The bike was heavy and too small for Jacob’s 5’11’’ body. The red Specialized Hardrock sported the words “Milwaukee Tools” on its frame. It was a promotional bike that his dad, Randy, had won in a raffle at a contractors’ show. Jacob Gray—handy with a Skil saw like his house-builder dad—fashioned a plywood rack behind the seat and bolted two milk crates to it side-by-side. The flat rattrap pedals fit his running shoes or hiking boots. The bike was not built for speed, not pretty, but it was tight and as utilitarian as a pickup truck.Jacob’s preferred store for camping gear was the Port Townsend, Washington, Goodwill. He loaded his secondhand yellow-and-red Burley child trailer with pots, pans, wool blankets, a roll of duct tape, a toolbox, stove, deck of cards, a Holman Bible, a tent, fuel bottles, a case of Mountain House dehydrated meals, two first-aid kits, carabiners, climbing crampons, a bow and quiver of arrows, a rain … [Read more...] about What Happened to Jacob Gray?
Does bicycling help lose weight
Dressed in an unusual amount of layers for an end of April run, the Fittest Loser contestants and their Push Fitness trainers arrived at the starting line for the DuPage Human Race in Downers Grove, when the temperature still registered in the 30s. Despite the gray skies and unseasonably crisp air, four contestants and one columnist completed the 5K just before a late spring storm dumped several inches of snow on the Chicago suburbs. A little cold weather wasn't going to deter Annamarie McMurray from running with her trainer, Joshua Steckler, in her first 5K. She had been training with Steckler for weeks to put her best foot forward come race day.Every time she was on the treadmill at Push Fitness, Steckler would increase the intensity just a little to keep her moving toward a faster time. A little progress every day, every week, paid off. Not only was McMurray able to run the whole race without needing a walking break, she placed third in her age group -- a huge accomplishment for … [Read more...] about Fittest Loser contestants ace the Human Race
(CNN)When a couple is having trouble getting pregnant, the focus often turns to a woman's health. But just as men are equal partners in conception, they can be contributors to fertility problems, too. "It's important to appreciate that when you have a couple challenged with infertility, in about 40% to 50% of the time, we are able to attribute the male as the primary or contributory cause," said Dr. Natan Bar-Chama, director of the Center of Male Reproductive Health at RMA of New York and a board-certiﬁed urologist and male infertility specialist. "People assume if a couple is having a hard time getting pregnant, it's the woman's responsibility to make the changes and it's her body that's not working right, but we're learning more and more that that's not the case," added Lauren Manaker, a registered dietitian and author of "Fueling Male Fertility," a guide that provides men with simple ways they can support a couple's goal of becoming pregnant, whether they are trying … [Read more...] about Boosting male fertility with diet and weight loss
Heading into his 26.2 debut at the Boston Marathon, seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson left no stone unturned when it came to preparing for the rigors of the distance. But in addition to running the marathon in his goal time of sub-3 hours, Johnson also faced the challenge of completing a 400-lap NASCAR race on Saturday night with just one day of full recovery in-between both competitions. (Johnson placed 12th under the lights in Richmond, Virginia, at the Toyota Owners 400.) Understanding His Sweat RateWorking with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) was a major reason Johnson had the knowledge and tools needed to prepare his body for the marathon distance as well as the race car. In February, during the early period of his training build-up, Johnson met with Matt Pahnke, Ph.D., a principal scientist at GSSI who put him through a series of tests to find his sweat rate and his sweat electrolyte loss. While wearing a sweat patch, Johnson ran his race pace indoors on a … [Read more...] about 3 Training Keys That Will Get Jimmie Johnson to the Boston Marathon Starting Line
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Pro Football Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Pro Football | The N.F.L.’s Obesity Scourge Supported by The effects of head trauma have gotten much of the attention, but huge weight gains have also damaged N.F.L. retirees. ByKen Belson Jan. 17, 2019 An insidious scourge that has nothing to do with head trauma is ravaging retired N.F.L. players. In the past few decades, the N.F.L.’s emphasis on the passing game and quarterback protection has led teams to stock their offensive and defensive lines with ever-larger men, many of them weighing well over 300 pounds. But their great girth, In retirement, these huge men are often unable to lose the weight they needed to do their jobs. Without the structure of a team and the guidance of coaches for the first time in decades, many of them lose the motivation to stay in shape, or cannot even try, as … [Read more...] about The N.F.L.’s Obesity Scourge