Apr 22

Planning to get an indoor rower? These features are a must

Ever tried rowing an actual boat on a river or lake? If you have, you would know that it is not an easy feat and requires a lot of power and stamina.

Constant rowing in water can easily tire you and help you burn a lot of calories while having fun too.

Due to this reason, rowing machines have become the best substitute for actual rowing while providing you with excellent workouts to burn that extra fat on your body.

But when you are looking to buy or work on a rowing machine regularly you need a good rower for home and for that there are few things you need to keep in mind.

Resistance Adjustment

Perhaps one of the most important features that you need to pay attention to is whether you can adjust the resistance level on your machine or not.

It is not necessary that all machines come with a resistance dial and so if you are one of those people who would like to manual set the resistance level, you need to check if such adjustment is available in a rower or not. If available, you would also need to check how many resistance levels it offers and if it suits your needs.

If you are more into challenging yourself and don’t want to set the resistance beforehand, then you need to go for air rowers or water rowers which don’t have the feature of setting your resistance and adjust according to your rowing speed.

Easy Storage

Most people don’t have a lot of space at their home which makes it crucial that the rower they are thinking about should have the feature of being folded and kept in a small corner of the house.

You also need to check whether it is easily movable or not because if you are storing your machine in one part of your house, you would need to set it up every day in some place where it can easily fit which might require a lot of transfers. So ensure that your machine has wheels otherwise it might just pose a problem for you.

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Comfort

Another feature to consider is whether the seat is comfortable and adjustable and whether the foot straps can lock your foot in place during a workout or not.

You would be spending at least 20-25 minutes on this machine every day and so if it slightly uncomfortable too, you would end up avoiding the workout, turning it into an utter waste of your money.

User Weight Limit

This is an important feature which you positively need to check before you make a purchase. Usually, a lot of these machines can handle large user weights and since there aren’t many moving parts, the stress is less on the machine. But still you need to keep a check of what is the weight limit on your machine and whether that is fine for your needs or not especially if your bulky.

Performance Monitor

Check if your rower has a good display or not which provides you with all the relevant and important information like time, distance, calories burned, etc. You can also go for those machines whose monitors come with inbuilt training programs which you could use for your own workouts.

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Mar 25

6 Reasons to have an Elliptical Trainer at home

Did you know that an elliptical machine is a better training equipment than a treadmill or a bike? Yes, also known as Cross Trainer, an elliptical machine helps you in mimicking the motion of stair climbing, cycling, etc. but doesn’t cause too much pressure on your knees as is the case with other gym equipment. It is quite an underused gym equipment even though it offers you a lot of benefits over other gym equipment.

Want to know how an Elliptical Machine is beneficial? Here are the top 6 reasons which make an elliptical machine the best gym equipment that you could find:

Total body workout

The best part about an elliptical machine is that you can work your upper body along with your lower body during a workout.

Unlike treadmills, which only worked on your lower body, an elliptical machine comes with hand levers which can be pushed and pulled so as to work your upper body muscles too.

It’s low impact

Another great advantage of using an elliptical machine is that it is great for people who suffer from knees pain or stiff joints as your feet are always in contact with the pedal.

This stabilizes your feet and doesn’t put any extra strain on your knees or joints, thereby protecting you from all the pain.

Faster weight loss results

One of the best ways to lose weight, an elliptical trainer can burn as much as 400 calories in 30 minutes and help you in losing weight quickly and efficiently.

As you work on your elliptical trainer, you don’t even feel like you have exerted much power which results in you working out for a longer period of time and hence the weight loss.

Simple to use

This is an easy to set up and easy to use equipment which gives you all the benefits of a high intensity workout but takes half the time of any other gym equipment.

It also doesn’t take up much space in your home which makes it a popular option for most people who are looking for an effective gym equipment to workout at home.

It’s a versatile equipment

The best part about an elliptical machine is that you can perform a variety of exercises on this. You can walk, cycle, run, etc. using just this equipment and can adjust the intensity and resistant as required.

