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So You Want To Be A Triathlete? Branden Covers the Basics

So You Want To Be A Triathlete? Branden Covers the Basics

Interested in triathlon, but don't know where to start?

Whether you're considering sprint, XTERRA, or Ironman distance, professional triathlete Branden Rakita breaks down the basics to get you going in the right direction.

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Desert Season!

Desert Season!

Late fall in Colorado is considered Desert Season since it's usually prime time to grab your mountain bike and head to Grand Junction, Moab, or Sedona. I took the cue and made a beeline to Arizona last week where I've been enjoying blue skies, short-sleeve temperatures, and some of the best mountain bike trails you can find.
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Forget Black Friday, We'd Rather be Outside!

If you're partaking in Black Friday shopping at all today, we hope you've gotten it out of the way by now and will be joining us as we #OptOutside.

Put down your phone, turn off your computer, and get outside, preferably with friends. Whether you enjoy a casual stroll or have a major adventure planned, life is better outside. Most of us already spend more than enough time confined indoors, and staring at screens, during the week anyway.

And don't think #OptOutside is strictly for the day after Thanksgiving. You can and should strive to #OptOutside every day. Lets see who get set the longest streak!

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Eating with a Purpose

Eating with a Purpose

Eating with a purpose means making smart food choices to fuel whatever it is you want to accomplish with your meal. Want to be able to train and compete at your best? A huge part of this is being intentional about what you put in your body. Whether it's going on a big ride in the mountains, sneaking in a quick weekday interval session, or having an easy recovery day, fueling yourself appropriately for the task at hand is the only way to maximize your long-term performance.
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The Pre-Ride: Getting Ready for a Cyclocross Race

The Pre-Ride: Getting Ready for a Cyclocross Race

Cyclocross races aren’t that long—30 to 60 minutes depending on your category—but there are thousands of decisions to make in that concise amount of time. During a race you’re constantly assessing when to draft vs lead, which line to take around a corner, whether to ride or run, when to attack. The more automatic and instinctive those decisions are, the better. Experience over years of racing certainly helps with making these decisions on the fly. However, regardless of your level of expertise, the pre-ride is another essential component to informing and pre-determining race decisions. Here are a few tips to make your pre-rides effective:

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Spotlight: Beta Red Pre-Workout Orange

Spotlight: Beta Red Pre-Workout Orange

Beta Red Pre-Workout Orange has been available for a few months now, but some of you have yet to try it. This formula has the same powerful beet juice / amino acid blend as the original to take your performance to the next level, but with a refreshing citrus flavor. While we love the clean beet flavor of the original Beta Red, we wanted some variety since we drink it most days. This new flavor is great alone and in recipes.
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Fueling for Cyclocross with Enduro Bites and Beta Red

Fueling for Cyclocross with Enduro Bites and Beta Red

Getting your nutrition dialed for cross race can be trickier than you might think. Races are relatively short, but they are also incredibly intense. The only thing I've encountered that comes close to their physical intensity are short-track mountain bike races, but even they are not quite as vomit inducing. Sprinting over barriers and up steep hills by foot as commonly encountered during cross races pushes the intensity level through the roof. You need glycogen stores to be at maximum to fuel these and other anaerobic efforts, but you also don't want much food in your stomach come race time. That is, unless you want to be distracted from going your fastest by burping up breakfast. It's not a pleasant feeling.

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Metabolic Flexibility by Daniel Matheny

Metabolic Flexibility by Daniel Matheny

How can an athlete gain the advantages from following a low-carb / high-fat diet without suffering from its disadvantages? Consider this approach an attempt at metabolic flexibility. The intent is to up-regulate fat oxidation while not substantially down-regulating glycogen utilization. It’s not completely proven yet, although there is a growing body of research and current studies likely ongoing. In my eyes the principal holds some possibilities and with the limited but promising results I’ve witnessed, I’m willing to keep it in my arsenal of coaching tools.
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