Dip into the Drop Bag and refuel for your Active Pursuits with news and tips at the finish line of your day, or a coffee break serving as the equivalent of an endurance event aid station.
Cash on the line: The website Gympact provides a financial incentive to make good on your workout promises. As Kathy Kristof explains on Moneywatch: You sign up on the website, list how many days you plan to exercise and what you’ll pay if you skip. The cash from the shirkers is distributed to those who sweat, about 50 cents a workout to date.
Birkie weather history: Few people dive into the details of the American Birkebeiner as deeply as coach Ari Ofsevit, and his latest analysis tracks the weather for the historic race, looking at average temperatures and race-day snowfall. Among his findings: “It seems like global warming is not affecting Birkie start temperature. In the past ten years, six races have started below 10 (three below 0). In the previous 30 years, only five races started below 10º, and only two of those broke in to negative territory.” Wax appropriately.
Laugh at the cold: The roller-coaster winter has forced runners to switch from shorts and t-shirts one day to fleece and wool the next. Mark Remy, the online editor for Runners World, adds a layer of humor to his cold-weather guide, and answers the question: “Will my junk freeze?”
The cyclocross world is coming: The United States will host the UCI Cyclocross World Championships for the first time in history this weekend, bringing the elite of elite to Louisville, Ky., to chase rainbow jerseys. Racine native Kaitlin Antonneau will compete in the world championships for a second time, but didn’t make this VeloNews list of favorites to win. ESPN.com tabs Jonathan Page and Jeremy Powers as the top hopefuls to make a run for the home country.
Fair share for roads: Cyclists have long been accused of failing to pay their fair share for bike lanes and other amenities to accommodate their mode of transportation, with motorists pointing to their gas taxes and tolls as a justification for the road-heavy spending priority in federal and local spending. The Tax Foundation pierces the myth: “Nationwide in 2010, state and local governments raised $37 billion in motor fuel taxes and $12 billion in tolls and non-fuel taxes, but spent $155 billion on highways. In other words, highway user taxes and fees made up just 32 percent of state and local expenses on roads. The rest was financed out of general revenues, including federal aid.”