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I’ve Moved!!!

If you’re reading this, your link to the Everyday Athlete is stinkin’ old! Please update yer bookmarks – the new location for the site is here. I’ll see you there!

Sorry for the late notice… I meant to do this when I changed locations. I feel like such a jerk. 😦

The RSS feed has changed as well – you can subscribe to the new feed here.



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PSA: Pardon Our Dust

Just a quick note to let you know that I am in the process of migrating onto my own server so if you notice anything funny over the next few days, that’s the reason why.

Things should be back to normal by Friday and the change is going to enable me to do even more cool stuff here.

Thanks for your patience,
The Management

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Stranded on Marketing Seminar Island: How Sad am I!?

It’s true.

I’m stuck at a marketing seminar in LA through Sunday.

Do you realize what this means? Do you realize that I am separated from my bike during ‘cross season? Do you realize that I am actually going to miss a cyclocross race? DO YOU KNOW HOW SAD THIS MAKE ME? Continue reading


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Glycogen Loading: Pre-Race Rituals for Entering the Carb Kingdom

There was a thread in the Cross Crusades forums last week about pre-race nutrition. I neglected to chime in, but I thought I’d share my nutritional preparation strategies here.

My diet is typically about 30% carbs, 30% fat, and 40% protein. If you know your macronutrients well, you’ll notice that it’s a pretty low-carb plan. I’ve tweaked the ratio several times over the past years, but I’ve found that this works pretty well for me, leaving me with enough energy for my workouts but allowing me to stay lean and support and build muscle structure.

Eating for ‘cross races demands something a little different. Continue reading


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Nutrition Nutrition Nutrition: Keeping it Simple

I haven’t been following any super strict or regimented nutrition plan for the past few months, but I am feeling really great about how I’ve been eating.  This is mostly due to the fact that I’ve spent the last 12 months doing some serious work at researching food plans and clean eating.  I’ve tried a number of different self-created programs with some really great success.

When it comes to going on nutritional auto-pilot, however, I like to keep in mind the three simple steps I outlined earlier this year.  It’s amazing what a massive difference eating clean makes in terms of both the results I get from my workouts and my energy level in general.

A few months ago, I ponied up and bought the Precision Nutrition program.  In case you’re unfamiliar, John Berardi is a world-class nutrition and exercise expert, with a Ph.D. in exercise biology and nutritional biochemistry.  I have been reading his articles for the past year, and I can say without doubt that he absolutely knows what he is talking about. Continue reading


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A Little Taste of the ‘Crusade (Cyclocross Video Footage)

A quick update to yesterday’s race report, and some video candy.

Turns out I placed 19th in a field of 58 which isn’t as terrible as I’d thought. Hell, I’ll even go so far as to say that I’m happy about it! And in case you’re one of those readers who has no idea what I’m talking about when I talk about all this cyclocross crap, here’s a little taste of what went down yesterday at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland, Oregon.  I’ve also included some photos at the bottom of this entry.

A preliminary quick edit by Crank My Chain: Continue reading


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My Inner Jock is Winning.

Yesterday I wrote about my new Batavus Old Dutch and my attempts to appease my inner-fashion-whore by riding to work like a proper lady in heels and such.

This morning I got back from a grueling boot camp session, downed a delicious Jay Robb Vanilla Protein Shake with some glutamine and frozen blackberries, and went down into the basement to form my daily bicycle plan of attack.

I looked back and forth between the stately and elegant Old Dutch, and my gnarly, battle-weary LeMond Poprad.

Before I knew it, my inner-jock had kicked my inner-fashion-whore in the shins and began to scream, “She’s down! She’s down! Grab the Poprad! Let’s get out of here!!!” Continue reading

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