I wanted to reach out to you with another idea of how the shave oil can be used, “Beard Oil”.
As you can see, I’ve been working on growing a beard. That is my beard mentor, and overall great guy, Robert “The Beard” Marion, of the American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team. I won’t ever get to his beard level, but he was my inspiration to give it a shot.
Anyways, I found I had two issues with growing the beard, dry flakey skin, aka beard-druff, and hairs that had a mind of their own. I started to look into beard oils, and saw some ingredients that I remembered from the shave oil. Jojoba is one in particular that I see often. I decided to give it a try, and after two days, I have to say I like it. My skin already feels like it is retaining more moisture, and the beard-druff is just about eliminated. The oil also does a good job at taming those fly-away hairs, and it has the pleasant aroma that I missed from not using the oil to shave.
I’m going to jump out to the article, and add a section about using it as a beard oil.
Hope everything is going well for you, and keep me updated on anything new and exciting at Sportique Brands.
Bike World News
Rider: Don Massonne Team: Schenectady Cycling Club / HRRT Race: The Hardcore 24 Location: Ontario Park Napes, NY Race Date: July 26-27, 2014 Results: I Had a blast!
I’ve watched the Gripped Film cycling movie, 24 Solo 37 times and I just don’t get the interviews: Travis Brown, “I’m never going to find out how fun 24 hour racing is…”; Todd Wells, “I can barely finish a 20 minute short track let alone a 24 hour race…”; and Alison Dunlap, “24 hour racing is something I’d never do again… not for a million dollars… the people who do that are crazy…”
If you were anything like me in your younger years…your skin care regime consisted of a shower with whatever soap was on sale. For dry skin ,any lotion that had a nice bottle and a good scent would do. Well, with age comes wisdom and the awareness that everything we put in and on our body is going to effect our health. All of us here at www.SportiqueBrands .com want to encourage you to START READING LABELS for yourself, your children and your loved ones.
The following list defines what to steer clear of for a more healthy life:
DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)
These three hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing agents — research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer. They are commonly found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths and facial cleansers.
Phalates and Parabens
Banned by the European Union in 2003, phthalates and parabens are a group of chemicals commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They keep hairsprays sticky and bacteria and keep fungus out of things like nail polish and perfume. Both have been shown to be carcinogenic and particularly linked to breast cancer.
FD&C Color Pigments
Most FD&C color pigments are made from coal tar and studies show that almost all of them are carcinogenic.These are found in products such as foundation or eyeshadow. Many of these pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation, or even oxygen depletion in the blood. FD&C Red #4 is no longer available for use in foods because of a known threat to the adrenal glands and urinary bladder.
“Fragrance” is a euphemism for nearly 4,000 different ingredients. Most “fragrances” are synthetic and are either cancer-causing or otherwise toxic. Exposure to fragrances has been shown to affect the central nervous system. “Fragrances” are found in most shampoos, deodorants, sunscreens, skincare and body care products.
Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin
These are formaldehyde donors, which means that they are derivatives of the formaldehyde, which is what scientists and morticians use to preserve corpses and body parts. (Remember dissecting frogs in school?) These chemicals are linked to allergies, chest pain, chronic fatigue, depression, dizziness, ear infections, headaches, joint pain, loss of sleep, and can trigger asthma. They can weaken the immune system, and, surprise surprise, cause cancer. Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin are used in skin, body and hair products, antiperspirants and nail polish.
Quarternium-15 commonly causes allergic reactions and dermatitis, and breaks down into formaldehyde. Quarternium-15 is used as a preservative in many skin and hair care products.
Isopropyl Alcohol is used in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotion and aftershave lotions as well as in your car’s antifreeze and shellac! Scientists believe that it has the ability to destroy intestinal flora, leaving the body’s major organs open to parasites, and thus to cancers. Beyond attacking the intestinal flora, isopropyl alcohol can cause headaches, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, and coma.
Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative that coats the skin like saran wrap, which prevents the skin from breathing, absorbing and excreting. It also slows the skin’s natural cell development, causing the skin to age prematurely. Note that baby oil is 100% mineral oil – and 100% bad for your baby’s sensitive skin.
PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
PEG’s are most commonly used in spray-on oven cleaners and in many hair and skin products. PEG’s main fuctions are to dissolve oil and grease. Thus, on the body, they take the protective oils off the skin and hair, making them more vulnerable to other toxins.
Propylene Glycol is the active ingredient in antifreeze. It is also used in makeup, toothpaste and deodorant. Stick deodorants have a higher concentration of PG than is allowed for most industrial use! Direct contact can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. The EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with it. And yet, the FDA says we can put it in our mouths!!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are the most toxic ingredients on this list. When used in combination with other chemicals, they can form nitrosamines, a deadly class of carcinogen. They are used to clean engines, garage floors and at car washes. AND still the most popular ingredients for makeup, shampoo and conditioner and toothpaste. Exposure causes eye damage, depression, diarrhea and many other ailments.
