Our New Front Yard

Well, if you have been following me since August, you will know that we tackled a large project that has provided me with plenty of hours and days of cross-training. This past weekend, David and I finally completed our front yard transformation. I documented the first part of the project here. We did this entirely by hand (no machines involved) and spent many long weekend days moving dirt and digging up grass.

When we bought the house in January, we were not entirely impressed with the “curb appeal” of the home. Not that we really care about appearance *that* much, but we wanted a yard that was not more weeds than grass with plenty of brown patches in between.

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So we read a bit about xeriscaping and building a retention wall. We have a bit of a hill in the yard, and I advocated for a wall to go there. So we got a lot of heavy stone and built a wall.

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Then we leveled the ground, covered the dirt and lay mulch. We liked the big pieces of bark to serve as mulch and it was cheap enough from Home Depot.

The fun part was choosing plants to put in. We have a basement window that was pretty exposed (see in the first picture). That window is to our guest bedroom, so we wanted to give it a bit of privacy. When we first moved in, we planted that spruce that you see in the top picture. But we decided we would rather have a couple shrubs there. So we moved the spruce and bought two yews, which we hope will grow together to form a bit of a shield over the next few years.

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We then wanted these yellow mooncreeper shrubs to lighten up the yard. We got three of them; two went on one side of the yard and one on the other.

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Then we wanted another layer. We were thinking we would go with decorative grasses, but we also really liked the russian sage. So we decided to get some of each to add diversity. Plus, they both have a bit of a silvery look to them so they complement one another.

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In front of the retaining walls are our flower beds. We will plant annual flowers each year. Because it is fall, mums are are out in full force. so We bought some mums to fill the beds and add more color for the next month or so. And here are the final pictures:

IMG_2577 IMG_2580 IMG_2576We still have the area between the sidewalk and the front curb to do. We plan to take the grass out of them, but we will wait until next spring to do that.

Oh and David wants to add a small layer of groundcover just above/behind the wall. I was hesitant that it might be too much, but maybe in the spring, we will add some flox. I do love the way flox hangs over walls, but I want to see how I feel about it after I have gotten used to it for a while.

Bear Chase Half Marathon Race Recap

It has been so long since I ran a race I was truly in in love with, so this recap might be difficult. If you missed my post yesterday, here was my experience on Saturday volunteering for the ultra portion of this race. Finally, remember that awesome night I spent in Highlands Ranch with Brooke, Logan, Aimee and Cassie in July? That race was put on by the same RD and had many of the same characteristics. (Also, by registering for Chase the Moon, I was able to get a discount for the Bear Chase, so why not?)

Anyway, I was slightly familiar with the Bear Chase course because a few weeks ago, Mary and I had met there to run and check it out. We got a bit lost and had no idea if we were on the right trails, but Bear Creek Lake Park is small enough that I knew what I was up for (including Mt. Carbon, which is kind of a beast of hill in the middle of the course).

Saturday night, David said he would meet me at the finish of the race. He asked if 9:00 was about right for my projected finish (with a 7am start). I laughed and said maybe closer to 9:30, anticipating the single track, sandy trails, the 900 feet of elevation gain and my insistence that I would take the race nice and slow to enjoy the scenes. I was not about to kill myself on this race. But I did say maybe 9:15 would be the earliest I would finish.

Sunday morning I awoke at 3am and was wide awake, even though I did not need to get up until around 4:45. I laid in bed and read for a while before realizing at 4:15 I was not getting back to sleep. To the coffee machine I went! A couple cups of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal later, I was in my clothes and ready to go. I wrote David a note saying, “I will see you at 9:15. I am feeling optimistic!”

Without traffic, it was a 20 minute drive to the parking lot. Just as I was parking Mary texted me to say she was there. In the cold, dark parking lot we managed to find one another and get on the bus to the start/finish area. We were both chatting with our nervous energy about our preparation and the course. After the bus driver got lost (how did that happen?) we arrived at the parking lot and got in the porta potty line. It was cold out there, but we knew it was perfect shorts weather. The sunrise was amazing:

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That is Mt. Carbon in the background, where we climbed at mile 6-ish.

