The woman unfurled herself from the silk rope, dropping gracefully as she unwound over about 10 feet. The movement was so controlled and sinuous it appeared effortless. She twirled there, some 20 feet off the ground. I was at an interview for an article on Austin’s Blue Lapis Light, a site-specific aerial dance company, watching rehearsal… Continue reading Assessing Risk in Sport – What is “Safe”?
I remember the first time I ever ran on Austin’s downtown trail. At that time, the lake was called Town Lake, and the crushed granite path that ran most of the way around it was known as Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail. This was the year that a neighbor and friend, Sheree, talked a… Continue reading Taking on Austin’s Downtown Trail
Ah, summer. One of life’s greatest pleasures is checking out from the daily grind and spending quality time at the beach. I’ve been very lucky this year, hopping from one vacation to the next: fishing on the Texas coast and enjoying the good life on St. John, USVI. By the time summer ends, I’ll have had… Continue reading 5 Truths (and 5 Tips) about Working Out on Vacation
Recently, I posed a question on Facebook. I asked my friends: The reason I asked was that I’ve noticed my yoga practice gradually increasing, while my regularly scheduled workouts remain the same. It came to a head on the day when I realized I had a short road run in the morning, followed by yoga… Continue reading Yoga — Workout or Supplement (or Both)?
As I sat on the grassy knoll overlooking the Big Air ramp last night, eagerly anticipating my BMX idol Morgan Wade doing his thing, I couldn’t help but listen to some of the conversations around me. And this stood out: “Man, I can’t wait for Metallica tonight. I grew up with those guys.” I surreptitiously turned… Continue reading Growing Up With Metallica
I can almost feel the algae growing on my skin. In Texas, we’re not used to a rainy spring. Oh, sure; there are some April showers and whatnot, but weeks of daily drizzle punctuated by thunderstorms and downpours? That’s out of the norm. Normally, we’re either on the cusp of or marking a first 100-degree… Continue reading Using the Treadmill (When You Hate Running Indoors)
Did you know that May is national Bike Month in the US and Canada? And, naturally, within Bike Month is Bike to Work Day. The day of observance varies from city to city but, here in Austin, it falls on Friday, May 15, 2015. So dust off your bike in honor of Bike to Work… Continue reading Bike to Work is Friday Funday
Springtime in Austin means bluebonnets. For my fun workout group, it also means a bluebonnet run. Each spring, one of our founding members always puts together a route from her home followed by a lovely group breakfast. One of the beautiful things about our group is its athletic diversity–younger/older, runner/triathlete/walker, experienced/newbie. You don’t always see… Continue reading Kickstarting Change with a Cleanse
Over the last years, I’ve had to do take-backs on two activities I used to dismiss: boxing and motorsports. Getting a taste of each as a participant made me eat those words. I’ve been boxing for two years now and love it. But set that aside for another discussion. Today, I want to revisit my… Continue reading #TBT–I’ll Try Any Workout, and That Includes MotoGP
Even though I didn’t come to exercise until an adult in my 30s with three kids, I’ve got hundreds of workouts under my belt now. I’ve worked with at least eight different running coaches; I’m not sure how many different swim and triathlon coaches; and let’s not even attempt to catalogue how many trainers and… Continue reading Why First Workouts are so Damn Scary