The Drop Bag is stocked with Active Pursuit reading to enjoy at the finish line of your day, or a coffee break serving as the equivalent of an endurance event aid station.
Killer CrossFit: Under the heading, “Crossfit’s Dirty Little Secret,” a physical therapy professor from Colorado details the dangers of the popular, high-intensity strength workouts: they can cause severe and potentially fatal muscle and kidney damage. The severe strain in the excessive repetitions causes muscles to explode and send toxins into the blood stream, a condition known as Rhabdomyolysis. Eric Roberts writes: “The science confirms that exertional rhabdomyolysis, as this form is sometimes referred to, is uncommon and normally reserved for the elite military trainee, ultra-endurance monsters, and for victims of the occasional psychotic football coach. Rhabdomyolysis isn’t a common condition, yet it’s so commonly encountered in CrossFit that they have a cartoon about it, nonchalantly casting humor on something that should never happen.”‘
Flash mob workouts: The outdoor workouts launched in Madison through the November Project appear to be kinder, gentler forms of exercise, especially when you factor in the group hugs. Started about seven months ago by Dan Graham, the sessions grew out of a commitment by him and friends to work out every morning in November. Now, upwards of 100 people turn out at Bascom Hall and the Capitol Square every Wednesday and Friday. “The November Project means I don’t have to pay that gym membership and dread every day that I will have to run on a treadmill by myself through the cold Wisconsin winter,” Gabby Waclawik told the Isthmus. “November Project gets me out of bed in the morning, to see everyone’s smiling face, to hug it out after a tough workout.” You can find more details here.
Matter and flash dance: Brian Matter, the bike racer from Sheboygan, flew from his fifth win in the Chequamegon Fat Tire to the first-ever UCI Cyclocross race in China. He recounted the adventure and his top 15 finish in this blog post and video. Clearly, his best moves weren’t on the bike.
Antonneau watch: Racine native Kaitlin Antonneau raced to some attention from Bicycling Magazine, which named her one of the riders to watch in the 2013-14 Cyclocross season. “A full-time student who balances her academic pursuits with an intense schedule of road and cyclocross racing, Antonneau is considered by many to be the next big force in women’s cyclocross. Only 21 years old, Antonneau was forced to race with the elites at worlds last year because there’s no U23 event for women. She finished 10th, a fabulous result that served noticed to the rest of world: Look out, another Kaitie’s on the way!”
Badgers on offense: I typically avoid stick and ball sports in reporting on Active Pursuits, but as a Wisconsin native and Badger fan from birth, I follow the UW teams more intently than I do my training plans. This explanation of the Badgers running game popped up in one of my Google alerts and I read every word. For the fans of blocking schemes and Vince Lombardi, I give you this.