Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Listed below are the closed days for the Holiday Season. The staff at Jack & Adam's hopes your Holiday Season is a wonderful one.
Christmas - Closed Thursday December 24th - Friday December 25th
New Years - Closed Thursday December 31st - Friday January 1st
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Christmas is here in like two days or something and my credit cards are already maxed out. I've even had to pawn my beloved Wheels in Motion jersey to afford gifts for everyone. The marketing magicians doing their job so well that I have been equating happiness with the amount of junk I buy. Honestly, I just bought a hand painted naked lady tie for my dad at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
My background comes from the water, swimming that is, so though I don’t swim as much as I use to I still like to keep up with the latest and greatest in the swimming world; which brings me to Blue Seventy’s expansion of their goggle line. Blue Seventy now offers 5 different goggle models: the Hydra-Vision offering extended vision and enhanced clarity, the Nero RZR with interchangeable nose piece capability (my personal favorite), the Siren designed for the smaller framed faces, the Vision offering 180 degrees of view (available in two sizes), and the original Blue Seventy Element offering the silicon gasket for a more “gentle to the face” fit. Feel free to stop in and try on any pair of goggles!
Also, I know it's the "off-season" and all but don't forget to do something...anything. I have been enjoying my "off-season" time with swimming, some fun bike rides with super mechanic husband, James, and I am staying toned through Crossfit Central's Relentless Boot Camp...check out the site here . Check out my success story on the site, yup I am a Crossfit Success! Lisa Bender-Tiel is the head trainer for the Jack & Adam's bootcamp. To see what the J&A's bootcamp is all about check out our bootcamp blog...or tryout a class. To tryout a class contact Lisa here.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
2009 is almost in the books. It was a great year in the Triathlon and Cycling community and we are sad it is over. Jack & Adam’s Bicycles is excited about the New Year and has some new things in store for the 2010 season. Below is a little taste of what to expect in the months to come.
1. Retul – J & A will be adding a Retul system to the fit room. With already one of the most fit educated staff in the world, Jack & Adam’s is sure to stay on the edge of technology with the addition of this 3 D fitting system.
2. High Five Events – In addition to The Texas Tri Series and The Splash -N- Dash Summer Series, High Five Events and Jack & Adam’s will be adding two more great events in 2010! Keep your eyes on our websites to find out all the details.
3. Triathlon Info Seminars and Clinics – Starting in February Jack & Adam’s and many of our community partners will be hosting a monthly clinic covering everything from your 1st triathlon to your next Ironman. The monthly seminars will be completely free and cover topics such as nutrition, training, mechanics, traveling, equipment, and much more. We are lining up special guest now for the entire year.
4. Multisport Club – With all the pieces in place Jack & Adam’s will be forming a community multisport club. It will be completely free and cover all aspects of swimming, biking and running. Special product discounts, social events, guest speakers, training, info clinics, lots of free stuff and much more. Again keep your eyes on J & A for more info soon.
Thanks for the great year and we hope to see you all in the store in 2010. We promise it will be a good one.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
First you need a bucket, a couple of different size brushes, degreaser( i prefer finish line citrus degreaser) and Simple Green. If your chain is super dirty, spray a little citrus degreaser on it, but do not let it sit for more than a minute or so as it can affect the finish on some paints. With the citrus still on it use a brush and scrub the chain on both sides to break loose the dirt and oil. Once it looks reasonably clean rinse it off with a hose. Put a couple of inches of water in the bottom of the bucket and pour a little Simple Green in. Use your brush with the Simple Green mixture and finish cleaning your chain. Make sure to rinse this off one more time very thoroughly. Once your chain has dried you can relube the chain. If you do this every couple of weeks it should only take a couple of minutes and your chain and the rest of your drivetrain will last much longer.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
By: Meredith Terranova, Austinite, nutritionist and ultra distance runner
Budgeting is so much more than saving money. It is considering the long term benefits and risks involved with each decision you make. All of this rings perfectly true in your day-to-day nutrition, and even more so in your holiday choices, and preparation for holiday meals.
