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26 October 2020

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  • Women In Sport launch new campaign to encourage teenage girls and their mums to exercise
    26 October 2020
  • Triathlete runs 28:04, third-fastest 10K in South African history
    26 October 2020

    Richard Murray ran a solo 10K on the weekend, and he posted one of the fastest times ever run by a South African

    The post Triathlete runs 28:04, third-fastest 10K in South African history appeared first on Canadian Running Magazine.

  • Best Swim Caps for Triathletes in 2020
    26 October 2020

    If you’re a triathlete and not a dedicated swimmer, you may wonder how important this little piece of stretchy material is to your gear. Well, there are some great benefits to wearing a swim cap, but in order to make the most of it you’ll need to choose something high-quality.

    A low-quality swim cap will make you feel dragged down and warm. One of the best swim caps for triathletes, though, will supercharge your performance in the water to a surprising degree.

    Coming in at number one is the TYR Wrinkle-Free Silicone Swim Cap. You can find it in a multitude of colors, it’s a comfortable, wrinkle-free fit, and it’s durable enough for long-time use.

    Read on to find out which other products we reviewed!

    Top 3 Best and Favorites
    Best Overall

    Best Overall

     

    TYR Wrinkle-Free Silicone Adult Swim Cap

     

    • No wrinkles for a frustration-free swim
    • Silicone is quite durable
    • Affordable
    Check Price
    Top Value

    Top Value

     

    Speedo Solid Silicone Cap

     

    • Pliable and stretchy
    • Soft and comfortable on the head
    • Latex-free
    Check Price
    Best for Long Hair

    Best for Long Hair

     

    Swim Elite Silicone Swimcap for Long Hair

     

    • Ear protection flaps
    • Allergy-free, and odorless
    • Comes with a nose clip
    Check Price
    Best Overall 1. TYR Wrinkle-Free Silicone Adult Swim Cap

    This cap is nothing fancy, but it’s perfect for what it does. There are 10 different colors to choose from, so no matter what color your triathlon suit is, there’ll be a cap to suit you. It’s also quite affordable, so you can even get one in each color if you’d like!

    One of the big thumbs-up features of this cap is that it’s wrinkle-free. Silicone caps tend to wrinkle less than latex ones in general, but it’s hard to appreciate a wrinkle-free swim cap until you’ve had one and gone back to a wrinkly one.

    It’s also pretty durable, although if you put extra pressure on the seam while taking it on and off there’s always a chance of them splitting. Just be careful and it should last you a good long time.

    Although it’s a one-size-fits-most, it may be too tight and uncomfortable for swimmers who happen to have larger-than-average heads.

    PROS:
    • No wrinkles for a frustration-free swim
    • Many colors available, something for every swimmer
    • Silicone is quite durable
    • Affordable
    CONS:
    • May be too small for large heads
    Check Price on Amazon
    Top Value 2. Speedo Solid Silicone Cap

    This swim cap is much like our first one, only it comes in a range of almost 30 different colors and patterns! There really is something for every taste here.

    It’s 100% silicone and feels soft and stretchy on the head. It’s quite pliable and should withstand plenty of on-and-off, but take care to remove it and replace it carefully nonetheless.

    It only comes in one size, so some swimmers may find that it doesn’t quite fit snugly enough, or it’s a little tighter than they’d like.

    PROS:
    • Close to 30 colors and patterns to choose from
    • Pliable and stretchy
    • Soft and comfortable on the head
    • Latex-free
    CONS:
    • Only one size, so may not fit some swimmers
    Check Price on Amazon
    Best for Long Hair 3. Swim Elite Silicone Swim Cap for Long Hair

    As pretty as it is, sometimes long hair can really get in the way of a great sporting performance!

    This swim cap is designed to be a foolproof solution for long-haired swimmers to be able to streamline themselves just as well as those with short hair.

    Extra material in the top allows space for plenty of hair, in a ponytail or a bun. Some customers have reported their hair being soaked after a swim, but it’s a simple case of making sure the size is right for you and ensuring the logo is in the front when you put the cap on. If you have it on backwards it won’t work as effectively.

    We like the ear flaps, which are a thoughtful touch and work as expected without being uncomfortable or getting in the way.

