Spring Training

 

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Fun spring essentials to get you pumped to crush

those runs, rides, swims — and all your training sessions!

 
ROW 1: NIKE FREE RN 5.0 $100. An ideal trainer for runs up to 3 miles, this stretch mesh running shoe is light as a feather with second skin comfort.THE NORTH FACE WOMENS FLIGHT JACKET $160. This ultralight, water-resistant, and windproof hooded running shell packs down nothing for an extra layer of weather protection whenever you need it.SPEEDO BULLET HEAD SNORKEL $29. Designed for swim training when you want to zone in on form, this minimalist tear-drop shaped snorkel is engineered for stability and hydrodynamic performance. Smaller tube opening improves lung capacity by reducing air flow.

ROW 2: QUE BOTTLE $24.95. Stay hydrated anytime of day, with the Que collapsible water bottle. Available in all sorts of fun colors, lightweight and compact, Que bottles are BPA and plastic-free constructed from food-grade silicone. SMITH TRACE BICYCLE HELMET $250. The new low profile Smith Trace helmet offers the pinnacle in protection and performance. Koroyd® construction absorbs more impact than traditional materials, while increasing airflow and reducing overall weight. The MIPS system adds extra protection against rotational forces from angled falls. SPIRITUAL GANGSTER 7/8 HW LEGGING $118. Cheerful rainbow striped leggings bring a little playful fun to any workout. Read More

 

Women’s World Cup Heating Up

 

 

Today Nike unveiled 14 soccer kits that will take to the field this summer when the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in France. While the fans will be focusing on the style of the kits, the players will paying more attention to the fit on which Nike has working since the last Women’s World Cup. For the first time, these women’s soccer kits were made specifically for them, and are not simply scaled down versions of the men’s team kits.

Nike’s design team worked with team players from a variety of countries to find out firsthand what they were looking for in terms of fit. The players’ precise 4D measurements were captured in the Nike Sports Research Lab, including heat-mapping the areas of their bodies more prone to perspiration to ensure proper ventilation zones. While male soccer players like a slimmer fit, the women were more interested in comfort. They found a V-neck was preferable — not too deep, but with room to pull over a ponytail — and that sleeves needn’t be overly short to be considered feminine. Shorts shouln’t be baggy, but still accommodate those powerful soccer legs. 
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A Vonn Farewell

 

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Lindsey Vonn announced her retirement from skiing last week on Instagram in a post that read: “I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. My body is broken beyond repair and it isn’t letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen”.

Vonn leaves the sport as the greatest female ski racer in history, but for this warrior who famously battled back time and time again from devastating injuries, this early exit not the ending she envisioned. When Vonn said this would be her final season, there was one more record she planned to break before she said farewell — most World Cup wins held by Ingemar Stenmark. And though that didn’t happen, he was there at finish line at her last race today to congratulate her on a storied career.

Coincidentally, another snow sport superstar, Chloe Kim, also announced she was retiring last week, but under polar opposite circumstances. The 2018 Gold Medalist in the Women’s Halfpipe, Kim was the face of the Pyeongchang Games last February. At 17 years old, not only did she live up to the Olympic hype and pressure to become the youngest woman to win a gold medal in the halfpipe, but she did it with unprecedented flair in a run that featured two back-to-back 1080-degree spins — a combination no other woman has ever done in a competition.
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The All Stars

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: DOUGLAS FORBES, 16; CC KAPLAN, 12; ARIA BEVACQUA, 11; KAI YUDELSON, 16; KAILEY BOGART, 13; IZYAN AHMAD, 8

 

Look out Roger Federer, Michelle Wie, Alex Ovechkin, and Chloe Kim… the next generation of superstar athletes is comin’ for ya! CC Kaplan, Izyan Ahmad, Aria Bevacqua, Kai Yudelson, Kailey Bogart, and Douglas Forbes: though these 6 young athletes are different ages, gender, and compete in different sports, what they share is an unrelenting passion and dedication to their pursuit.

They train for hours a day like professional athletes, but unlike professional athletes they still have school and homework to do. It makes for a jam-packed daily life many grown-ups couldn’t handle. They’re at practice before their peers wake up and starting homework when most are going to bed. So why do they do it? It’s the love of the game and their dream to be the best.

There is no way to know for sure whether a promising young sport phenom will become the next all star, but each one of these athletes featured here has the talent and drive to make those dreams come true… Read More

 

Go Rylen Brees!