The heart monitor will always keep a track of your progress and will help you in planning your workouts better than before.

Allows multitasking

Another great use of an Elliptical machine is that you can do a lot of other tasks while exercising on this machine. You can read a book or listen to music while working out on it which makes it a good equipment to multitask.

All you have to do is adjust the preferences on your machine in accordance to the job which you want to accomplish and then you can focus on your other task while the elliptical machine takes care that you are getting the workout which you just entered.

Keep in mind only the best brands and models allows such flexibility. Check elliptical reviews to know more.

Aug 08

5 Reasons You’re Always Hungry and The simple fix

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Hunger is one thing none can escape. Irrespective of how motivated you are towards your fitness goals or weight loss diet the last piece of cake or the fried chicken leg has got to get you tempted but if you’re hungry way too often then its reason for concern.

Now adding to your already protein and fiber rich diet can help at times but not always. Sometimes it’s your lifestyle that needs a reality check and here’s what you need to look into in detail.

Your cardio routine

For a fact we know that cardio is one the best exercise form to suppress your cravings but that only works if you’ve got the intensity right. Too little too easy is the recipe for disaster as you’ll end up starving more.

This is because the body tends to produce higher amount of Ghrelin, the hunger hormone whereas high intensity training has little to no impact on its generation. So if you haven’t yet given it a thought it’s time to step it up now. Switch to rowing machine workouts preferrably on a Concept 2 rower for better resistance and intensity control.

Your personal meal timings

With jobs and daily life issues a schedule becomes a must and most of us have fixed meal timings and we’re likely to be the hungriest at those hours even if you’ve been eating shorter meals in between those hours and it gets tougher to resist more so during social meeting and gatherings.

Changing the entire meal schedule at once can be disruptive and can worsen the situation so I would suggest you skip out on one meal at a time and continue with your shorter, frequent meals.

Your daily diet

Timings aside the first and foremost thing that will need sorting out is the diet and if you’ve been eating a lot of yummy desserts etc. it’s going to be harder to stop that craving. Something as simple as an image or a TV advert can get you hungry.

Ignoring your craving completely can lead to excessive eating so my advice would be to let go slowly. Rather than a whole slice, grab 2 bites. It helps and you’ll slowly no longer feel the urge for it.

Your protein intake

You can either drink up the proteins or eat them. Yes there’s a lot of hype surrounding supplements and while it does help simply drinking your entire daily dose can impact negatively.  A balance is important but studies have shown that protein rich solid foods tends to be more effective and keeps you full longer. So choose wisely.

Your sleep

Sleep is one thing our generation tends to forget about with their high tech fast moving lives but lack of it or odd timings will keep you hungry longer since it leads to higher production of Ghrelin. Plus your overall performance is likely to suffer making you really cranky and frustrated thus in turn leading to binge eating etc.

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Jul 30

Why You Should be Eating More Fat (the truth about fat in diets)

For decades, we have been told that fat is bad. We’ve been told to avoid fats like the plague because they’re the downfall to every diet. However, new information is showing that fats can be both beneficial and essential to weight loss.

What is fat?

Fat is an essential nutrient that cannot be dissolved in water. Fat not only contributes energy to our bodies; it also helps us get the maximum benefit of all the other nutrients we consume.

What role does fat play in the body? Why do we need it?

Fat improves our bodies’ function in a wide variety of ways. Fat supplies us with energy. It helps us produce the right amount of testosterone and estrogen. Fat helps our immune system be at its finest. It helps us absorb other nutrients including the FAT soluble vitamins A, D, E, K.

To those who are deeply concerned about weight loss, fat should be your friend, not your enemy. According to the British Journal of Nutrition, eating fat helped participants lose weight even if their daily calorie consumption remained unchanged. On top of that, eating certain fats can boost your metabolism and make you feel fuller for longer.

What are the different types of fat?