    As a bonus the swim cap is allergy-free (containing no latex) and odorless.

    PROS:
    • Ear protection flaps
    • Allergy-free, and odorless
    • Comes with a clear ziplock bag
    • Comes with a nose clip
    CONS:
    • If you choose it doesn’t fit your head well, the ear flaps may roll up and water will get into both your ears and hair
    Check Price on Amazon
    Top Colors and Styles 4. Arena Poolish Moulded Caps

    If you like something a little more funky and eye-catching, then one of these could be the swim cap for you. Choose from almost 40 brightly colored, boldly patterned designs. You’ll definitely stand out in the pool or lake with one of these on your head.

    The material (100% silicone) is soft and feels comfortable around the forehead. The cap is thin and elastic, but still durable as long as it’s looked after properly.

    As well as looking cool and being easy to spot in the water, you’ll be super streamlined with one of these non-wrinkling caps on your head.

    PROS:
    • Close to 40 designs to choose from
    • Soft silicone material
    • No-wrinkle for extra hydrodynamics
    CONS:
    • Cap may ride up on some heads
    Check Price on Amazon
    Best Lycra Cap 5. Speedo Lycra Solid Swim Cap

    If you aren’t a fan of silicone but don’t want latex either, lycra could be a good option for you. It’s lightweight and quick-drying, as well as super comfortable.

    The paneled design accommodates long hair as easily as it does short hair. An elastic band around the bottom of the cap ensures a snug fit and that no hair escapes.

    It’s also quite breathable, so it allows excess heat from the head to escape easily. It’s a bonus that it has a 6-month warranty against manufacturer’s defects.

    PROS:
    • Paneled design for long hair
    • Lightweight fabric
    • Quick-drying
    • 6-month manufacturer’s defect warranty
    CONS:
    • Tight fit, may be too uncomfortable for some
    Check Price on Amazon
    Top Silicone/Lycra Blended Cap 6. Taddlee Swim Cap PU Fabric Silicone Lycra Swimming Hat

    If you don’t have any issues with latex, you may be interested in a silicone/latex blend cap. This mix enhances the durability and stretchiness of both materials while keeping your cap thin and comfortable.

    It covers the ears fairly easily, which gets a thumbs-up for protection. The soft mix of fabrics also means that it’s not sticky or hard to get on your head, and doesn’t pinch or pull hair like more conventional caps tend to.

    Although it claims to be waterproof, customers have reported that it isn’t. If you’re looking for something to keep hair out of your face, this will do the trick! If you want something to keep your hair dry, perhaps not.

    It gets a big smiley face for comfort though, being one of the softer more hair-friendly choices out there.

    PROS:
    • Stylish design
    • Covers the ears
    • Doesn’t pinch or pull hair
    • Soft and comfortable
    CONS:
    • Not waterproof
    Check Price on Amazon
    Best Wrinkle-Free for Long Hair 7. TYR Long Hair Wrinkle-Free Silicone Adult Swim Cap

    When you’ve got a whole lot of hair under that cap, it can be easier for the cap to rise up or wrinkle, making it uncomfortable on the swimmer’s head. This one is designed to be both wrinkle-free and keep long hair under control.

    It has an interesting asymmetrical shape, which is said to help keep hair under control while it’s under the cap.

    It just about covers the ears and TYR have worked on a new contoured cut around the ears for extra comfort.

    PROS:
    • Asymmetric design to help keep long hair in place
    • Provides ear protection
    • 100% silicone construction
    • 4 colors to choose from
    CONS:
    • It’s fairly tight around the forehead and may cause pressure headaches
    Check Price on Amazon
    Top Ear Protection Swim Cap 8. Lahtak Swim Cap Ear Protection 3D

    Protecting your ears while in the water is another essential thing that can easily be forgotten. While earplugs can be used, choosing a swim cap that offers some ear protection is a good idea, especially if you’re prone to ear infections or problems.

    This cap should not only keep your ears dry, but your hair should come out of it perfectly dry too.

    The ear padding is thick but not uncomfortable. It has a low back for maximum coverage, and a 3D ergonomic design makes it easy on the head and skin.

    Some may find that this doesn’t keep their hair or ears dry! That’s thanks to the “one-size-fits-all” design, which, as we all know, isn’t always accurate.

