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Sigh, going over Lolo pass.

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Auburn, CA

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It’s Almost Impossible to Buy a Bad Bike

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What makes a truly great bicycle? Is it the frame material? The craftsmanship? The geometry? High thread count tires run at the optimum pressure as administered via a $275 floor pump?If you’re shopping for your next bike (and let’s be honest, if you’re a cyclist you’re always shopping for your next bike) you’re no doubt grappling with this very question. We live in an age of unprecedented choice when it comes to bike stuff, so when you’re standing before the vast buffet that is the retail bicycle marketplace, how do you even know where to start?Well, as you begin your search you certainly won’t be wanting for input. The bicycle companies will each assure you that their offerings are the best and provide you with a heady blend of hard data and purple prose to back up their claims. The bike reviewers will endeavor to parse this all for you by riding the bikes themselves for a relatively short period of time and making their own recommendations. The local bike shop will either cut throug…

Kenenisa Bekele’s Huge Day at the Berlin Marathon

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In January 2017, Kenenisa Bekele, the Ethiopian who holds the world record in both the 5,000 and 10,000-meters, said that he believed that he was capable of running “around 2:01:30” in the marathon. Back then, those were bold words. The world record for 26.2 miles still stood at 02:02:57. Even though Bekele had just run 2:03:03 to win the 2016 Berlin Marathon, the notion that he was going to slice another 90 seconds off his personal best seemed remote. What’s more, by 2017, Bekele was no longer the most formidable presence on the professional distance running scene. That distinction went to Eliud Kipchoge, the Kenyan master who, at the time, had won an unprecedented five consecutive Marathon World Majors including an Olympic gold medal. If anyone was going to produce a marathon performance “around 2:01:30,” the smart money would have bet on Kipchoge. And, for the next three years, the smart money would have been right. After yet another victory in this year’s London Marathon, Kipchoge…

You Should Eat These 11 Vegetables More Often

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We all know that eating vegetables is important, but it’s easy to get stuck in a spinach and broccoli rut. Both Harvard Medical School and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommend adding a wide variety of vegetables to your diet, since each veggie contains a different micronutrient profile of vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and minerals. More standard options, like carrots, bell peppers, and mushrooms, are great, too, but if you’re looking to switch things up, consider introducing some of these less popular nutrient-dense vegetables to your plate.Celeriac Also known as celery root, celeriac makes a great low-starch alternative to white potatoes. It has a similar flavor and texture when cooked, but celeriac has about one-third the amount of carbohydrates. Dana Lis, director of performance nutrition at the University of California at Davis, notes that this is ideal for athletes who are trying to fuel appropriately on an easy day. “On a rest day, you don’t need the same amount o…

Sun Shirts that Don't Suck

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I was a rafting guide for too long. I was pushing 30 during my last season, five years ago, and found myself absolutely haggard at the end of 12-hour days on the water. But it was in those waning days of my guiding career that I found my solution for being outside all day: the sun shirt. Once I started fully covering my skin, I discovered I had nearly twice as much energy. I’ve never looked back. Everyone should have one in their outdoor arsenal.This summer I tested five of my favorite sun shirts to help you choose your secret UV protection weapon for the warm days of fall, upcoming tropical vacations, and anything between.The TestUsability: I subbed each of these sun shirts in place of the T-shirts I would normally wear during a summer day spent with my nearly two-year-old daughter (we were outside most of the time). I played at a park, rode a bike, and swam with her in a community pool for 40 minutes each and then took notes.Moisture Management: I soaked each of the shirts for 30 se…

I Was Flying to Montana to Bury My Son

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We lifted off from Albuquerque, New Mexico, on a warm spring morning, rising out of the concrete grid, over the brown river flanked by cottonwoods leafing out in green, then north above a range of barren mounds and sandy arroyos dotted with piñon. Somewhere down below, my wife rode north toward Montana in the back seat of her parents’ car, cradling the body of our boy. Our only child. She and I had bought tickets to sit together on this plane. She had just given birth and could not be expected to sit two days in a car as it brought the casket and the child to the woods near the Canadian border where she was raised, a better resting place than the weedy brown graveyards of Albuquerque, a city in which we didn’t expect to stay long. We wanted our boy at home.But as the departure day approached, C. realized that we had bought the ticket for Mother’s Day, and she couldn’t bear the thought of spending it away from him. I couldn’t bear the thought of two days confined to the car with his em…

Liv Makes a Strong Case for Women's-Specific Bikes

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One morning last month in East Burke, Vermont, mechanics at Liv were polishing up a fleet of the most razzle-dazzle mountain bikes the company has ever offered. The full-carbon Pique Advanced Pro 29 that I was about to test retails for a whopping $12,300—quite a bit more than the accessibly priced models this company has become known for. It’s also, unapologetically, a women’s bike, designed from anatomical and physiological data specific to women. So before I could throw a leg over Liv’s sparkling new rig, I first sat down to hear the case for women’s-specific bike design.A brand video laid out the evidence. Using data from PeopleSize (a global anthropometric database) and NASA, Liv has learned that women have narrower shoulders, shorter arms, and shorter crotch heights, among other differences. Those trends become more pronounced among shorter men and women,meaning that women are less likely to achieve an ideal fit on smaller-size frames built for men. Women’s muscle activity also r…