Though you should be eating fat, it is of course important to consider where the fat is coming from. The three main categories of fats are saturated, unsaturated, and trans fats.

Saturated fats have their molecules completely surrounded by hydrogen atoms. In the past, they have been considered “bad” fat as they raise LDL cholesterol levels.  However, if we limit saturated fat intake and replace it with carbohydrate there is no improvement in risk for cardiovascular disease.  If we reduce our saturated fat intake and replace it with poly-unsaturated fats there is decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Unsaturated fats are not completely surrounded by hydrogen atoms. They have always been considered the “good” fat. Unsaturated fats can raise HDL cholesterol levels (the “good” kind) and boost your metabolism. Monounsaturated fats have only one hydrogen atom per fat molecule and can boost your metabolism for hours after your last meal. Polyunsaturated fats (such as omega-3 and omega-6) fats can lower the bad LDL cholesterol levels. They also help the immune system by combating inflammation.

Trans fats don’t occur naturally. They’re made by making vegetable oils more solid by adding hydrogen to them. These are found primarily in highly processed foods and should be avoided. Trans fats both raise LDL cholesterol levels and lower HDL cholesterol levels.  More and more food manufacturers are taking these out of the foods we buy since their negative impact on health has been exposed.

How to get the good fats in your diet

It’s important you consider where your fats are coming from. Though fat is good, it’s best to get it from whole foods. Avoid highly processed foods such as sweets and potato chips.

  • For example, a donut and an avocado contain the same amount of fat, but a donut is also high in sugar and very low in nutrients like vitamins and minerals. An avocado is high in monounsaturated fats and provides several vitamins and minerals.
  • Avoiding processed foods will also help you avoid bad trans fats. If you stick to eating organically there is no way for trans fats to sneak into your diet.
  • Consider foods you already eat; our dietary habits easily provide us with enough of certain fats already. For example, omega-6 fats are found in vegetable oils that we commonly cook with. Getting enough of it isn’t really an issue. We also get plenty of saturated fats from traditional foods in our culture like milk, cheese, and meat.
  • If you’ve been dieting for awhile you may have been trained to avoid foods that contain beneficial fat. It may help to reintroduce those “bad” foods into your diet. Egg yolks, nuts, oils, avocados, olives are all great  sources of healthy fats.

Good and bad foods with fat

Common sense can help dictate which foods with fat can be a great addition to your diet and which foods will only hurt you. You should always make a point to avoid processed foods. Read the ingredient labels; if you find yourself unable to pronounce most things on the list, you should avoid eating it.

Avocados are a popular choice; they contain 21 grams of highly beneficial fat and no excess chemicals found in packaged snack foods. Milk and yogurt, though they contain saturated fats, will help you burn fat more efficiently.

Avoid fats from foods that contain little to no nutritional value like high fat baked goods like donuts or biscuits.  Instead replace with whole grains that provide fiber and B vitamins.  Always check the label of foods to make sure the fats used are not trans fat.

Conclusion

Fats are highly beneficial to your body, despite years of being told otherwise. They help improve our bodies’ overall functioning, helping out our immune system and nutrient absorption. Fats also help us achieve our weight loss goals; by consuming fat, we both reduce our appetite for prolonged periods of time and give our metabolisms a great boost. You should definitely make fat a part of your diet.

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Jul 15

10 Largest Marathons in the US [pictures]

If you love running marathons or are a newbie it can be very exciting to run in one of the largest marathons.  Here are the top 10 marathons in the US according to 2012 registrants.

1. New York ING Marathon – 47,000

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2. Chicago Marathon – 37,455

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3. Honolulu Marathon – 24,413

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4. Marine Corps Marathon – 23,515

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5. Boston Marathon – 21,544

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6. LA Marathon- 18,729

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7. Walt Disney World Marathon – 13,467

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8. Philadelphia Marathon – 11,553

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9. Twin Cities Marathon – 8,781

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10. Houston Marathon – 7,637

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Jul 12

12 Amazing Vacation Spots for Runners (how many have you ran?)

Planning a family vacation this summer?  Don’t let that stop you from getting a stellar family workout, hike, jog, or picture.  Here are our choices for the top 12 running trails you should visit as a family during your summer vacation!

