Happy Bike to Work Week!
May is National Bike Month and as the weather warms up, so does the number of people taking out their bikes to enjoy the nice weather. There are a number of benefits to riding your bike including: saving money, a new mode of transportation, boosting your health/mind, saving time, helping the environment, and exploring your community (both natural and urban)! After all that, what better reason to start implementing more bike time in your day than joining in Bike to Work Week?
Bike to Work Week 2013 is May 13th-17th, and National Bike to Work Day is May 17th. As our office is in San Francisco, we joined in on the city’s Bike to Work Day on May 9th with tens of thousands of participants! Plenty of activities were waiting for the bikers including safety workshops, parties, raffles, and giveaways. 25 Energizer stations, complete with volunteers cheering on bikers, handed out free snacks, beverages, and gift bag goodies. Bike mechanics, or “bike doctors” were even provided for basic bike maintenance for any bike that needed some extra TLC. Clark, our Fitness Director, got some great pictures of his scenic commute from Mill Valley to San Francisco. It’s amazing how many normally overlooked sights are discovered and appreciated when we take the time to bike. Check out his pictures here: http://ow.ly/kUWby
While you’re taking pictures of your own this month, submit one of you and your bike commute for a chance to win our GPS Fitness Watch, Switch! Our Bike Photo Contest goes from May 8th-May 31st, so connect with us on Facebook and submit your photo to win. Enter here: http://a.pgtb.me/zCBBJM
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing all of your pictures!
Two weeks ago in tropical Maui, Hawaii more than 800 athletes from around the world including professionals and amateurs were at the start line for the annual XTERRA World Championship. This event is described as the world’s premier off-road triathlon, consisting of a 1-mile rough water swim, an 18.89-mile mountain bike and a 5.9 mile trail run. To get an idea, imagine running through tropical pineapple fields and forests- not to mention there was a tsunami warning the night before, so the ocean was pretty wild!
After 5 previous attempts at the race, Magellan athlete Oliver Shaw was ready to go and hoping to win an event he’s trained for all year. He trained using Switch Up. “It’s really convenient that I’m able to use the same monitor for running, biking and swimming, and be able to use it as a watch and on my bike handlebars!” Oliver, better known as Olly, is a 20-year-old XTERRA and Half-Ironman amateur athlete and had a great start to the race. “Out onto the bike, I quickly found a rhythm and started picking people off…wasn’t long until I started passing a lot of the pros so that gave me a huge boost (we started around 2 minutes behind)!”
Olly had a really good 2nd half as he and another athlete in his age group, Graham Norman, broke away and were the first into transition for amateur racers. “Graham took off and I told myself to find a rhythm and to back my climbing on the run and technical downhill skills.” Sure enough, Graham started slowly pulling back, and Olly was able to pull ahead.
Since Olly knew he was in the lead, the last 5k were intense, “I kept within myself, and kept thinking about nutrition and hydration.”
Olly won his age group and placed 2nd amateur overall. Despite still being an amateur, his race time would’ve put him in the top 25 of the Pro athlete’s race. “Running down the finish chute was amazing and I will never forget it!”
With a final time of 2:42:49 and leaving this time as a World Champ, Olly can now relax and look forward to the next race. Congratulations from all of us at Magellan, Olly!
A few months ago, Mack was training for Timberman, a 70.3 triathlon. After doing some research, he purchased Switch Up. One feature that interested him was Multisport Mode. This feature allows you to record multiple activities as a single event. Multisport Mode is extremely flexible. Whether you’re doing a duathlon, triathlon or adventure race, you can configure activities in any order, with or without transitions. This feature resonated with Mack, “The ability to record swimming, cycling and running was extremely important and the multisport mode option was a very interesting and attractive feature.”
When looking at Mack’s race on Magellan Active, you’ll see a complete picture of his race from start-to-finish. Magellan Active is the first website to show an entire event in a single view. While this may not seem like a big deal, it’s a nice convenience for multisport athletes. No more spreadsheets, True Multisport does the math. You can see the distance and duration for the total event and each activity.
After successfully completing 70.3 miles, with a medal to show for it, Mack is already thinking about his next race. “Now that I have completed the 70.3, I am planning on continuing to use Switch for my future training, as soon as I finish recovering,”said Mack.
Thanks for the note Mack, and good luck!!