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  • Toddler snow fun

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Winter weather presents new opportunities for your toddler to play and explore. Whether you want to play indoors or outdoors, including snow in the play teaches kids about the winter weather component and winter in general. When playing outdoors with a toddler, remember to dress him or her in warm layers with mittens or gloves, hats, and other protective layers. Indoor Snow Play Just about eve...

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  • Tips for creating a good year-long riding plan

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Usually, a pro biker will try to build their base up by focusing on longer types of rides that are moderately paced for a few months each year. Your rides should reach an overall sum of at least fifteen hours each week if you are aiming to replicate a pro’s training regimen. Unfortunately, for training amateurs this can be rather difficult to accomplish since they can really only manage to establi...

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  • Dig yourself out of snow after a snowboarding fall

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Friday, September 07, 2012

    If you are into snowboarding and spend time out on the slopes, you should know that you will (at one point or another) end up taking a few unwanted spills. You cannot really avoid every fall, but you can learn how to recover from them quickly and easily; even in deep powder! The difficult struggle through the snow in an attempt to lift yourself back out of it can be pretty annoying, but it does ...

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  • Bring a snorkel for snow skiing!

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Friday, September 07, 2012

    For many people, hanging out around the house all throughout the winter season just is not an option. Therefore, going out into the snow and having some fun can seem quite appealing. Of course, you really need to bring the right kind of gear with you if you want to enjoy a day out in the snow properly without much of an issue. This means that you need to carefully plan out your days and determine ...

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  • Climbing Gear; the different types of helmets

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Thursday, September 06, 2012

    There are different types of helmets you can choose from. Explore your options.Hard Shelled Suspension Helmets/ EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) Helmets This particular type of climbing helmet is a lot like a standard BMX kind of helmet. It features a characteristically hard shell that is perfect for securing your head from falling debris and objects during a climb (such as ice on an ice climbing trip)...

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  • Achieve the perfect pedal stroke; “zone 2 and saddle position”

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Thursday, September 06, 2012

    Zone 2 This particular phase is known to use the exact same muscles that you would be using in the main power phase of the pedal stroke; however, these muscles must be used to a much lesser degree than before. In this phase, you really just want to focus on transitioning into your backstroke smoothly. The best way to do this is by allowing yourself to point your toe out and enjoy a more useful t...

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  • A little info on bouldering pads and their features

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Wednesday, September 05, 2012

    In the world of rock climbing, there are a few different branches of the sport for people to get into and focus on. Bouldering is one such style of climbing that involves the use of a very small amount of gear. In bouldering, falls are much more prevalent; however, since the overall distance from the top of the rock face being climbed to the ground is pretty small, a different form of protection i...

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  • Achieve the perfect pedal stroke; alignment and “zone 1”

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Wednesday, September 05, 2012

    Although pedaling in a simple circle may seem to be a very easy thing to do, it is actually surprisingly complex and difficult to learn (especially if you really want to get it right). However; the benefits of learning to master your pedal stroke are not so difficult to understand and they all basically break down into a greater level of saved energy for the rider (you!). It has been found that by...

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  • Learn to develop your balancing abilities on your bike

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Tuesday, September 04, 2012

    Think of the most challenging part of your favorite trail, something you'd describe as technical, sketchy or loose. Now think about tackling that same section confidently--and making it look easy. You can. The skill you need to work on? Balance. Balance is at the heart of everything you do when you ride (short of crashing, that is). Unfortunately, many of us haven't focused on improving our balan...

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  • Achieve the perfect pedal stroke; “zones 3 and 4”

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Tuesday, September 04, 2012

    Zone 3 Even though you feel like you're pulling your foot through the back of the stroke, you're not. When you look at even the best cyclists, they're losing power on the upstroke. The pedal is actually pushing your leg up, so the goal is to lose as little power as possible and get that foot out of the way. One fun way to improve the efficiency of your upstroke no matter what type of biking you ...

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