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1. McKenzie River Trail – Eugene, OR

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A fun place for the kids to hike with bridges winding paths and plenty of hiking, biking, and running trails.

2. Appalachian Trail – Georgia

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With 2,179 mils of trail you will have an easy time finding a great place to run here.

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3. Kalalau Trail – Kauai, Hawaii

11 miles of picture perfect beach running.

4. Poison Spider Mesa – Moab Utah

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11 miles of picture perfect beach running.

4. Poison Spider Mesa – Moab Utah

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A beautiful 13 mile loop for the more adventurous family.

5. Tahoe Rim Trail – Incline Village, Nevada

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165 mile trail with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe.

6. Alafia River State Park – Brandon, Florida

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Creek crossings, ponds, swamps, and more!  A fun adventure for families.

7. Ice Age National Scenic Trail – LaGrange, Wisconsin

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Green pastures and rolling hills covering a total of 1,200 miles.

8. Palo Duro Canyon State Park – Canyon Texas

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120 miles long and 800 feet deep, this is the second largest canyon next in the US to the Grand Canyon. A fun and challenging place to run.

9. Shut – In Trail – Asheville North Carolina

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18 mile trail with a challenging 3000 foot climb.

10. John Muir Wilderness – Bishop California

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212 mile trail with inspiring views of mountains, trees, valleys, lakes, and rivers.

11. Central Park – New York, New York

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With miles of trails a great place to enjoy city and fitness.

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12. Golden Gate Park – San Francisco, CA

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With so much to see and do this makes the perfect destination for families.

Do you have a favorite running destination we didn’t include?  Share it below!

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Jul 08

15 CRAZY Things Runners Say When They Talk to Themselves During Races

Runners are kinda strange people.  I can say that. . . I’m a runner.

We talk to ourselves.  I mean what else are we supposed to do during a 3, 4, or 5 hour race.

Here are the top 15 crazy things we say when we talk to ourselves during races.  Did I miss one? Share it below in the comments.

1. Seriously . . How the Hell is HE Passing Me?

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2. Smashing Water Cups Feels Pretty Bitchn’

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3. Yeah, I Should Have Worn the Band-Aids

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4. These Dumb Things Only Hold Like 1oz of Water . . . Now I Have to Carry This Belt for 24 More Miles

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5. I Paid HOW MUCH for This?

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6. Chicks Dig Marathoner

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7. Yeah . . . But I DO Get The FREE Shirt Right?

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8. The Race STARTS at Mile 20

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9. Dang . . .Everyone Else Is Wearing a Watch . . . Just Look at Wrist and Act Like I’m Pushing Buttons

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10. Maybe I Should Buy Shorter Shorts

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11. Hmm . . . Guess I Should Have Gotten Here Earlier

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12. Crap . . . I Should Have Used the Porta Potty 3 Miles Back

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13. So THIS Is “The Runners High”

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14. The Medal Better Be HUGE . . and My Friends Better be Jealous

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15. NEXT DAY: “Why Am I Signing Up For Another Race?”

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Jul 07

5 Tips for Finding the PERFECT Running Partner

For those runners who like running with a buddy  . . . you know how hard it can be to find the right running partner.

They are either too slow, too fast, not motivated enough, TOO motivated . . . or you just don’t get along.

I have always enjoyed running alone but Sandi kinda thrives on running with a partner.  When we first started dating we began to run together  . . . but this presented a big challange for us.

I was running an 18 minute 5k and Sandi was running over 30 minutes.    We had to get creative about running together and eventually more creative to help Sandi find running partners that were a perfect fit.

