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Take 5: Articles for the Week of 5/3/2010

I had to skip a couple of weeks of sharing articles since I’ve been to busy to do a whole lot of extra reading, but I’m glad to be back this week sharing some of what I have found.

A Beginners Guide To Buying A Bike – Active.com.   This covers all sorts of bikes, from top of the line Time Trials to Beach Cruisers.

Figuring out Your Sports Diet: Tips for Label Readers – Beginner Triathlete.com.  Your nutrition can really make you or break you.

Ironman Life: What It’s Really All About – Ironman.com.  A truly inspirational tale of an Ironman.

15 Things You Wouldn’t Want to See While Running a Marathon – Buzzfeed.com.  Except the beer, I don’t think I would mind seeing that.

Video of Andy Baldwin setting up a Triathlon Transition – EverymanTri.com.  Ok, this is really just for the eye candy.  Hello Dr. Baldwin!

Take 5: Fitness Articles are a round up of interesting articles I have found over the course of the week.  We might talk about yoga, we might talk about strength training, we might talk about calories and nutrition.  We also might just talke a tour around blog land and look at what others are up to.  Articles were not necessarily published in the week of  this blog post.


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Love It: Goody’s Hair Bands

Ever since I got my Good Karma package (read more about that here), I have been in love with the Goody’s Stayput hair bands.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my salted chocolate, body butters, and the stainless water bottle has come in handy on numerous occasions, but dare I say it, those hair bands have changed my life.

BHB (before hair bands), I was having a really hard time keeping my hair out of my eyes while playing volleyball.  I mean, I took a serve to the side of my face because I didn’t see the ball.  My hair sits just above my shoulders and the front of my hair could never quite make it to the pony tail holder.  I tried bobby pins but they never seemed grippy enough.  So yes, these hair bands have saved face for me (literally).

I have a 3 pack, one black, one light tan and one darker, so they literally go with anything.  They are as perfect running around my neighborhood as they are holding my hair back while in down facing dog during yoga.  I would love to get some in fun colors, but I haven’t seen them in stores.  Any hot tips as to where to find them?

Nowadays, this is my go to hair style.

Do you use some kind of hair bands to keep it all in place?  Which type is your favorite?

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Where I Try Something New…

…like mountain biking.

My Myka

Where I never really thought of biking as anything more than a faster way to get to my grandma’s house, my husband has been a biker for most of his life.  When he was younger he did a lot of BMX.  I think he was pretty good at it, he certaintly likes hopping around on his bike enough.

Almost 2 years ago he began mountain biking with a group of friends.  It wasn’t long before he had his own bike and began talking about how he would like me to go out and ride with him.  Ha.  Like I had any desire to go flying down some steep ravine, only slowing to jump over fallen trees or ride up “skinnies”, whatever that meant.  Nope, I was content to sit home and do, well, anything else, thanks.

Until one day I decided that, you know, it would be nice to spend more time outside, and the park system here in Raleigh is pretty good, and well, maybe I’m a bit competitive and was looking to try something new (cause starting a running program, totally wasn’t enough?).  Ok, fine, let’s go get me a bike.

After talking to a couple of shops in the area, we happened upon a tent sale at the Bicycle Chain.  A sale?  Sign me up.  I still wasn’t completely sold on this whole mountain biking idea, but the shop has a short singletrack out back and let me go for a spin.  (They also put Patrick on a super expensive full suspension bike, those sneaky dogs.)  It was probably a much easier trail than anything out there in the real world, but it was FUN.  I kinda wanted to go again. 

Needless to say, we bought the bike, a spiffy helmet, and were on our way. 

As soon as we got out the door, Patrick turns to me and says, “Welcome to the hell that is mountain biking, where your components are never good enough, you never ride well enough, and you always want to upgrade your bike, at least a little bit.”

Should be a fun ride…

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