|Attempting to perform the dancer pose on a beach in SA|
The thing that I really underestimated though, is just how much yoga can assist your performance in sports. For the 2008 Marmotte cyclosportive I had put in a fair amount of training, but the race was tough and my back ached from about 50km onwards. Back then I hadn't yet started yoga. Then, in the 2009 Marmotte despite the fact I had only done about half the training of the previous year, the race went much smoother and all I had was a dull muscular ache in the closing kilometres. On top of that I even managed to knock 3 minutes off my previous time.
Yoga will definitely form an important part of my training, and I would recommend anyone who hasn't tried it to give it a go. Even if you don't enjoy it there will be plenty of eye candy for you.