Middle of August, cold as hell. Did a lot of hiking that week and, once or twice, had oxygen molecules enter my lungs.
   4. aleskel Posted: July 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM (#4192915)
If you had told me five years ago that I would be the exact same size as Barry Bonds, I would have called you nuts
   5. SteveF Posted: July 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM (#4192924)
I find it strange to see an article accusing a cyclist of not being on PEDs.
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 26, 2012 at 05:13 PM (#4192928)

I was going to make a joke, but I can't beat #1.

And good for Barry.
   7. Rob_Wood Posted: July 26, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4192983)
Barry was interviewed at a recent Giants game and he is indeed very trim. He said he bikes 100 miles day or something like that.
   8. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 26, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4193001)
I didn't know PEDs made you skinny if you biked a lot. That explains Lance Armstrong's performance!
   9. PreservedFish Posted: July 26, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4193002)
Cycling is my new favorite spectator sport. I've watched the Giro, the Vuelta and the Tour de France, and it is totally awesome. Really compelling and fascinating stuff - all the different competitions happening concurrently, and all the associated strategy - plus all the tourism porn of the helicopter shots going over the famous chateaux or mountains right when the peloton streams past. I don't think there's any other sport where sense of place is so keenly felt - going up the Pyrenees, with the road covered by Basque separatist graffiti, rabid fans literally inches from the leaders, and the determination and desperation written on the faces of the riders going up the fifteen degree climb. It's just great.
   10. Steve Treder Posted: July 26, 2012 at 06:46 PM (#4193004)
Barry was interviewed at a recent Giants game and he is indeed very trim. He said he bikes 100 miles day or something like that.

Krukow and Kuiper always have fun talking about Bonds. They say he's the kind of guy who when he gets into something, he REALLY gets into it, reads up on everything about it and gets kind of obsessed. They say he's that way with computers and electronic stuff, and that he's gotten that way with biking. He's totally a bicycling freak now.
   11. John DiFool2 Posted: July 26, 2012 at 07:27 PM (#4193044)
rabid fans literally inches from the leaders


One of these days one of those fans will end up falling in front of one of the leaders, he will get injured and lose his lead, and there will be a big hue and cry. I don't know what's so hard about telling spectators to stay off of the tarmac when the riders come by, but I guess the biking powers-that-be don't care about Murphy's Law asserting itself one day.
   12. dr. scott Posted: July 26, 2012 at 07:44 PM (#4193063)
# 11, there was a very famous crash coming into a sprint finish in the 1990s (I think) where a policeman on the course was not paying attention and a guy ended up sprinting into him at 45 mph. It was a bloody mess... officer in a daze casually stands up and resumes his post.

This year a ped went around the barrier to take a photo and caused a massive pileup.

Lance was taken down by someone's musset bag on the side of the course in 2005.

This happens a lot actually.

#9 could not agree more. Ive been watching for about 10 years. Fun stuff. Went on vacation last week, and Im still catching up with the last few stages.

#8 the training makes you skinny. The drugs give you more endurance to go faster longer. Usually different drugs that MLB. Cycling mostly does blood boosters like EPO or transfusions. Steroids are used in small quantities to aid recovery. Grand tours like the TDF are all about recovery after monumental effort.
   13. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: July 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM (#4193086)
100 miles a day would be a bit obsessive. That's got to be 4 or 5 hours. Every day? Maybe 50. I could see 50, using a nice light road bike. I used to do 12 a day, and that took an hour, using a relatively heavy mountain bike. 100 is nuts.
   14. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM (#4193087)
Did anyone ask Barry if the PEDs he uses now for cycling are different han the PEDs he used for baseball?
   15. thok Posted: July 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM (#4193089)
NEEEEEERD!