    PROS:
    • 3D ergonomic design
    • Great ear protection
    • Keeps hair dry
    • 180-day money-back guarantee
    CONS:
    • One-size-fits-all may not… Fit all
    Check Price on Amazon
    Best Reversible Swim Cap 9. Swim Elite 2-in-1 Premium Silicone Swim Cap

    A reversible cap is an awesome gift for the swimmer in your life! With 4 different color combos, there’ll be something for everyone to keep them from getting bored with one color.

    It’s made from silicone and is durable enough to withstand being turned inside and out a lot. As an extra bonus, it comes in a protective bag so you can keep it safe when you’re not in the water.

    It does specify that it’s best for short or medium-length hair, so it’s important to note that if you have long, thick hair this cap may not work well for you.

    PROS:
    • Two colors in one
    • Silicone design
    • Eco-friendly
    • Comes in a protective bag
    CONS:
    • Some customers report it slipping up as they swim
    Check Price on Amazon
    Top Neoprene Swim Cap 10. NeoSport Premium Neoprene 2.5 mm Sport Cap

    If you do plenty of winter swimming, a neoprene swim cap would probably be a good thing to add to your gear.

    It’s much warmer than other materials, and tucker and softer too. This one is constructed with flatlock seams to add an extra element of comfort and reduce chafing.

    It features an adjustable chin strap that’s secured with Velcro so you can get a snug but not tight fit. More than one customer mentions needing to sew the strap to fit properly.

    One of the best things about this cap is that it comes in four sizes. No one-size-fits-all! Choose from small to extra-large.

    PROS:
    • Adjustable Velcro chin strap
    • Flatlock seams for added comfort
    • Comes in four different sizes
    • Soft and comfortable
    CONS:
    • You may need to do some sewing work as the Velcro strap seems to sit a little out of place
    Check Price on Amazon

     

    FAQs

    Don’t think that a swim cap is a pointless or inconsequential piece of your kit! You may be surprised at how much difference a really high-quality swim cap can make to your movement in the water.

    Here are some of the questions we see most often about swim caps to help you choose the right one for you.

    What Material is Best for Triathlete Swim Caps?

    Many swim caps are crafted from latex. It’s affordable, lasts a fairly long time, and is actually surprisingly breathable.

    Latex is one of those materials that can cause some terrible reactions, though. If you’d prefer to stay away from latex, there are other swim caps out there that use silicone instead.

    What Are the Benefits of Those 2 Materials?

    The material you choose will be personal preference, but here are some benefits of each of these two choices:

    Latex

    Latex swim caps are generally cheaper than silicone ones. Despite being more affordable, they’re quite durable as long as you look after them properly. It’s also more breathable than one may think.

    Silicone

    Silicone swim caps may be more expensive than latex, but they may be the only option for those with latex allergies. The good news is that there are some great benefits to choosing silicone over latex!

    Silicone doesn’t wrinkle the same way latex does, making it a more snug, streamlined ft on your head, with less chance of movement.

    It also tends to last longer than latex, although this also depends on how well you look after it.

    Because of their sturdy, snug design, silicone caps are really good for swimmers who have to tuck a lot of hair up under that cap!

    What Other Materials Are Available?

    If you’re not keen on either latex or silicone, you may find some swim caps made from neoprene.

    It’s not nearly as breathable as latex, but it’s a really good option for keeping your head warm if you swim in the cold. We lose most of our body heat through our heads, so it’s a good cap to have in your gear if you..

  • How to break a weight loss plateau
    26 October 2020

    Did you jump on the scale this morning and see the same weight you’ve been seeing for the past four+ weeks? No idea how to break a weight loss plateau ?

    If so, this is for you.⁠

    I know how frustrating it can be to see the same weight day after day after day after day, especially when you’re doing everything ‘right’ to lose weight. ⁠

    You’re cutting calories, running laps, and drinking water. You’ve even ditched calorie-free soft drinks trying to stay ‘clean’. But still, nothing.⁠

    It’s called a weight loss plateau and it’s annoying.⁠

    It’s the point where your mind’s wants and your body’s needs fall out of alignment and progress just stops. In order to fix it, you’ll have to go against what your mind wants to do and instead do what your body needs you to do.⁠

    Usually, that’s eat more.⁠ Yep, it’s true.

