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Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • Hickory Grove Triathlon: Andy's Report

    Andy Bernholtz at the Hickory Grove Triathlonby Andy Bernholtz

    Hickory Grove Triathlon
    500 yard swim, 15.5 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
    Nevada, Iowa
    May 17, 2015

    The first triathlon of the 2015 season! Last year on the 17th of May I was competing in Ironman Texas. Hickory Grove is a sprint. Nerves always tend to show up on race day no matter the distance of the race. Jumping in the water at the sound of the gun is what focuses my mind and allows me to focus in on the goal, which is to ultimately finish, but always out gun my previous best! Continue reading

  • Alexander 380: Sarah Cooper's Report

    Sarah Cooper finishes the Alexander 380by Sarah Cooper, Ultracyclist

    Alexander 380
    380 mile gravel bike race
    Spring Valley, Minnesota
    May 15–16, 2015

    I stood in my kitchen the morning after the Alexander with my wrist in a brace, one arm in a sling, and more sore than I have been in a long time, struggling to remember the basics of making coffee. Scrapes and bruises, swollen legs, a huge knot in my hair that stuck out from the side of my head that I couldn’t get out… I’m sure I looked as dismal as I felt. I hadn’t intended to end up in such a miserable state, but apparently it’s just not a good gravel race unless I arrive home exhausted, starving, and a little battered. Viva la gravel!

    The Alexander is a free, self-supported, 380-mile gravel race through Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin with almost 30,000 feet of climbing and some of the most beautiful scenery you will find anywhere. Every turn brought a new view to appreciate, and there was never a dull moment. The terrain was mostly rolling gravel hills through midwestern farm country, with some long and very steep climbs near the Mississippi River. The event costs nothing, and starts on a Friday morning in Spring Valley, Minnesota, the day before the legendary Almanzo 100. There are no time cut offs to make and no checkpoints anywhere, so you can ride until you are done, or broken. The Alexander was definitely one of the most beautiful and thrilling rides I’ve ever been on, and I hope to ride it again next year.

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  • Skratch Labs Fruit Drops Review

    by Katherine A. Roccasecca

    Skratch Labs Fruit Drops ReviewWhen we saw that Skratch Labs—leader in what you could call the "eat some real food" movement, publisher of two cookbooks of food for on and off the bike, and maker of hydration mixes flavored with only real fruit without artificial colors or preservatives—announced they were adding an energy chew to their product line, we were intrigued. We thought you might be too, so we dug into a few packages and wrote you this Skratch Labs Fruit Drops review.

    While Skratch Labs has "always believed in fresh portables made from scratch to quell GI-distress," they recognized busy athletes' need for even more convenient products and they felt they could improve traditional energy chews the way they improved sports drinks.

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  • Garmin Customizable Screens

    by Katherine Roccasecca

    Garmin Customizable ScreensGarmin devices capture and display a wealth of information. And the higher end the device, the more data there is. You may want to review all this after your workout (of course you do!), but during your workout, use Garmin's customizable screens to organize the data you need to see in that moment. This quick how-to should give you some ideas. Continue reading

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