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Showing posts from June, 2014

Say what you mean, mean what you say.

You can't deny the power of a good message before heading out on a bike ride. Swiftwick sock company champions this on my arm warmers.

What did your elementary school offer for fun at the end of the year?

As the kids were wrapping up their last two weeks of school, I was asked by my daughter if I would help with her class's bike rodeo. Without hesitation I said yes. Any time you can gather a group of kids and their bikes, I'm always game. I feel entitled to pass along some knowledge that I didn't have when I was their age. As I look back on my years, I don't know how I'm still alive. With the lack of hand signals that I used while riding; actually none were used in my teens. Bicycling against the flow of traffic, riding on sidewalks around town instead of on the street and most of all, no helmet wearing were my faults back then.  That being said, there are endless amounts of cyclists on our roads in need of a proper education when it comes to riding in traffic, with traffic and general common sense while pedaling a bike. If I can reach out to the youth of today and plant the seed, I'll rest a little better at night.  There were four skills stations setup

Fight dehydration. Here's how!

The dog days of summer are almost upon us. And if you're out riding for base-miles, tempo, whatever and sweating, you need to monitor you loss of fluids. Dehydration can be lethal so be sure to get in the habit of weighing yourself before the ride and after. You can count on a pint of water you need to down after the ride, for every pound lost. I weighed 181 lbs before I pushed off for this ride.  As you can see by the photo, I lost 4 lbs during the 3 hour ride. This was even after consuming 2.5 Cliff Bars, 2 bananas  and 4 water bottles- two of which had  +Skratch Labs  Pineapples mixed in them. Drink up!