(Technically he's more of a geek, but nerd sounds funnier.)
   16. Steve Treder Posted: July 26, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4193092)
Yeah, I don't think anyone but some ultranut training for some ultranut competition rides 100 miles a day. I strongly suspect that's hyperbole in Bonds's case.
   17. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 26, 2012 at 08:11 PM (#4193098)

Yeah, I doubt he's doing 100 miles a day, but (a) it's possible he is training for some ultra competition, and (b) if I could see any retired athlete doing it, it would be Bonds.
   18. Steve Treder Posted: July 26, 2012 at 08:13 PM (#4193100)
(a) it's possible he is training for some ultra competition, and (b) if I could see any retired athlete doing it, it would be Bonds.

True dat.
   19. BDC Posted: July 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM (#4193102)
Who's the guy in the picture with Bonds? If it's Logan Morrison, I hope nobody was breastfeeding up on Independence Pass.
   20. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: July 26, 2012 at 09:17 PM (#4193184)
I still think Bonds would finish in the top 20 in OPS+.
   21. VoodooR Posted: July 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM (#4193252)
Clearly all those awful drugs that Barry took had a debilitating effect. Won't anyone think of the c
   22. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM (#4193310)
In before this thread gets to at least 500 posts.

(also, good on Bonds for staying healthy regardless of his choices during his playing career- it's not an easy thing to do to go from pro-athlete level caloric intake to regular joe... ask NFL linemen*)

*not to absolve Bonds for any crimes against baseball he more likely than not committed at some point during his playing career.
   23. Srul Itza Posted: July 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM (#4193311)
The only crime against baseball was running him out of the game while he still had something left in the tank.
   24. EddieA Posted: July 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM (#4193328)
The only crime against baseball was running him out of the game while he still had something left in the tank.


I'm having a hard time forgiving baseball for that. And he missed those last 3 1/2 weeks getting hurt trying to make a hustle play.
   25. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: July 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM (#4193354)
100 miles a day would be a bit obsessive. That's got to be 4 or 5 hours. Every day? Maybe 50. I could see 50, using a nice light road bike. I used to do 12 a day, and that took an hour, using a relatively heavy mountain bike. 100 is nuts.

It is...and it isn't. Look, if you have the time and money to spend that much time doing anything, then riding 100 miles per day isn't all that much. It's about 5 hours for a good recreational rider. Bonds probably falls more into the category of semi-professional level of rider though, so around 4 hours is not out of the question. Dude was an amazing overall athlete, no reason why he still shouldn't be good at just about any sport.
You don't get to be the best at anything without being a slightly obsessive about it.
   26. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM (#4193375)
Look, if you have the time and money to spend that much time doing anything, then riding 100 miles per day isn't all that much. It's about 5 hours for a good recreational rider. Bonds probably falls more into the category of semi-professional level of rider though, so around 4 hours is not out of the question. Dude was an amazing overall athlete, no reason why he still shouldn't be good at just about any sport.


I have a few friends who are really into biking, and aren't even close to semi-pro (cat 4-5) and doing a 100 mile ride is something they do on a weekly basis.

I also think that cycling is something that's an excellent choice for former pro athletes. You can still do it even if you can't run, and it's a great way to burn all the calories that you're still eating despite no longer training all the time for your sport. I think one of the hardest things for an athlete to do is to go from eating like they do to train and play their sport to being even a moderately active person, while at the same time dealing with the fact that your metabolism slows down as you get older anyhow. You're already a physical specimen and probably have better than normal cardio health, so get on that bike and keep from ballooning.
   27. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: July 27, 2012 at 01:32 AM (#4193383)
The most surprising part about this for me is that bonds is 48 now. Holy crap, time has flown.
   28. frannyzoo Posted: July 27, 2012 at 02:11 AM (#4193392)
I'll, reluctantly, play BBTF cycling guy here and report that Barry's regimen is merely reflective of "average" for many of my colleagues with sufficient free time. I must also admit it's "freaky" and a bit exhilarating to find that Mr. Bonds is into the same weirdness as myself. Um...just go ride alot would be my advice. That a certain Ruthian-level baseball player seems to subscribe to the same piece of advice is gratifying. Needless to say.
   29. RollingWave Posted: July 27, 2012 at 02:14 AM (#4193393)
at least it's good to see that he hasn't gone the Kirby Puckett route
   30. McCoy Posted: July 27, 2012 at 02:20 AM (#4193397)
Beating and threatening his wife or dying?
   31. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 27, 2012 at 06:31 AM (#4193429)
No, qualifying for for the Macy's Thanksgiving parade shortly after retirement. Tony Gwynn is another one who's giving Underdog a run.

