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. 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.
Cuts for cycling: Dave Schlabowske, communications director for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, analyzed the two-year budget Gov. Scott Walker introduced last week, and found a troubling retreat on investment in cycling. “But the bottom line to bike folks is that even though there is a lot more money in the proposed two-year state transportation budget, this budget not only shorts us the money the feds are offering, it allocate even less money than was in the last state budget. That is quite a double whammy.”
Pick your app: About.com offers runners four choices in a survey to determine the Readers’ Choice Awards for apps. The list ranges from the .99-cent MapMyRun to the $9.99 suite of training tips and logging tools from Hal Higdon. You can make your pick here.
Birkebeiner climate warning: Bill McKibben, one of the leading authors on global climate change, skied his second American Birkebeiner on Saturday, and devoted his time in Hayward to sharing the latest warnings about the looming threat. The Daily Kos provided a report from his presentation in the Park Theater: “McKibben then spoke first about his love of winter. ‘The time of no friction….the default season here in the north, where we have more months without leaves on the trees than months with leaves.’ Leading into the many reasons why it is necessary to stem the tide of global warming, he told of an EPA report predicting a future where by mid-century there is no more skiing and snowmobiling in New England. He also noted in a later statement that the maple syrup season in his home state of Vermont “was a wreck” in 2012.