Below are some ways you can budget what you eat over the holidays:
- Plan your treats. Plan to have one item a day or less if you know you are going to splurge somewhere else.
- Out of sight, out of mind. Keep treats off of your desk and avoid hanging out in the break room. If you have a treat planned, get it and move on.
- Savor the flavors. When you decide to treat yourself, sit and eat without distractions whenever you can - concentrating on the taste and flavors of food can help you become satisfied with less.
- If it's not homemade, no thank you. Try to stick with this rule, and you can easily avoid store bought cookies, cakes, and candy. If someone has gone through the trouble to prepare a dish, take a taste if it is something you want to try.
- Don't skip meals. If you know one meal is going to be huge, don't skip the rest of your meals for the day, eat light throughout the day so that you are ravenous when that meal approaches. Remember: Physical hunger overrides willpower and good intentions.
- Last, but not least, if you do splurge don't starve yourself the next day. Get back on your good eating the next day and add in a little extra exercise.
And here are some ways to budget your holiday meal:
- Keep the menu simple:Cut back on all those extra side dishes that everyone insists we must have, but frequently wind up going to waste. Select just two additional side vegetables, one stuffing, and the cranberry sauce. This will cut down on waste, preparation time, and additional calories.
- Keep desserts to a minimum: Opt for one or two favorite desserts. Desserts are a great option for guests to bring. Making them yourself can also save money and calories. And baking together is a great way to get younger family members involved in the Christmas meal preparation. Tip: Fruit-based desserts can be healthier options. Apples are now in season and lower cost. See Apple Pie Recipe for an idea!
- Write out your menu and grocery list ahead of time: Planning for the items you need and what you already have is important not only for saving money, but for making shopping easier. Check your spices (are they expired), baking ingredients, and freezer before heading to the grocery.
- Ask for Specific help: Instead of just opening the door for people to bring anything, ask for specific healthy additions like a salad, steamed vegetables, fruit, vegetables and hummus for snack. This way healthy options are available and some of your expense is cut down.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Dan Carroll of High Five Events has been selected to speak at the USAT Race Director Symposium Feb. 12-14th in Colorado Springs. Dan will be presenting on "Volunteer Recruiting and Management". Also presenting at the event is Johan Bruyneel, team manager for 9 Tour de France championship squads including US Postal, Discovery Channel, and Astana. Sure, Johan is the keynote speaker and Dan is just a breakout session presenter, but it's still pretty cool.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Jack quickly got behind the seminar with the goal of helping Jessi improve the numbers and considering that the class filled. I was grateful to be a part of the experience. The class highlighted and reviewed the basics of proper bio-mechanics, and body position in all three disciplines. As the J & A bike specialist I find it challenging, at times, to educate customers to these often obvious strength, core and posture needs.
The highlight of the curriculum was the emphasis on each participants focus and responsibility to be aware of what each needed to do to improve posture, core contraction and consequently strength in a unified and coordinated manner. There were excellent examples and opportunity to practice implementing the posture and core stability into proper bio-mechanics, without the typical debates of bio-mechanical philosophies.
The class was a commitment of nearly the full day with great food, not catered, but prepared by both Jessi and her mother. I heard several attendees mention even the meal was a lesson in awareness of how an athlete could eat a protein dense meal without using animal protein as the primary source.
I would greatly encourage this course to any coach or athlete especially he or she who possess experience in the gym or with functional strength and conditioning. Jessi took complex movements and almost made entirely new activities from the most fundamental portions. The impact of this was a very strategic approach for the time sensitive triathlete in improving, not only performance, but injury resistance, an area where all triathletes can benefit.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Come on by the shop. I'll wax philosophical on this bike and give you more information than you probably want. Did you know that we also allow extended test rides? Take it out on your next group ride and burn everyone to the city limit sign. Just make sure to zip up your jersey so the crowd knows who your sponsored by.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
First and foremost, Joe advises runners to get on uneven surfaces by finding trails like the Greenbelt - dry creek beds and paths that will test stability. Athletes who run only on the road are able to use the same foot plant in every stride and never have a chance to use their lateral muscles. "You start finding all those muscles you never use," Joe notes, "I think of it like going skiing once a year, you just hurt like heck even though you think you're in great shape."