After fueling, body-gliding and dropping our bags we were ready to hit the start area with about 5 minutes to spare. I was ready to go and I knew Mary would be ahead of me, so I wished her good luck and before I knew it, we were off. The race starts with a .6 mile loop around the parking lot to make up for the 12.5 mile bigger loop that we do. So the beginning was nothing too exciting. The first two miles were spent trying to find my pace in the midst of the crowds and the single track course. Miles 1 and 2: 9:35 and 10:08

After 2 miles, we crossed a bridge and continued along single track back the way we came but on the other side of the river. I was in a good spot with the right pace; not too much passing or being passed for the next 3 miles. I was trying to keep it at 10 min/miles to avoid crashing later on, but I was a bit faster than that. Miles 3-5: 9:24, 9:25, 10:08

Before I knew it, we were at the base of Mt. Carbon. I saw runners going up the same trail that Mary and I had done weeks before. All I knew was that on that one day, I had run up the entire thing with no walking breaks. I was SLOW but I still ran. So I knew I could do it again. And I did! By the middle of mile 7, I had reached the top and passed some people walking. I did not care if I walked other hills later on, but I had the confidence that I could run up this one. Miles 6 and 7: 9:59, 10:25

The best part of mile 7 was that after making it to the top, you run along a ridge for a bit before you begin descending. I felt like I was flying! And then I saw a photographer and I took the best race pictures of my life. I was so happy:

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Seriously. All of my road race photos, I look miserable, bloated and ready to puke/cry. This just captures my attitude perfectly right about then.

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And the race photos are FREE!!! Sorry to the people behind me for taking up all the picture :)

The one part I was not expecting in this descent was how far we were going down. We went down to a lower elevation here than the start/finish line. And I knew we would finish the race by going down, so that meant I had a lot more climbing ahead of me. Not long after this picture was taken, I was running along enjoying myself when I came to the water crossings. The people in front of me embraced it, so I had no choice but to splash right in. I think I said out loud “I can do this” and it was FUN! There were 2 more within a few minutes and they were all equally fun. Mile 8: 10:48 (all downhill but 3 water crossings which slowed me down).

Then the challenging part of the course began. Miles 9-12 were mentally tough. We turned onto a bike path and headed uphill past a golf course. With my feet wet and heavy, running uphill on cement was a challenge. Then when we got back on the trail, we were greeted with a nice, very steep hill. I was still feeling good from the high of the first half of the course so I let myself slow down and take it easy.

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 4.25.02 PMI was piggy-backing with a guy for a while. We were together just at mile 10 when a massive mud puddle was in our way. He seemed to hesitate so I took the opportunity to pass him. But just as I was there going through the mud, he turned around and knocked into me. I fell over and off the course a bit. I yelled “Sh!t” out loud (it happens) and he never said a word. I was totally OK, but if there are two people on a trail together and one falls over in the mud, distressed, the other should at least acknowledge you, right? Well, I spent all of mile 10 pissed and determined to not let this guy pass me again.

When we got to mile 11, we were definitely up on a ridge and somehow another large hill appeared? I thought we were done with the hills! I walked a bit and the dude passed me. But as soon as we started the descent, I passed him and never saw him again. Miles 9-11: 11:57, 11:30, 10:50.

Mile 12 seemed to go on forever. The terrain up on this ridge was tricky for your footing. Like most single track mountain biking trails, it was in a V shape and I just never felt like I could get my feet in the right place. And I knew somewhere we would be coming across a downhill soon. Mile 12: 11:03

Finally, Mile 12 was over and I knew the end was near. I could see runners ahead of me disappearing from the ridge, so they could only be going down, right? Indeed. When I got there, I found the trail down steep and pebbly, so I needed to be careful with my feet. That pebble road soon led to a paved road which took us to the parking lot and the finish line was near. I kicked it up when I was confident I would not fall. People were cheering. I made it across the parking lot and up a little hill to the finish line when I heard Mary yelling my name. She said something about 2:15, so I pushed it as hard as I could. Mile 13: 9:37 and then 12 seconds at a 7:04 pace (my Garmin registered the course as 13.04).

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My head was down; I could not even look at the clock!

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Thanks for the photos, Mary!

Turns out, I had finished in my best case scenario with a time of 2:15:03. I was ecstatic because I know I tend to run slow on trails and I was expecting to run much slower. I will take it! I got to regroup with Mary to see how her race went (she rocked it!) and meet her family for a few minutes before I wondered off to get my phone and wonder where David was.

