- The big news for me and for TriCrowd is this past week's "relaunch" that adds new featured bloggers, a slate of top professional triathlete bloggers, and coaching blogs too. In addition to continuing my role as a featured blogger, I'm pleased to be the new site manager. I hope you'll follow TriCrowd on Facebook and/or Twitter. It's been great fun for me to enjoy the stories of the other featured bloggers for the last two years and I'm excited to now enjoy the pro voices too. Here are the releases that came out about it:
Nutrition, Health, Wellness
- March is National Nutrition Month (eatright.org). The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds us to make 'informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. It comes at a good time in a triathlete's year too. Related to that, a few of my Endurance Films Racing Teammates did posts on nutrition this week, take a read:
- Quinoa (super food) recipes from Blonde Runner - Lora
- Race Nutrition - Bill
- Chia Seeds the Awesome Endurance Food - Nicole
- Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies - Nick
- Roast up those Veggies - Cortney
- Recent Food Adventures - Liz
- On the Run: How Families Struggle to Eat Well and Exercise special series by NPR. I would have to say this is one of my biggest challenges - the whole 3 pm to 8 pm time slot and feeding the family around kid schedules and activities, just at the time when my own energy is at its lowest level. Reading the report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health is challenging me to do a better job with my own family. I think it's a matter of better planning.
- Rob Urbach - Competitor Radio, February 28, 2013. USA Triathlon's CEO Rob Urbach was recently interviewed on Competitor Radio. Hear his vision for the sport - for youth, age-groupers, paratriathletes, and pros. You can also watch his keynote address at the recent Triathlon Business International Conference. This video is long (about an hour) but he includes a lot of video clips and gives a great overview of the state of the sport now and moving forward.
- NFL wide receiver Hines Ward is training for Kona! I didn't know anything about him (or football in general) and was initially not that excited, but watching this promo video he seems like a really humble and focused guy. I love the scene of him falling over trying to clip in on his bike -- he's not that different from the rest of us (other than NOT having to qualify for Kona and having elite coaches) Here's the first of the series of video shorts:
- Here's the Real Cost of Owning a Bike by Matthew Amster-Burton for Business Insider, March 6, 2013. "Riding a bike is literally an order of magnitude cheaper [than owning a car]."
- A Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly Bike Maintenance Checklist by Edmund Burke for Active.com. Your bike is probably due for a good going-over and some maintenance/part replacements. I just had about everything replaceable replaced on mine....not cheap, but hopefully good insurance (and still cheaper than a car; see link above!)
- Washing State Rep. Ed Orcutt Says Bike Riders Pollute The Environment, Should be Taxed by Hunter Stewart, Huffington Post, March 4, 2013. You may have seen this bit where he wrote to a bike shop owner that because bike riders have an
"increased heart rate and respiration, the act of riding a bike "results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride."
He has since admitted it was not a wise point to make. Especially in writing...geez!
I'm starting to wrap my head around the idea of jumping in a lake for my first race in less than two months. It's hard to think about when we still have freezing temps. This video made me feel a little better:
I totally agree with this!!!
I'm a sucker for a cute kid picture!
Mmmmmm. Okay, maybe not.