Spring Cycling Tips

Now that Spring is officially here, cyclists in most parts of the country are grabbing their gear and getting ready for a long cycling season. Before you just hop on and go though, there are few tips that will keep you riding injury-free and your bike in tip-top shape.

1. Get a bike fit. Making sure that your bike is set to your physical specifications can increase your endurance, reduce your chance of injury and add to your overall enjoyment of the ride. Bikers of all levels, with varying cycling goals and regardless of how long they’ve owned the bike, can benefit from a professional bike fitting. Because your skill or fitness levels change, an annual or bi-annual bike fitting is recommended.

2. Now get your bike fit. Make sure to tune up your bike. If you have experience in tuning up a bike, this can be done at home. However, if you have no working knowledge of a bicycle’s parts and how they work, make sure to take it to your local bike shop. Inspection, cleaning, replacement or repair should be comprehensive and include tires and tubes, brakes, cables and pedals and even the seat.

3. Make sure to appropriately train for your first ride of the season. Even if you’ve kept up with cross training or strength training over the winter, much can improve with cycling training. Hit the key components of pedaling and cycling economy, cadence, power building, upper body strength (to fight fatigue) and endurance increase.

4. Make sure to protect yourself on your first rides of the Spring too. Though weather is still mild, the uv strength of the early Spring sun can be stronger than what you would expect with milder temperatures, make sure to wear a cycling hat or cycling cap under that helmet to keep the suns rays from hitting your scalp. A Headsweats cycling cap or hat also keeps your sweat from running into your eyes, allowing you to retain proper vision while cycling.

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Avoiding Running Injuries

So, you were certain that you were going fairly easy on yourself, but here you are again, icing that knee or babying that shin splint. Most of us are knowledgeable in the treatment of these running injuries but how to avoid them is somewhat lesser known. If you are experiencing repeated injuries after running, a few adjustments prior to, and during your routine may be called for.

1. Injuries often come from overtraining. Adding miles, intensity or both is obviously going to add stress to the body, that’s the point; but adding too much, too quickly can cause injury to our joints and muscles. Patience is key here. Stretch yourself by adding no more than 10 percent of your average on a weekly basis. Slowly build to that goal in order to avoid being sidelined completely.

2. It all starts with the feet. Make sure that the running shoe you invested in fits not just your feet but your running style too. The wrong type can set up the wrong dynamics, causing the body to have to compensate. If these compensations are often repeated in an unnatural fashion, pain and discomfort is guaranteed to follow. Get properly fitted at a specialty running shop and replace them often. The guideline is generally every 350-500 miles.

3. Make sure to train your body overall. Strengthen the muscles that support your running muscles. Being out of balance can cause joint to overwork themselves.

4. Avoid shock. Try not to run on concrete; being ten times harder than asphalt all that shock is transferred to your legs. Look to run on grass and trails often but make sure to change it up as a sudden transfer to asphalt can be jarring to joints.

5. Keep hydrated. One of the most obvious preventions to most any injury is a well-hydrated body. Keeping hydrated before, during and after training sessions keeps joints and muscles well lubricated and moving freely.

At Headsweats, we look to always provide you with the best in running hats and caps in order to keep you protected on the running trail. Our running visors and hats keep moisture away from your eyes and wick it away from your skull allowing you a more comfortable run. Browse our full selection of running caps to find the perfect one for you.

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Headsweats Ambassador ‘GingerMantra’ Tackles her First Marathon

“I want to be stronger, I want to be healthier and I want to be a better athlete”

On Sunday February 23rd, Headsweats Ambassador Tambra Means, aka ‘Ginger Mantra,’ ran her first marathon in Jacksonville, FL at the 26.2 with Donna to Finish Breast Cancer. Everyone’s first marathon is a huge milestone – one we all remember because it empowers us to realize we’re capable of so much more. It fuels our spirit to sign up for another race, an even longer one, and pushes our muscles and minds to go farther. In her own words, here’s a play-by-play of Tambra’s first-ever marathon:

