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August 2008


International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

IMBA'S International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) will celebrate its fifth annual International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, October 4, 2008. This is a great opportunity for you to pass your passion for pedaling on to kids! Schwinn has generously donated 10 youth-sized mountain bikes which will be awarded by raffle to participating clubs who register and ride on International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Here are some things you can do to participate:
  1. Organize a ride in your local area. IMBA can help you plan an event - either large or small. Please register your ride and we will announce your event on the IMBA website. All events registered before Monday, September 15 at 7pm EST will be sent a Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Event-in-a-Box, which will include Clif Kid ZBars, official Race Plates, special kids stickers, and three t-shirts to give away as prizes. Your group will also be eligible to win a new Schwinn youth mountain bike. Register an event.
  2. Spread the word. This event is a great opportunity for kids and groups to experience mountain biking for the first time or to get back on the saddle again. Check out our Toolkit for tools to get the word out about your event. In our Toolkit, you will find Posters and templates for Press Releases and Fliers you can use to help publicize your event.
  3. Take a kid on a ride. Plan to go mountain biking on the first Saturday in October - and bring a kid along for the ride! Check out these helpful tips for taking kids riding and learn about other kids' cycling programs.
  4. Kids - you can find an event in your area. Ride your mountain bike on October 4 and tell your friends!
IMBA's International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebrates the life of Jack Doub, an avid teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who had a true passion for the sport from an early age but passed away in 2002. Funding is provided by the Jack Doub Memorial Endowment. The event will take place each year on the first Saturday in October. Assistance provided by Trips for Kids , helping disadvantaged kids discover mountain biking since 1988! Trips for Kids chapters nationwide make a difference in kids' lives by opening their world to mountain biking. By starting a Trips for Kids Chapter in your town, you can take disadvantaged kids on mountain biking all year round. Learn how to start a chapter. Note from Bike Diva My husband, who is a member of the National Mountain Bike Patrol, will be volunteering his time during this event. He will be patrolling the mountain bike trails at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva


Tech Sox Sponsorship

The Bike Diva is proud to announce her latest sponsorship offer. Tech Sox just made an offer to sponsor me through the SponsorHouse website. Tech Sox™ is a Canadian owned company that focuses on Comfort Technology in sportswear sock design. What makes Tech Sox™ so very special is a unique combination of technical and comfort features that offer all sorts of benefits. Everything about TechSox is designed specifically for the foot. Common TECHNICAL features include: high tech fibers that wick away moisture, and are antimicrobial to keep feet healthier; and unique cooling vents that keep the foot ventilated. Common COMFORT features include: seamless toes, arch and ankle support, high impact padding strategically designed for the specific activity, and a wide range of Sizes. I plan on using my Tech Sox for hiking, jogging and biking. I can't wait until my Tech Sox get here so I can try them out. Whether you are competing in motorcross, bmx, cycling, running or other sports, check out Tech Sox and their great line of products. Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva


Road Bike Ride From Loggerhead Park to Jensen Beach Park

I just used the Map My Ride site to map out our Team in Training ride that we will be doing on Saturday, August 30th. We will be starting from Loggerhead Park, in Juno Beach, at 7 AM. We'll ride north to Jensen Beach Park and back for a total of around 70 miles. There are three rest stops scheduled for this ride: Jimmy Graham Boat Ramp Park, Stuart Beach Park and Hobe Sound Beach Park. The distance between each rest stops varies from 16 to 18.5 miles. This will be a great, long distance training ride for us, as we get ready to do the 20th Intracoastal Century Ride in Cocoa Beach on October 26th. Take care, Lynn AKA the Bike Diva


South Florida Tour de Cure Bike Ride

Event Information Tour de Cure is coming to Southeast Florida in 2009! This ride benefits the American Diabetes Association. When Join us February 22nd, 2009 at C.B. Smith Park for a fantastic event for the whole family. Multiple Ride Options With courses designed for riders of all skill levels, you’re sure to have a great time whether you ride 10 Miles or 100 Miles. This year’s event features four rides: 10, 35, 62 and 100 miles. Each course will be fully supported with well-stocked rest stops and roving SAG vehicles. Fuel up for the ride with a delicious complimentary breakfast. Once you cross the finish line, you will enjoy a hearty lunch, a professional massage and live music & entertainment. Your whole family will enjoy touring our Sponsors Expo, Health & Wellness Village and Kids Zone. Fundraising Details Sign up today for only $15. Registration fees do not count toward fundraising minimum and are non-refundable and non-transferable. All cyclists must raise the minimum of $150 to participate. Raise $500 and receive the signature Tour de Cure jersey! For those who raise $1,000 or more, you will join the elite group of Champions for Diabetes. Sign up as an individual or form a team. By registering online, you will get your own Tour de Cure webpage with access to easy and effective fundraising tools. In a few minutes you can email friends, family and co-workers with a donation request. Our online tools will help you reach your goal and qualify for special prizes and gifts. Additional Information Visit the South Florida Tour de Cure website for further information. Additional rides in Florida: May 30-31 - Jacksonville, February 22nd - Orlando, April 25th - Pensacola, March 1st - Venice. Additional Rides Last year, more than 32,000 cyclists in 78 Tour events raised nearly $13 million to support the mission of the ADA: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Visit the Tour de Cure website to find a ride near you. 40 states have rides scheduled for 2009. Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA Bike Diva


