BLISTERS AND BLACK TOENAILS

Safer Open Water Swimming with Restube

A while back I got the opportunity to test out something that would be helpful to people like myself that are apprehensive about open water swimming alone.   It's a personal flotation device that you can take with you when you swim in open water, or during any other water activity that you may not be wearing a life jacket for.

I'm sure you're probably wondering how that works.

Enter Restube.

It's...

Running Strong Book Review

This book could not have come to me at a better time.  Those of you that read along know I've been struggling with knee problems for the last year.  They finally seem to be getting better but not without a lot of trial and error.  So when Runner's World gave me the opportunity to review Dr. Jordan Metzl's Running Strong, I took it.

Runner's World sent me a digital copy to review but I am going to...

It's the Bits! Recovery Bits Review & Giveaway!

Disclosure:  I was provided a sample of RECOVERYbits® in exchange for an honest review.

In the words of one of my favourite TV characters: "Winter is Coming". And we all know what that means. Cootie season is upon us. Followed closely by the Season of Overindulgence. Scratch that. They go hand in hand. I don't know about you but I find when I over do it, I end up getting a cold. Too much sugar, too...

The Racing Weight Cookbook - Review!

As an endurance athlete, our nutritional requirements are somewhat different from other folks. This is something I'm still learning 15+ years into my endurance sports lifestyle. One thing I've definitely learned over the last few years is that what you put in to your body directly affects what you get out of it. Knowing that, I try to eat as cleanly as possible which usually means I'm cooking...

Runner's World Cookbook Review

Disclaimer:  I was given this cookbook by Runner's World Magazine in exchange for an honest review.

When Runner's World offered me the opportunity to review this cookbook, I was giddy with excitement. I have a confession to make. I am a cookbook-a-holic. A recipe junkie. There is something about cracking open a cookbook for the first time and flipping through the pictures that excites me. I love...

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Dormeo Octaspring Evolution Plus Pillow - Review & Giveaway

 Disclaimer:  I was given this pillow by Dormeo Octaspring Canada in exchange for a review.

As an athlete, I think that most of us forget that sleep is one of the most important things required in a successful training plan. If you're pushing your body day in and day out and not getting adequate amounts of quality sleep, your performance will suffer. Guaranteed. So many things can affect our sleep...

Crazy for Clif! Review and My First Ever Giveaway

Disclaimer:  I was given these products by Clif Bar in an exchange for a review.  I was not compensated for this post in any way.

When I started riding, usually just used gels for fuel because I never rode much longer than about 50km. Once I started training for Ironman, my rides because progressively longer and I found myself bonking on a regular basis on the bike. I wasn't riding hard, I just...