This is a synthetic antibacterial ingredient that has been compared to nothing less than Agent Orange. The Environmental Protection Agency registers it as a pesticide, highly toxic to any living organism. It is also classified as a chlorophenol. In other words, it is in a cancer causing chemical class. Triclosan disrupts hormones, can affect sexual function and fertility and may foster birth defects. Triclosan has been linked to paralysis, suppression of the immune system, brain hemorrhages, and heart problems. It’s widely used in antibacterial cleansers, toothpaste, and household products.
Talc has been linked to ovarian and testicular cancer. It can be found in makeup, baby and adult powders and foundation.
Petrolatum is a petrochemical that contains two well-known carcinogens: Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene. As you might imagine from a petroleum derivative, petrolatum prevents the skin from breathing and excreting.
At www.sportiquebrands.com WE PROMISE our products will never contain any harmful and toxic chemicals and only fresh natural fragrances and ingredients. We dare you to read the labels of your skin care products now that you are informed…
It takes training, determination and time to properly prepare for a triathlon. But on race day, you also need to be aware of a variety of tricks and tips to ensure you have a good, efficient race. SportiqueBrands.com is here to help.
The following swim, bike and run tips were collected from a variety of triathlon event veterans.
Before Race Day
Practice a dry run of each race transition to check your gear organization.
Make sure your bike is tuned up. Put new tubes on your tires if they’re old.
Make sure your fitness monitor has a battery that won’t quit during the race. (See the REI Expert Advice article, Fitness Monitors: How to Choose, for monitor options.)
Label all of your gear with an indelible marker. Write your name and phone number on the inside of your running and biking shoes, on the tag inside your wetsuit, inside your helmet, etc.
If required by race organizers, put reflective tape on your running gear.
Two nights before, try to get a good night of sleep—that’s when you’re most likely to get quality sleep.
Make sure your toenails are clipped.
Avoid using new gear (e.g., clip-on pedals) for the first time on race day.
Make sure you know the directions to the race start.
Study the course so you know what to expect. Where are the turns, uphills, downhills or flats? How many aid stations? Where are they located?
The Night Before
Organize your gear: Lay everything out and go through your checklist. Then put related items in separate bags for easier sorting. Example:
Swim/morning bag. What you need for the swim is in this one; put any extra clothing you will wear in the morning in it, too.
Bike gear bag.
Bike special-needs bag. This is what you’ll want out on the course for lube, food or drink.
Run gear bag.
Run special-needs bag.
Put all of these bags into your transition bag.
Eat normally: Don’t start eating new things; stick with the foods you usually eat. Try to have some protein (chicken, fish, turkey), a little healthy fat (avocados, nuts, olives) and a lot of carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans). Note: It’s best to eat this way for 3 days before your event.
Get some sleep: Go to bed early. If you’re nervous about waking up in the morning, set multiple alarms (alarm clock, watch, cell phone, wake-up call) for a more relaxed and peaceful sleep.
Morning of the Race
Eating: Eat something. As with the previous night’s meal, eat the same foods your body is used to eating, and eat at least 2 hours before the race so the food can digest. Oatmeal, pasta, baked potatoes, pancakes and muffins are good choices. A beverage high in carbohydrates is a good alternative if you have problems with eating and digesting foods before a race.
Clothing: It’ll probably be cool in the morning, so dress in layers. Swimsuit, compression clothing and/or tri suit, light shirt, sweatshirt, sweatpants and hat.
Arrival: Get there about an hour before the race, and remember where you parked your car. If transition spots are not pre-assigned, the earlier you get there the better choice you’ll have in selecting a spot. Plus, it can be fun talking to the other athletes.
Check in: Take your number with you to the officials and get marked. If it’s a USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned race, make sure you have your membership card and photo identification.
Special needs bags: These bags should contain items you may need or want; they will be placed at the halfway point of the bike and run. Contents usually include food, liquids, lubricants and clothing. Take the bags to the race volunteers who will get them to the appropriate place for you on the course.
Transition deadline: Make sure you know what time the transition area closes. You want to have all your gear there and set up before it does.
Setting Up the Transition Area
Get familiar with the transition area and be sure your gear is set up efficiently. This will help ensure a quick transition between the first transition (T1) from swim to bike and the second transition (T2) from bike to run.
If you can choose your own spot, look for one at the end of a row and close to the exit. This is usually a good location for the bike exit.
Make your spot visually distinctive—with a balloon, bandana, flag, ribbon or funky towel—so it’s easy to find.
Memorize your spot by walking from the water’s edge to the T1 transition area. Take note of landmarks to help find your bike.
Set Up Your Gear for T1 and T2
Space is limited. Bring only what is necessary.