David had arrived and a volunteer told him he had to park in an overflow lot where he was literally the only car way up on the ridge. He was walking down the hill I had just run down when I called. He was not happy he could not park right near the finish line (because there were empty spots), but he found me plopped in the grass and all was OK.

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We were able to enjoy a great breakfast of Flippin’ Flapjacks while sitting out in the sun. These are seriously good pancakes. I had them at Chase the Moon and Bear Chase and they do not disappoint. Seriously, this race is that good that it is worth traveling here for. If you live out of town and want to run it next year, you can stay at my house!

 

Volunteering at the Bear Chase Trail Race

Saturday, I woke up and managed to run a few errands with David before it was finally time to to pick up friends and to go to Bear Creek Lake State Park. The park is about a 20 minute drive away and today was the site of three different ultra races: the 50K, the 50 Mile and the 100K. The three of us were assigned to the Start/Finish area from 11:30 through 4:00. We had a volunteer parking pass which allowed us to enter and park in the park for free (otherwise a $7 fee).

We arrived right at 11:30, got registered as volunteers and given assignment options. The volunteer coordinator said she would need someone to help with medals and I jumped right on that. What a fun volunteer experience to give out medals to ultramarathoners. It was a hot day and I was there just in time to see the majority of top 50K runners finish (I think I missed the top 2 men or so). When they came in, they were exhausted and dehydrated. In addition to giving them medals, I pointed out the cold drinks, aid station, and medical tent. Most had friends and family there for them so they were doing OK.

Here are some of the highlights of the day:

    • Putting the medals around the necks of finishers as they were choking back tears.
    • Recognizing and understanding the dazed look of runners that are barely able to fathom what they just did, as they realize they no longer need to run a step.
    • Giving a medal to a young boy who ran up to his dad as he finished. The boy then ran over the finish line and dropped the medal as his dad was two steps from the line. The dad hesitated for a second before he decided that rather than pick the medal up, he would rather cross the line. The boy picked it up and gave it to his dad AFTER he crossed the line. It was cute.
    • Being able to go over to the aid station tent where my friend Elizabeth was offering her specialty of the day: salted watermelon. Here is she making one of her treats:

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  • Listening as one girl crossed the finish line and fell into her husband/partner’s arms. He held his arm around her, asking her what she needed. Finally, she was able to say “I just need you to not touch me right now.” I laughed because I am sure I have said the same thing to David.
  • Watching the only 100K finisher cross the line when I was still on my shift. And it was a female! When she crossed, the RD met her and gave her her belt buckle. She graciously accepted it and looked like she had just run 5 miles, not 62. Kaci Lickteig is a rockstar and someone to keep your eyes out for over the next few years!

So that was my day of volunteering for the Bear Chase. I got to hear many of the stories of the runners. They all loved the water crossings (my biggest fear going into the race) because of how cool it was on a hot (mid-80s) day. For as much fun as I had volunteering, I have say that running the course is even more fun! Stay tuned for my half marathon race recap.

Thank You, Bear Chase!

A full re-cap of BOTH my volunteering and my racing will come later this week. But in the meantime, I am still on a runner’s high and I want to thank the Bear Chase Trail Race for a fabulous weekend:

  • Thanks for the easy packet pick-up at Runner’s Roost, Lakewood.
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Comfortable Mizuno shirt.

    • Thanks for assigning me to the finish line on Saturday. So inspiring!
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I actually got to hand out medals! Best. Job. Ever.

  • Thanks for getting me out of bed at a really early time to enjoy this beautiful sunrise.

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  • Thanks for getting my legs nice and tired and wet/dirty in the 13 miles and 900 feet of elevation gained.

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    Three river crossings up to my knees + a fall in a big mud spot will do this to the legs.

  • Thanks for the super fun and relaxing post-race party.

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    A big thank you to David for meeting me there and bringing the dogs to me. Sadly, because of race/parking logistics, he missed me finish, but Mary and her entire family were there cheering for me.