TambraMeansThe race weekend started like most, we hit the road early to get to the Expo that would be held at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, to pick up our race day packets and bibs and checkout the other Expo offerings by running gear companies that were there. We arrived shortly after lunch on Saturday and headed straight to grab our packets and I was excited to see my fellow #RunDONNA Ambassador Marcia before heading into the exhibit hall. Note – My Race Recap 2 will be coming next week which I will highlight my amazing opportunity as one of the 2014 #RunDONNA Ambassadors. This race had been my first half marathon, which I ran in February of 2013 and I really loved the display of support for breast cancer patients and families that they offer for runners to be a part of. There are huge signs that are relocated on race day to the Memorial Mile on Jacksonville Beach and also a large garbage truck painted pink that we all get to sign and it is parked along the course. Sometimes the things we see are a bit emotionally overwhelming, but they bring out the huge heart of all the runners in our communities.

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Inclement weather prevented me from finishing my 26.2 miles and we were stopped at mile 24 and bussed to the finish. Though I was just 2 miles shy of my completing my first marathon, I learned much about myself and know what I need to work on to be prepared to finish my next marathon. I am still searching for that special race and hope to be able to check “marathon” off my bucket list in 2014!

Read more about Tambra’s first marathon on her blog here.

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Ride and Run with Passion and Safety

The statistics are eye-opening and a bit staggering and not in our favor. A pedestrian or cyclist is killed every 2 hours in the United States in a collision with a motor vehicle. Runners, walkers and cyclists are most likely to be struck in intersections of urban roadways at night according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with low-visibility being a key factor in these fatal incidents.

Increasing visibility during night runs or rides is of the highest priority when it comes to running or riding safely. Reflective clothing has been shown to increase visibility to more than 1000 feet. Which is why we offer hi-visibility running hats, cycling caps and visors for both men and women. We want to keep as many of us outdoor enthusiasts as safe as possible. Our super reflective caps, made with our patented materials that are both water-resistant and include the COOLMAX sweatbands, are designed with comfort, style and safety in mind. In both Ironman® or customizable styles, these reflective options, made with our proprietary Eventure™ reflective fabric, are sure to keep you safer during both early morning or late evening training sessions.

Since our beginnings in 1988, Headsweats associates have always concerned ourselves with the comfort and safety of runners and cyclists all over the United States. Always guaranteed with our 2-year warranty, each and every one of our products is manufactured with the highest quality and workmanship. Keep yourself and loved ones safer with reflective running hats and visors whenever you venture out, whether its for a quick jog around the block or an intense training session. We look forward to many years of business with each of our clients and hope to help keep you safe.

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Awesome Cycling Events For the Die-Hard in All of Us

We thought it was only fair, after posting blogs on different types of 5k events and then mud and obstacle races throughout the country, that we should focus on this year’s lineup of cycling events across the United States. We know an awful lot of you that would rather spend your time on wheels rather than pounding the pavement, plus there are those of you who like to do both, God help ya. So here it is: a breakdown of what we think are truly awesome cycling events for the remainder of 2014. Remember to always wear safety gear and cycling caps from Headsweats. Complete race information can be found at individual race websites.

5. Maine Lighthouse Ride – With four distances available at 25, 42, 65 and 100 miles, this ride, along the coast of Maine allows riders to take in views of several different lighthouses along the way. Register soon though as this ride is limited to the first 1000 riders.

4. Tour De Frost – For those empathetic and charitable riders looking to make a difference for the less fortunate among us, this race in Rockford, Illinois is a 25 mile bone-chilling jaunt.

3. Solvang Century – Winding through the hills of Santa Barbara County in California, the Solvang Century is considered one of the finest century rides in the nation with its 5 star route. Plan for a BBQ and party afterwards with a massage therapist on hand.

2. 3 State 3 Mountain – Beginning and ending in host city Chattanooga, Tennessee, the century ride traverses three mountains through 3 states. Or choose lesser distance rides of 85, 62, or 31 miles.

1. Colorado Death Ride – 16,500 vertical feet, 232 miles and 5 mountain passes over a 3 day ride. This ride, though brutal takes cyclists through some of the most beautiful country this nation has to offer.

