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Can You See Me Now?

Can You See Me Now?

At Headsweats, we love bringing our fans new headwear in bold, bright, and beautiful colors and patterns!  While we’re all about aesthetic innovation, we want our fans to know that there is also a bigger purpose behind our bold headwear – your safety.  In a world in which motor vehicles rule the roads, runners need to make sure they’re being seen by motorists from far away, especially during the evening and on high-traffic roads.  While we love creating headwear that helps you express your personal style, we love it even more knowing that it’s keeping you safe and seen out on the roads.  

Headsweats Ambassador Jody Marr wrote a wonderful blog post about why she wears brightly-colored Headsweats to stay safe on runs.  Here’s what she had to say:

I was super pumped to get a package in the mail last week. My Headsweats Ambassador swag came in! I ordered blue and orange Race Hat’s and a Woman’s Reversible Beanie.  So stoked to get a light weight beanie to keep my head and ears warm, as I have been wearing some that are just not meant for running.

I was also stoked to get some new race hats in different colors.  When he saw my cool hats Bill asked “Um, why orange?”

Well, (steps on soapbox), for starts, I like crazy colors. Lime, orange, bright yellow are all colors that I enjoy, but the main reason is, I want to be seen.  Not for narcissistic reasons, but for safety.

There is this 4 way stop that is my arch enemy.  I have almost been hit there at least 4 times. One time was so bad, I actually had my hands on the hood of the car when they finally came to a stop.  I might have yelled out “Stop, Stop STOP!!!”  and waved my Italian hands in protest. The reason this light is so bad (and probably every other one in this city) is because people are so focused on the light turning green and getting where they need to be, that they do not obey the other signals and laws…..those being the pedestrian light and the law that says they must yield to the actual pedestrian that could be in the road.

The law in Texas clearly states:

Sec. 552.002. PEDESTRIAN RIGHT-OF-WAY IF CONTROL SIGNAL PRESENT. (a) A pedestrian control signal displaying “Walk,” “Don’t Walk,” or “Wait” applies to a pedestrian as provided by this section.

(b) A pedestrian facing a “Walk” signal may proceed across a roadway in the direction of the signal, and the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian.

(c) A pedestrian may not start to cross a roadway in the direction of a “Don’t Walk” signal or a “Wait” signal. A pedestrian who has partially crossed while the “Walk” signal is displayed shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety island while the “Don’t Walk” signal or “Wait” signal is displayed.

What this means is, if you are turning right, and have a green light this does not mean “GREEEN! Must step on accelerator and get to where I am going 5 seconds earlier!”. It means “You may proceed IF there is no one in the crosswalk”.

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HS Ambassador Jody Marr shows how her orange Race Hat helps her stay safe and seen at a busy intersection she often runs across.

Most people do not watch for pedestrians.  I can vouch for that, having had so many “OMG I’m  going to die” moments running and on my bike.  The focus is on the light turning green and they proceed through without looking, hence my near misses.  I wear bright colors so cars can see me and don’t run me over, which increases my exercise satisfaction immensely.

Basically what you need to know is this:

Green light = look for pedestrians.  If there is someone there, you MUST WAIT AT THE GREEN LIGHT UNTIL THEY CROSS.  I know, stopping at a green light! is agony,  but those things walking upright on two legs are called people and your car colliding with them is no bueno, so cool your jets.

If there is no one there, you may carry on.

Make it your new habit if you are already not doing so.

Remember, that person you might mow down in your hurry to get through that light very well could be me.

 

Headsweats Announces 2015 Ambassadors!

Headsweats Announces 2015 Ambassadors!

Headsweats is thrilled to announce the final roster for our 2015 Headsweats Ambassador team!  Selected for their leadership and accomplishments in their chosen disciplines, this year’s roster includes 30 individuals and four teams competing in sports from running to rowing and triathlons.  Our Ambassadors come from throughout the United States and include men and women who have competed in everything from local 5K’s to full Ironmans®.

This year’s Headsweats Ambassadors include the men’s club rowing team from Boston College; Penny Comins, a triathlete who has competed in 18 Ironmans, including Norseman and the 2014 World Championships in Kona, Hawaii; and Justin Gillette, a father of two who is chasing his 100th marathon victory.  This diverse group of athletes will represent Headsweats while training, at the races in which they compete, and through their online presence. In addition, our ambassadors will be instrumental in testing and supplying feedback for future products and designs for the brand.

