It has been a gorgeous summer here in NW Oregon and cyclists are everywhere.
We have been busy out enjoying the sun and saving the world when it occurred to us that it is that time of year again. That’s right! Come out and ride with us for the annual charity fundraiser century benefiting local Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary in Estacada, Oregon; an animal rescue and no-kill sanctuary that partners with many other organizations to ensure that animals are treated with kindness and compassion.
In 2013, I organized the ride as “Pedaling for the Pasture” after participating in my first organized century in 2012. It was an amazing experience and the riders, volunteers and supporters raised over $26k for three very deserving animal sanctuaries. I contacted the organizers of that event in 2013 with much anticipation only to find that they were taking a break that year. Crestfallen, I realized that the animal sanctuaries can’t take a break as well. My ambitions weren’t nearly as high as $20k. My goal was $1000 and I ended up raising $1255 for Out to Pasture Sanctuary.
During Pedaling for the Pasture, I had the honor of riding with several members of the Monkeywrench Bicycle Club. And this year? MWBC is organizing the ride! So whether you want to ride with us or just want to support this fantastic charity, connect with us on our Facebook page, and donate today!
This article was originally written and posted by Marign Fietst. Thankfully on our ride there are going to be plenty of pit stops with real bathrooms so impromptu “ducking behind the bushes” won’t be necessary on this trip. Good information to have, though!
While I was riding out this morning, I suddenly realized how great it is to be able to train with leg warmers. And not with long winter pants. With leg warmers, it’s easy to pee while you’re on the road.
1. Pull one of the trouser legs up as far as possible.
2. Hold it from the inside with two hands: one at the front and put your other hand behind your back and grab the bib shorts from that position. Now pull the trouser leg as far as you can towards the opposite leg. The position of the hands is crucial in this respect. If you don’t follow the instructions correctly you’ll end up with wet hands. If you do it correctly, there’s an opening big enough to pee through.
3. Squat and pee.
Check out the website for an adorable drawing that she did of this entire process! Cartoony, work-safe…ish. Might have to explain, “No boss, this is really interesting! Look!”
Are you one of those people that doesn’t like to eat a whole bunch while on rides? Can only take a bite or two of that granola bar, but desperately needs to keep from bonking? Has tried the goos and gels or jellies but don’t necessarily like the price of them? I like them but sometimes I don’t like all the extra “added” ingredients or a caffeine-free version.
Lululemon originally posted an article on July 3rd 2013 interviewing Emma Cutfield, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Education Manager at Vega, specializing in sport performance. Emma shared her favorite recipes for DIY gels to help fuel your personal best…naturally!
An endurance gel may not seem significant in portion, yet can mean the difference between “hitting the wall” or, reaching your personal best on race day and during your long runs.
You don’t need a culinary education or science degree to prep your own homemade gels. Promise! All that’s required is a passion for clean and natural ingredients. The base recipe given here replicates the Vega Sport Endurance Gel, which will be available on course during the SeaWheeze and is made primarily with dates and coconut oil.
Gels based from whole food, plant-based sources are easy to digest maximizing your energy gain. Because they’re made primarily with simple yet functional sugars, they’re also packed with naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and electrolytes which help your muscles function properly through-out the demands of endurance running. Supplying your body with additional carbohydrate mid-run also helps prevent muscle breakdown, helping you crush goal, after goal, after goal. (from article)
Go to the article! There’s several different variations on the recipe! You can store them for up to a week in your fridge, but they sound so amazing, you’ll probably suck them right down! You can store them in little baggies, but it seems like a great time to invest in a reusable 5oz “flask” that will fit the equivalent to 4-5 gel packs. It will reduce garbage and be easy to use while riding!