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 resources are out there to help, like in this CNET article.
And most of the time, it's FREE anyway...#Justincase
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. Standing under hotel showerheads, sleeping in beds without body parts dangling off mattresses, comfortably driving compact rental cars--all further support my "shorter is better" theory.
After a yoga class this past weekend, we were famished and contemplating our eating options:
I am admittedly a coffee snob as well as a coffee addict. Note that I write "coffee" versus "caffeine." For me it's all about the taste and the "event"--getting the coffee, sipping the coffee, smelling the coffee, lingering over coffee and tasting coffee. One of my very dear friends once commented that at restaurants, I am often so worried about my next re-fill that I can't enjoy the one I have. I've fixed that. I order my coffee in an extra large mug, or a huge take-out cup or request the pot.
Now that my spider bite has finally healed, I am making the come back to running. Since I?m no longer a full-time sponsored professional athlete with an unlimited shoe supply, I headed down to the sports store to check out some new running shoes. Until this point, I have been 'limited' to choosing from just one brand.
Wow, the number and array of available brands and features are mind boggling. The funny thing is that as a seasoned runner of over 20 years, I found myself making so many mistakes.
This direction alone will cut fat and calories from your meal. Think steaming and grilling versus wok frying, pan saut
While most college co-eds spend the next couple weeks siesta-ing pool-side, drinking to oblivion, and prowling for the next one-night ?hook up,? it?s refreshing to see a group of 18-21 year old men willingly forego these traditional avenues of excess and opt instead for 7 days of grueling athletic activity and healthy living.
I volunteer coach a college cycling team from Indiana University that rides in the annual Little 500 bicycle race.
If you haven't heard, Starbucks is giving free coffee to everyone who comes through one of their retailers' doors from 10am to noon local time, today. So, go out and get your complimentary joe! Hopefully, the lines won't be too huge.
I know there are some brand loyal coffee drinkers out there who despise the Seattle based java purveyor and refuse to step inside one of their stores. But hey, look at it this way, it's a chance for you to take a bite (or in this case a slurp) out of the green machine's profits.
Everyone else, enjoy the free coffee without any drama!