Outdoor Edit // That Time I Raced Triathlon (Again)
I’m raced my one race of the summer yesterday, the Mine Over Matter Xterra. It went pretty well, it was wicked fun, and I admit, while I was convinced I was making a mistake by racing on the way to the venue, I ended up really enjoying myself. It helped that I had this guy ^ as my camera-man and race support (and he’s wearing my sunglasses that happened to match my swim cap. Adorable.) But anyway, since I have racing on the brain, let’s talk about some swim/bike/run stuff!
Love this // KitBrix bags. I’ve had these for a while but I cannot say enough good stuff about them. KitBrix are these insanely organized modular bags with great compartments, waterproof material, sweet spots for a slide showing which sport they’re for (swimming, gym, running, riding, etc.), and they actually can zip together to make one big bag/backpack. I am in love. The best part for us is that they’re great-looking for van organization but unlike more permanent storage situations like drawers or boxes, they can fold up/move around/come out of the van without a hassle. Stay tuned for more of our big plans for them, but in the meantime, I just wanted to share the love since they kept me sane this weekend getting race-ready.
Eat this // As you can see in the photo above, I’ve been checking out Vega’s raspberry sport endurance energy gels and I’m pretty into them. Super natural (ha!) as they’re date-based and actually contain coconut oil, and really tasty. I switch up my ride nutrition often—not something I always advise—because I love testing things out, and these are a new favorite, for sure. I also really love Vega founder and Thrive author Brendan Brazier’s commitment to health. I read a lot of his stuff when I was vegan, and interviewed him last year and found out he’s actually a super-rad dude.
Read this // The last leg of the triathlon is always running, so on that note, check out The Woman Who Took On Nike with Running Shorts by Elizabeth Weil via Outside Magazine. This is one of the best brand profiles I’ve read, and I love Oiselle‘s concept and general badassery, so I was super stoked to give this a read. I’m also planning on ordering some new running tights pretty soon and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be this cutout pair and these wool “jane johns”, so stay tuned for thoughts on those once fall is here.
Before You Go // July is going to be crazy-busy for us, but in the best way possible. I have a bunch of talks coming up, so keep an eye on my new Events page and try to make it out to say hi! And make sure you check out our new podcast, The Consummate Athlete if you dig cycling content but are considering branching into other sports this summer, too! We’re over 1,000 downloads, which is pretty rad.