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TWW Daily Feed for February 5, 2010

I’m in Wisconsin for a short visit and to this point, less than 12 hours into my stay here, I’ve managed to consume about half a pound of cheese in various forms. Add to my typically altered diet when I’m here the horizontal snow and ground that has been frozen since November and you get a visit that is long on food and relaxing and short on working out. My usual solution is to bundle up and head down to the Lake Drive Loop, end the run with some Alterra and hope that my fingers start working again in time for dinner. Otherwise I work out by bringing the beer to my face. The Feed:

1:15pm – Fiddleheads has great coffee

This is not good news for some people intent on running a marathon in their lifetimes; a new study demonstrates that one out of every five people will not be able to increase their endurance through exercise. Their genetic makeup prevents their body from increasing its natural VO2 Max, a key indicator of endurance. 1 in 5! My girlfriend checklist just added another item.

Valentine’s Day is a stupid, made up holiday that forces romantic situations that reduce the overall spontaneity of a relationship and basically kill any desire to spend time with your significant other. At least that’s my view. But just in case you plan on going all out, a gallery of Valentine’s Day presents for your loved one who cycles. In the meantime, someone stab me in the eye.

I’m in love with coffee and Vimeo:


8:30am – I’m on Wisco time, which involves a lot of slumber

Last weekend Craig and I were put through some pretty straightforward but incredibly difficult back and ab exercises. As athletes that run and ride for a majority of our workouts our backs and abs were understandably weak. The exercises annihilated us, and led to a realization that we both need to do more core support exercises. Thankfully, the Adventure Life guy is in the same situation, and provides a good primer on how to get your back and abs in the shape they’re supposed to be. As Craig put it best: “Your body is like the Golden Gate Bridge, and it needs A LOT of suspension.”

I think I missed one, but here are the next results from Portland Food and Drinks Restaurant Survey (numbers 25 thru 25). Somewhat ironic reading the results now that I’m in a state where bacon is often used as a substitute for peanuts at the local bars.

The Men’s Journal perfect weekend post, with 0 activities in the Western US. However, if you happen to be in Texas or Vermont make sure to check it out.

I have to admit that while I love Lindsey Vonn, I’m a bit tired of the extent of the media coverage about her. She is literally everywhere. So while the video below does feature her (and makes me a raging hypocrite) this link to one of her more attractive and talented teammates, Julia Mancuso, should mitigate the Vonn-dom.

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Mount Sanitas

We here at TWW do not often recommend going from 0 to 60 in the first five minutes of a workout, but unfortunately for our legs there are just some routes that are worth destroying them for. We count Mount Sanitas among that group – a route that is completely unforgiving, but worth every second of leg pain.

Almost a Boulder version of the Incline, Mount Sanitas is essentially a steep hike that is variably runnable, winding up the rocky ridge Sanitas where it tops out about 1.4 miles in. The trail is well worn, with some sections cut directly into the rock ridge, making it an adventure in foot placement and pacing. The views along the way and at the top are some of the best you’ll find in the Boulder area, making the fact that you can’t feel your calves easier to accept.

One drawback; finding the way back down in order to make the run a loop is a bit confusing. The East Ridge trail winds down to the Sanitas Valley trail which we take back to the parking lot. The problem with the East Ridge trail is that it is not clearly marked. Our best advice is to follow the most worn path, and keep your eyes open for the random trail markers. Our map shows the Mount Sinatas trail, the route down via the East Ridge trail, and then the Sanitas Valley trail back to the parking lot. A more label intensive map can be found here.

Do it because: intense hike and workout only minutes from downtown Boulder. Great views of the Flatirons, the town and beyond. Lots of pretty people to ogle.

Distance: 1.4 miles to the summit, 3.0 miles roundtrip.

Directions: From 9th and Pearl Street, take Pearl Street west and take a right on 4th Street, a left on Spruce, and then another right on 4th. Take 4th north to Mapelton and take a left. There are lots on both the north and south sides of the street. Additionally, you can generally park on the road and walk up to the trailhead.

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