Doing It without Overdoing It: Words of Wisdom for Super-Athenas and Ultra-Clydes

Doing It without Overdoing It: Words of Wisdom for Super-Athenas and Ultra-Clydes

Triathlon attracts many people looking for motivation to get in shape. Nothing inspires like a deadline, so many first-timers will sign up for an event a few months away, and then throw themselves headlong into an overly intensive workout schedule. Most training programs and advice columns aimed at novices operate under the assumption that beginners are within a normal BMI range and can quickly adapt to the new exercise regimen. Unfortunately, many budding, heavyset triathletes try to do too much, too soon, and frequently find themselves burned out or injured.…

Can Cyclists Benefit from Vitamin Supplements?

There is no doubt that adequate amounts of vitamins are necessary for health and optimal athletic performance. But, will supplementing with “excess” (i.e., more than the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)) enhance performance? This nutrition article describes the roles of vitamins in athletic performance and attempts to answer the question of whether cyclists will benefit from vitamin supplementation.…

AGRC Employees Generate Ideas for Work While Pedaling

AGRC Employees Generate Ideas for Work While Pedaling

AGRC is the State of Utah's map technology office and is located in the north office building of the State Capitol. For reasons of time efficiency, general fitness, and personal preference, on a typical day, 3 to 6 of the 13 staff members make the commute to work by bicycle. Throw in 3 staff who commute by bus and train daily, and AGRC has a low parked-car-to-employee ratio with few rivals.…

Kolob Terrace Challenge

Kolob Terrace Challenge

The Kolob Terrace Challenge is a strenuous, 61.4-mile road bike ride in southwestern Utah. The out-and-back ride starts and finishes in La Verkin, which is located immediately north of Hurricane. The route penetrates and then leaves the central area of Zion National Park, as it climbs from an elevation of 3,228 feet, in La Verkin, to 8,150 feet at the turnaround point, adjacent Kolob Reservoir.…

Utah’s Team DNA Cycling-K4 Racing Races in El Salvador

Utah’s Team DNA Cycling-K4 Racing Races in El Salvador

Utah’s elite women’s cycling team – DNA Cycling-K4 Racing powered by Blendtec – is entering its second year and aims to make a big impact on the domestic racing scene. But that doesn’t mean the women’s team with a heavy Utah flavor is confining itself to races in the U.S. of A.…

Combat Puncture Vine on the Jordan River – Buy a Weevil or Volunteer

Hate Goat Heads? Love the Jordan River Trail? Help to combat the awful weed by participating in the Donate a Weevil Program. Just visit http://jordanrivercommission.com/Store/donate-biocontrol/ to buy a puncture-vine seed eating weevil for only .50/each. The weevils are used as non-toxic biocontrol to limit the spread of the scourge of bike tires. If you would rather pull goat head weeds in person, you can volunteer for one of many events all summer at jordanrivercommission.com/volunteer/.…

Product Review: Rudy Project Sterling Helmet: Fine Italian Craftmanship

Product Review: Rudy Project Sterling Helmet: Fine Italian Craftmanship

There are a lot of choices to make when purchasing a helmet, price, weight, comfort, fit and, for warm weather wearing, ventilation are variables one should look for in a helmet. All helmets should meet minimum safety standards and most come with good or very good ventilation. It will be up to you to find the brand that meets the need of your head. The Rudy Project Sterling has lightweight, comfort, a good fit and it is well ventilated to make it a very worthy consideration for your helmet needs.…

Jamie Morningstar: Having a Gosh Darn Good Time Biking to Work!

Jamie Morningstar: Having a Gosh Darn Good Time Biking to Work!

This month’s commuter profile features Jamie Morningstar from Orem, Utah, my first commuter from Utah County. I first “met” Jamie when she asked me a question regarding “studs”, that is, studded snow tires. So with that introduction, let’s hear what else Jamie has to say. "Although fresh air, exercise, and saving the environment are important to me, they aren’t my primary motivations for riding. As a mother of four and a working professional, there are very few moments in a day when somebody doesn't need something from me. But when I'm on my commute, riding my bike, it's just me and the road; no phone calls, no demands from co-workers or employees or kids. It’s just a great time for me to decompress. Maybe not everybody needs that kind of time, but for me, it's a lifesaver!"…

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