GU Energy Gel, a Gooey Review

Friday, April 13th, 2012 @ 11:20 AM - review

Several months ago a big package of GU energy gels showed up at my doorstep. It was tens-of-thousands of calories to consume, but I was determined to eat it all. Not in one sitting, but over the course of two months of training on the bike.

GU has been in the energy gel business since 1991, their mission is to help athletes go faster and longer than ever before. Top endurance athletes have been using their products to get on the podium for the last twenty years, so there is no denying that GU works. But what makes GU different than the dozens of other energy gels on the market?

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Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell 3X1 Jacket Review

Monday, December 19th, 2011 @ 1:57 AM - review

Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell 3x1 Jacket

I couldn't find a decent review of this jacket on the web, so I here you go. I'm 5'10, 145lbs and I end up in medium Pearl Izumi jacket. The chest is still slightly baggy, but the arms and torso were too short on the next size down. For reference, I usually wear a small or Euro XS jersey.

The 3x1 is basically a wind-proof insulated jacket inside a non-insulated, wind-proof, very water-resistant soft shell jacket. They are held together via a button snap on the sleeves and collar, it works well and is simple. Once the jacket is on, it feels like a one-piece jacket.

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Folsom Cyclebration Rodeo Cyclocross 2011 Race Report

Monday, September 19th, 2011 @ 9:48 AM - race reports

After a summer plagued with injuries; my neck, back and hip issues are finally on the mend. I was able to string together a couple solid weeks of training with the idea of salvaging my season via cyclocross.

The Folsom Cyclebration is weekend long event offering road, mountain and cyclocross racing. The events sprawls across several places in Folsom and offers a carnival-type atmosphere with vendor tents and barbecues. It's something anyone interested in bike racing should check out and support in the future.

The cyclocross race took place on the Folsom Rodeo and Zoo grounds. Oddly right down the street from Folsom Prison. Folsom must like to keep their caged animals and criminals in the same place. However there were loose chickens running all over the course. Not a good sign for a keeping things "caged" in Folsom.

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