Sunday, September 20, 2009

rainy day reading

Here in Roanoke, VA it is a drizzly day. Not a day you want to go outside and ride or run, though you could if you are die-hard. There is always a gym option, but sometimes it is good to embrace a day and relax.

Here are some books I have read or reading that were informative, entertaining or inspirational. Not every book is good for everyone. For example Tammy loved one book, but I was not all about it. So browse and find what you like.

Ok, so there are a lot of magazines and blogs. The mags I read most frequently that are athlete oriented (Martha doesn't fit here) are Bicycling, Runners World, Triathlete and Blue Ridge Outdoors (A local free rag). Then there is is a great local blog and resource for stuff to do in the area.

These books are fabulous and inspirational, especially if you or someone you love has ever had or has cancer:
It's Not About The Bike & Every Second Counts
Both by Lance Armstrong
They are both very moving and inspirational!

Ladies only! Sorry guys, but I'm a girl and we have some unique needs and well anything you can do I can do better...
Every Woman's Guide to Cycling, By Selene Yeager
She breaks down cycling for woman. Looks t bikes the differences in male and female built frames and more. She also helps with those little things like the special needs for a woman's hydration, special saddles and clothes to help you still have style and grace. Plus, tidbits to help even the serious cyclist. You can find her regularly in Bycicling magazine.

Us chubbies!
Heft On Wheels, by Mike Magnuson
He shows that even a bar, hopping, smoking kinda person can change their life and experience the previously unthinkable.

Plan your next ride:
Rails To Trails! we have the MD, DE, VA & WV edition, look for one for your area. Our first big rides were completed on a Rails-to-trails with multiple laps on the Huckleberry.

Then for some sarcastic entertainment:
The NonCyclist Guide to a Century ... by Dawn Dais
Tammy enjoyed her whit and humor. I got lost with it and didn't finish it. However I know we all like a different things.

Now for running books. Yes I am running.

Marathoning for Mortals; The Courage to Start: A Guide to Running for Your Life; & No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide
All 3 by John "The Penguin" Bingham
I'm a penguin! Penguins are the runners in the back of the pack that are kinda not fast but love being out there just the same. He says it is ok to run/walk, there is no shame in that. I have to agree! I enjoy his humor and honesty, witout feeling discouraged.

The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women, by Dawn Dais
It has a great training guide for running or run/walking a half marathon and one also fr a marathon. Once again, I could notmakeit through, but Tammy enjoyed it.

Ultramarathonman, by Dean Karnasaz
Amazing! He makes you feel like going out for a run! Though I don't recommend how he went out for his first run. Very good!

Hope these help you find inspiration when you need it. Next week you will find out why you may need inspiration and you are going to love every minute of it. Cause as I always say, "Without the journey, we will never go anywhere"!

Enjoying the journey!

These are just a few, mostly the ones we felt worthy of purchasing.

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