Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Conquering Summits

Sometimes looking back at accomplishments in life motivate us to seek the next challenge and help us understand what it takes to go above and beyond.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

PE Ignites Sports Participation Outside of School



PE Ignites Sports Participation Outside of School
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"Maybe you think it's all 'high-fives' and Red Bull...but it ain't"

Another brand staking its claim to the active outdoor marketplace, does a great job of bringing the heart pounding, spine chilling and endorphin pumping action and emotion that defines a culture to video:
"You already know how bad it can hurt, but then you remember how damn good it can be!"

This is a great stake in the ground for the brand and identifying with consumers. Can this drive results in retail/online sales?

A number of online retailers are attempting to stake their claim to the growing male shopper as detailed in The Wall Street Journal article:
Cracking the Mysteries of the Male Shopper
As More Men Shop Online, Retailers Like East Dane Try to Understand Them
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"I've been bitten by it and it ain't over yet."

This is incredibly cool and crazy at the same time...I love the passion to break through barriers!

Experiments in Speed from SpindleProductions on Vimeo.
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Obesity vs. Smoking vs. Common Sense

A lot of chatter in the last week about inactivity and daily workplace habits on our health all compared to smoking, yes, smoking; not obesity, diabetes and laziness, but actively smoking.

Is Sitting The New Smoking? A Workday Of Inactivity Could Offset Any Benefits Of Exercise Sitting could be the new smoking. If done for extended periods of time, it may wreak havoc on your metabolism, cholesterol levels, and even your running function.
By Chris Weller | Jul 29, 2013

Sitting is the New Smoking- Even for Runners
There's no running away from it: The more you sit, the poorer your health and the earlier you may die, no matter how fit you are.
By Selene Yeager; Published July 20, 2013

While all interesting and attention getting, maybe we need to tone down the sensationalism and focus on the problems at hand to curb bad habits and instill good ones.

One idea is to transform board room meetings into active meetings!
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bucket List - Events

Many of us have bucket lists of thing we want to accomplish, places we want to visit, etc.

Today, I am sharing my bucket list of events I'd like to do and have included the events in which I've already participated.

By no mean is this list complete and final or in any particular order as I add to it all the time.

Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race - Completed 2009
Ironman World Championships (Kona)
New York City Marathon  - Completed 2008
Breck Epic
Ironman Lake Placid - Completed 2008
Boston Marathon
Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon (Strip At Night)
Challenge Roth
St. Croix 70.3 - Completed 2007, 2008, 2009
Escape From Alcatraz - Completed  2007, 2008
Ironman 70.3 Wold Championships
Marathon des Sables
Tour of the Battenkill
La Ruta de Los Conquistadores
Triple Bypass - Completed 2003 & 2009
BC Bike Race
Comrades Marathon  

Did I miss one? I know there are many more great events out there, what else should I add to my list?

Recommended additions:
Pikes Peak Ascent
La Marmotte cyclosportive
Hood to Coast

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Product Review: Trail-Gator - The Bicycle Tow Bar

We are a family on the go and at every turn I am looking for products that allow Weck (my four-year-old son) to take part.

Weck has progressed through bikes a lot like he has outgrown shoes, from a custom Skuut wooden balance bike, from his uncle Hank, to a 12" Free Agent Lil' Speedy pedal bike with training wheels, the training wheels were removed and he rode the Lil' Speedy until this summer when he outgrew it. He now has a Specialized 16" HotRock which he loves.

As he is only four, we are often riding too far or on terrain that he cannot quite ride yet. This got me looking for a solution to allow him to take part in the family outings and also have the ability to ride his bike along parts of the journey.

After looking at a number of products, I was not quite seeing a solution, then I came across the Trail-Gator. This was exactly what I wanted and promptly ordered one.

The installation was simple and straight forward.

It is a great product that quickly allows me to attach and detach his bike from mine. We now go everywhere on our bikes and Weck is always along for the ride and/or 'tow'.
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PHIT America: FOUR BREAKTHROUGH STUDIES: Physical Activity Reaps Report Card Results

Physical Activity Reaps Report Card Results

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Heat Wave

The summer has come to a full boil with this week's heat wave. I've been absent from the blog as other things have monopolized my time and I'm looking forward to a number of good things on the horizon. 

The Tour de France is in it's final week and I have spent a good amount of time on my bike in an attempt to gain some solid bike fitness and, besides, it is just too hot to run.

A few great events are on the horizon and I'm hoping to enter at least one of these.

Hunter, NY 
July 27 

Shawangunk Mountains around New Paltz, NY 
August 3-4 

Windham, NY 
August 2-4

You can't do anything about the weather, so get out and just ride!
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