Two Apps Every Runner Should Download

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Eight years ago, Quiency Duggers stepped onto the doctor’s scale during his annual physical and saw the numbers on the screen climb to 440 pounds. “That’s 60 pounds shy of a quarter ton,” he says. “I thought, This is unacceptable. I need to change a lot of things in my life.” So he bought an exercise bike, started riding for two minutes every day, and eventually began jogging 100 yards at a time in his Atlanta neighborhood. Today Duggers is half his former weight and an avid runner, logging upwards of 300 miles each month. “I’m a junkie at this point,” he says, laughing.

In addition to that exercise bike and a whole lot of conviction, Duggers gives credit to two free apps, MapMyRun and MyFitnessPal, which he utilized throughout his weight-loss journey. The apps’ secret sauce? They work together to give you a holistic picture of your fitness plan. “All the Under Armour products talk to each other,” Duggers adds. “I like that.” Ben McCallister, Under Armor’s senior product director for …

Heat Training Could Boost Your Cool-Weather Performance

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Contrary to popular opinion, the best scientific debates are not on Twitter. Instead, they’re found in special sections of certain journals where teams of scientists are invited to present contrasting views on hot-button issues, then rebut each others’ takes in a pre-determined (and generally civilized) format. This is where you get a window into what topics are currently roiling the waters in labs around the world. A few years ago, in the Journal of Physiology’s CrossTalk section, researchers debated the following proposition: “Heat acclimation does/does not improve performance in a cool condition.” This is a question that (as I explained in an Outside article last summer) has obsessed physiologists, coaches, and athletes since a bombshell 2010 study from the University of Oregon found that 10 days of training in 104 degrees Fahrenheit boosted cyclists’ VO2max by 5 percent—even when the subjects were later tested in cool temperatures. Suddenly heat training was being hailed as the po…

These also exist...dragons, check

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Some of my favorite rocks are found in the Flathead Lake

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Great day in the aussie bush

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Bull elk charges, knocks down woman near Rocky Mountain National Park [video] https://ift.tt/2msWNOT

Wildlife officials in Colorado are warning people to keep their distance from elk during their mating season after a bull charged people, knocked a woman down and repeatedly butted her with its antlers.Video shows the elk running toward people Thursday near the visitor center in Estes Park near Rocky Mountain National Park.The woman escaped after public works employee Brian Berg drove a pickup on the sidewalk and got between her and the elk.The elk then rammed the front of the truck.A spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Jason Clay, told KDVR-TV that bull elk aggressively fight over their breeding rights. He said people need to give elk space even in developed areas and let them move away on their own.See the video via KDVR below.— GreenwireCategories:Nature Tags:,, The post Bull elk charges, knocks down woman near Rocky Mountain National Park [video] appeared first on Outdoornews.

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Trees are fucking wild in the PNW

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One green boi

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This summer finally got to complete a long time dream- made an 250km expedition to Putorana Plateau in Russia, one extremely wild place, and beautiful.

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These things exist!!

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Schunnemunk Mountain State Park, leaves are starting to change

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One green boi

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Pictured Rocks, Munising MI

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Going to post a few photos from my recent visit to the pictured rocks after seeing someone else post one

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Sunset at the Rogue River

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Canoe I recovered after party went over a set of rapid in the BWCA. Always check your map and be cautious of moving water!

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Go out and watch the sky

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A Zion picture that isn't Angel's Landing, the Narrows nor Subway!!!

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Dramatic sunset in the San Juan Islands

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Looking down on the Narrows!

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The Sawtooths thru the window on the way home after camping; Idaho

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Kayaking in the mist on okauchee lake

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A mid-trail viewpoint on the Olympic Peninsula. On the route to Shi-Shi Beach this morning!

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Raven Rock trail - Coopers Rock State Forest, West Virginia. A relatively easy 2.5 mile round trip with an incredible view to make it more than worth it.

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Atlantic Sunrise on my wife & I's 13th wedding anniversary!

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Cannot wait for the leaves to change so i can check this view out with a splash of color. Skinner mountain- Massachusetts

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Got in a little fishing with my son this weekend. Didn't catch a thing but good views, but it was absolutely worth it.

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Pictured Rocks, Michigan

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Mama grizzly and babies. The things you see when you travel to Yellowstone National Park! She crossed the road about 10 seconds before my video started right in front of the car ahead of us. It happened so fast we were all scrambling for cameras and phones to try and take pictures or videos.

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Another barn located at Mormon Row in the Grand Teton National Park. I loved our trip this last week and was sad to go.

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Electrical storm over the Olympic mountains, Washington state

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Hudson Valley morning, 45 minute drive from New York City.

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Managed to take a video off a flock of birds. It is outdoors. Sort of. Just happened to be by the library😊

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2 Mile Hike to Idaho Springs Resevoir.

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