My plight as a chardonnay lover

It's considered unfashionable by many. Oenophiles will lecture about superior choices. Restaurant servers are often challenged to render a recommendation. And, to acquire a really good one, it's almost necessary to spend north of $30!

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A Cure for Cold, Aching, Hurting Knees and Joints

With the recent time change, my 630am bike rides have become somewhat colder. Keeping my upper body warm is easy--layers, arm warmers, etc.--but until recently I struggled to keep my legs warm, especially during the first 30 minutes of the ride.

The crisp morning air would pierce into my knees and create stiffness and an annoying (not severe) amount of knee pain. I tried wearing leg warmers, which are helpful for those bitter cold winter days, but I find them restrictive and too warm after 30 minutes in the saddle when the temps are above 45F.

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White Christmas - The Only Way to Go

Growing up in Chicago, my family often vacationed over Christmas to the ski resorts of the West. Winter Park, Colorado, was one of our favorite destinations. Vail, Steamboat, and Heavenly also found our travel calendar.

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In-N-Out Burger is Overated

I don't often eat unhealthy meals, but when I do, I enjoy them. Burgers, fries, onion rings, and chocolate shakes are often part of my diet splurges. Yesterday, after a long-ish cycling ride, I was in the mood for one of these meal treats and decided upon In-N-Out Burger--my usual order...two hamburgers with ketchup and mustard instead of the "spread" and grilled onions, and an order of french fries.

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Special K Cereal - Cure for Restless Leg Syndrome and More?

Over the past few years (and after thousands of bike and run miles), I've battled with a mild case of Restless Leg Syndrome.

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What are you reading right now?

Besides something on the screen!

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Easy Velib Bike Rentals in Paris

Now that Paris has gone live on AMT, we're excited to share some of the athletic-minded opportunities we discovered.

In July 2007, Paris began a public bike rental program ("Velib") that makes cruiser bikes available to anyone wanting to ride. More than 20,000 bikes and 1,450 self-service stations are spread across the city.  Rental is easy and if you get your bike back into another rack (or the same) within the first 30 minutes, there's no charge!

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Our Favorite Things (i.e. Gift Ideas) 2007 Gift Guide

It's Christmas Season don't you know? Oprah has her "favorite things" and now it's time for Athletic-MindedTraveler's Favorite Things.

We don't plug products unless we truly use and enjoy them ourselves. Here are a few to consider for your gift giving this year (we bought them, they weren't freebies):

1. RCA Small Wonder Camcorder EZ201  

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If you drink coffee...

And you like to add "stuff" to it, keep reading. (However, if, like my dad, you take it black, most of this post will be meaningless to you--except possibly the tip on Vietnamese cinnamon.)

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Lucy to carry Athletic-Minded Traveler guidebook

We are doing flipturns and Warrior poses over the news that Lucy has agreed to carry the 2nd Edition of our best selling print travelguide, The Athletic-Minded Traveler.

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