Should I buy a heart rate monitor?

A while ago I went over the pros and cons of owning a GPS watch. But you’ll notice I didn’t recommend a heart rate monitor. Moderately lengthy story short – a GPS watch is not a necessity but I don’t consider it a luxury. I’m in favor of them as long as you don’t go overboard. But I’ve seen it too many times. You go to buy a GPS watch and…Oh man, for only $50

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Do you need a triathlon bike?

Q: Do I need a triathlon bike? A: Any bike is a triathlon bike if you use it for triathlons S: Thanks, jerk. OK, you’ve decided to do a triathlon – congrats! But what the heck are these funny looking bikes, they don’t look normal. Do I need a triathlon (aka TT, Time Trial) specific bike to do a triathlon? Probably not. What is the difference between a triathlon and road bike? Ask a triathlete this

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How to buy a used bike on Craigslist

How to buy a bike? So you want to buy a bike and don’t want to spend a lot of money? You’re not alone. Buying a used bike is one of the best ways to score a deal but it’s also a great way to get ripped the heck off. There are tons of bad deals out there and sometimes you’re better off buying new. It’s also overwhelming so I’m here to teach you how to buy a used

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How to buy cheap running shoes

Running shoes don’t need to be confusing. How I buy cheap running shoes. Talk to a runner and you’ll eventually end up talking shoes. And probably pooping. If you ask 10 runners what their favorite running shoe is you’ll get 10 different answers. Awesome. Choosing a running shoe can be overwhelming and the questions endless. Do I buy a minimalist or maximalist shoe? Do I need a trainer or a performance shoe? Are expensive shoes any

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Should I Buy a GPS Watch?

This post may contain affiliate links. See the full disclosure here. Q: Which GPS watch should I buy? Do I even need one? I’m asked those two questions by beginner runners more than any other. Well, those and what my times are. When I started running I was logging my miles on the treadmill which meant a GPS watch was unnecessary. Waste of money in my opinion. I’d hop on that godforsaken thing run a

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The opportunity cost machine

Before we start I must give you a disclaimer. I have an economics degree and I currently spend my days as a professional excel jockey for a financial institution. So in other words, I like to math. Boring….next article Egon. I understand you may not live for this stuff and that’s cool, I guess, but you should at least get familiar with this topic as it could drastically change your life. I’m serious. Understanding the

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Free Intermediate Half Marathon Training Plan

I just want to get a best time! So unlike the beginner plan the expectation here is that you’re a seasoned runner looking to run a faster time. Maybe you have a few half marathons under your belt or you’re a former college runner looking for something  a little more than a “just finish” program. In this program we will increase the number of runs per week from 4 to 5 and incorporate track work on

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Free Half Marathon Plan for beginners

I just want to finish this thing! If you’re a first timer, second attempter or a veteran and your objective is just to finish a half marathon then this is your plan. The purpose here is to establish a base of running and not to worry about incorporating any speed work. Also note that I only call for 4 days of running per week with Sunday – Monday being the only back to back running

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Cheap Athlete’s guide to winter bike commuting

This post may contain affiliate links. See the full disclosure here. Q: Are you planning on winter bike commuting? A: Umm, obviously. This is the third post in a series of “so you wanna start bike commuting posts.” Just to recap, the first post discussed bike buying advice and the second post laid out some of the essential accessories for biking commuting. Now were going to focus on bike commuting in the winter. This post is

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Bike commuting essentials (part deux)

This post may contain affiliate links. See the full disclosure here. Hola! So in Part 1 we discussed the most important part of bike commuting – the bike. In this post we’ll discuss all the other stuff you probably want to consider. Like I noted earlier, some things are not always necessary depending on your situation but were gonna go through em all. So without any further ado, the list of stuff that can surely make

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