Lay your items on an open towel so you can stand on it and wipe your feet clean and dry while putting on your helmet.
Open the straps on your cycling shoes.
Clothing and socks don’t go well onto wet bodies, so roll your socks down to the toes to put them on easier. Do the same with sleeves or other clothing you might put on.
Set the socks in your shoes.
Attach the race number to the bike frame, helmet and the clothing you’ll be wearing for the bike and/or run. Don’t fold or cut it—you could get a penalty.
Tip: Use a race belt to attach race numbers. It’s quick to put on and good for both the bike and run (plus, no safety pins). Wear it so the number is visible in back for the bike, and then rotate it to the front for the run.
Place your helmet with straps out and upside down on the aero bars.
Put your sunglasses into the helmet with arms open so you can put the glasses on first, then the helmet.
Have a water bottle for rinsing your feet after the swim; you may want some sips during the transition, too.
If using a hydration belt, have the bottles filled and any energy food loaded.
If the weather if questionable, cover the gear with plastic.
Tip: Use a 5-gallon bucket as your transition bag—you can turn it upside down and use it as a stool for changing shoes.
Setting Up the Bike
Check for correct tire pressure using a floor pump.
Ensure the brake-release lever (which may be loosened to take a tire off) is set and not open.
If using a speed and distance monitor with an accelerometer as a sensor, be sure it’s attached properly to the bike hub.
Make sure the handlebar has end caps—you can get disqualified at an Ironman if they don’t.
Make sure your bike is racked so it comes off easily. If you can rack your bike so the front is pointed out, do so. It allows quicker exits and better visibility.
If using gloves, attach them to the handlebar with their hook-and-loop straps.
Make sure water bottles are filled with water or a nutrition drink and pull the spout open so it’s ready to use.
If using a bike computer, makes sure it’s reset and ready to go.
Put the bike in a low gear for starting out.
With small pieces of duct tape (or other adhesive), tape your energy gels to the tube of your bike in layers. Then you can rip one off and open it at the same time.
Tip: If using an aero-style bottle, be careful with energy drinks. Your bike can turn it into a sticky mess as it’s jostled while cycling.
An indelible marker (for writing your race number on your arm and leg).
A few band-aids and a travel-size antiseptic.
Waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more (use SPF 50 if you’re sun sensitive).
Tape for putting race number on bike.
Duct tape—it can always come in handy.
Safety pins for your number if you don’t use a race belt.
Toilet paper—with lots of people using portable toilets, the toilet paper tends to run out.
Timing chip—races provide one and a strap, but some people buy their own or at least have their own timing chip strap.
Put the timing chip on your left leg—on the right leg it could catch on the bike gears.
Have your watch or fitness monitor ready to go.
If using a speed and distance monitor with a foot pod, attach it securely to your running shoe.
Stay warm and hydrated.
Transition areas can get hectic during a race so make sure you know the flow of swim in, bike out, bike in and run out.
Try walking the transitions before the race starts.
If you have time for a warm-up, do it in reverse—run, bike and then swim.
Put on the goggles and adjust them to fit.
If it’s allowed, get in the water 10 minutes before you start to warm up and get used to the water.
Swim Gear Tips
A wetsuit makes you more buoyant and saves you time overall, even though it does take some time to take one off. Wetsuits are allowed and optional in water temperatures of 84°F or colder, but in higher water temperatures the USA Triathlon’s (USAT) governing board prohibits them.
If you are a minimalist or if the water temperature is above 84°F, the only necessity is a swimsuit. In Ironman races and USAT sanctioned races, you’ll need a USAT-approved wetsuit. See a complete list of approved wetsuit models.
Before putting on a wetsuit:
Allow plenty of time to get into the wetsuit and zip it up.
Lube yourself generously, applying from elbows to wrist, from knees to ankles and on the feet. Put some on the back of your neck to avoid rubbing burns.
Use lubes designed for triathletes. Regular petroleum jelly can degrade wetsuit material.
Putting it on:
Unzip the wetsuit.
Fold it down at the waist.
Slide a foot through 1 leg of the wetsuit, and then your other foot through the other leg.
Pull as much excess up as possible, pulling from the inside out.
Next, pull the wetsuit up around your waist and bring it up toward your neck.
Put a hand through 1 sleeve and then the other hand through the other sleeve, pulling up to the shoulders.
Reach behind, hold the zipper base with 1 hand and pull the zipper leash up with the other hand. If it’s a down zips, get someone to help you.
Tuck the ankle strap and timing chip under your wetsuit leg cuff.
Make sure the sleeve is over your wristwatch/fitness monitor.
Position the leash so it stays out of your way during the swim.
If you’re going to carry gel during the swim, stash it in a cuff or sleeve.
Tip: When putting on your wetsuit, put a plastic bag on each foot to make the wetsuit slide on easier. It looks funky but saves time. You can do the same with your hands.
