Next up- London Duathlon and the #Fitbitfifty reunion

Friday, August 25, 2017

Even though I am coming back from injury, it is hard for me to resist signing up for more races.  Earlier this summer, I registered for the Descante London Duathlon.  I took part in the inaugural race (which was the first time the roads has ever been closed in the park), which is held in Richmond Park.  The race has several different distance combinations and even a 10K run-only option.  All participants get a cycling jersey or t-shirt if you register far enough in advance.  There are club, corporate and charity places available too.  Between all the combinations, there is bound to be a race to suit everyone.

Duathlons are great for me as it gives my Achilles a bit of a rest while still working my cardiovascular system.  The structure is a run-bike-run.  My race will be 10K run, 44K bike, and 5K run.  Teaching indoor cycling a few times a week has kept me in shape over the summer which will be beneficial during this event..  I will need to push it on the bike portions of the race but take it easy on the runs to avoid further damage to my Achilles.

Richmond Park really can't be beat as a venue for a race.  Sure, it is super hilly, but it amazing to be in nature, watching the deer go by.  The closed roads make a huge difference too.  Rather than worry about cars coming up behind you, you can focus on getting to the finish line without breaking your pace.

The most exciting thing for me this year though is that most of my #fitbitfifty family will be at the race.  I cannot wait to see what everyone has been up to in the last year.  I will try to share their stories in a future post.  From what I can tell via Facebook, they are all out on their bikes and trails.

Admittedly, I haven't cycled much since Paris, but I have been running a little for the Chicago Marathon.  I plan on taking the bike out on a few long rides in the time I have between now and race day (17 September 2017).  This will also give me the opportunity to test out my new Smith Overtake bike helmet, which provides amazing ventilation and head protection due to the honeycomb structure (Aerocore construction with Koroyd).  The helmet also features MIPS (multi-directional impact protection system) lining, which helps reduce rotaional force your brain in the event of an accident.

Will I see you at the Descente London Duathlon?  You can still register for a charity, club or corporate place.  Hope to see you at the start line!

Big thanks to Descente London Duathlon for the complimentary entry.  Also, thanks to Smith for my new bike helmet.  All opinions on these products are honest and my own.  Full reviews of the race and helmet will be up in late September.

Why I always carry a bottle of water with me

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Out for SUP'ing with my water on hand
If you take the Tube in London, you would have recently heard the announcement to always carry a bottle of water with you.  The summer weather, crowded carriages and longer days of sunlight can make for a recipe for disaster. People can faint or feel nauseous due to the overcrowding, heat, and lack of fresh air. And if the passenger is hungover (maybe just on a Friday morning?), more precious fluids have been lost.

Without water, we would die.  Our bodies are made up of approximately 50-70% water, depending on age, gender and body mass. We can go weeks without food but not even a few days without water.  Personally, I always carry a reusable water bottle with me to reduce my impact on the environment and I get get tap water for free just about anywhere I go (check out the TapWater app).

Did you know that pangs of hunger are sometimes a sign from your body that it is thirsty?  Rather than reach for a snack, try drinking a glass of water instead.   Another benefit of carrying a bottle is it makes it easier for me to track how much water I consume.  I aim for two bottles a day which is about 1.5L.   How much water do you drink a day, not counting tea of coffee?  Drinking water has many benefits, including glowing skin, better sports performance, and enabling regular bowel movements.  And of course, water doesn't have any calories.  I don't know about you, but I would rather eat more yummy food than waste my calories on a drink.

Some of  my Hydroflask collection and new lids
Right now, I am using the Hydroflask in mint as my go to bottle. Hydroflasks bottles are double-walled stainless steel in their construction, which means beverages can keep their temperature for a long time, either hot or cold.   The wide mouth means I can't rush my sips though or else the water spills down my shirt.  Lucky for me, Hydroflask now has additional styles of lid for their bottles that enable you to drink on the go.  I love the insulated sports cap or flip lid for every day use and the straw lid (which comes with a straw for inside the bottle) is great for kids.  Soon, Hydroflask will have new colors, wine bottles, and silicone covers for the bottom of the bottles to protect from damage if you drop it (which I do all the time!) and prevent them from slipping.

Carrying a reusable water bottle also decreases your impact on the environment by reducing the amount of energy and resources to produce the plastic bottle.  And of course, less space in the landfill.

Which do you prefer- a reusable water bottle or a plastic one?

Ellis Brigham and Hydroflask kindly gave me these bottles and lids to review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Achieve your goals with my online coaching program

Sunday, August 6, 2017

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