Posts by Susan

Why I Work Out — And Would Never Take a Magic Pill

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Karen posed this question ... What would your life be like if some kind of pill existed that kept you fit?  No such thing exists --- even though advertisers would like you to believe so. But if it did, how would your life be different? What would you have missed out on or what lessons would you …
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Take Back Your Drawer Space! How to Get Rid of Unused Gadgets

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I’m in the midst of packing up my house for a move, and one thing is for certain: I have accumulated a lot of fitness crap. This is, in part, due to the fact that my husband and I are both Ironman triathletes, and as such, require a fair amount of doodads and whatzits. It’s also in part …
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The Official FBG Guide to Group Cycling

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Ever had a question similar to this? "I started riding my bike last year while training for my first sprint triathlon. This year, I'd like to do a century ride. There is a weekly group ride with my gym I want to train with, but I've never ridden with others. What do I need to know before I …
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Workout I Did: Post-Surgery Seated Sweat Sesh

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As an athlete, 2014 was one of my worst years. Mostly because of this: You see, one thing I didn't mention in last month's Workout I Did post, where I talked about hiking The Lord of The Rings' Mount Doom in New Zealand, was that I rolled my ankle during the hike. Because we were six miles …
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The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Bike

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A sign outside my local bike shop says it best: You can't buy happiness, but you can buy a bike (and that's basically the same thing). But what kind of bike should you get? After all, some bikes might make you more happy than others. Choosing the right bike from the many two-wheeled options …
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Triathlon: What I Save on vs. What I Splurge on

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For this Question of the Week, we're asking some of the FBGs: What do you splurge on and where do you save when it comes to fitness? See Susan's answer below! As a general rule, I like to keep things on the thrifty side when it comes to Ironman triathlon. The sport isn't a cheap one, but it …
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Workout I Did: One Hike To Rule Them All

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I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I've never read any of the Lord of The Rings books, nor have I watched the movies. Given that it's one of the most popular books and films of all time, I'm sure it's quite an excellent story. Still, it's just never appealed to me. This bothers my husband, Neil …
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Resolution Revamp: How to Tweak Your New Year’s Resolutions to Work

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We always enter the New Year with the best of intentions. We'll lose those five pounds, swear off sugar forever, and run that half marathon. But intentions are not actions, and many people fail to follow through on their New Year's resolutions. Does that mean all resolutions are bunk? Not …
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Why MEAT Is the New RICE When It Comes to Treating Injuries

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Whether you’ve done the telltale stiff strut the day after a race or found yourself with a stiff neck from not paying attention to form during CrossFit, it’s likely you’ve faced down a musculoskeletal injury that required “RICE” --- an acronym for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Since 1978, …
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