The complete roster of 2015 Headsweats Ambassadors includes:  Smitha Arons, runner; Stuart Barrington, multisport endurance athlete; Boston College Men’s Crew team; Jen Boudreau, runner; Anthony Chan, triathlete; Bryan Cichon, runner; Penny Comins, triathlete; Kim Cowart, runner; Chris Day, triathlete; Joe Dean, ultrarunner; Aaron Freesmeier, runner; Justin Gillette, runner; Danielle Hastings, runner; Andrea Hipps, triathlete; Dustin Hinton, triathlete; Ironworx Multisport, triathlon team; Nicole Kesten, triathlete; Hideki Kinoshita, runner; Otto Lam, runner; Bryan Lamb, multisport endurance athlete; Erin Lockwood, triathlete; Jody Marr, multisport endurance athlete; Mixed Nuts, adventure racing team; Felipe Mora, triathlete; Carson Phillips, runner; Kris and Mindy Przeor, runners; Amanda Remlinger, triathlete; Ed Shepherd, triathlete; Lisa and Lucas Smelser, triathletes; Team Tecnu, adventure racing team; and Michelle Thomas, triathlete.

For more information on Headsweats Ambassador program visit www.headsweats.com/pages/headsweats-athletes.html.  We couldn’t be more excited to see what this year has in-store for our ambassadors!

Headsweats Debuts Exciting new Collections at Winter Outdoor Retailer and PGA Show

Headsweats Debuts Exciting new Collections at Winter Outdoor Retailer and PGA Show

From Utah to Florida, Headsweats’ newest products and designs are making headlines!   Last week, the Headsweats team debuted the bold and bright Loudmouth Collection at the annual PGA show.  2,000 miles away in Salt Lake City, Headsweats debuted the latest and greatest for Spring 2015 at the semi-annual Outdoor Retailer show.  From Loudmouth hats and visors, to a rockin’ line of performance truckers, to new sublimated headbands and shorty’s, guests were wowed by the bright new colors, unique designs, and exciting new updates!  Here’s a sneak peak at what went down behind the scenes at the shows!

In Orlando, the Headsweats team got Loud & Proud in the Loudmouth booth:

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Loudmouth founder “Woody” gets interviewed in his Headsweats hat!
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A Headsweats staff member gets an official Loudmouth makeover!

Here’s a clip of the Loudmouth booth in action and an exlusive interview with Loudmouth founder, Woody!  We spy some Headsweats:  http://www.pgatour.com/video/2015/01/23/2015-pga-merchandise-show-fashion-exclusive–loudmouth.html.  Meanwhile, in Salt Lake City, the Headsweats booth was buzzing!

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New sublimated Trucker Hats!
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Headsweats booth staff models the new Performance Trucker collection.

Both shows were a HUGE success, and the Headsweats crew had a blast!  We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the year!

How to Make (or Rethink) Your New Year’s Resolution

How to Make (or Rethink) Your New Year’s Resolution

Headsweats Ambassador, author of “Triathlon for the Every Woman” and “Swim Bike Mom” blogger Meredith Atwood explains you may want to rethink your race resolution if you’re a newbie or aspiring triathlete.

I have always been a bit of a disaster when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Here’s how the process has gone for me in the past: Walk into grocery store. Scan magazine racks. Choose issues with teaser lines promising “Six-pack Abs,” “Marriage of Dreams,” “Job that Means Happiness, Wealth and Retirement!” Pile magazines high in arms. Bump into something while shuffling to check out, creating a “clean-up in Aisle 7” scene with magazines strewn everywhere. Skulk out of store, fuming and embarrassed.

Despite my less than graceful magazine procurement, I would remain hopeful as I returned home with my stack of glossy periodicals to assist with my ambitious New Year’s resolutions. One by one, I would read the articles, dog-ear the pages and make furious notes about my steps for making and keeping my resolutions. But sure enough, I’d start to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of losing 10 pounds in 10 days. Especially when I needed to lose 30 pounds by tomorrow. I also realized that the 1,204 daily crunches I planned to start on January 1 would clearly result in nothing but lower-back issues. And this perfect career? How in the world was I supposed to get that cracking by New Year’s?

So there I was, before New Year’s had even started, donating the magazines to the elementary school for paper doll crafts.

