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Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • Prevent Sports Anemia

    by Eric Bockelman, Dietitian

    Spinach has ironAs endurance athletes we constantly challenge our bodies through sport on a daily basis. These increased demands often can cause specific deficiencies that compromise our bodies' normal processes.

    One specific and very common level that is often compromised is iron. When this mineral is low it can lead to a condition known as anemia. This is when your body has a significant decrease in the number of red blood cells, more specifically a decrease in the hemoglobin concentration in the blood. Iron plays an important role in this process because it is what binds oxygen for transport in the body. A deficiency in iron can lead to a few symptoms.

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  • Leprechaun Chase 10K: Tami Ritchie’s Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tami

    Tami Ritchie Leprechaun Chase 10KOn Saturday I ran the Leprechaun Chase 10K in Des Moines, a unique race where the lasses take of at 10:00 a.m., 5 ½ minutes later the lads take off, and it’s a gender race to the finish line. It was a good chance to get out and just ‘race’ before my first triathlon of the season. I knew I wasn’t going to be breaking any records as the race landed in the middle of a big training block, but I wanted the opportunity to get out and work through the hurt. And that I did.

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  • Leprechaun Chase 10K: Andy Bernholtz’s Race Report

    by Andy Bernholtz, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Andy Bernholtz Leprechaun Chase 10KLeprechaun Chase 10K
    Des Moines, Iowa
    42 Degrees F

    The Leprechaun Chase  is a thrilling 10K that begins at Principal Park in downtown Des Moines and then wraps around Gray’s Lake and heads back down to the park. The Chase is a unique, exciting race that gives the ladies a five and half minute head start.  First gender to cross the finish line wins free beer for every other participant of that gender.

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  • Leprechaun Chase 10K: Scott Carkhuff's Race Report

    by Scott Carkhuff, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Scott Carkhuff Leprechaun ChaseI was talked into the Leprechaun Chase 10K by a buddy on the Kyle’s Bikes Triathlon Team (Andy Bernholtz). With this race being early in the season I was a little worried as I hadn’t got much running in outside. Running on a treadmill just isn’t the same. As I looked at the weather it was supposed to start warming up and it did. But of course, when it warms up in Iowa we have 30 mph wind gusts which makes it feel colder!

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  • Topo RT Running Shoe Review

    by Andy Bernholtz, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Topo Running Shoe

    Kyle's Bikes carries three of the Topo running shoes: the RX is the trainer, the RT is the long distance running shoe, and the RR is their performance race shoe. I went with the RT because, from a feel perspective, they gave more support and had the weight that allowed me to trust they would not give me problems if this were truly a good running shoe.

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  • On-The-Go Snacks

    by Dietitian Ellen

    On The Go SnacksPicture this: You are in between a bike test and a meeting with the boss in 45 minutes. The bike test has left you famished, and the probability of passing out (or a less dramatic hunger growl) during the meeting is great. What do you do?

    At this point it might seem impossible to resist the golden arches on your way into the office, because it is quick and easy and that is all you have time for. This is where you need a back-up plan at all times. I hate to say it, but if you fail to plan, you can plan to fail. Of course, there are endless amounts of sports nutrition products available, but here are a few more natural food options to add variety, not junk, to your repertoire. Throw these items in a purse, murse, or gym bag and always be prepared.

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