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Aspen Winter X Games: What to Watch for in 2019

Aspen Winter X Games: What to Watch for in 2019

When: January 24-27, 2019 Where: Aspen, Colorado’s Buttermilk Mountains Events: Skiing (5), Snowboarding (7), Snowmobile (4) and Real Video Series (3) Future X Games: Summer X Games–August 1-4 in Minneapolis, Minn. (features Skateboard, BMX and Moto X competitions) X Games Aspen 2019 unveiled its first batch of invited athletes and the competition schedule just last week, meaning before we know it, the extreme sports world will once again have its eyes transfixed on Colorado’s Buttermilk Mountains. The 23rd Winter X…

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Conquering New Heights with Type 1 Diabetes: Project 50 in 50

Conquering New Heights with Type 1 Diabetes: Project 50 in 50

In the summer of 2019, athletes Patrick Mertes and myself will be launching Project 50-in-50, an attempt to climb the tallest peaks in each state of the US. We’ll be doing this all while managing our type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease where the pancreas no longer produces insulin, a vital hormone for delivering energy to the body. A little over 300 people, nicknamed “Highpointers” have completed all 50, usually over the course of their lifetime. We’ll be doing it…

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From Pavement to Peak: Making the Transition from Road to Trail

From Pavement to Peak: Making the Transition from Road to Trail

Last month I flew out to Honolulu to try my first ever Xterra trail race – the Xterra 21k trail World Championships at Kualoa ranch on Oahu. The course had about 3000’ of vertical gain over 13.3 miles with plenty of mud, slipping, and gorgeous views. For those of you who have never been to Hawaii, this is the famous park where Jurassic Park and Pearl Harbor were filmed which meant plenty of tourists spectating throughout the course. The race…

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Cold-Weather Hiking Necessities: Winter Beanies and More

Cold-Weather Hiking Necessities: Winter Beanies and More

“If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker.”–A Bitter Hiker The only way a cold-weather hike will put you in a bad mood is if you set out unprepared. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with a list of the essentials to stay warm, fed, hydrated and happy throughout your winter hiking slate.

A Beginner’s Guide to Single-track Cycling

A Beginner’s Guide to Single-track Cycling

Few sports require as much agility, skill and mental sharpness as mountain biking, especially when riding singletrack. When we’re out in the fresh air pushing ourselves to the limit, we often want to immerse ourselves in the natural landscape around us, for better or for worse. Singletrack cycling allows us to connect with our bodies, our bikes and Mother Nature in a deeper way. In riding, there’s a cliché about the wide, open road. For cyclists, it’s often the thin,…

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Life On Water: Part 2

Life On Water: Part 2

Catch up on Life on Water (Part 1) from #TeamHeadsweats Ambassador, Hugh McAdam! The next day of the regatta was our Rep- serious “do or die” time. The top four boats move on to the quarter finals, and the last two boats get dropped automatically. After weigh in and taking into account everything we learned and digested the day before, both Peter and myself began to get ourselves at the right level of hyped. For each athlete your state of…

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Life On Water: Part 1

Life On Water: Part 1

Last month I had the amazing opportunity to represent the United States at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria. There are so many cool and interesting topics to write about- the training, the race itself, the world of elite level rowing, the mental and physical challenges- so please bear with me! For those reading that aren’t rowers, I’ll try to explain all the rowing terminology as we go. There are two types of rowing: sweep rowing where each athlete…

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Everyday Wellness

Everyday Wellness

Today, the 17th annual National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, is a day to celebrate the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women everywhere. This day is an important reminder to women to get out and move our bodies or to take time to slow down to help with continued physical fitness and health. Here are some ways that you can share in this celebration of women’s health and fitness: Take a hike. Hiking is great physical activity…

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How to Beat the Heat and Keep A Cool Head

How to Beat the Heat and Keep A Cool Head

As an Ultrarunner who lives in St. Louis, summertime is pretty predictable… brutally humid with “real feel” temps which can rival that of Badwater, Death Valley. I’ve also trained in the dry heat of Badwater, with temps so hot, the soles of your shoes can literally melt… and I’ve learned a thing or two about how best to dress while training and racing during the summer months. So, What Are You Wearing? All roads should lead to WHITE as it reflects…

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Calm, Cool & Collected: Staying Warm and Dry on Race Day

Calm, Cool & Collected: Staying Warm and Dry on Race Day

“THE BEST THING ONE CAN DO WHEN IT’S RAINING IS TO LET IT RAIN.” ~ HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW Race day weather was something the 2018 Boston Marathoners obsessed over for weeks, and I think we were all in denial. “I want to run in freezing rain, bone-chilling temperatures and fierce headwinds” said no one, ever. We could hear the ominous howling winds from our hotel rooms the night before. Even the hotel housekeepers were handing out cards with the weather…

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