Then, I would turn to my last resort—the trusty Resolution List that I vowed to keep and execute perfectly. I loved my Resolution List, but over the years, the List became a bit like the movie “Groundhog Day.” It always began with “Lose that weight. Forever.” Yes, that would be the same weight that I am still wearing on my body today. The weight that I have gained and lost for the past 15 years. Up and down, up and down—I am the poster child for yo-yo dieting. I joke with my family, “You never know if Meredith is going to show up fat or thin to the holiday gatherings! It’s a surprise!” But this year? Well, this year will be different!

After a weight-loss pledge, my List outlined 5K races that I vowed to finish, and Mean Girls at work I promised to win over. At some point, the definition of insanity popped into my head—you know, doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result—and I began a new approach to my so-called resolutions.

Maybe you’ve fallen down in the grocery store, clutching the “30 Days to a Rocking Body” issue. Maybe you’ve even asked yourself, “What’s the point of all this resolution making?”

When it comes to resolutions, we are all a bunch of rookies taking steps to realize new, scary promises to ourselves. Some of us scribble down triathlon race schedules as a part of our resolutions: This year, I will do my first triathlon. This year, I will finish my first iron-distance race. Each resolution reflects a “beginner” in some way. Making a resolution to finish a race, in theory, is great. But if that particular race doesn’t pan out for whatever reason, then it’s easy to feel as if the journey, however long, was a failure. Also, focusing simply on finishing a race can sometimes cause a beginner to be ill-prepared for the race and not train as hard. “If I can just crawl across the finish, then I will be a triathlete.” Or, my personal favorite: “I sure hope I can handle open-water swimming for the first time on race day.” (In some cases, throwing a Hail Mary for a single race in order to keep a resolution is downright dangerous.)

Sometimes, when we focus on that one “I have arrived as a triathlete” race, the reason behind a whole-hearted, life-changing dream gets lost in the shuffle. In 2010, part of the reason I started triathlon was to save my life. Truly. I was working 75 hours a week with children under the age of 2, and looking at this unhappy, fat stranger in the mirror each morning, wondering, “Who the heck is this woman?” I was close to losing my mind. Tackling triathlon and learning how to swim, bike and run was a journey, one that was not seeking a perfect “resolution-style” me. Rather, it was the search and pursuit of a better version of myself.

The day-to-day workouts, foam-rolling and true diligence in the wee hours was what has carried me along. Training consistently was the real resolution, the one thing that I diligently pursued—and the thing that made me better. In turn, race days became celebrations of all the hard work that I put in behind the scenes.

This January, if you find yourself making your own Resolution List, try this:

This year, I will be a triathlete.

Maybe add other caveats: I will be the best triathlete I can be. I will share my healthy lifestyle with people I care about. I will train hard. I will take rest days. I will not eat garbage and wash it down with garbage soda and a side of garbage dressing. I will perceive myself as a swimmer, cyclist and runner, even if I don’t feel like one right now.

Making the resolution to become a triathlete was the stepping stone for the true start of my life. I did not make a resolution to do a single race. I took on a promise for a new life, and went after it. I became stronger and faster and more adapted to the sport—though by no means someone who is super-fast (or super-adapted, for that matter).

Being a triathlete has become a way to stay healthy, semi-sane and goal-oriented in other areas of my life, too. I’ve become a better person because I have this wonderful outlet, peppered with awesome goals, races and people.

Of course, those perfect-life promises and six-pack abs appeals may continue to catch my attention while cruising the grocery store aisles. But at least now, I’ve got my eye on the real prize.

Read more at http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/01/training/make-rethink-new-years-resolution_111232#hKeilFTKHLiG8Efk.99

Fighting FOMO in 2015

Fighting FOMO in 2015

2014 Headsweats Ambassador Danielle Hastings explains the concept of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), and why she’s determined not to let it control her race schedule in 2015.

Most years, I make some type of fitness-related New Year’s resolution. Whether it’s setting a PR at every distance, running X number of miles, or working out a certain number of days per week, it’s a common theme. This year, my resolution is still fitness-related, but a little different. In 2015, I’m dedicated to fighting FOMO – Fear of Missing Out.

Have you ever signed up for a race just because your friend did? Have you trained for a distance you weren’t all that interested in running, participated in a cross training activity you didn’t care for, or gone on a trip that didn’t appeal to you, just because you didn’t want to miss out? I definitely have. In fact, for the past few years, many of my running and fitness pursuits have been guided by what the people around me are doing.

This isn’t always a bad thing. I’ve had some amazing trips, races, and memories with my 679877_10151206126639681_1326276712_o-519x420friends. However in between, there have been plenty of races I was “meh” about, more than a few training plans that made me more stressed out than fit, and a Zumba class or two that made me question my sanity.

