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Biking Tips for the Road

Jun 22, 2020 4:26:37 PM

Biking Tips for the Road. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

When it comes to biking on the road, safety is one of the most important things to think about. This article will highlight the best tips to staying seen, and riding safely.

The most important things to remember when riding is to always have a helmet, high-visibility clothing, and a blinking red light in the back.

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Jamie Sheahan and Ben Lustgarten running in downtown Burlington. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

Hi, I’m Jamie and I want to welcome you to C.H.A.M.P.! A Community Health and Movement Project aimed at creating an inclusive, diverse, and supportive active community in the Burlington area. If you are new to running, an elite runner or just looking to start a new walking regimen you will fit right in. In the interest of full disclosure, I run — a lot — and I love it, but I still find it hard to put myself in the category of “runner.” That’s because I used to hate running. To be fair, I sucked at it. I grew up playing team sports and absolutely dreaded team runs. I was always at the back of the pack, huffing and puffing my way along.

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Comments | Posted in Expert Tips Running Training and Nutrition By Jamie Sheahan

Climate Change is a mountain we all have to climb. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

How can one industry save us all? It’s simple. The ability and willingness to adapt, and the deep understanding that there is no success without our planet’s success - in business or in life. The Outdoor Industry is rooted in the environment, recreation, and community, but it isn’t until now, or at least it hasn’t been truly visible until now, how powerful that connection is.

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Comments | Posted in Expert Tips By Brittany Beland

Do you know how to pick the right shoe? Photo Credit: Brooks Running.

How many times have you ordered a pair of shoes and expected them to fit perfectly but they caused a hot spot, they were too wide, or they were just not soft enough? Unfortunately, this is common but ...but there are ways you can shop online and still get the perfect fit. Sometimes all it takes is a little help from your friends (friends at your local running store that is). So below, we have outlined some suggestions and aspects to consider when making the ultimate decision.

Tip #1: What’s Your History?

The first thing you should do is take a second to think about what you may have used in the past. Was there a particular brand or model that worked really well for you? Maybe a brand that just didn’t cut it for you?

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1 Comments | Posted in Expert Tips Running By Chloe Egan & Clarke Shedd

Brittany finishes the 2019 Salomon Catamount Ultra 50K. Photo Credit: Ironwood Adventureworks.

The dawn of the virtual race. For many runners, virtual races have become the new norm - from living room 5k’s to backyard ultras. The running community has banded together creating hashtags like #RunningIsNotCanceled and events like the Aravaipa Strong Virtual Race turning out over 2000 runners across 29 countries - numbers that rival even some of the most prestigious races. Most have small or no prizes or medals but for many a percentage of each entry goes to charity, like Ironwood Adventurework’s Shelter In Pace Virtual Marathon. So to think motivation is low sounds contradictory, but the truth is, many people are feeling like their hearts aren’t in it, or are feeling disorganized and stuck in their training. So what can you do?

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Comments | Posted in Events Expert Tips Running Training and Nutrition By Brittany Beland

Gravel biking is a great way to still ride while the trails are closed. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

Mud season, COVID-19 concerns and social distancing needs have unfortunately caused most Vermont’s trail systems to close (as of 4/20/20). These include mountain bike, backcountry ski, hike and several others (for a full list head to vmba.org).

In order to spread the word on trail system closures and help mountain bikers get through this difficult time, we have come up with 5 things you can do instead of hitting the trails on your bike! Once you read, share your own tips with us.

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Comments | Posted in News Bicycling Expert Tips By Michelle Peters

How to Host an Indoor Bike Trainer Group Ride using Zwift. Photo Credit: Wahoo Fitness.

Due to COVID-19 and VT Department of Health guidelines, Vermonters are asked to "stay home, stay safe" and avoid group activities. Even though riding your bike outside is OK to do at this time, you are limited to riding solo or just within your household. To keep up the social aspect of riding bikes, setting up an indoor bike trainer group ride on Zwift can be a great option while getting some exercise.

Many people around the world are facing the daunting prospect of not being able to ride with their friends over the coming weeks. While I'm not a competitive rider, the primary reason I'm out there is the social fun, a few high fives, some solid exercise and a post ride beer. No matter if it's the mountain bike, a gravel route or just ripping around town on a single speed it's the fun of seeing friends and sharing an experience that almost all of us can enjoy. Even when facing a new pandemic, exercise and socializing are necessary parts of day-to-day life.

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5 Tips for Social Distance Running. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

Between the news of COVID-19, being at home all day and Tiger King episodes on Netflix, getting out for a run has been the most challenging yet therapeutic activity I have been able to give myself these past few weeks.

Navigating the 6 feet social distancing rules on a run should be renamed “defensive running”. But with a little practice, following these 5 tips while developing your own, we hope to help ease your anxiety and encourage you to safely get out for a run. These tips can easily be applied to other activities like walking, hiking or biking. Please note these tips are subject to change via Vermont Department of Health guidelines.

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Comments | Posted in Expert Tips Running By Michelle Peters

The Importance of Self Care

Mar 23, 2020 3:16:08 AM

Clarke crosses the finish line in first place at the Times-Union 5K in Jacksonville, FL back in January 2020. Photo Credit: Used with permission from Times-Union Half Marathon & 5K.

With all of the mayhem this pandemic is creating it is important to take a step back from the news, negativity, and stress. Stay aware of what's going on, but take some time to unplug and clear your mind. It is now typical that wherever you go places are closed and no one is to be seen. Although this eerie sight has become the norm, birds are chirping, the sun is still shining, and there should be even more of a motivation to get out and do something while still keeping a safe physical distance.

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1 Comments | Posted in News Bicycling Expert Tips Running By Clarke Shedd

A bike fitted properly will be more comfortable, be less prone to causing you injury and be more efficient. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

All cyclists can benefit from having a bike fit. That’s right, everyone. Whether you get paid to ride a bike to riding your bike casually on the bike path, a bike fitted properly will be more comfortable, be less prone to causing you injury and be more efficient.

Would you ride your bike more often if it were more comfortable? Ever think about that? Does your posterior bother you on a short ride? Do you experience any numbness, aches or pains while riding? Are these aches or pains only present on the bike or aggravated by the bike?

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Comments | Posted in Bicycling Expert Tips By Sean Whipkey
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