This version of couple’s therapy isn’t for the faint of heart—or feet.
No one ever said love is easy. It’s all about teamwork, communication and compromise. So perhaps the best way to build a lasting relationship is to push it to the brink. Funny...that's also a great way to get in shape for ski season. Enter the Gore-Tex TransRockies race, a six-day, 120-mile team trail run that starts in Buena Vista, Colo., and ends in Beaver Creek. Inspired by the TransAlpine race—an eight-day event that takes pairs of runners from Germany to Italy—TransRockies isn’t for the faint of heart or weak of feet.
Competitors of all ages and abilities will be able to race on the original Time Trial course ridden by legendary riders such as Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault back in the late 1980's. The race is open to both recreational and licensed road cyclists, with winners crowned in age group racing categories. A cash purse will be awarded to this year's top rider and all participants will receive an athlete bag with wicked cool Teva Mountain Games swag. For more info, click here.
Guidelines for skinny tire travel and training before the lifts crank up.
Many skiers trade their boards for a pair of wheels during the long snowless months of summer. One part transportation and one part sport, biking is a fun way to keep those legs in shape during the off-season. “The Skier’s Responsibility Code” is posted at the bottom of every chair and on the back of every lift ticket, but you won’t find a similar code on the trails and roads this summer, so we spoke to The League of American Bicyclists and Bicycling Magazine to come up with a few helpful guidelines to keep you and your riding partners safe this summer.
Research shows that physical exercise builds up your muscles and your brain.
Good news for skiers: A University of Illinois study suggests that exercise strengthens more than your muscles. It also promotes brain growth. Data collected from the study shows mice that ran increased their brain’s capacity to learn and retain memories while mice that ate well but didn’t exercise did not see brain growth. What does this mean for skiers?
After a decade of experts hammering at us, we get the message: Core is King. What we sometimes miss is that the key, especially for skiers, is not so much core strength, as it is core stability. A crunch uses your abs to move another body part; skiing uses your abs to stabilize your body so a different muscle can do its thing.
Hey, desk potatoes: Little lifestyle changes can add up.
As far as fitness goes, it seems that a little can go a long way. No one is disputing the benefits of nailing nonstop runs on the Hobacks (kind of like running a marathon on snow). But recent data indicates that a little action in the day-to-day grind can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Easy lifestyle changes can do a lot of heavy lifting: Take the stairs. Park in the outer stretches of the lot. Push away from your keyboard and take a walk outside your office for a quick break a few times a day.
Good news for procrastinators, the overworked and the overbooked—kind of.
We’re not sure if this helps or hurts us in our quest (ok, often a battle) to stay fit, but recent research seems to indicate that you don’t need to grind it out daily to get in shape—if you’re willing to pump up the intensity of your workouts. The magic, according to scientists, is in interval training, where you push yourself to max effort and heart rate for shorter bursts of time. Now, if you use this news as a handy excuse to cut back on your workout schedule but never follow through with the whole interval thing—yeah, that’s a trap we’re also trying to avoid.