    How to break a weight loss plateau

    This is a sample diet cycle that many of my clients experience good results with.⁠

    Notice the fat loss phases (Jan/Feb) and (Sept/Oct) are relatively short. Two months each and only twice a year. The rest of the time, my client is working to build up their metabolism through reverse dieting and maintenance phases.⁠⁠

    The goal is to work with your metabolism, not against it.⁠

    Have you been on a diet FOREVER? ⁠

    Have you stopped seeing results? ⁠

    Does it feel like you’re stuck and don’t know what to do?⁠

    Join my4-week reverse diet course, Faster Metabolism, and learn everything you need to know about how to create a proper diet cycle that works for your specific needs and goals.⁠ If you’ve ever wondered what reverse dieting is all about, this self-paced course is for you!

    Inside you’ll learn why dieting forever will never, ever, ever work and you’ll receive all the strategies that you need to build a healthy and happy metabolism at optimal functionality.⁠

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    If you’re on the fence, keep in mind, NOT making a decision is still making a decision.

    Why not CHOOSE to move your health forward in the right direction instead of doing the same dang things over and over again and not getting results?! It’s time to make a change! It’s time to figure out how to break a weight loss plateau once and for all!

    Enrollment closes on Sunday (10/25). Don’t miss regret missing your chance!

    The post How to break a weight loss plateau appeared first on Carrots 'N' Cake.

  • Andrew is Starting School Again SOON +Weekend Happenings!!
    26 October 2020

    Each run I finish I think, ‘Is this going to be my last run for a while?’ If Andrew’s dreams come true then I am going to have this baby in 5 days (Halloween) but who knows… he/she is probably nice and warm and comfy in there and wants to stay in for longer.

    Afterwards Brooke worked on her pull-ups (she is SO SO close!) and I did some stretching.

    Skye asked me, ‘Mama, what’s wrong with your hands?”  I didn’t know what she was talking about at first but it was because I didn’t have fingernail polish on for the first time in her entire life basically ha.

    I was definitely craving some carbohydrates on Saturday as you can tell…

    And then we took the rest of the day pretty easy.  We work well together when coloring because she is right handed and I’m left handed.

    Andrew worked Sunday, Skye slept in later than I ever did as a teenager (10:30!!) and it was snowing outside so we were on the couch for a while.

    It sure was beautiful.

    For lunch I was feeling like Shalane’s Hearty Minestrone with Spicy Sausage and Beans from this cookbook.  It is definitely one of my favorite soups ever.

    A bit later and my neighbor brought over the most beautiful plate of rolls.  I’m going to need these every day.

    Once the sun came out we took Beretta on a walk!

    And we definitely needed hot chocolate when we got home.

    And the last exciting part of our weekend = my sister just got a hamster for my niece (Curly).  My niece cried and cried happy tears when she first saw her… it was the sweetest thing ever.

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    Because we love to make life a little interesting and pack in as much as we possibly can all at once, Andrew is starting school again at the beginning of January!   He was accepted into a Nurse Practitioner program that will take 2-2.5 years and he is so excited.  He will still be working his normal shifts at the hospital so this should be interesting but I’m trying to not worry about all of the changes and just go with the flow (<— aka the opposite of how I normally react;).  He decided to do a family nurse practitioner program and he chose that program so he could treat every age group.  He is now one step closer to his end goal for his career.   On our first date he told me about his goal to be an NP and I’m so excited for him.

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    Anybody else in school right now?  What are you studying and how much longer do you have to go?

    Any Nurse Practitioners reading that can give Andrew some tips for this time?!

    Are you right handed or left handed?  

    What was the best thing you ate this weekend?

  • 8 Easy Ways To Eat More Vegetables Every Day
    26 October 2020

    Most of us don't eat enough vegetables. A little creativity can solve the problem.

    The post 8 Easy Ways To Eat More Vegetables Every Day appeared first on Women's Running.