It’s best to have 2 pairs of goggles—a clear pair for darker conditions and a tinted pair for sunny days. It’s also good to have a second pair on hand just in case a strap breaks.
Make sure they are sized correctly. The straps and lenses should be comfortable yet snug enough to keep water out.
To avoid getting goggles knocked off your head, put the straps under the cap.
Alternatively, use a swim mask instead of goggles for maximum visibility and comfort.
If the cap is supplied by the race, try it on beforehand.
Have an extra cap. They rip easily.
For more warmth, wear 2 swim caps. Just make sure the official race cap is on the outside.
If you’re bald or shave your head, a cap will go on easily. Otherwise:
Flatten short hair down. Put long hair into a ponytail.
Put your hands in the cap and spread it open as far as you can.
Pull the back of the cap over the back of your head and pull the front to your forehead while pulling down at the same time.
Pull it down overall and tuck into the cap any short ends of hair that are sticking out.
Survey the swim course. Will it go clockwise or counter-clockwise? Will the turn be left or right? Are there multiple buoys?
If there are 2 races, make sure you know which buoy is your target.
Try to gauge the sun angle and wear the appropriate goggle tint.
Look for landmarks around the buoys—trees, a large house, a dock, flags, etc. —to know where you are during the swim.
Position yourself accordingly. If you’re a strong swimmer, be in the front. If you are a beginner, stay to the side or behind faster swimmers.
Respect others’ space as much as you can.
If starting waist deep, dive forward, give a powerful kick and transition into the strokes.
If it’s a beach start, run to the water, dive in, use the ground to pull forward and then start stroking.
There is no way to avoid contact in the swim. Arms are flapping and feet are kicking, and someone may swim over you. Know it’s going to happen, be prepared and don’t panic. Stay calm and keep swimming.
Keep an eye on where you’re going so you don’t do any extra swimming.
To stay on course in poor visibility, stay close to the feet ahead of you (try not to hit them).
If your goggles come off, roll on your back, get them seated, roll back over and keep swimming. Keeping the body in the flat position is easier and faster than treading water.
When everyone moves in on a turn, it’s a big traffic jam. Be on the outside of the turn where there is less traffic and then work in as you go to the buoy. You’ll be less frustrated and may not need to break your stroke.
If you get tired and need a rest, find a lifeguard’s vessel, hang on and take a breather.
Tip: You’re going to get punched and kicked—don’t take it personally. You might do it to someone, too.
Leaving the Water
About 50 meters from shore, stop kicking from the hip and start bending your knees. Use your quads and hamstrings to prepare your legs for cycling.
When coming into shore, swim as far as you can. Once your fingers touch the ground, use it to pull yourself in farther. It’s easier and faster to glide in the water then run in waist-high water.
Once you hit the shore, leave goggles and cap on and start unzipping the wetsuit as you move to the transition area.
T1 Tips: Swim to Bike
Hopefully, you have checked out the swim-finish-to-transition area prior to the race. If so, you’ll know how far it is to the transition area and type of surface. If it’s a rough surface, you may want flip-flops off to the side and ready to grab.
Removing the Wetsuit
Cross your arms, grab the zipper tracks and pull the shoulders downward.
Take off and hold your goggles and swim cap with your left hand.
Use your right hand to hold the left zipper track and pull the left arm out of the sleeve while leaving the goggles and cap secured in the sleeve.
Then use your left hand to hold the right zipper track and pull the right arm out of the sleeve.
The suit will then be hanging down from your waist.
To get your legs out, push both your thumbs under one of the suit’s legs and slide it down over your ankle. Step on the leg while taking it off to help pull. Do it again with the other leg.
For most races, time is of the essence and athletes use a swim or triathlon suit for the entire race. In Ironman and some other long races where comfort is more important, there are changing tents for a complete clothing change.
Preparing for the Bike
The gear on your towel should all be sitting in the order you need it.
As you’ve been stripping off the wetsuit, you should be standing on the towel and wiping your feet. Make sure they are as clean as possible. Use a water bottle to rinse off any debris before putting on socks and/or shoes.
If you need more lubricant, put it on now.
Take your previously rolled-up socks out of the shoes and roll them on your feet.
Put socks and shoes on one foot at a time. If you have that 5-gallon bucket, now is when you can use it as a stool.
Put your sunglasses on first, then the helmet. This way they will be under the helmet straps and won’t get knocked off when you pull your helmet off in T2.
Make sure your helmet strap is buckled before getting on the bike so you don’t get disqualified.
Make sure you pass the mounting line before getting on your bike.
Your bike should be in a lower gear so it is easier to pedal when you start out.
If you’re using gloves, put them on once you’re pedaling and out of the transition area.
Tip: Use a saddle with gel or a gel seat cover for more comfort (especially if you wear swim shorts during the bike phase).