Athlinks Online Community

I just joined the Athlinks site a couple of days ago. Athlinks is a social networking site for athletes, athletic gear manufacturers, race directors and sports related blogs and websites. What is Athlinks and why should I join? Athlinks is both the largest and most complete results database for endurance races on the planet, and a fully-featured social network built specifically for the endurance athlete community. We add well over one million results to the database each month from several thousand endurance races including running (road races, track and field, cross country), triathlon (any multi-sport), swimming, cycling (TTs and crits), mountain biking and more. Athlinks is not just another place to park your blog. The community features are deeply integrated with and built on top of your race results. Track and communicate with training partners, club and team members, favorite vendors and more. What is Athlinks’ history as a business? Athlinks was originally called VirtuRace.com and was started in February of 2005. In its original state, the site was primarily an event and results database. In October of 2006, we re-launched with the new name Athlinks with the added social features that you see today. View Bike Diva's profile page on Athlinks: http://www.athlinks.com/racer.aspx?rid=39454180. Check out the Athlinks site when you get a chance. Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva


Bike Diva Sponsor Slideshow

I just made a slide show of all my sponsor logo's on the RockYou.com website. Pretty cool, huh!?! [rockyou id=121131819&ver=102906&w=426&h=319] Take care, Lynn AKA the Bike Diva

Jig-A-Loo All-Purpose Lubricant

Jig-A-Loo Product Review I was recently contacted by the marketing agency that represents Jig-A-Loo lubricant. They wanted to know if I would like to give the product a try, then write a product review for my Bike Diva site. What is Jig-A-Loo Unlike WD-40, which is a petroleum based product, Jig-A-Loo claims to contain no petroleum based products. According to their website, Jig-A-Loo is “a dry silicone-based lubricant that, unlike any other lubricant, contains no oil, grease, wax, petroleum distillates or detergent…” Being a fan of WD-40, I was interested in trying out Jig-A-Loo. I received three, 3 oz. sample cans of Jig-A-Loo to try out. I gave one can to my husband, Rob, and kept the other two cans to try out around the house.

Over 101 Uses Jig-A-Loo can be used for a variety of purposes. Jig-A-Loo is a rust inhibitor, water repellant and all-purpose lubricant. Here are some of the items I used it on throughout my house.
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Waterproof mountain bike shoes
  • Waterproof road bike shoes
  • Waterproof running shoes
  • Waterproof my EZ-Up tent
  • Keep metal garden tools from rusting
  • Un-stick rusty bike chains
  • Un-stick and keep wood drawers lubricated
  • Help sliding doors glide smoothly along their track
Stinks A Bit Although one of the marketing slogans is that Jig-A-Loo doesn’t stink, I did find it had a bit of a strong odor. If possible, take the item that is being treated, such as your cycling shoes, outdoors, or onto a screen porch that has cross ventilation, before spraying them with Jig-A-Loo. Additional Uses Jig-A-Loo can be used on wood, metal, most plastics, glass, leather, fabrics and rubber. Jig-A-Loo, it makes the world run smoother! Additional Information Jig-A-Loo is available at a variety of stores including Home Depot, Walmart, True Value, Ace Hardware and Pepboys Auto. Funny TV Ads Visit the Jig-A-Loo website to view some of their silly TV ads: http://www.jigaloo.com/us/e_pr_our_ads.php. Jig-A-Loo Giveaway Stay tuned to the Bike Diva site for more information on the Jig-A-Loo giveaway! Product Reviews Would you like the Bike Diva to write a testimonial on your product to feature on the Bike Diva site? Send an email to lynn@bikediva.com for details. Take care, Lynn AKA the Bike Diva