  • Video: UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days
    26 October 2020
    In April of 2020, Journey Films put a video titled UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days up on YouTube.Description... "2006 - The inspirational film, UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days, features renowned endurance athlete and best selling author Dean Karnazes in his attempt to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days to raise awareness for youth
  • Takaku, Hattori and Fujimoto Headline Fukuoka International Marathon
    26 October 2020
    With strict limitations on immigration still a reality in Japan, the Dec. 6 Fukuoka International Marathon has announced an almost entirely domestic field of less than 100 that includes only five Japan-based foreign-born athletes plus an all-Japan-based Kenyan pacing crew led by Bedan Karoki (Toyota).Not that the field is hurting for quality. Ryu Takaku (Yakult), 2:06:45 in Tokyo this year,
  • Asics GT 2000 9 Review
    26 October 2020
    The ASICS GT 2000 9 is a moderate stability trainer. It is a durable and stable trainer but its shortcomings prevent it from being an excellent one
  • Week 1: Ditch The Disguise (Because Diet Culture Is Sneaky AF)
    26 October 2020
    98% of diets fail. Read that again. And again. And again. And again. Research tells us that fewer than 2% of people who diet are able to achieve lasting weight loss, which is only defined as 5 years. And the vast majority of those who don’t end up gaining back all the weight that they lost, and then some. Notice we said diets fail. Diets fail. You don’t fail. Diets fail YOU. Why? Because diets just aren’t sustainable.

    But let us back track… 

    What even is a diet?

    A diet is anything that restricts your food intake with the goal of weight loss, really. 

    But these days, restriction has moved far beyond the obvious limiting your calorie intake to some arbitrary number an online calculator gives you, or counting points, macros, or anything else of the sort.

    These days, restriction is often at the center of “resets,” or “challenges,” or “eating styles,” which on the outside may not look or feel like “dieting,” but that’s because diet culture often takes a seat at the table wearing a pretty little dress and introduces itself as “health” or “wellness.” Whole 30, intermittent fasting, and keto… we’re talking to YOU. 

    Real talk: eliminating foods, limiting the time periods in which you’ll eat, or restricting entire food groups is never going to be healthy. Yes, even if weight loss isn’t your goal.

    Diet culture is everywhere. 

    • Karen talking about how “bad” she is for eating chips with her sandwich. 

    • The influencer who is talking about not feeling hungry after starting intermittent fasting.

    • John talked about working off his cupcake later. 

    • The feeling that you “should” be snacking on carrots and hummus rather than crackers and hummus. 

    • The guilt that sets in when you miss a planned workout. 

    • The “skinny” popcorn that’s placed right at eye level at the store. 

    Like we said: Diet culture is everywhere. Seriously, everywhere. 

    Even though many of us have moved into the space where we can smell a diet from a mile away, WHY are we still falling for the trap? What is it about dieting that keeps us coming back for more even when we’ve been burned in the past? (again and again and again!!!)

    Lies. Lies. Lies. So. Many. False. Promises.

    Think about it: Whenever someone’s lost weight, is promoting a certain eating style, or is talking about the “secret” to health they discovered, what do you see? 

    Smiling. Laughter. Friendship. Love. Enjoyment. Memories. Pure bliss. 

    Weight loss = pure bliss. Or at least that’s what diet culture has us believe. 

    We aren’t buying weight loss, we’re buying the promise of happiness. 

    Spoiler alert: Weight loss can’t buy happiness. 

    If you’ve ever tried, you know it’s true. And if you haven’t, please save yourself the headache. 

    For some people, weight loss might afford a temporary sense of confidence or acceptance, but it never lasts. Why? Because if you don’t do the work to see yourself for all that you are, you’ll never be satisfied at whatever weight.

    It’s not about the weight. It never was. And it never will be. It’s about the feeling you think weight loss will bring. 

    So we ask you: What’s the false promise you’re buying? And then we ask you: What can you do to achieve this feeling right here, right now?  Why wait to feel confident? Why wait to feel accepted? Why wait to give yourself peace of mind? 

    Is it easy? No. 

    Is it possible? Definitely. 

    It starts with one small step today. And then another step. And then another step. And then eventually, those small steps add up. 

    For now, let’s keep the conversation going in our private group in the online BALG community! And don’t forget to join us Wednesday, October 28th at 5:00pm PST/8:00pm EST on Zoom for our group call! And keep your eyes peeled on the Badass Lady Gang Instagram page for journal prompts throughout the week to help you dive deeper into this week’s theme! 

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