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5 Mud Runs You Just Gotta Try

Almost all of us had done it as children at one point or another to the dismay of mothers all over the country. And we would be hard-pressed to find anybody who regretted doing it. In fact, it almost seems that it was basically a rite-of-passage for most of us. In fact, playing the mud is often a treasured childhood memory.

Which explains the recent booming popularity of the mud run and obstacle course races that have spread, well…. like a muddy hand print, all over the nation. All spring and summer long, every state in the nation will be hosting dozens of chances for grown adults to play in the mud in ways they haven’t since they were 12. We’re just rating a few of these that hold events in multiple cities over several dates. Find out more about each race at their respective websites. Oh, and don’t forget your Headsweats running hats and visors.

5. The Rugged Maniac

As brutal as it sounds, the maniac trips up mud runners with 20 obstacles including a 100 foot “suicide slide”. Afterward try your hand at mud tug-of-war and further your child-like delight with an adult bounce house and even a mechanical bull. Afterparty includes showers, food and beer. In 20 cities across the US.

4. Run For Your Lives

This obstacle race includes the stuff of nightmares. As part of the obstacles along the race route, zombies (yes, zombies) lurk to attack mud-covered human flesh. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead you may want to check if yours is one of the 23 cities chosen to host the not-all-that-gruesome race. By the way, you can register as either a runner or a zombie.

3. Dirty Girl Mud Run

For all you, uh, “ladies” out there. The dirty girl mud run is exclusively for you and your team of gal pals to bring out your rambunctious inner child. With more than 40 Dirty Girl events across the country, this untimed obstacle course lets you decide which obstacles you’re up to completing.

2. The Spartan Race

Now, we’re getting serious. Though it is still a mud run, the Spartan truly tests obstacle runners at three different levels – go easy on yourself (kinda) on the 3+ mile, 15+ obstacle course; push to see what you’re made of on the 8 mile course that puts you through more than 20 obstacles or go for the most challenging course “The Spartan Beast” -with 25 obstacles spread out over more than 12 miles.

1.  Tough Mudder

If you’ve been paying attention to these races at all over the last few years, you’ve probably been familiar with this one. The Mudder at about 10 to 12 miles long, featuring 25 military-style obstacles, is now international with events across 5 continents. Parties for participants (of which only about 78 percent finish) include tattoo artists who will imprint the Tough Mudder logo as a lifelong memento of the event.

Keeping your fitness routine is made, well, less routine with events like mud runs and we look forward to seeing you out there – in your Headsweats running hats and visors of course. We’d say try to keep it clean but, yeah….that’s not gonna happen. cropped-tt2013woods1.jpg

 

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2014 Runs Are Looking a Little Weird

The Color Run. The Hot Chocolate Race. The Electric Run and the Foam Fest. Things have gotten a little more than a bit wild in the racing world these days. Though perhaps shunned by the more “serious” of runners, these off-the-wall and unusual 5 and 10k races have brought extra attention, and participants, to run/walks that would normally stick close to home on race day.

While most 5k races are still traditional or based around a charity event, the recent boom in Americans participating in road races seem to be fueled somewhat by these wacky foot races, where fun is the focus and parties ensue. Basically, these wildly popular runs, though relatively small in numbers, compared to the larger races in the nation, collectively have helped to increase the number of participants to more than 15.5 million race finishers in 2012. We just hope that, they look to remain safe and comfortable, and of course, wearing a Headsweats running cap or running hat (wink, wink).

Frankly, we love it. Yes, we’re finding more of those less-than-serious about the sport, chatting and drinking coffee as they walk, rather than run, the route. Yes, the starting line at these events are looking more like an arena concert. But, since you’ll soon be leaving the crowd behind,  and moving at your own pace, beating the bulk of them to the finish line, it’ll be your race against yourself once again. Oh, and you’ll get to be part of the requisite party afterwards. Lets face it, these races are exactly what the sport needed. So get out there and join in the fun. Get dirty and colorful and bubbly and chocolatey. Just remember to take your Headsweats running cap or running hat with you.