My (Not Alone) Weekend

Happy Friday! I had the best, relaxing weekend planned. I was going to take David to the airport Friday afternoon and then come home and relax. Saturday my big activity was going to be volunteering for 4.5 hours at the Bear Chase Trail Race as the ultrarunners ran around and around the 13 mile loop. Then I was going to come home and relax and get ready for Sunday morning when I was going to run the Bear Chase Trail Race Half Marathon distance (one loop as opposed to the multiple ones the ultras are running). Then I would come home and pamper myself and lay on the couch and watch junky TV.

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But plans would have it otherwise. David was supposed to fly to Chicago to meet up with his college buddies. Friday morning, there was a fire at a tower at the Chicago airport and all flights going to/from Chicago (and just about anywhere in the midwest, really) were cancelled. Miraculously, all 3 of his friends flying in (one lives in Chicago and the other two live in AZ and CA) were able to change their flights and reschedule for next weekend.

So there goes my relaxing weekend. Don’t get me wrong; I am sure this means we can tackle the rest of our front yard (it is SO CLOSE to being complete) and do other things that need to get done together. Maybe David can even come cheer me on at my race on Sunday. I am sure it will be a great weekend, but it is just different than I was expecting.

As for now, here is where I will be volunteering tomorrow/running on Sunday:

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Can you see the Denver skyline in the background?

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Thanks for the great shot, Mary!

Things That Make You Go Hmmm

Every once in a while you come across stories that just stop and make you think about things you do everyday. I have this horrible daydream/nightmare that one day I am going to just say/do/post something stupid on my blog that I will really regret. So far, in nearly two straight years of blogging, I have not yet deleted a post or had anything go viral, so I think I am in a safe spot. Below are two stories that made me stop and think about things I do as a runner and what I post to my blog.

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Anyway, a petite DC runner in DuPont Circle has made it to the news for aggressively attacking anyone in her way. As a (sometimes) urban runner, I am always trying not to get in the way of people walking on the sidewalks. I am lucky that Denver has plenty of bike paths where running is the norm, but to get to the paths sometimes, it requires some running on the streets of the city. Obviously, I am self-aware enough not to body slam anyone, but sometimes I do get annoyed with the slow pedestrians and will hop into the street to avoid them (as long as there are no cars coming towards me). But this makes me wonder if pedestrians on city streets get annoyed with runners?

Three climbers got fined $4,000 by the National Park Service for a photo they sold to Patagonia. The photograph, taken in Utah’s Capitol Reef National, was published 3 years ago in a Patagonia catalog. National Park officials recognized the area and realized that the climbers had to have changed the landscape to be climbing there. Be careful with all your Instagram and blog photos that you are not doing anything illegal or Big Brother will find you and fine you. I am not condoning the activity of these guys, but it is a bit crazy that park officials found a photo in catalog that is 3 years old and were able to take legal action against them. This is not to say that I do anything illegal on purpose, but sometimes you just don’t know.

Interbike 2014

When I was in Las Vegas, the main event going on was Interbike, a large trade show between bike and bike accessory manufacturers and bike retail stores. The exhibitors had their latest and greatest bikes on display that still have plenty of time before they are available in stores. So I got to see some fun stuff.

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First, however, I need to set the scene of Interbike. Bikers are a very diverse group. But there are several sub-groups of bikers with similar characteristics. For instance, you have the tall, lean, very Type A-esque road bikers. You know, the ones who have their “nutrition” plan down to the minute mark of a long ride. And then, just like skiers have their bada$$ snowboard counterparts, there are the mountain bikers who are a bit more edgier. The mountain bikers have a coolness about them, with their trailer truck hats and tattoos.

But, as you see everyday, biking is not simply an athletic endeavor engaged in with the super-athletes. There are the hipsters that swoon over the simple, single-gear bikes. There are the urban commuters that go crazy over the collapsable bikes that can be carries on trains. There are the beach cruisers and do not forget the electric bikes. So many different types of bikes!

So with that said, I just observed a lot on the Interbike show floor, stopping here and there to look at little (or big!) things that caught my attention. Unlike the Health & Fitness Business Show, I did not talk to many exhibitors. I also, sadly did not have my phone or camera with me too much. I did get some shots of the show floor:

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Bikes everywhere.

One thing that surprised me a lot was the number of different electric bikes that were on display. Apparently, Americans are getting lazy again with their commuting and, while they like the idea of bikes, they do not like to climb uphill. So an e-bike comes in handy. These bikes can get anywhere between 30 and 80 miles on a single charge and range in different styles, from old-school 10-speed bikes (think 1970s) to sleek, high-end road bikes with a little more “meat” to them.