If you’re riding with other cyclists, remember to stay to the right until you want to pass.
Warn “on you left” when you are about to pass, then pass quickly and get in front of that cyclist.
When being passed, stay to the right and let the cyclist pass you.
If on trails, passing is more difficult and risky. Remember, safety first.
Have fun, wave, smile and cheer for people.
Thank your volunteers.
Nutrition and Hydration
Be sure to hydrate while you are cycling. Water is good, but an energy drink that replenishes carbohydrates and electrolytes is even better.
Keep 2 water bottles accessible in holders.
If you know ahead of time what type of energy drink will be provided at aid stations, practice with that beverage during your training so you are used to it on race day.
Especially for longer rides, you’ll want nutrition that is easily accessible.
On the Course
Ride single file except when passing.
Don’t draft behind other riders.
Be prepared. Make sure you have a spare tube, CO2 cartridges or a pump
Watch the road. Besides the normal road hazards, watch for water bottles that may accidentally have been dropped.
Know the location of aid stations.
Do some shoulder shrugs occasionally to relax your shoulders.
Finishing the Ride
When nearing the transition, downshift, up your cadence and start spinning to loosen up your legs for the run.
When coming in to T2, slow down and release shoe buckles to slip out of your bike shoes faster.
Know the location of the dismount line.
Remember where to park your bike in the transition area.
Know the exit location.
T2 Tips: Bike to Run
Reapply sunscreen if appropriate.
Again, if you have a 5-gallon bucket, use it as a stool.
Grab your hat and sunglasses (if wearing different ones for the run).
If you’re doing an Olympic or Ironman distance, use a hydration belt. It’ll keep snacks and fluids available when you want them, and then you can fuel up again at aid stations.
Try to relax and settle into a pace.
Keep hydrating as you go.
Stay focused. You have two-thirds of the race done!
Try doing a negative split run—start slower and get faster as the distance increases and as you loosen up from the ride.
Watch for traffic.
Smile and prepare yourself for the finish line picture!
At this point, everyone is tired and needs encouragement. Pass on the left; stay to the right if going slower.
If using the portable toilets, try to keep the line moving as fast as possible.
When using the aid stations, go to the middle or end instead of the beginning to help control congestion.
Throw trash away in the receptacles.
Thank your volunteers.
Keep moving up the finish chute; there are others behind you.
Get your finisher’s shirt and keep hydrating.
Keep walking to avoid cramping.
Refuel with a protein-rich food in the first 30 to 45 minutes of finishing.
On shorter races, do a cool down and some light stretching.
Get out of your running shoes, put on something comfortable and give your feet a rest.
Enjoy the finish line festivities.
If it’s allowed, have someone else pack up your gear while you’re out on the run. Otherwise, pack up your own gear and take it home.
The next day, go spin on the bike, walk around, swim, relax or get a massage—it all depends on the race distance, intensity and how you are feeling.
Give yourself a pat on the back and relish your accomplishment!
Avoiding Common Violations
You’ve worked hard and do not want to get penalized or disqualified from your race. Know your race rules.
Most Commonly Violated Triathlon Rules
Only helmets approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike.
Chinstraps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle.
course; variable time
No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used.
Variable time penalty
All equipment must be in the assigned bike corral.
Variable time penalty
The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space.
Variable time penalty
Bicycles must be returned to an upright position in assigned space.
Variable time penalty
No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant.
Variable time penalty
All bar ends must be solidly plugged.
Variable time penalty
No glass containers are allowed in the transition area.
Variable time penalty
Drafting: At least 3 bike lengths space between you and the cyclist in front. Once in the zone, pass within 15 seconds.
Variable time penalty
Position: Stay on the right unless passing.
Variable time penalty
Blocking: Riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass.
Variable time penalty
Overtaken: Once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear before attempting to pass again.
Variable time penalty
Follow the course and stay within coned lanes
Crossing a solid yellow center line is not allowed.
All traffic rules must be obeyed.
Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct is not allowed.
Headphones, headsets, walkmans, iPods, MP3 players or personal audio devices are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.
Variable time penalty
Must be worn at all times, not folded, cut or altered.
Variable time penalty
Do not transfer your number to another athlete or take a number from an athlete who is not competing.
1 year suspension
Personal equipment and belongings taken onto the course must stay with the athlete the entire time. Nothing can be thrown to the side of the road.
Variable time penalty
See the complete list of USAT Competitive Rules.
to properly prepare for a triathlon. But on race day, you also need to be aware of a variety of tricks and tips to ensure you have a good, efficient race.
The following swim, bike and run tips were collected from a variety of triathlon event veterans.
