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Pain from the cold does not gain you anything. Just more time in the warming house and less time pretending you are Bjorn Daehlie - or our favorite Birkie Champion, Alayna Sonnesyn.

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Beginner's Guide to Cycling Shoes GO THE EXTRA MILE IN COMFORT AND STYLE Now that the weather is getting warmer it is time to break out your bikes and hit the trails. Be prepared this cycling season with the proper gear to keep you riding longer. This introduction will cover the importance of cycling shoes, the difference between the two main categories of these shoes, mountain and road, and finally how to find the perfect pair to suit your needs.    Cycling shoes will prevent your feet from falling off of the pedals, improve pedaling efficiency, enable full circle pedaling, transfer your energy into power, and most importantly will eliminate stress and strain...

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1. Mimic your race conditions – Chances are you’re not racing alone - training in a group setting for swimming such as masters, a couple groups rides when possible and the occasional run group will help you be mentally ready for your next race. In the pool, you’ll be in close proximity with others swimmers just like racing. Biking, you’ll learn how to ride around others & how to be passed. Finally, running can be just as claustrophobic as the swim depending on the course; running in a group will get your mind ready. 2. Communicate with your Bike Shop about your racing –...

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Often around June I can start feeling some of the nagging aches and pains created from my spring activities and transition to running after a long winter. Likely I rushed into running too quickly or just got excited as the trails dried. Either way, early June is a good time to assess the body and make sure we are taking care of ourselves. If a running injury did creep up it is best to acknowledge it and make a plan moving forward rather than pushing through as the summer is long and we want to be life-long runners rather than...

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Taking that first plunge into open water swimming can be an intimidating launch. No lane lines. Can’t see the bottom. Was that a fish? Man, that’s cold! After the initial shock you may find you prefer swimming in open water more than the pool! You have swimming freedom, no lane sharing and sunshine feels great! What does it take to make the most of your open water swim, and how can you do it safely? Open Water Swim Safety: Number one rule, don’t swim alone. At minimum have a friend on land that knows what you’re doing. Otherwise, it’s hard...

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