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I want more people out and about on bikes. Hopefully, it’s done in a safe and enjoyable manner, so riders want to continue with the activity.

Wearing a bike helmet should be second nature for bike riders, kids and adults alike. Around 300,000 children head to the emergency room stemming from bike-related accidents. Even more adults were injured, with 467,000 reported cases in 2015, according to the CDC.

Under California law, everyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet if riding a bike on the street or public bike trail. However, I strongly urge everyone riding a bike to wear a helmet, because accidents and incidents do occur.


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Riding a bike is meant to be a fun experience. There are times while out on the road, or casually riding a local trail, that a flat tire – or some other minor bike incident occurs. Don’t be left stranded because something was forgotten at home.

Once you’ve decided which type of bike bag to attach to your bike, now it’s time to make sure it’s properly packed.

Here are a few things you shouldn’t leave home without if you’re going for a ride. Also, I’ll add a few outside resources and a YouTube video for you to check out.

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We’re just days away from the start of the 2018 Tour de France, with the 21-day journey starting on July 7 in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île.

Ever wonder what riders in the peloton eat throughout the race? It’s a common question, and the results certainly vary. Top level squads typically have a nutritionist and in-house chef to prepare food for the riders during major races. Read more… »

Shout out to the manufacturers of toesocks!

In particular, special recognition to Injinji.
Ultra Compression OTC Toesocks
$49 MSRP — $39.95 – $55.00 on Amazon

Athletes shopping for running or cycling socks can easily find plenty of quality products to choose from. So, what makes Injinji different? They are a well known, reputable manufacturer of toesocks!! Read more… »

Sponsorships and partnerships are a necessary lifeline in the pro cycling peloton, with the occasionally fragile relationships faltering. So it’s exciting to hear new announcements, especially for the UCI Continental and UCI Professional Continental teams – and Honey Stinger joined forces to begin supplying the Holowesko|Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources team.

Here is what Katie Black, Sponsorship Coordinator at Honey Stinger, said in a press statement:

“We are excited to add another high-caliber cycling team, Holowesko|Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources, to our Hive program. Since its inception, Holowesko|Citadel has achieved many big team wins and we’re excited to support them alongside our other sponsored teams such as UnitedHealthcare, Hagens Berman Axeon, and Team Novo Nordisk.”

If you dig through some of our older reviews and assorted posts, you’ll see we’ve always been big fans of Honey Stinger products. The gluten free, organic sports nutrition products can help fuel you during your runs, bike rides, and other activities – or can be used as a “healthy snack alternative or meal replacement,” as the company focuses on packing products with honey – skipping artificial ingredients.

Press Release – Monterey, CA (Sea Otter Classic Booth #590) – April 20, 2018 – Kopin Corp. (NASDAQ: KOPN) SOLOS®, a unit of Kopin Corporation, is proud to announce it has renewed its partnership with USA Cycling through the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as the official smart glasses partner. SOLOS smart glasses, the first augmented reality sports performance glasses developed with the USA Cycling team, were used by the Women’s Pursuit Team who won silver medals at the Rio Olympic Games. Once again, SOLOS will serve as a tool for the team’s training and insights as the team races toward success in Tokyo 2020.

SOLOS Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tom Futch, said, “This partnership with USA Cycling is an amazing opportunity to connect directly with an incredible group of people who are passionate about cycling. We look forward to working closely with USA Cycling athletes and members to elevate their experience over the next several years through groundbreaking technology, support and initiatives.”

“SOLOS smart glasses continue to play a key role in our team’s performance as we look towards Tokyo 2020,” said Scott Schnitzspahn, Vice President of Elite Athletics at USA Cycling. “Our Women’s Pursuit Team brought home the silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the gold at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships last month. As we explore ways to utilize the smart glasses across additional disciplines, we are looking forward to working with SOLOS to find the best ways for our National Team athletes and coaches to use the technology for winning medals at the highest levels.” Read more… »

Independent bike retailers capture 52 percent of the $5.9 billion US bike market, according to a report from The NPD Group.

Continuing a trend from the past few years, road bike dominance ($412.8 million; down 12 percent) has made away for increased sales of mountain bikes ($577.5 million; up 3 percent – although it looks like there is a newer competitor sharking things up: electric bikes.

The e-bike market has increased more than eightfold since 2014, racking up $77.1 million in sales in 2017. Impressively, the burgeoning market saw 91 percent growth year-over-year, with more interest being shown among casual consumers. I’ll discuss e-bikes in-depth with a separate post here on the blog.

Additional thoughts and more after the jump…..

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Riding a bike is supposed to be fun. I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe experience each time you get back in the saddle. There are a lot of scenarios that end up with cyclists and pedestrians injured while out and about, despite much of it being preventable with basic situational awareness.

If you’re familiar with Alameda, you’re likely aware of the numerous crosswalks, bike lanes, and occasionally disorderly habits of… seemingly everyone. Preventable collisions and other incidents occur due to a variety of factors, so let’s take a closer look.

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Goal training plan part 1

Here is a copy of my training plan for the next 3 months.  I have to build up to a half marathon before I can start working on my speed.  My goal is very ambitious and I only have 6 months to train.

My Monday workout may turn into a 30-60 minute jog.

My Tuesday and Thursday cross train is a bike commute to work where I will travel 25 miles each way by bike.  Things will come up where I will change from a bike ride to a swim or other workout.

Wednesday runs are 1/4 mile repeats.  6 at 2:15 pace means I will do 6 laps of 1/4 mile at a 2:15 pace.  I can do them faster but I want to build up slowly to avoid injury.

The Friday jog is to help make the legs strong.  I will change the plan for week 14 but this is my build phase.

This is a good base training plan.  If you are new to running, you may add one or two minutes to the Wednesday repeats and cut the Saturday runs in half.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edit this plan in any way that you.  My goal is to give you a general idea of a plan.

 

I have a goal of placing in a race in 2016.  Now that I have a goal, it is time to start working toward that goal.

  1. Get started. I went for a 5-mile jog at 10:00 minutes per mile.
  2. Analyze ways to achieve your goal.
  3. I tend to eat a lot more than I did five years ago.
  4. I drink less water than five years ago
  5. I exercise a lot less than five years ago
  6. My body is a lot healthier than it was five years ago
  7. I am a lot weaker than five years ago
  8. Create a plan
  9. Realizing that I was frequently injured in the past, I cut down on the number of run days. I am afraid that reducing the amount of running that I do will hurt my chances for placing in a race but I feel that showing up healthy will increase my chances of placing in a race.
  10. The plan that I will post is a running plan. I will post the training plan after Alamedarunners II shows up to teach me how to format an excel document for posting.
  11. I chose a running event in September as my target race.
  12. I am going to race in 3 triathlons between now and the event that I am attempting to place in.

I picked two Brazen Racing events in September for my goal of placing.  I will be happy if I can reach a top 5 in both races.  Reason for my selections:

  1. I love Brazen races
  2. I like these courses.
  3. Both courses are very hot and very hilly.
  4. If I can achieve my hill climbing mentality for training, I have a good chance of placing in these races.

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