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I decided to attend the Kingdom trip on a whim, just because it sounded like a fun opportunity to spend time with the awesome people on the team. I had never gone mountain biking before, but figured it was a good reason to try it out. About two weeks before the trip, Andrew Rizzi helped me find a bike (he’s really good at finding deals on bikes). I rode it twice with some guidance from HRRT Elite/Bike Belles teammates and that was the entirety of my preparation. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
I arrived after the first day of riding because I ran the Firecracker 4 mile in Saratoga on the 4th of July (that is a race I prefer not to report on…), and was quickly welcomed with offers of food and rides. Heather helped me out quite a bit on the first group ride, and by the second loop I felt much more comfortable on the trails. I was nervous… mountain biking is nothing like road biking. I’m fine with bombing a hill at 45 mph, but going much slower with trees and cliffs two feet on either side is way scarier! The night was filled with BBQ and fireworks for the Fourth of July.
The next day we rode for 4+ hours straight and I started to gain some confidence. It was a great day spent with great teammates, including lunch on top of the mountain and a post-ride swim in the river. The trails and views were beautiful. I couldn’t believe the extent of the trail system up there. We had a friendly volleyball competition in the evening and I sure slept well after the long day.
Sunday was departure day, but we snuck in a morning ride up the mountain twice and back down. The work on the way up is certainly worth the fun on the way down!
Pine Bush Triathlon 2014
Last year at Pine Bush I finished in 1:03:00, so I set my goal this year to break an hour and maybe even the women’s course record of 59:32. I know have gotten much stronger on the bike, my run has maintained and my swim really couldn’t have gotten any worse. However, race day was just one of those days that my body didn’t feel up to the challenge. I got through the swim in a similar time to last year, but was very dizzy and fatigued when I got out of the water (and it’s a really short swim!)
The bike leg started out well and I was averaging over 23mph, which put me right on pace. Then, about halfway through the bike, a couple cyclists made a left-hand turn in front of me and I followed. Turns out they were just out for a ride and weren’t part of the race, so I had to slam on my brakes and turn around. With some time lost, I tried to get back up to speed after such a loss in momentum. I finally got back on pace with probably less than a minute lost, but when I turned onto the final road we were riding right into a very strong headwind. I tried to measure my effort and ignore my speed, knowing I still had to have legs to get through the run. I looked at my watch as I got off the bike and knew only a stellar run would put me under an hour.
My body was incredibly fatigued, as it has been for the past month or so, and I just didn’t have it in me. I was alone for the majority of the run with only a handful of teams and fast males ahead of me, so I just did what my body could do.
I was generally disappointed with my finish time (a few seconds slower than last year), but I was happy to be able to see my teammates finish strong.
Craig Tynan came in 2nd in the men’s race (hundredths of a second behind first!),
Jonathan Lazzara took 4 minutes off of his time from last year for a 5th place finish and
Katie Kurtessis placed second in her age group.
My time was good enough to get me a repeat win in the female race, but winning isn’t everything. This was a reality check for my diet and my training. I’ve since gotten back to eating more protein and more natural foods, and am focused on training for the rest of the summer so that I can race to my potential, feel fast & strong and improve further.
Thanks as always for supporting such a great group of people in all of our wild endeavors. I’m on to marathon training now and maybe another sprint tri or two throughout the rest of the summer… time to recover and get some base back.
This week’s blog is about a new solution to an old problem.
” How do we control our music while exercising?”
When cousins Ben Harris and Eric Ely went skiing together, they would often listen to music as they carved their way down the mountain. But they found it troublesome to take control of the tunes or the volume using the standard in-line remote found on most smartphone headphone cords.
The tiny dongles tend to be hard to use when wearing bulky gloves — that is, if you can even locate them beneath the layers of clothing.
When they started asking other skiers and boarders how they cope with the music control challenge, the answer surprised them. Many of these people had simply given up listening to music while enjoying their favorite sport. They found it was just too much hassle.
That’s how two cousins without any prior experience designing, manufacturing or marketing a product from scratch decided to build the GoGlove — a simple Bluetooth controller attached to embedded fingertip sensors. The controller gives you access to the major music playback features of your phone without ever taking your hands off your ski poles. Designed as a thin “inner” glove, the GoGlove can be worn on its own or under any pair of winter gloves.
VentureBeat spoke with founder Ben Harris to get a better idea of how the technology was being designed to stand up to the rigors of action sports like skiing and snowboarding:
“It’s been a big focus for us. We’re working with a design house to use wire that is essentially able to stretch to a degree. The wire is then sewn into the lining of the glove […] the ability of the wire to stretch impacts durability. [The design house] is making the module waterproof and fully encased and it will go through shock testing.”
The other area of concern was having normal finger and thumb contact causing unwanted music operations. To address this, Harris and his cousin developed an “activate” sensor in the middle of the palm. After initial pairing, the glove enters a very low energy sleep state. To wake it up and perform music controls, you must first tap the activate sensor. You then have up to 10 seconds before the GoGlove re-enters its sleep state. Any taps you perform during that 10-second window will extend the window by an additional 10 seconds.