The Bandera Trail Run began with Joe's vision to design one of the most challenging courses in the area. "I went out there and laid out the longest possible race I could get without crossing a trail and without backtracking," he says. What resulted was a 31 mile loop that combines quad-busting climbs with enough flats to keep runners motivated. Joe recommends that all competitors come to Bandera at least once before the race to physically experience (run or hike) the course. "There really is a home court advantage," Joe notes, adding that runners can look at a topographic map and mistakenly think that the steepest hill is the hardest - which is not necessarily the case!
Running on the trail, especially in winter, sometimes requires artificial light and there is a good chance runners who are ready for the Bandera 100k will spend a portion of their race in the dark. Though many runners opt for lightweight headlamps, Joe warns against them because most shine straight down and offer little depth of vision. Hand lamps are larger and brighter. Also, though many think halogen bulbs are a better option because they're brighter, LED lights allow runners to see greater depth and they also require less battery power, which means runners don't have to carry heavy backup batteries in their packs.
Otherwise, distance trail races are "all about food and water" according to Joe, who always suggests front packs. "If it's not convenient, you're not going to mess with it." Stopping to shed your backpack and fish out your nutrition will interrupt the flow of your run much more than simply unzipping a small fanny pack. If you do carry a small pack, make sure have a good plan to replenish your nutrition at the aid stations along the course.
This is where great volunteers and supportive friends or family are a necessity. Joe suggests race support teams find out where aid stations are before the race online, take a chair and layer enough clothing for the cold weather at night. Those who come to support competitors "almost need to plan like that are running" says Joe, suggesting support teams bring more food and water than they assume they would need.
Though planning for this type of race can be complicated, don't forget to have fun and enjoy running in this special place that "just has a good feel to it," according to Joe. Good luck to all competitors!
For more information about the Bandera Trail Run, click here.
Friday, December 4, 2009
This past week I had the opportunity to test the 2XU Compression Tights. I decided to wear them overnight to see how they aided recovery during sleep. Here are a few observations I had about the tights:
Size: When in doubt, size up. Based on the size chart I went with the Women's small. In hindsite I should have gone with a medium. I knew going in that anything with the word "compression" as the description would be a little tough to pull up. That, I could handle with no problems. I realized I should have sized up when the inseam was too short or should I say, "deposit change here". The husband said the size was fine but he is biased anyways!
Compression: I definitely felt general compression throughout my legs. If you are looking for general compression without concentrating on one area of the body then the tights are definitely the way to go. For me, my calves are the problem so I need concentrated compression in my lower leg area. So I will probably stick to Compression Socks. The tights are still a great option to help recover faster, to help improve circulation, to help reduce fatigue, and to help reduce muscle damage.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Hi all, Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Holiday. All of us at the shop enjoyed a few days off and took advantage of the opportunity to spend time with our families. We returned Friday to kick-off the Holiday shopping season with Black Friday the J&A way. If you have not taken time to review our Holiday sale offerings, check-out our homepage for all the details.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
First thing you need to do is take off the tire and find something to put in between the new tube and the hole in the tire. You need something that will not tear under the pressure of the tube. You can use gu or energy bar wrappers, but the best thing I have found is a dollar bill. Take your tire boot and fold it so it is at least an inch longer than the hole you are covering. Put it in the tire and then install the tire the same as you normally would. When you air it back up, make sure that it is holding the tube so you don't waste your good tube. As long as it looks good, you can put the wheel back on your bike and ride home. You will probably want to buy a new tire when you get home.
So always remember to bring something in your flat kit that can boot your tire if this happens to you.