When I started running, it was an activity solely motivated by my need for stress relief, and I did it alone. I ran however many miles I felt like at whatever pace I felt like. I picked the races I wanted to do. Somewhere along the way, I started making a lot of friends who ran, too, and I hated the idea of being left out of the things they were doing. I loved hanging out with them so much that I started caring more about that than about whether I was actually enjoying whatever activity it was that I was doing.

This year, I only have one resolution – only do the things I really want to do. I’m determined not to sign up for races, start training plans, or do anything else just because my friends are doing it. In order to fight FOMO, I’m going to ask myself one simple question: Would I do this race/training plan/cross training activity/etc alone? If the answer is no, I probably don’t really want to do it. I think this one simple question will save me plenty of stress, frustration, and money in the New Year, but only time will tell!

The Basics of Cycling Etiquette

The Basics of Cycling Etiquette

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Unlike the world of running, which can be a solitary one, the sport of cycling often puts its participants into situations where good manners and concern for others comes into play. Outside of the written rules of cycling sports and the general rules of the road, there exists a set of unwritten rules of etiquette that every cyclist, whether riding in a group or alone needs to be aware of. These rules include:

  • Always obey the rules of the road and be conscientious of autos and pedestrians alike. This includes riding single file within the bike lane, stopping at all stop signs and red lights, not blocking intersections and displaying hand signals when appropriate.
  • Be aware of everything and everyone around you. This is especially important when riding in a group. Everything you do can have an effect on others. Maintain a consistent line and avoid braking or changing direction suddenly. Avoid surging or braking and try to keep the same speed as the group.
  • Respect the lead or senior riders of the group. Their advice and, sometimes harsh, admonishment is for the betterment of the ride and of the group itself. Understand that their experience is valuable.

As supporters of cyclists all around the world, HeadSweats employees all strive to make sure that cyclists everywhere are understood and represented as the responsible citizens that they can be. Remember to always stay respectful and safe during each and every ride. And don’t forget to take HeadSweats cycling caps and hats along with you for comfort and safety.

 

Avoiding Heat Illness While Running or Cycling in Summer

Avoiding Heat Illness While Running or Cycling in Summer

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In some parts of the country, where winter weather can be brutal and unpredictable, folks have waited for what seems like an eternity to get out into the warm, welcoming sunshine to train. Whether you run or cycle, training during the hot summer months can be done safely but requires some adjustments and for you to be diligent in paying attention to your body. Heat illnesses can become deadly serious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that heat illnesses kill approximately 625 Americans a year making it imperative that you take extra steps in your training routine to protect yourself from the dangers of heat exposure and illness. Symptoms of heat exposure start with leg cramps, clammy skin and mild fever; escalating into profound sweating, dizziness or fainting, headache, fatigue and weakness. Heat stroke symptoms include confusion, lethargy, high fever, nausea and even seizures.

Preventing your body from ever experiencing these symptoms is key to remaining on track. To prevent heat-related illnesses make sure to take extra precautions during any summer day. Remember, heat exposure can happen in temps less than 80 degrees and on both sunny and overcast days. Make sure to stay fully hydrated with both water and sports drinks that contain both salt and sugar. Dress in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that is lightweight and made of fabric that is meant to keep you cool. Also, try to plan your training during the cooler part of the day, taking breaks in shaded areas whenever possible.

At HeadSweats, our entire focus is on keeping the wearers of our running hats and cycling caps comfortable and protected from the elements. Our proprietary fabric technology helps to keep you cool, while the included headband helps keep sweat away from your face and eyes. Include a HeadSweats visor hat or running cap in your running apparel and stay safe during your outdoor activities.

Headsweats Runs BolderBOULDER 10K

Headsweats Runs BolderBOULDER 10K

Every Memorial Day for the past 36 years, runners have congregated in Boulder, CO, for the annual BolderBOULDER 10K race. Voted by Runner’s World as “America’s All-Time Best 10K,” the event has grown from 2,700 runners in its inaugural year, to over 50,000 participants in 2014, including Olympians and elite runners from all over the world. This year, Headweats Senior Account Manager Jack Cochran and Headsweats Ambassador Aimee Newman, had the opportunity to experience BolderBOULDER in all its glory. Here are their first-hand accounts of one of the most famous races in the world!