The only crime against baseball was running him out of the game while he still had something left in the tank.

I'm still hoping that the promised collusion complaint is just delayed, and not bullshit. The union had some very aggressive and brazen comments about being in possession of evidence that went beyond the "we support all our members, rah rah" boilerplate. Bonds is still wending his way through the legal system, so until that's finished we won't know how determined or confident the Players Association is.

This is one of those rare threads that could have satisfactorily been packed in amber after response #1.
   32. Harlond Posted: July 27, 2012 at 08:17 AM (#4193441)
I didn't think there was much connection between baseball and cycling until this thread brought them together. And then what do you know, here's David Millar (a Scot if I'm not mistaken) mentioning Babe Ruth's called shot in a story about the British team for tomorrow's Olympic road race:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/millar-ready-for-pivotal-role-in-olympic-road-race

Millar has been on an American team for years, but it still surprises me that he not only knows who Ruth is, but knows the called shot story. If any current MLB player knows who Anquetil or Hinault or Merckx is, I'd be shocked.
   33. thok Posted: July 27, 2012 at 08:28 AM (#4193443)
This is one of those rare threads that could have satisfactorily been packed in amber after response #1.


I get the joke, but it's worth noting that Bonds never hit for the cycle.
   34. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: July 27, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4193461)
so where is the picture with him and Lance Armstrong? huh? Confirming they both used steroids, right?
   35. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 27, 2012 at 09:29 AM (#4193472)
Barry Bonds turns most of the media into Lance Armstrongs: half nuts.
   36. Ron J2 Posted: July 27, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4193477)
#13 As noted in #10 Bonds has always been an obsessive. Back in his Pittsburgh day he used to work out longer and harder than Steeler players. He's just changed what he's doing, not the amount of time he's putting in.
   37. zack Posted: July 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM (#4193490)
Cycling is my new favorite spectator sport. I've watched the Giro, the Vuelta and the Tour de France, and it is totally awesome. Really compelling and fascinating stuff - all the different competitions happening concurrently, and all the associated strategy - plus all the tourism porn of the helicopter shots going over the famous chateaux or mountains right when the peloton streams past. I don't think there's any other sport where sense of place is so keenly felt - going up the Pyrenees, with the road covered by Basque separatist graffiti, rabid fans literally inches from the leaders, and the determination and desperation written on the faces of the riders going up the fifteen degree climb. It's just great.


That's funny, because as an avowed bike nut, I can think of few sports I enjoy watching less than road cycling. For me it's the fact that there's almost no skill component to it, it's just about power output and timing, and all the (mostly very basic) strategery is offloaded on the managers. That and it drives me ####### nuts that cars are seemingly given precedence over bikes in a ####### bike race. The scenery sure is nice, though.

100 miles a day is a lot but not nuts if you're independently wealthy and riding is your favorite thing to do. Since he's probably not training for a race and just putting in a ####-ton of base miles, especially. That said, given how inaccurate almost all sports reporting is, it's likely that Bonds rides centuries regularly, but does not average 100 MPD over any extended period.
   38. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM (#4193494)
And he missed those last 3 1/2 weeks getting hurt trying to make a hustle play.


The lesson as always, never hustle.
   39. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: July 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM (#4193498)
That is the most understated cycling outfit I've ever seen!
   40. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: July 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM (#4193499)
Just imagine how good Barry might have been if he'd kept himself in this kind of shape during his playing days.
   41. phredbird Posted: July 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM (#4193523)
ever since i read stuff about how too much cycling is bad for your prostate and the percentage of cyclists who have ED, i have avoided bike workouts like the plague.

of course this shouldn't stop barry cuz his testicles are all shrunk up from TEH ROIDS, right?