We watched games where people were timed for how quickly they could fold up a foldable commuter bike. We held frames of road and tri-bikes that cost well over $10K and were as light as my phone. We watched grown men bike around the show floor in what looked like adult-sized Big Wheels that were not made out of cheap plastic. And we saw a covered bike that kind of looked like this:

In between all the fun gadgets and games, there were plenty of accessories to make it easier on you bike to transport large amounts of stuff, to carry fuel for your long rides, hydration packs, and basically any new little gadget you can think of. It was exhausting to think about the possibilities. As a casual biker who uses my old, 1980s road bike to get around town, I was overwhelmed by the entire biking industry. But there are certainly many, many different options out there for whatever type of biker you are!

Way to Go Denver Rock ‘N Roll

I am so, so glad I decided to run the Denver Rock ‘n Roll half this year! And I am so happy they are doing what they are doing.

This past Friday, with no good reason cited, the Race Director of the Boulder Marathon cancelled the race that was two weeks away. The Boulder Marathon was supposed to be on Oct. 5 and participants received an email on Friday saying that due to the floods from over a year ago, the race was cancelled. You can read the letter here. He had sent an email out in February saying that the race was approved for Oct. 5.

Personally, if I were training for a marathon that was two weeks away, I would NOT be happy to receive such an email, which lacked a solid reason. Saturday, the Boulder and Denver newspapers were reporting that the director did not apply for the race permits on time, and had to cancel the race. There is other speculation that he is in the middle of some lawsuits.

I am sad about this. I have never run the Boulder marathon, but I ran the Spring half in 2012. I am have trained for many, many marathon on the dirt roads of the course. They really have a great course. I am especially sad for runners traveling to Boulder for the race who cannot change their travel plans. Not to mention all the pent-up emotions of training for a big race to have it cancelled with no solid explanation.

BUT I am so happy that Denver Rock ‘n Roll Marathon stepped up and is offering free entry to all runners registered for the Boulder Marathon! That race is just two weeks away from the Boulder Marathon and is located just over 30 minutes away. Way to go, Denver Rock “n Roll!

Octane’s Zero Runner

Back in April, after the Boston Marathon, I posted a link to this article about the new Zero Runner that Octane had debuted. (Full disclosure: the article is written by my husband). It seemed like quite a few of you were interested in it, so I was excited to be able to see it in person and to try it out at the Health & Fitness Business trade show in Vegas last week.

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I am on the right, watching how it is done.

Of all the new things at HFB this year, this machine was by far the most interesting. It takes a whole new approach to fitness machines AND it is targeted specifically at runners. I love this because I feel like so many fitness machines are aimed at people who want to work out to burn calories, no matter how they do it. The elliptical gained fame in the 1990s for burning calories and not being as difficult as a treadmill. But this Zero Runner knows that runners are their main consumers.

Its target audience are older/aging runners who want to continue to run, but with less impact. It is also ideal for runners who are prone to injury, or anyone who wants to train running more miles, but with less impact. The machine is designed to replicate the motion of running, but without having the forceful impact that leads many runners to injury. Right now, Octane is mostly targeting home users with a retail price of just over $3,000. (PS-if anyone is doing the Denver Rock ‘N Roll Marathon, they will be there at the expo and the finish line displaying the machine and may even give one away!)

The motion the machine makes looks like an elliptical. But it is different because your feet are locked into it, so you can kick your legs in the same way you would while running. Like an elliptical, there are two ways to hold your hands on the machine: using either moving arms or holding onto the stable bar in front (as I am doing in the picture above).

When we first headed over to the Octane booth, I was excited to try. I jumped on and expected to just go. But it took me a few minutes to get the hang of it. I was moving my legs as I would on an elliptical without really bending my knees too much. It felt awkward and not at all like running. One of the women working there was able to hook a tablet up to the machine which then sat on the console in front of me. She had pulled an app up which showed me the motion my legs were making. Then I realized that my legs should be making more of a circular arc than a single direction, back-and-forth arc. It worked and I got the hold of it!

