Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez is serious about bike riding. You can tell by the machine he rides, a $10,000 Specialized S-Works Venge racer.
You can tell by the number of miles he says he logged in the offseason, pedaling that sick machine around the streets of Tampa. 600 miles per week, he rode, sometimes more than 100 miles in a single day.
It wasn’t just to relax or enjoy the scenery or save the environment. Fernandez hopped on his bike as part of a whole conditioning plan. Cause he wants to get even better after winning the RoY with a 12-6 record and a 2.19 ERA.
“On the bike you can do intervals. You go hard and then slow down. It’s kind of like an inning, is the way I see it. I’m going really hard for 10, 12 minutes and then I slow down for 5 or 6 minutes,” he told Craig Davis of the Sun-Sentinel. “Conditioning-wise, it’s amazing. I’m glad that I did it. Let’s see how it’s going to work out this year. I’m not sure, but I feel really good.”
That’s some serious commitment from Fernandez. I bet after all that bike riding, his butt looks really tight. Especially in those biking pants.
Only thing I’d be worried about is someone trying to jack my $10,000 bike. Do you leave that thing chained to a post and run in for a cup of Starbucks? I’d be sweaty nervous every second it was out of my sight. $10,000 for a bike? That’s crazy.