The only crime against baseball was running him out of the game while he still had something left in the tank.


agree.
   42. Zach Posted: July 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM (#4193568)
Barry looks good. Cycling is a great sport for slightly obsessive people who have some energy to burn.

Colorado is fantastic cycling country. You can just wander any direction you feel like and get a great climb with great scenery. You can seek out the big peaks if you want, but it's all good.

A friend of mine rode the entire Tour de France route this year as a promotion for women's cycling. I'm simultaneously envious and amazed that she actually did it.
   43. Rants Mulliniks Posted: July 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4193647)
That is the most understated cycling outfit I've ever seen!


Tell me about it. Why do people feel the need to be aerodynamic when they aren't in a race? To me it would be the equivalent of low-altitude training. You can't tell me that these get ups they wear are more comfortable than a loose t-shirt. I can understand the shorts because of chafing issues, but the rest of it is absurd.
   44. zack Posted: July 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM (#4193662)
Tell me about it. Why do people feel the need to be aerodynamic when they aren't in a race? To me it would be the equivalent of low-altitude training. You can't tell me that these get ups they wear are more comfortable than a loose t-shirt. I can understand the shorts because of chafing issues, but the rest of it is absurd


I don't own any cycling jerseys, but yes they are more comfortable. The shorts by several orders of magnitude, as you mention, but the jerseys too. They wick much better, they offer more configuration options (mostly through various zippers), they don't flap which can be annoying at high speed, and most importantly they have back-pockets. Plus if you're already wearing the shorts it makes sense, a baggy shirt and skin-tight shorts looks stupid. Unfortunately most jerseys are hideous either because of the color choices or because sponsors usually have awful designs*.

*Mapei, an Italian paint company, being the exception.
   45. Booey Posted: July 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM (#4193664)
ever since i read stuff about how too much cycling is bad for your prostate and the percentage of cyclists who have ED, i have avoided bike workouts like the plague.


What percentage is that? And how much riding do they have to do before they start having issues? I started doing mountain biking regularly on a trail near my home a few months ago, and I usually do about an hour a day. Biking is about the only fun workout I've been able to find since my legs went out and I can't run anymore. But now you're getting me worried... :(
   46. zack Posted: July 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM (#4193681)
Oh, and one thing about cycling jerseys that I find wonderful, that I think other sports should pick up on, is championship jerseys. If you're the world champion in a particular discipline, then you get to wear the champ stripes whenever you compete in that discipline. They also have national championships, and national champion jerseys for them, so the US champion might get a stars and bars jersey, the Canadian champ a maple leaf, etc. Plus of course the current leader in the individual races like the yellow jersey, pink jersey, polka-dot, etc.
   47. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: July 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM (#4193682)
Garishly bright color schemes are a pretty good idea for amateur cyclists on public roads from a safety/visibility POV.
   48. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 27, 2012 at 05:31 PM (#4194062)
Cycling a 100 miles a day is so easy it's almost trivial.

Back in college I used to cycle a hundred miles a day.

I'm sure I could have kept it up for even longer than the 1 day. I forget what happened the next day that prevented me from continuing, as every time I try to remember I suddenly awaken, sweaty and shivering, to the sound of my own extremely loud screams.
   49. phredbird Posted: July 29, 2012 at 02:57 AM (#4195017)
ever since i read stuff about how too much cycling is bad for your prostate and the percentage of cyclists who have ED, i have avoided bike workouts like the plague.


What percentage is that? And how much riding do they have to do before they start having issues?


this was a long time ago ... but it was a shocking percentage of competitive cyclists, something like 30% having some order of problems. but it was competitive cyclists. this was a survey of guys who cycle tons of miles a day, so take it with a grain of salt. i still ride my bike a lot -- to work every day, for instance -- but i don't like bike workouts, and i hate spinning.

i'm not high on biking or running anyway, so i guess i'm just using that as an excuse. that and the ridiculous outfits.

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