The machine told me my pace was anywhere between 9 and 11 minute miles. The more I moved them in what felt like the “right” motion, the slower I went. I would guess that I would get the hang of it and move faster if I had more access to one. But when I was on it, I felt like I was running, even though I was not listening to my feet pound the pavement. I did not get the normal calm feeling I do when I am running because I was thinking too much about what I was doing. But, like I said, I think it is like riding a bike and soon becomes a normal motion.

The employee I was talking to says she runs about 6 hard miles at work outside, then comes inside to do a 2 mile cool-down on the Zero Runner. I think it would be perfect for easy/recovery days and warm-up/cool-downs. If only I had the money for one of these in my house!

To fully see how the machine operates, I suggest watching one of the videos in the links posted above. What do you think of the Zero Runner? Do you think a machine like this is good for home use or in the gym? 

Health & Fitness Business Show 2014

As most of you know, last week, I was able to jet off to Las Vegas for 2 quick days to check out the Interbike and Health & Fitness Business (HFB) Shows. David’s company sends him each year to cover HFB which is a small show compared to the much larger Interbike trade show held upstairs. While David usually reports on the outdoor industry, he is less familiar with the Health & Fitness crowd, which is why he encouraged me to come again this year.

Last year, we had fun exploring plenty of new, small companies just getting started. Sadly, there were fewer exhibitors this year. The ones that were there were mostly larger, established brands. While there was less exploring of smaller brands, we did find some cool things. And when we ran out of people to talk to at HFB, we managed to make our way upstairs to Interbike where the beer was flowing (no joke), the bikers were out in full force, and new forms of bikes were everywhere. I will post more about Interbike in a different post

So the Health & Fitness Business Show is an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their products to retail stores who sell home fitness equipment. The number of these retail stores mostly all independent) has dwindled in recent years as gym memberships grow and big box stores (think Dicks and Sports Authority) sell more equipment. However, all manufacturers seem to see an increase in retail sales and are hopeful for the future.

The best thing I found that I think you all will be interested in was the Zero Runner by Octane. This new cross between a treadmill and an elliptical offers runners an opportunity for zero-impact running in the comfort of their own home. I think this is so newsworthy that it deserves its own post: Stay Tuned.

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It was not so easy on my first try, but I quickly got the hang of it.

Last year, rowing machines were really taking off, and companies were developing new apps to connect with machines so users can have all of their workout data as soon as they complete a workout. Both trends continued this year, though not as many of the companies seemed as app-crazy as last year. Companies are realizing that users want to pick and choose a single app to hold all their data, so they are doing more to make their machines have the ability to send the data to a user’s phone or tablet.

The way Crossfit has–and is–changing the industry was another topic of discussion. Aside from just more rowers being sold, many companies were talking about accessories people can have in their homes. Kettle-balls, ropes, medicine balls and resistance bands are all big items. We talked to a representative from Spri who discussed the challenge is now teaching users how to use these items to their full capability. He used the example of ropes where people only know how to shake them up and down (as is often portrayed on The Biggest Loser). There are over a dozen ways to use a rope at home, so they are making videos to educate users (I personally do not know much about ropes!).

We saw a few new ab machines. The AbSolo looks just like basketball games at fairs, but it uses a medicine ball and makes you hold it over your head as you lean back. You then aims to hit the target and the machine will keep track of how many you hit as well as your time:

photo 2 (19)We also saw a yet-unnamed product from a New Zealand couple who debuted the product at the show. You can use it two ways: one for push-ups and the other for sit-ups. But the shape of it allowed you to safely get a solid workout. Depending on how you use it, it can assist with push-ups if you cannot do a complete one.

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David was moving too fast for my phone to capture a non-blurry photo.

Finally, in an effort to attract more females to weights, a few companies talked about how they made their products aesthetically-pleasing. I heard from several people (all men by coincidence?) that studies have shown that men want weight machines at home, but women hate how they look. So they have cleaned the machines up to make them fit better in the home. In other words, they are sleek and shiny as opposed to big and bulky with lots of bolts showing. They did look nice, but I would probably prefer a more rustic one, if I ever end up with a weight machine (unlikely since our basement ceiling is really low). Here I am trying one out:

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I guess we did not fully capture the entire machine.

As mentioned, later this week, I will recap Interbike and the Zero Runner. Sorry to drag it out, but it is easier than one big, long, massive post!