 

 

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Not Just For Triathletes

Though it’s most likely a dream or a goal of a good portion of runners, bikers and swimmers to one day participate, or even finish a triathlon like IronMan, you don’t have to be one to enjoy the attributes of our Headsweats running hats and cycling caps. After all, each and every one of us sweat (if you don’t you’re not doing it right) and the most unique head gear in the industry helps not only triathletes but the most recreational of athletes.

Built with special materials to wick moisture away from your head, our cycling hats, running caps and visors, for both men and women, are designed with your comfort in mind.  Not only are they cool in function, they look cool too. And, though your comfort is important, we simply believe that your safety is even more so.  Its especially important in cold weather to move moisture away from the body, as sweat cools the body as intended, in cold weather hypothermia can be accelerated when sweat is unable to evaporate, keeping skin cool. With Eventure Fleece, stay warm with its breathable, resilience. All of our hats, caps and visors are constructed from our proprietary blend of tech fabrics, our Eventure™ Fabric Technology, our array of athletic headwear keeps you safe and warm too. Whether you are looking to train for a triathlon, race in marathon or just bike with a friend this weekend, we promise a Headsweats hat will keep you looking cool and feeling cooler.

Covering your head, and your adventure need, is our passion at Headsweats and we look forward to helping you choose just the right hat, visor or cap for your athletic endeavors.

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Shin Splints 101

They sound awful and feel even worse. If you’ve ever experienced the discomfort caused by a shin splint you understand the need and desire a runner would feel for avoiding this particular injury at almost any cost.

Medically referred to as medial tibial stress syndrome, or MTSS, shin splints basically refers to the occurrence of pain in the shins – or front area of the lower leg. Commonly brought on by strenuous activities like basketball, tennis or racquetteball, shin splints can also be caused by running too frequently on hard surfaces because of the excessive pressure and impact on the lower leg muscles. Running on slanted surfaces, downhill and on uneven surfaces can also attribute to the development or worsening of shin splints.

Symptoms include dull, aching pain on either side of the shinbone and within the muscle itself, soreness along the inner part of the lower leg and can be accompanied by swelling. Numbness and weakness in the feet are also a common symptom.

Avoid shin splints by wearing properly fitting shoes with shock-absorbing insoles. Avoid running on hard surfaces, slopes and uneven terrain. Always begin your training session with a good stretching routine before every session to help avoid shin splints from occurring.

At Headsweats, we always look to make your running or cycling sessions as comfortable and safe as possible. With our technologically advanced materials and innovative construction process, Headsweats running hats, cycling caps and visors for men and women, help make your training sessions as comfortable as possible. Browse our online store for a full selection of the best running hats and cycling caps on the internet.

 

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The Daddy of Them All

With Ironman® events happening all over the world, the most famous of all triathlons is attracting more and more participants year after year. Once a sport reserved for the most extreme athletes looking to push beyond their own physical limits, the Ironman is no longer looked at as just for the nuttiest of extreme athletes. From its quiet beginnings in February of 1978, including just 15 competitors, the Ironman® triathlon has grown to become a phenomenon with hundreds of thousands of participants across the globe.

Though most participants do not finish the race which consists of 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and a full marathon at 26.2 miles, it is always important for every participant to remember to fully train and prepare, both mentally, physically and nutritionally when deciding to take on the Ironman.

Remember first and foremost that a triathlon is like no other sport and will test not only your physical endurance but your mental and emotional capabilities also. Obviously, people don’t start the physical fitness journey with the goal of finishing  a triathlon; triathletes are usually those extreme athletes who are already accomplished distance swimmers, marathon runners and century riders. To them, a triathlon is just the next logical step in their fitness journey.

As an official sponsor of the Ironman® Series, Headsweats is proud to offer every triathlete and enthusiasts alike the best cycling hats, running hats and visors for men and women. With the iconic Ironman® logo emblazoned across our Ironman® hats, every participant, and those that dream about participating, can show the world their passion for the iconic event.

 

 

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