Energy bars may have been created to fuel athletes through grueling training sessions and endurance races, but over time these tasty nutrition bricks have evolved into a favorite snack, meal replacement, and/or emergency food for those on the go.
No, it?s not a convoy of Volkswagen Minivans puttering along Pacific Coast Highway nor a group of hot rod convertibles driving along Historic Route 66. The Tour of California is the first professional U.S. cycling race to attract the world?s best riders. And it?s happening this week!
While the timing of its inaugural showcase may not have been the best choice with all of the concurrent Olympics hype and spring training baseball around the corner, there is no question that big name professional cycling teams and riders have turned out in force for this 7-day event.
Okay, how about a quick game of word association? You say Jazzercise. I say leg warmers. You say leg warmers. I say the 80?s. You say the 80?s and without even the slightest pause I blurt out, Jane Fonda!
But that was then. Or is it now?
It?s 2006, people, and I?ll be damned if Jazzercise doesn?t appear to be making, what appears to be, a come back. I see the word emblazoned in red on ubiquitous signs around town. I catch glimpses of leotard clad women as I head up the stairs to yoga.
One of my first posts was about how many of my friends, family and colleagues can't understand why their recent exercise efforts are not producing visible results. While they've made a right turn on the road to health, they are frustrated. However, I have also observed that my friends often overlook daily calorie splurges.
Over the past weekend a couple of us were in Los Angeles researching new venues, updating others, and adding photo images. Learning of the two feet of snow in New York, we were happy to be close to home and beneath the 80 degree sunshine of LA LA land.
Like Las Vegas, Los Angeles is one of those cities that each time I go, I wonder, "What unique experience am I going to have this time?" It's one of those destinations where the unusual is the norm (in a good way, of course).
Going international may not seem like a big deal. But for us, it has special meaning.
First, expanding our coverage outside the U.S. indicates that the site and our business model is succeeding. Back when our brainstorming for the content began, a number of cities that we wanted to cover were placed on hold for cost reasons--remember, our editorial staff travels to all destinations for personal tours of the hotel/health club recommendations.
Two nights and 3 days in Vegas--more than enough time to see the sights, check out a new hotel, get some work done, sweat, and have a little fun...not necessarily in that order.
As part of a business gig, I landed at TheHotel in the Mandalay Bay, an all-suite, swank experience. In fact, TheHotel's entrance alone is worth noting.
It is that time of year in the life of an endurance athlete. Back to the gym to work on keeping, and hopefully building, some strength before the summer rolls around. And, it?s always a good reminder of why I despise doing indoor workouts in a group setting. My goodness, in the matter of 3 or 4 workouts, I have seen some of the worst etiquette around the gym.
Isn't it common sense to:
1. Not sit on the only leg-extension machine without doing anything. Resting on a piece of equipment whilst recovering is NOT ok, particularly when another exerciser is hovering nearby.
You would think that, as the race director for Ironman Arizona, I'd be staying at our host hotel, the Tempe Mission Palms, every time I was in town. While I'd very much like it if that was the case, it's not.
The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel is THE place to stay if you have business in Tempe.
I?ve received another travel update from Caitlin, my volunteering friend. She's currently in Biloxi helping to rebuild homes devastated by Katrina. If you missed the first entry, you can click here.
Biloxi experienced about 70% loss of homes and businesses. We are working in East Biloxi--the low income area?where nearly every home was flooded to the ceiling.