 

 

On Monday night, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning’s record to become the all-time leading passer in NFL history – and on a touchdown pass no less. The game was stopped while Brees celebrated with his teammates and coaches before running over to his family waiting on the sidelines. The headlines read, “Drew Brees Gives Inspiring Talk To His Kids After New NFL Record”.

Except he didn’t give an inspiring talk to his kids. He gave it to his three sons as his daughter watched, held in the arms of her mother, “Hey boy, hey boys!” Brees exclaimed. “You can accomplish anything in life that you want to work for, right?” Read More

 

Water World

 

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From the laps in the pool, to aqua running, to open water swimming…

we’ve got all the cool gear you’ll love to keep wet workouts fun.

C’mon and jump in!

 
I have not had my typical sporty summer of running, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, and cycling. I’ve had a stress fracture in my foot that has kept me from many of the sports I usually enjoy. The good news is it has opened up all sorts of new sports — all in the water!

Swimming truly is the sport of a lifetime. Non weight-bearing, it allows you to do the cardio, strength, and endurance workouts that injury or age prevents. I’ve seen that first hand with my new silver haired fitness tribe in the Deep Water Running class at Alphalt Green, where I’ve gotten a preview of my workouts at 80! It’s become my Soul Cycle replacement for the summer giving me that group exercise motivation and comradery I love.

Then there has been the solitary and meditative discipline of swimming — open water in particular. I’ve always been a pool swimmer, but this summer I’ve conquered my fear of what lies beneath in murky water with an experienced training partner, and discovered the goal achieving satisfaction of swimming to a destination – like a long distance run! Read More

 

Happy Running Day!

 

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It’s Global Running Day, worldwide celebration that highlights the passion so many of us enjoy and encourages everyone to join in the fun. We’ve got all the cool gear to get you going, no matter how far or fast you may run!

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: GARMIN FENIX 5 now $449. For any athlete, the ultimate sport watch is the Garmin Fenix. For runners it offers bio-mechanical measurements such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance, in addition to total multi-sport functionality such as a heart rate monitor, GPS, and other cycling, swim and fitness specific metrics. A bright, high-resolution, full-color display with LED backlighting assures great readability in all ambient conditions. Each model offers a variety of stainless steel finishes, with quickfit watch band combinations to match both your fashion and athletic style. Wi-Fi enabled, automatically send activity uploads and receive smart notifications as well. 

ROKA RIO TITANIUM SUNGLASSES $260. Don’t be fooled by these stylish aviators, they are really performance sunglasses designed for the most demanding athletes. Titanium frames make them ultra lightweight and durable, with geko pads on nose and temples for multi-directional grip and comfort no matter how sweaty. Carl Zeiss lenses offer outstanding clarity with ballistic-impact resistance. Available in other sizes, colors (rose gold!), and models such as the Phantom and Falcon.  Read More

 

Volvo Ocean Race

 

From top: Leg 9 start day, Newport to Cardiff, May 20, 2018. Photo by Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race; Leg 6, Hong Kong to Auckland, February 18, 2018. Day 12 on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag with John Fisher (1970-2018) at the helm. Sadly underlining just how dangerous this race is, Fisher was swept overboard on March 26 in gale force conditions in the Southern Ocean and never recovered. Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race; Leg 2 start day, Lisbon to Cape Town, November 5, 2017. Dongfeng Race Team drone shot from above. Photo by Eloi Stichelbaut/Dongfeng Race Team

 
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean as I write are 7 race boats sailing from Newport, RI to Cardiff, Wales in the 9th leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. With 11 legs in total, ranging from approximately 3 to 22 days at sea, the Volvo Ocean Race is described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world. The race covers 45,000 nautical miles that cross four oceans, touch six continents, and visits 12 landmark Host Cities. What began in October of 2017 in Alicante, Spain will finish in The Hague in the Netherlands at the end of June 2018 in what will have been an 9-month test of endurance in some of the most grueling conditions imaginable.

Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of teamwork and adventure. Originally known as the Whitbread Around The World Race, Volvo took it over in 1998. The race is held every three years, and for more than four decades has held an almost mythical power over some the sport’s greatest. In the current era of One Design racing, every team races the exact same Volvo Ocean 65, ensuring the race is all about the sailing and not about the boat. There is no prize money awarded for the relentless intensity and perseverance required in this round-the-clock pursuit, but for a sailor to see their name etched into one of the silver rings of the Volvo Ocean Race Trophy has a value beyond compare. Put simply, the Volvo Ocean Race is an obsession many of the world’s best sailors have dedicated years of their lives trying to win. Read More

 
 

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