Designed to work out of the box with both iOS and Android, Harris claims the GoGlove is compatible with all of the major music apps such as Pandora, Spotify, Songza etc., including the native music apps on both platforms.
Though the GoGlove isn’t the first product to address music control within an active sports context, it might be the most versatile. Burton has a set of gloves that offer similar functionality but it requires one hand to tap buttons on the opposite glove. Plus the gloves are only suitable for winter sports.
The real competition however is BearTek, which makes a line of gloves that use a control scheme very similar to GoGlove’s, involving taps of thumbs and fingers. But there are some key differences that set the GoGloves apart: BearTek gloves must be activated using the opposite hand and finger taps are executed using discrete zones on the first and second finger. The gloves and Bluetooth modules are sold separately, which drives up the price significantly. The cheapest glove+module combo will set you back $250. The modules (their are two varieties) are swappable but they also require a recharge after about 80 hours of use.
The GoGlove, by contrast, uses a Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) module. Though it can’t be used to answer phone calls (yet) it can be powered by a much smaller, user replaceable battery that will last for 6 months of daily use. Like the BearTek, Harris and Ely have designed the GoGlove’s Bluetooth module to be removable.
This will be useful if Harris and Ely achieve their second, $100,000 stretch goal. This would lead to a second product for warmer weather applications called the GoBand. It brings the same functionality of the GoGlove to a sweatband that can be worn on the wrist and features tappable buttons.
They’ve also promised to introduce an iOS and Android control app should they reach $60,000. This would let users customize the behaviors of the finger taps and allow Siri integration on an iPhone.
These guys have definitely “tapped” into a great idea, but this is their first attempt at creating a product. Unlike other Kickstarter projects driven by experienced teams, Harris and Ely have been actively working on the GoGlove only since January of this year. Their first prototype, which got its first real world test in March, looked very rough.
Harris and his cousin have no private backers and have sunk “less than $10,000” into the product themselves. Though this is their first commercially available product, Ely is apparently quite the maker and has created products for personal use over a decade’s worth of tinkering.
They’ve got 25 days to go and are already a third of their way to the $50,000 project goal. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to back the GoGlove, there are still over 100 pledges available at the $69 level — the starting pledge point to receive a pair of the GoGloves which Harris estimates will ship in December of this year, hopefully just in time for the 2015 ski season.
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Allison Springer, Future Olympian
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Allison’s classic position and strong fundamentals highlight her talent, poise, and partnership with the horse. Known for dedication and consistency, Allison has been recognized as a rider to watch by some of the biggest names in the sport. She’s been named to the United States Equestrian Team’s Training List, a proven training ground for national team riders, multiple times on multiple horses (most recently in 2013), and in addition to being short listed for the last Olympic Games, finished 3rd in the HSBC FEI Classics Series for 2012 (the highest placing ever by an American) following a second place finish at the Rolex CCI4*, and 6th place finish at the Burghley CCI4*! Allison actively competes across the country, trains and shows horses for clients, and teaches professional and amateur riders.
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Allison’s other hobbies include; tennis, skiing ( water and snow) and anything active outside!
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”
Allison is based in Upperville, Virginia for the majority of the year and in Aiken, South Carolina typically from January through April. All our best Allison !
Based in Upperville, Virginia, Allison Springer competes and coaches throughout the country. Recent accomplishments include:
9th place Jersey Fresh CCI*** 2014
Completed Rolex Kentucky CCI**** 2014
5th place Bromont CCI*** 2013
4th place Fair Hill CIC*** 2013
USEF East/West Travel Grant Recipient 2013
Tex Sutton Forwarding Company Travel Grant Recipient 2013
Named to the 2013 USEF High Performance World Class Training List
HSBC FEI Classics Series 3rd Place (Highest placing ever by an American)
Named as an alternate to the 2012 Olympic Team
Burghley CCI4* 6th Place 2012
Top Placing American Rolex Kentucky 4* 2012
Best Conditioned Horse Award (Arthur) Rolex Kentucky 4* 2012
2nd Place Rolex Kentucky 4* Event 2012 (Arthur)
Red Hills Advanced Division 1st place 2012 (Arthur)
Winning the 2011 Dubarry Best Dressed Award- 2011
Winning the Red Hills CIC3* event and Mercedes Award (Arthur)- 2011
Winning the Zeppa Award for best turned out pair at Rolex (Arthur)- 2008 & 2009
Reserve Champion Horse of the Year ( Destination Known)- 2009
Winning the American Eventing Championships (Pharoah’s Tale)
Reserve National Championship Young Event Horse (Folk Lore)
Recipient of multiple Ribbons and top placings at the CCI*, CCI** and CCI*** levels
Repeatedly names to the USET’s Developing Riders list
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Each month we try to bring you tips, tactics and tidbits from an inspirational influencer in the sports world – Nominate your friend, nominate yourself!
