Hey everyone, Trish and Toby here. This month we've created a guide to our best seasonal articles to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the holidays. No matter what your active passion may be, we've got you covered.
With holiday feasts right around the corner and weather that can diminish our motivation to train, it is not uncommon to pack on a few extra pounds this time of year. Active Expert Charles Stuart Platkins article, The Diet Detective: Fall Into Healthy Eating Habits, offers valuable tips for maintaining fitness without a compromise in performance at winter races and ensures a return to peak form in the spring.
Have you ever heard the saying, athletes are made in the off season? Now's the time to target your weaknesses and build proper technique and habits to lead into a successful racing season. Check out Boost Your Endurance in 7 Simple Steps and get the most from your off-season training.
Basketball season is upon us and its time for fundamental workouts with and without the basketball. Mississippi State basketball coach, Sharon Fanning, shares a 45-minute Workout that will developing confidence, coordination, strength, timing, and stamina on the hardwood.
Indoor Climbing Gyms Offer Year-round Fun Fitness and a nice break from the treadmill and stationary bike routine. Dont let the winter elements take you off belayutilize indoor climbing gyms to build stamina and confidence in a controlled environment. When the weather warms enough to head outdoors, youll be in peak condition.
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Check out Sacramento Winter Softball Camp by Olympic gold medalists Tairia Flowers and Natasha Watleyto hone your softball skills at the plate and in the field. Focus will be on increasing offensive power, slapping techniques, defensive fundamentals and pitching development. This camp will also feature practice-structure tips and drills along with valuable college recruiting advice from the pros.
Take advantage of The Classic Y-100, one of the last century rides of the year on November 25 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Crank out 100 in this inaugural ride that promises a beautiful route leading north along the Intracoastal waterway through parks and along the Atlantic coast. This event features a great safe route for beginners as well as 65- and 35-mile routes.
Folks in Southern California have already begun to register for the 2008 Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon on January 20. This was Tobys first half marathon back in 2006 and he recommends it for runners of all abilities because of the fast course and beautiful ocean view.
See your training bear fruit at the oldest Ironman-distance triathlon held in the continental United States. Check out one of five 2008 Vineman events: Ironman 70.3, full Vineman, sprint tri at sundown, women's half or Aquabike during this weekend-long triathlon celebration.
On Sunday I got to scratch another thing off of my life to-do list as I completed my first century ride. I pedaled on my bike all day; one hundred miles from Evanston, Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin and back.
I was in the saddle by around 9:30am on a chilly morning and on my way north. The first 20 miles flew by and I was at the first rest stop before I knew it. I refilled on Gatorade, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a banana that was provided for the riders while I chatted with a few fellow riders.
I kept up a good pace and found a riding buddy who was riding about the same speed to take us to the half way point and another rest stop. By this point in the day it had warmed up nicely into the 70s and was perfectly sunny. I took my time at the rest stops and at this one in particular I chatted for a few minutes on my phone before turning around and heading back towards Chicago.
The North Shore Century route took riders right by an outdoor velodrome and I couldn't pass it up, so I wished my riding buddy a good rest of the ride, rolled in and gave it a spin. Those banks seem a lot steeper when you are riding around in there.
The next stretch of the ride was by far the highlight of the whole day. We passed through the little, quiet lakeside town of Kenosha, Wisconsin and stuck within sight of Lake Michigan for approximately the next 25 miles. I pulled over every now and then to snap several photos, all of which look a lot like this one:
At the next rest stopabout 73 miles into the rideI learned that my riding buddy from earlier had SAG-ed in and didn't complete the century. I hope he wasn't injured, but if I had to guess why he called it quits I think it was because his original intention was to do the metric century (100 km or 62 miles) and he made a decision at the last minute when the metric century and the full century courses split to go for the 100 miles. He probably figured if it got tough after 62 miles he could quit and still feel like he completed his ride. Not me. I did the exact opposite four years ago--intentioned to complete the full 100 miles and ended up deciding mid-ride that it would be best to go for the 62-mile route. This time around I was going to finish it all.
The last 25 miles were pretty tough. My toes had started to go numb and my lower back was aching. I started looking at my watch and the map more often, continuously calculating my estimated time of finishing. I encountered a freight train that was moving extremely slow and blocking my way. When I was able to continue riding, it was difficult to get my body moving again. A veggie omelet with cheese from the Deluxe Diner dominated my thoughts as I slowly but steadily knocked off the miles of the last leg of the century ride.
I signed up for a long day on the bike and that is definitely what I got!
A little while ago I signed up for the North Shore Century to take place September 16.
I did this ride the fall of my sophomore year in college with intentions of completing the 100 mile route. Not too long into the rideon a mountain bike, coming off 3.5 months of near complete inactivity due to a serious shoulder surgery and incurring a flat tireI decided I'd shoot for the metric century instead (100k / 62 miles). I finished after a long, slow day in the saddle.
The ride takes place just north of Chicago's city limits in Evanston, IL. Starting and ending in a park on Lake Michigan just off of Northwestern University's campus, it winds its way north towards the Wisconsin border and back through beautiful suburbs and countryside. I'm looking to complete the 100-mile ride this time around and finish strong. Gotta make the "Last Ride of Summer" a good one!
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