5 Surefire Places to Find a Running Partner

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  1. Meetup.com: Yes Yes . . . I know it sounds like a place for singles to meet and hang out, but Meetup is actually far different than that.  It is a place for people to post conferences, get together, and social gatherings for individuals with similar interests. Using this tool I was able to find over a dozen running or triathlon groups within 10 miles of my house.  There is a simple search function on the site and once you find a group you are interested in it is easy to learn more details about the group or to learn about upcoming meetings or runs.
  2. Facebook: Midst 374 invitations to play Candy Crush, and updates about all your friends babies . . . Facebook can actually be a productivity tool as well believe it or not.  With Facebook you can easily find out who of your local friends are runners . . . you can post on your page that you are looking for a running buddy and within no time you will have a partner.  You can also find virtual running groups where you can post your workouts and find motivation from your buddies.   BY using the search box and simply typing in “Running Group” you will be able to find events, groups, pages, and more that will guide you in the right direction.Screenshot-2014-07-07-16.32.26-e1404768953401
  3. Running Clubs:  RRCA or Road Runners Clubs of America is the top resource for finding a local running club near you.  Simply go to their site here click on your state and viola you will have a nice list of various running clubs in your area.  Generally these groups have free events you can attend to meet other runners and find a few that are about your pace.  Once you have a nice little buddy or group that run your pace you can plan training runs with them aside form the running group.  Its a great way to find a partner and friends that share your love for running.Screenshot-2014-07-07-16.38.31-e1404769455306
  4. Mans Best Friend: yes, a dog can be the perfect running partner . . . they won’t complain, they will always be ready on time, weather won’t stop them from going . . . and they will love you for taking them.  You don’t even need a HUGE dog to do this.  We had a little 10 pound yorkie a few years ago that was able to outrun me in a 5k.  With a bit of practice if a small lazy dog can enjoy running with you.  Researchers from University of Michigan found that on average dog owners are nearly twice as active and healthy as non dog owners: “Nearly half of dog walkers exercised an average of 30 minutes a day at least five days a week. By comparison, only about a third of those without dogs got that much regular exercise”. New York Times
  5. The Track: Most towns have a High School or Middle school track with a nice field, track, and bleachers to do your workout on.  The benefit of running on a track is that running partners of different skill and speed levels can workout together.  We have a FREE GUIDE to Bleacher Workouts that you can download HERE

Finding a Track to Run On 

While it is hard to find a complete and accurate list of all school that have a track open to the public . . this tool here is great for finding local schools.  You an then either drive by or call them to determine if their track is open for use.

Likewise you can make a phone call to your local school district and ask if or when school tracks are open for use.

High School Finder

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A huge benefit to track workouts is that you will generally find several other people out there running on the track each night.  Makes a great way to build accountability, friendships as you meet local runners, and a chance to find a running partner.

3 Benefits to Running with a Partner

Motivation:

In a recent study at the University of Santa Clara, researchers found that:

Exercising with someone more fit than oneself could promote a higher intensity workout,  participants gravitate towards the exercise behaviors of those around them. Even when all participants, regardless of experimental conditions, were instructed to exercise at a moderate level and keep their pulse rates within a particular range, they mimic the exercise behavior of their exercise partner.  -Journal of Social Sciences

 

 

So if you are wanting to AMP up your workouts . . find someone who is at an intensity and commitment level above yours.  This individual will lift your behavior and aid in elevating your workouts as you mimic their intensity.

Entertainment:

I don’t generally like working out with others . . . but when I do it is primarily for entertainment purposes.  Having a partner is a great way to break up the mundane miles and hours of running.   Even just jogging with your kids can help with this.

Every now and then it is good to get out of your own head and just talk with a friend.

Accountability:

Being open with another individual (friend, family, child) can help to create accountability.  Letting someone else know about your goals and asking for them to follow up will get you out the door on slow days.

