Minute 1: Massive mountain bike race wipe-out
The annual Mountain of Hell bike race in the French alps descended into chaos last week. 700 riders had just begun the 15-mile course on a steep glacier 11,000 feet above sea level when a chain-reaction wipe-out began, sending riders cartwheeling down the icy course in a 60-MPH puppy pile. Despite several scary crashes captured in the video below, everyone escaped serious injury. For the Darwinism purists out there, you may be pleased to know that there is even a kids’ version of the race. Sports Illustrated pointed out that “There’s a Reason Why They Call It ‘Mountain of Hell’” and included links to the helmet cam footage of the winning run that survived the carnage.
Minute 2: Amazon prime day for athletes
Amazon just launched its biggest shopping promotion of the year. Prime Day 2019 which will continue through the end of the day Tuesday. That means if you have a Prime account, there are countless items at once-a-year prices waiting for you. If you’re not yet a prime member you can try before you buy with a 30-day free trial to Prime. Check out our top 10 Prime Day deals for runners and fitness enthusiasts.
Amazon is not the only one offering big discounts today. Other big retailers want a piece of the pie and are doing their own mid-July sales. For example, eBay is doing a Crash Sale, the name supposedly poking fun at Amazon’s server crash last year during Prime Day. Target and Walmart also each have their own July 15th sales. New Balance is offering 40% off deals and matching the free shipping of Amazon Prime with this offer: Free 2 Day Shipping w/ code 2DAYSHIP at NewBalance.com! Offer valid 7/15 – 7/16.
Minute 3: Who spiked my seltzer?
We have gotten bombed by adult beverage marketers for years, telling us that it’s OK to sweat hard and rehydrate harder. Michelob Ultra used a 2010 Super Bowl ad with Lance Armstrong to tell us that athletes “treat themselves well. On occasion, even indulge.” (Subtle spoof version of the ad here.) Strava’s data shows that runners love to talk about beer in their posts while cyclists slightly prefer coffee.
The newest phenomenon for health-conscious folks is the rise of the spiked seltzer category – flavored bubbly water with some booze mixed in. These drinks have less than half the calories of an IPA but pack the same punch. They have become such a rage that the Washington Post dubbed this “The Summer of Hard Selzer.” If you’re late to the party, here is a list of the 7 Best Hard Seltzers, according to Town and Country magazine. Words of caution about how these affect your gut health are included in this recent Well + Good article on the category.
Minute 4: Strava breaks up with Relive
It’s no secret that we are big fans of Strava and happily promote the activity tracking app on Six Minute Mile. We also love the companion app, Relive, which lets runners, cyclists, skiers, and hikers turn their Strava activities into a cool video of their routes set to music and integrating photos. Sadly, that partnership ended last week due to disagreements over how Relive was using the Strava API. The situation is complicated, but respected tech reviewer DC Rainmaker weighed in with the most in-depth analysis. Let’s hope that after a week or two of making Relive sleep on the couch, the once-happy couple can get back together.
Minute 5: Quick Intervals
- An Iowa woman just set the world record for the heaviest woman ever to complete a marathon. The previous mark had been set by a 288-pound woman in 2017, but Jennifer Smith weighed in at 346 pounds prior to the race. She managed to beat her finish goal of 12 hours by about 10 minutes. Smith dedicated her effort to her kids and her late father who’d always encouraged her to run a marathon. She gives a touching interview with a local TV station here.
- Another woman was carrying some extra weight in her record-setting marathon journey this summer. Cynthia Arnold just completed the Missoula Marathon in 3:11 while pushing her three kids in a baby jogger. That remarkable pace earned her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. “I was laughing with my husband about throwing the stroller into a ditch or off a cliff, you know, say goodbye to that heavy old thing,” she told Runner’s World. “But I would never really do that. I tear up when I think any day could be the last day my oldest daughter goes for a run in the stroller. She can ride her bike while I run now.” Apparently, stroller racing is a thing now.
- While those two moms married their love of family and love of running, Cupid’s arrows sometimes have a harder time hitting their mark with runners. That’s not because runners are a moving target. According to Canadian Running magazine, there are 15 Reasons Why You Should Never Ever Date a Runner. Fear not, romantics, most of the reasons are tongue-in-cheek, although many will ring true, like #9: We will drag you out for a run with us, even if you hate it.
Minute 6: Daily Inspiration
Unless all 560,000 of her followers on Instagram are wrong, trainer/social media phenom Jeanette Jenkins is the real deal. Because we are usually stumped by what to do with the physio balls at our gym, we liked the post from Jeanette demonstrating 7 Ab Exercises with a Swiss Ball. Check out all 7 moves in her video below.
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