Water – To Carry Or Not To Carry?

A couple of years ago I backpacked the Grand Canyon and learned something really important about water. Sh*t is heavy. But it’s also incredibly important and whether you’re backpacking the Canyon in 100+ degrees, running a marathon or racing in an Ironman paying attention to your hydration can be the difference between success and, well, death. Now I’ve been to a lot of races in my days which undoubtedly means I’ve seen some wacky getups

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With One Foot In The Grave And One Foot On The Pedal

The past 4 months I’ve been listening to an endless loop of Tom Petty songs in attempt to move past his accidental overdose and focus on the music that I’ve always found meaning in. And I can only laugh at myself that I, a Petty obsessed New Jersey cyclist, can find meaning from a song that is undeniably about Southern pride. But as I weave in and out of traffic, around the cars parked in

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The Cheap Athlete’s Guide To Winter Running

Happy December friends! It’s starting to get cold out so time to put away the running sneakers and sit around and drink some heavy beers. Amiright? Nope. OK, right, it’s time to join the gym and hamster away on the treadmill. C’mon, you’re better than that. The trees are bare and the temperatures are dropping but, contrary to popular practice, winter is my heavy running season. The road bikes get hung up (except for the

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Breaking Down The Average College Athletic Scholarship

A lot of time on this site is devoted to cycling and running with only occasional references to my athletic life prior to triathlon. But before all of this Cheap Athlete mumbo-jumbo there were about 10 years of a skinny, Speedo-clad dude with greenish hair swimming countless laps of backstroke. There were also a couple of years of beer-fueled laziness and 2-hour commutes but we’ll just gloss over that part. No, you didn’t watch me

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The Best Gloves for Winter Cycling and Running

Let’s be honest here – running in the dead of winter sucks. And cycling in the winter? Well, that really sucks. But the one thing I hate more than training in the cold is hamstering away on the ole treadmill and bike trainer. Nope. Not gonna happen. Now we’ve all heard the phrase “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” and never is that more accurate then when it comes to winter training. I

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The Cheap Athlete’s Running Headlamp Recommendation

It’s fall here in New Jersey which means that the sun doesn’t rise until about 7 AM. For the early-as-hell-o’clock trainers like myself, well, that just sucks. And those of us with typical office jobs who want to run after work? Well, you’re looking at a 6 PM sunset. Whomp, whomp. Gone are the days of 5:30 AM sunrises and strolling out after work for some well-lit miles. Now darker days tempt you to go

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How Much Should I Spend On A Road Bike?

In college I used to joke that if you fell asleep during Economics class and the professor called on you that you could answer every question with the same answer: It depends. Thanks CA, that really cleared things up! I’m so happy you wrote a blog post about this. But I’m serious. Stick with me here, I promise some good advice. First, understand that demand is more than just a function of price Yes, price is

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How to get paid for working out!

You know what they call people who get paid to do their sports? Professionals. So if you go by that definition then, despite what my bio says, technically I am a professional athlete. And you are just moments away from becoming one too! But Cheap Athlete, I’m no pro, how can this be? Well there’s this nifty little app, Achievement, that pays you simply for doing healthy stuff. Here’s how it works: Download the App

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Racing And The Art Of Travel Hacking

Recently I was interviewed on the Dizruns podcast and, of course, my “cheapness” was the main topic of the interview. As it should have been. And I thoroughly enjoyed it – “umms” and “you knows” and all. One of the very first items brought up during the interview, probably a bit to the listener’s surprise, was travel hacking and maximizing credit cards to keep travel expenses low. But isn’t it cheaper just to not travel

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Where Does The Cheap Athlete Buy His Stuff?

Howdy friends! So I’m writing y’all a little bit different of a post than usual. Typically I’ll pose a question like “Do you need a wetsuit” or “What’s the point of cycling gloves” and attempt to provide a somewhat educated response through the bespectacled eyeballs of a frugal dude. Now that’s great and all but anyone who studies economics knows that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. And just like having to sit

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