So Uncle Sam was good to you this year and you can?t wait to spend that new found cash, huh? If you?re planning on beefing up, or should I say, slimming down that bike for a quicker 2 wheel split, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. First, Go Aero
If you don?t yet have an aero bar on your bike, buy one. The snake-like apparatus will help you shave more time off of your split than any other bike part. A horizontal back position is crucial to a fast ride. Good options range from $100 up to $400. I suggest spending the $100, and saving the other $300 for new wheels.
I am looking at my travel schedule for the next 5 weeks - SFO, ORD and Japan.
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Despite unseasonably warm temperatures in Arizona's desert, nearly 1500 competitors
Today, Sunday April 9, marks the beginning of the North American Ironman season once again. 2,000 fit, trim, and some would say crazy, athletes will toe the line in Tempe for the second running of Ironman Arizona.
Beginning at 7am local time and throughout the day, amatuer and professional athletes will race side by side, some for prize money, others for a coveted qualification slot to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in October, and most just for bragging rights of calling themselves "Ironmen" and "Ironwomen".
Before you hit the road and after you locate all your athletic-minded pursuits, check out this site: WiFiFreeSpot.com -- an online directory of locations offering FREE Wi-Fi. Other FREE locators are out there; and of course there are free apps too that can help. This one from Dish consolidates a number of sources.
As many of you already know, Peet's Coffee is an editorial staff favorite (You can check out our recent caffeine post for more insights). We love the strong spicy brew and the cool vibe at their stores. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Peet's will be offering free coffee and tea throughout the month of April! So if you are fortunate to have a Peet's in your hood, head over from 1 pm to 3 pm and enjoy one on the house!
Think about it, travel is one of the few areas where shorter and smaller are better. A smaller bag is easier to transport, shorter check-in and security lines save time, a shorter person has more legroom on the plane (as do passengers sitting beside them), shorter flights are easier to tolerate, and smaller hotels generally provide more personalized service.