Together we can make a difference.”
Introducing… Enrique Cubillo. He is an innovator and entrepreneur in NYC, but can be found in both Orange County, NY and Northern NJ, or anywhere in between. He is the founder of SUSOIX®, a transport sport company, Innovators of the SkateBoard Spike® patented and creators of SpikeBoarding and SUS/ Stand Up Spike.
”My role is to make sure SUSOIX® fulfills its mission in helping to teach the society to BECOME THE MOTOR™ by at all times emphasizing the fact that the skill sets learned during transport sports are more important than anyone’s personal victory in any endurance race. Become the motor and pick up your groceries on a cargo bike. Go to school by longboard or high kick scooter. Take a one week stand up paddle camping trip down a river. SpikeBoard to work.
“How do you learn about new information for your job?
”Trashed newspapers on the street. The internet. Speaking to a stranger on a subway. When you deal in innovation it can come from anyplace. Learning information often requires slowing down and paying attention. Certainly you need to remain moving and move into places you know have relevant information but also it is just as important to go to places where you have no idea about anything or what might come of it. In this way we innovate. I am an innovator. I’ll do that until the day I die. Never become established in thought or place.”
“My entire diet all day is plant-based with an addition of lean protein and a concentration on the appropriate carbs for a balanced “calorie in – calorie out” exertion for that day. Rest requires less carbs than activity and muscle break down requires more protein. I like to eat my protein at dinner time. I eat what the body needs to get to the next function. Calorie in Calorie out. 85% of the time. 15% of the time I am humbled and privileged to be in the first world plus have the economic ability to eat for pleasure. All bets are off 15% of the time, watch your hands on the table! I’ll eat meat, pie, banana pudding, fat, you name it, party time, let the appetite mandate what it wants and what gets close to me 15% of the time. Never fast food. Grew out of that mindless corporate manipulation long ago. “
“What are your goals?”
“Being nice. Not hurting anyone. Accepting all people as they are and helping them to see answers to co
mplicated situations that may be hurting them and the environment by way of transport sports. ”To be content in the present moment. To satisfy my desire to help transition the “sports sector” towards an understanding of the sustainable qualities of transport sport education and lifestyle. To serve as an inspiration for aging athletes and to inform and educate about Atrial Fibrillation a heart compilation I suffer from.”
“Fitness- To maintain a balanced calorie in and calorie out during a wide variety of transport sports on water, wheels and snow. To maintain a balanced quantity of STRENGTH-ENDURANCE-BALANCE.
By way of transport sports (all lifelong sports that recreate and serve to transport) my company will be successful if we create a social design of “become your own epic” and “we recreate we commute”. Become The Motor™. I will consider myself a success when SUSOIX® begins to create this if only at a tiny level.
Next 5 years?
To maintain a balanced quantity of STRENGTH-ENDURANCE-BALANCE using transport sports.”
“What do you consider the biggest challenges to your personal success?”
“Overcoming any personal limits I may consciously or unconsciously set.”
“What are your most immediate needs in reaching your goals?”
At age 50, remaining healthy during the initial growth period of Spikeboarding until such time as 5 people in five cities are executing the sport as well as I am now. Our bodies are like a plant on your terrace. Tomorrow it can be sick and the next day gone. Such is this life we are gifted.”
What are your biggest work challenges?
“Social conformity participating along design resulting in unintended social consequences. Was it the intention of the National Football League to create a national tradition that women will never play in equal terms to that of men? A sport in which no one, for all intents and purposes, will never play after age 22? A sport that renders no skill set that helps pick up the groceries or transport us to work and school? People saying “No” without giving the time to fully understand the laws of physics and physiology is a very big challenge.” “Truth in its inner most parts and a constant need to respect the opinions of others.I am human and I am flawed, no matter the moment, it’s the only one I have in that instant. These qualifiers all have a time and a place and very powerful cause and effectual relationships, our awareness to them is what is important. I once was oblivious to when they occurred and now I am aware of how important it is to know the proper time and place for them.
FAVORITE PERSONAL QUOTE
“Form Function” A body in motion will tend to stay in motion. Nothing happens unless it moves.”
Cubillo believes in, “Wisdom over intelligence. Humility over arrogance in the face of indisputable facts as they are presented by the laws of the physical universe. Never say no and always ask why and what if…? Keep an open mind and a desire to use the body in transport sports for recreation and transportation.”
United States Cycling Federation Cat I racing/Certified Expert Coach TTT record holder 4 laps Central Park 50:20
Short Track Speed Skating on ice
Inline Speed Skating
Endurance Longboard Racing (world record holder 40 + Marathon Distance 26.2 miles)
Nordic Ski and Nordic Roller Ski
Flat Water Stand Up Paddle / Certified Coach
Stand Up Spike / first man to stand up 1200′ climb
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