Headsweats Senior Account Manager Jack Cochran ran his 6th annual BolderBOULDER race with the “Beyond Limits” team, a group of athletes with physical and developmental disabilities who work together, with the help of mentors and coaches, to achieve personal goals. The team trains together twice a week, with all team members pushing and encouraging one another as they tackle their individual goals. In the twelve years that the Beyond Limits team has participated in BolderBOULDER, not a single member has failed to finish the race.

This year we had 3 PR’s from the 3 fastest people. John Austin is the most handicapped of the group- He was run over by a car when he was 3 and in a coma for 1 year and has brain damage. He’s now 42 and has finished Bolder Boulder for 16 straight years.”

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Headsweats Ambassador Aimee Newman also ran BolderBOULDER.  Here’s her race recap:

“This Memorial Day I ran the BolderBOULDER 10K for the first time! I went in knowing that is was going to be a big race, the biggest 10K in America in fact, but really didn’t grasp what that meant until after I finished and Folsom Field filled up with runners from all walks (or should I say runs) of life. This is an amazing community event that brings in runners from all over the country and world.

BolderBOULDER has fantastic and FUN crowd support. The race brings out local bands, dancers and other performers as well as less traditional race offerings including slip’n’slide stations, free beer, water gun fights, and jello-GU-shots. There were roughly 55,000 runners – I placed 6211 overall and 41st in my division. I was definitely happy to be sporting my HeadSweats visor because it got hot fast!  No sweat in this Funfitgirl’s eyes!

I really loved the BolderBOULDER and plan on doing it every year that I can. I think the event has grown from a simple race into a lasting community event that celebrates Memorial Day in a beautiful way.”

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How Much do You Know About HeadSweats?

How Much do You Know About HeadSweats?

With school letting out all over the nation for summer break, we thought we would hit you with just one more test to see how much you’ve been paying attention. Take this short quiz to find out just how much you know about HeadSweats cycling hats and running caps.

  1. What fabric technology is utilized in the manufacturing of all of our hats, caps and visors?
  2. What industry loves our hats and visors at the workplace?
  3. True or false: We only have hats for the serious runner or cyclist.
  4. What important element is included in each of our cycling caps, running hats and visor hats?
  5. Which HeadSweats fabric technology is meant to help keep you safe while being active at night?
  6. Which HeadSweats fabric technology is great for cold weather activities?

Since 1998, HeadSweats has been producing the best in headwear for elite athletes everywhere. Our hats, caps and visors are recognized throughout the world at the most famous athletic events in the world. Known for our quality and appreciated for our fashion, HeadSweats is the premier manufacturer of cycling caps and running hats and visors that are favored by those who use them.

Answers to today’s quiz:

  1. Eventure™ is the fabric technology that is the core of every one of our proprietary technical fabrics that create our line of hats and caps.
  2. Not only do cyclists and runners love our products but it turns out that chefs and restaurant professionals do too.
  3. False. We have a line of casual hats too.
  4. All of our performance hats include our patented sweatband.
  5. Eventure™ Reflective included in our hats and caps keep you visible at night.
  6. Eventure™ Fleece hats and caps keep your head protected from the cold.

 

Headsweats and Summertime Cycling Tips

Headsweats and Summertime Cycling Tips

Though we look forward to the warmer days of summer as we suffer through the colder temps of winter, it’s likely that we’ll complain about the heat once it’s here. We’re kind of funny like that. However, the heat is hardly an excuse to not get out of the house and on your bike. After all, you lamented the snowy days when they stopped you from being able to enjoy a ride; don’t allow the heat to stop you from doing what you love. Just keep these tips in mind to help keep your ride both safe and enjoyable.

  • Hydrate. Though it seems obvious, riders everywhere often forget just how much water and electrolytes they will be using up on a hot ride. Make sure to take in enough before, during and after your ride.
  • Start earlier. If possible, ride in the early morning to avoid the heat of the day.
  • Choose the proper attire. Wearing the right material and colors can help keep you cool. Avoid cotton and other materials that can soak you in sweat and choose jerseys in lighter colors that don’t absorb as much sun.
  • Look for shade. Don’t stop for rest in the full sun. This will actually raise your body temperature more than riding. Find a shady spot to rest or, if possible, stop in a local business to cool down.
  • Cover your head. Wearing a Headsweats cycling cap under your helmet can protect your head from sun and keep it cooler too. With our patented moisture-wicking materials, our cycling caps help keep sweat from pooling and our headband stops it from getting into your eyes.

Enjoy comfortable rides throughout the summer with cycling hats and caps by Headsweats.