The Drop Bag is stocked with Active Pursuit reading to enjoy at the finish line of your day, or a coffee break aid station. The name refers to the drop bags that competitors use to get their post-race necessities from the start line to the finish line of point-to-point races. Look for it as a mid-week feature on The Active Pursuit.
Taking the jolt out of energy drinks: One of the best parts of this analysis of energy drinks reveals that bull bile is a popular ingredient. The overall finding, though, is more important: “One thing is clear, interviews with researchers and a review of scientific studies show: the energy drink industry is based on a brew of ingredients that, apart from caffeine, have little, if any benefit for consumers.”
More hydration: Proper hydration has been a well-covered topic in the endurance world, but all athletes know it’s smart to review the fundamentals. This piece from Active.com provides simple answers for what to drink, when and how much.
Bike hostel in the Third Ward: During a stop on the Santa Cycle Rampage, I talked briefly with Carolyn Weber, who shared some details on the plan to open a hostel and shop for bicyclists on S. 3rd St., in the Third Ward. This story by Tom Daykin expands on the concept.
Comfortable with your feminine side: Keith Uhlig made me chuckle with this essay on lip gloss and the inner lady he has discovered in his own active pursuits. “In the 25 or so years that I’ve been running and biking and so forth, I’ve come to terms with wearing stuff and doing things that I once only associated with women. First came Lycra stretchy shorts. Then came the tights. And now, there is the lip gloss.”