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

Heat Illness This Saturday I had planned to do a 66 mile road bike ride with our Team in Training cycle team. I ended up suffering from the symptoms of heat exhaustion, approximately 28 miles into the ride. By the time I got to the halfway point, at approximately 33 miles into the ride, I was feeling really weak and was having a hard time catching my breath. I had to pull over to eat a gel pack to see if that would help, I was also drinking a TON of electrolyte fluid, but still feeling really thirsty. My breathing was becoming a bit labored at this point, my heart rate was sky high and I was feeling dizzy, nauseated and a bit disoriented. CLASSIC signs of heat exhaustion, which left untreated, can lead to heat stroke which requires immediate hospitalization. I finally had to stop at around mile 36 and get in the SAG wagon for the rest of the ride - thanks Tina! This is NOT the first time I've suffered from heat exhaustion, so I was able to identify what was happening before it got too serious. Here's some information on heat exhaustion from the University of Maryland's Medical Center website: Heat Exhaustion Heat exhaustion occurs when your body gets too hot. The body's core temperature is controlled by the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that also controls thirst and hunger. Normally, the body gets rid of excess heat by sweating. But if you are exposed to high temperatures (working outdoors in the summer, for example) for a long time and don't replace the fluids you lose, the body systems that regulate temperature become overwhelmed. As a result, your body produces more heat than it can dissipate. Heat exhaustion requires immediate attention, because it can progress to heat stroke, a serious (even fatal) illness. Signs and Symptoms Heat exhaustion is accompanied by the following signs and symptoms: * Heavy sweating * Fatigue * Headache * Pale, clammy skin * Thirst * Rapid heartbeat * Dizziness, fainting * Nausea, vomiting * Muscle cramps If body temperature goes above 104°F, or if coma or seizure occurs, the patient likely has a more serious condition called heat stroke. Heat stroke can quickly lead to heart attack and death if not treated. What Causes It? Heat exhaustion occurs most often when you are exposed to high temperatures and become dehydrated, usually from not drinking enough fluids. It also can happen when large volumes of sweat are replaced with fluids that don't contain enough salt. Prevention If you are working or exercising in the heat, don't wait until you get thirsty to drink fluids. Instead, drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after the activity. Take the following precautions to prevent heat exhaustion: Drink more fluids than usual. Drinking enough fluids during exercise, for example, helps to improve heart function, maintain kidney function, and lower the body's core temperature. Dehydration can stress the heart and reduce the kidneys' ability to maintain the correct balance of electrolytes (charged elements -- such as potassium, sodium, phosphorous and chloride -- essential for the normal function of every cell in the body). Treatment Plan The primary treatment for heat exhaustion is to rest in a cool environment (a shady spot or, better, an air-conditioned room) and to drink cool (not icy) fluids. Water is usually enough to reverse dehydration, or you can drink a sports drink that contains electrolytes. You can also cool down by spraying yourself with water and fanning. Prognosis/Possible Complications If you avoid heat stroke, recovering from heat exhaustion usually takes 24 - 48 hours. Depending on the severity of heat exhaustion, you may be hospitalized so your fluid and electrolyte levels can be monitored to avoid complications. So when whether you are exercising, or working outside, during the summer, stay safe, stay cool and stay hydrated. Take care, Lynn AKA the Bike Diva


Weekend Warrior Trathlon and Duathlon Group

Hey guys and gals, FYI: Just found this new meetup group on Yahoo, Western Broward Weekend Warrior Triathlon and Duathlon Group - http://triathlon.meetup.com/143/. The organizer of the group lives in Weston, but he plans on doing rides/runs/swims all over Broward & even southern Palm Beach County. Here's a description of the group I pulled off their website:

"It’s not about how fast or strong you are, it’s simply that you compete!

This is a training and learning group for first timers, as well as those already enjoying the weekend-warrior multisport lifestyle. Use this Meetup to find training partners, ask for and share training and racing tips and techniques for multisport events. No snobbery here!

Our definition of a Weekend Warrior Triathlete / Duathlete: An individual who enjoys training and competing but also maintains other responsiblities of work, family, etc. While multisport training and competing is not this athlete's sole focus in life, it is an important element in their overall lifestyle."

The assistant organizer, my friend Karina, is also the organizer for the Road Cyclist's of South Florida meetup group - http://www.a1aride.com. I'm interested in doing duathlons: run-bike-run. So I just joined the group so I can get tips/hints for duathlon training along with participating in some of their run-bike trainings. Too cool! Later gator, Lynn AKA the Bike Diva


SponsorHouse Banners

I just found some cool banners on the SponsorHouse website. I'm adding a couple of the banners to various areas of the Bike Diva site. If you click on any of the banners, you will be taken directly to my profile page on the SponsorHouse website. I am currently being sponsored by 10 companies. Check out my SponsorHouse profile for details on all my sponsors, or join the SponsorHouse community to get sponsored yourself. My current sponsors are: Vetta - cycling computers, lights, tools Freestyle - sports watches Fluid - protein recovery drink Motor Tabs - electrolyte tablets Go Pro - waterproof digital video cameras Rudy Project - helmets and sunglasses Gizmo Gear - socks, hats, running and cycling clothing Evomo - crazy cool clothing Sock Guy - crazy cool socks Bio Nutritional Research Group - power crunch bars

Take care, Lynn AKA the Bike Diva

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