There have been a number of times that I've wanted to give you quick tips. For example, put chain lube in an old eyedropper bottle to carry a very small container of lube in your hydration pack on the mountain bike.
Other times, I've wanted to connect you to a cool site such as http://www.velocal.org/. This is a website dedicated to helping people schedule group rides, though you could use it for group runs as well. I've used it for at least a couple of years now. It's a free site, that takes donations to keep rolling. You can make your group ride public or private.
My group ride is public, anyone can join the group without my permission. When I post a ride to the calendar, everyone gets a notice. Then 24 hours before the ride, a reminder notice is sent. Any member of the group can post a ride as well. People can reply to the ride posting and you can see a list of people that intend to join in on the ride. The settings are customizable so you can have as much or as little control over the information as you please. Check it out to see if it might fit your group needs.
Often, it is the quick-hitting tip I want to give you that ends up slipping through the cracks. Current items end up on the blog and more in depth features end up becoming columns. Most of you know I regularly write at least three columns for the Active Network newsletters - usually cycling and triathlon; but often others as well.
So I can give you those quick tips, I've established a Twitter account. Those of you that regularly use Twitter already know how to follow my postings. Those of you new to Twitter (it's free), can easily set up an account and begin "following" me. On my Twitter you will not find more than a couple of posts per day and you NOT will see me posting items such as "I've had lunch, yum!" I know people use it for this type of chatter, but not me.
Twitter: Short tips relating to all endurance athletes, my personal workouts (Some people have inquired about my training for the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, which includes swimming and running. I will post my workout routine and any pertinent details for those that are interested.) and stuff I find to be interesting or fun. My dog Meeka is currently featured on the main page. She's a Rhodesian Ridgeback that believes she is human. In the photo, she is sitting on a high countertop bar stool, helping me work on a chapter of my book.
This blog: Photos, adventures and current events that require more than 140 words.
Columns: Information that is good for training purposes and my goal is to have the columns written so that you want to reference them more than once, as well as send them to your friends. Many clubs ask if they can post my columns as part of their web page or in a newsletter and I'm happy to have you do that - just two requests, please: 1) Include a link back to the original Active Network column and 2) include my bio as it appears at the bottom of the column.
My goal, as always, is to give athletes information to help them get the most from training and racing. I want you to "win", to help you be the best endurance athlete you can be. With the three tools mentioned in this blog, my intention is to improve the delivery of that information.
Feedback is welcome and the best place to post is right here ~