We had a super busy last few days at the book launches for Saddle, Sore: Ride Comfortable, Ride Happy at the Trek Stores in Toronto, Aurora and Barrie. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to the events, we had a ton of fun hosting them! That said, I am a teensy bit worn out today, but woke up pretty much brimming over with new ideas. Tons of fun chats this week about some new projects (but when doesn’t that happen?) and generally having a positive reception to the book was just really overwhelming for me. So, thank you! (And if you missed the events, you can get a copy of Saddle, Sore—get two and give one to a new cyclist for Christmas!—over on Amazon.)
Love this // Grana’s Boyfriend V-Neck Mongolian Cashmere Sweater. This sweater has been a lifesaver the last few weeks. It’s insanely cozy, super comfortable, and doesn’t even require dry-cleaning! For, well, forever, I’ve done the same thing every winter: headed to Target or Kohls and gotten a couple of new sweaters, and throughout the season, beat them up enough that they wore out by the end. This year, knowing I’d be spending a lot of time in Europe with less-than-stellar washing machines and a lack of a good dryer to shrink fabric back to shape, I knew I needed to get something that wouldn’t be beat to crap by the end of the trip (looking at you, thin Target cardigan and Victoria’s Secret leggings…). So, I decided to plunk down $99 on an actual cashmere sweater from Grana (similar to Everlane but slightly cheaper, which yes, does come with a slight decrease in quality, but the cost/quality ratio worked for my budget). Anyway, the sweater is soft enough that it’s loungewear, but nice enough looking that I’ve been wearing it to pretty much every dressy-casual event that’s come up, and it hasn’t let me down yet. (Plus, the grey-flecked Donegal knit meets my neutral standards without being 100 percent gray or black.) Cannot recommend enough!
Try this // 10 minutes of core in the morning, every morning. I’ve added 5 minutes of planks to my morning yoga routine and the difference after 6 weeks has been pretty rad. I can definitely feel a change in my abs, and it’s a great way to wake up and feel like you’ve already accomplished something for the day. It was actually a point both Peter and I talked about the last three nights at the Launch Parties, since we did a mini-training talk and my ride comfortable talk. (Need structure for your workout? Peter has a great 10 minute Anywhere-Core routine video here.)
Read this // Really great piece in the latest issue of Outside Mag (which I read on the Texture app, one of the greatest things for traveling people ever) on Tim Noakes is now online! Read “The Silencing of a Low-Carb Rebel” here. The intro is amazing:
Thin, gray merino V-neck, it’s clearly been well loved over the years, leaving it stretched and pilling. Nothing wrong with that. We’ve all got favorite articles of clothing, right? But I’m worried because this one is hanging from Noakes’s shoulders like a pillowcase on a scarecrow.
Also great: Joe Lindsey, my buddy and fellow Bicycling mag writer, did a great interview with the financial frugality blogger Mr. Money Mustache, and it is pretty amazing. Definitely give “How to Ride Your Way to a Badass Life of Leisure” a read.
Before You Go // We launched the new edition of “Saddle, Sore: Ride Comfortable, Ride Happy” this week and it went super well! Head over to Pedal mag for a quick event recap and an interview with me about some of the most important things to know to ride happy. And in case you missed it, I’m back to my fashion mag roots over at Nylon and the first one came out last week—The Rules Of Running For People Who Hate To Run!
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