Conclusion

By following these simple tips you will find yourself a workout partner in no time.  Do you have a partner that keeps you going? How did you find your workout buddy?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Jul 02

10 Grossest Things about Running (that no one tells you about)

1. Porta-Potty Paradise

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Pre-race lines for porta potties would make you think these little green toilets are gold lined and have silk toilet paper. If you want to go potty before a race you better plan on arriving to a race about 6 hours early to claim your spot in line.

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2. Running Red (chaffing, diaper rash, jock itch)

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I thought diaper rash was for babies?  After my first marathon I couldn’t figure out what was happening to me . . . then I discovered the miracle of Vaseline and Destine. Runners love to slather this goop on like there is no tomorrow.

3. Medals of Honor (massive post race blistering)

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If you have ever spent time with a marathoner, the topic of blisters has come up.  But we don’t just talk about them . . . we compare.  The winner is the idiot who had the biggest blister . . . P.S. I beat my wife!

4. Um . . . . bleeding nipples

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Ever see a guy run his first marathon. He is easy to spot. He will be the one with blood gushing down his shirt where his nipples used to be.

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5. Marathon Pedicure (toenails falling off)

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A runners favorite nail polish color is black and blue . . . then its no nail!  Don’t worry they do grow back.

6. Snot Rockets (who needs Kleenex)

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We have learned to master the art of shooting snot from our noses.  One of the joys of running is watching the newbie learn the skill.

7. Nectar of the Gods (GU energy gel)

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What could be more delicious than nectar thick carbohydrates in the flavor of “cardboard and sandpaper”.  These little packets of joy are perfect for making it impossible to swallow or talk for the next 3 miles.

8. Who needs Porta-Potties (yeah . . . we pee our pants a little bit)

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Where else can adults pee their pants and no one points and laughs.  All in the name of shaving 20 seconds off the time my friend!

9. Runners Trots ( . . . and sometimes we poop a little bit too)

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So . . . I guess a few people didn’t arrive in time to wait in the 6 hour porta potty lines!!!

10. Dehydration . . . Overhydration . . . Heat Stroke

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You will either drink to little, drink to much, or run when its way to damn hot!  No worries . . . it will make a sweet story on your next training run!

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Jul 02

14 Must Have Accessories for Your Triathlon Bike (ultimate guide to bike accessories)

Biking is the most time consuming portion of any triathlon both in distance and in time. Learning all the ins and outs of how to tri bike can be an enormous challenge . . . add to that learning how to fuel yourself on the bike, how to change a tire, what the best water bottle is, etc only adds to that stress. No worries, we have compiled this list of the top triathlon bike accessories so that you don’t need to waste your time surfing the web.

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 1. Ibera Extra Lightweight Alloy Bottle Cage

At only 29 g, this ultra-thin bottle cage is the one of the lightest bottle cages on the market. It is made from heat-treated aluminum alloy, which gives it the feather light weight. A typical bottle cage will weigh anywhere between 40g to 70g, nearly triple the weight of this one. It may be light, but still has to hold a bottle with ease. The unique oval design supports and strengthens its hold. The bottle will be securely in place while riding. This cage is perfect for in town riding or touring. It comes in two glossy finishes and two matte finishes. The dimensions of this cage are 4.5″ x 3″ x 3.5″. This one should not be used for rough road riding.

2. Profile Design Legacy Aerobar

The Aerobar is flowing proficiency, extremely lightweight, and provides great comfort. The Profile Design Legacy Clip-On Aerobar is created with a unique split extension and is a perfect addition for triathlon bikes. It has short armrest connections and can be customized into three mounting positions. The Legacy keeps things a step ahead, as the bars can be mounted to fit a person’s body type. It is a great alternative to the high cost bars carried by most bike shops.

3. Genuine Innovations Ultraflate Plus Tire Inflater

This tire inflator works with all CO2 cartridges. It doesn’t matter if it is threaded or unthreaded. A safety features includes a great trigger lock. This helps to prevent accidents and activation when unnecessary. Simply push on when using on a Presta and screw it on when using a Schrader. This pump is really simply to use, anyone can do it. To use, place the CO2 cartridge in the cup. Next, screw on the head and attach to valve. Lastly, unlock the safety latch and attach it to the valve stem. Simply pull the trigger and the air will be released. This inflator is so quick and easy, it ensures the rider will be back to riding in no time. Just what any triathlon rider needs for quick repairs on the road.

4. Multi-Function Bike Multi-tool Bicycle Tool Patch Kit 

This multifunctional bicycle tool allows bikers security that while they are on the road, they can take care of any issue. It comes with a patch kit and tire levers. All of this fits nicely in a carry bag. The 16 in one tool comes with Allen Keys ranges 2-6 and wrenches in 8, 10 and 15. The carrying case has a belt loop so that it can be easily transported. Of course no kit would be complete without the Phillips and Flat head screwdrivers.  Without a multi function tool it will be almost impossible to complete your tri bike accessories kit.

5. Continental 42mm Presta Valve Tube

The Continental standard valve tube is made to fit presta. The German made tube is seamless and has 42mm value length. Designed for 650c wheels, this tube fits most 18-25mm tires. This design offers roundness and enhanced reliability at the valve stem. Created with a butyl tube compound, it’s one of the best on the market.

6. Michelin Lithion 2 Road Tire

This 2 road tire is smooth and puncture resistant. It provides a comfortable ride and is 10 grams lighter than most tires. It has folding bead and overlapped 60 tpi. It is a great option for those who are on the road allot and need dependability.

7. Waterproof Bicycle Cycling Frame Pannier Front Tube Bag

Every biker knows that a tube bag is essential. This one is made from water resistant polyester and even has a clear PVC pouch for a mobile phone. The bag is reflective for night riding and can adjust to any bike type. Durable and roomy, this bag is a must have for the long distance biker.

8. Bicycle Bike Bag Top Tube Triangle Bag 

Storage space is always an issue when doing a triathlon but not anymore. The triangle saddle bag is water resistant and roomy. It will attach to the bike without any tools. It has a nice foam lining and a reflective strip for night riders. Made from water resistant polyester, it is an inexpensive option for storage.

9. BV Bicycle Strap-On Saddle Bag / Seat Bag

The Strap-on Saddle bag will easily attach to either the seat or post of the bike. It will hold keys, tools and patch kits. There are two sizes, medium and large and are completely expandable. It comes with reflective trimming for enhanced visibility at night. The taillight hangers provide the rider with additional safety, and they can attach large tools too.

10. 100 12 Function Cyclocomputer

Every biker needs a Cyclocomputer. They are not only affordable, but versatile. This one has twelve functions and is simple to install. Its water resistant nature makes having it outdoors no worries. It will not only track the current and average speeds, but also the distance and miles per hour. With a slew of options, this is a must have for the biker whose serious about their times.  This is one of the most needed important triathlon bike accessories you will ever buy.

11. Bell Javelin Time Trial/Triathlon Helmet

The newest portion in Bell’s speed successions is the helmet known as Javelin. It has an aerodynamic fuselage, and is intended to be both fast and ventilated for the rider. Fitting is easy with the ear flaps that make getting it on and off quick and easy.

12. Venzo Road Bike Cycling Bicycle Shoes & Pedals

Cycling Shoes are a must for the serious biker. These shoes have award-winning technology that helps to enhance performance. The quick dry material is breathable. The shoe is designed to be low-cut, as well as fast to get on and off. The flexible forefoot makes this a great shoe for biking.

13. Graber Mag Indoor Bicycle Trainer

Adding resistance enhances the workout. This one has three difference levels to choose from, all with a PVC roller. It comes with a one year warranty and is the same amount of resistance used with Cycle Ops trainers.  This bike trainer is perfect for days that are too hot or too cold.  A great tri bike accessory for the serious trainer.

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