Veggies and Hummus 100 Ways

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My top-ten favorite vegetables and the ten bold Roots hummus flavors produce 100 unique veggie & hummus pairings.

I eat a lot of snacks. With two to four workouts a day, I need to refuel after each one without being too full for the next. I am always looking for different healthy and tasty ways to get some wholesome nutrition in quick. I don’t always have time to fix recipes, even easy ones, so I often resort to shoveling in hummus straight from a bowl.  Varying both the flavor of hummus and the delivery method, though, keeps it from becoming monotonous. Continue reading

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Carolina Beach Weekend Getaway

Few scenes in nature compare to the sun rising over the ocean. Carpe diem.

Carpe diem. Few scenes in nature compare to that of the sun rising over the ocean.

After several mountain trips in Western North Carolina last year (Rocky Knob Bike Park, Boone, and Boone again) we got the itch for some weekend getaways to the North Carolina coast in 2015. Just one of the benefits of living in NC. Our favorite spot is the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area just south of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. It boasts miles of uncrowded pristine coastline and is a bird watchers delight. Pelican, Tern, Seagull, Sindpiper, and Willet sightings are almost a sure bet. Continue reading

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Nature Photography around Durham NC

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike" -John Muir

Taking a moment to appreciate my surroundings at Eno River State Park. “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike” -John Muir

Sans bugs and crowds, the winter months are a perfect time to explore the awe inspiring and tranquil natural places in and around Durham County. Some great places to start are the Duke Forest and Eno River State Park. Click through to see more of the exceptional wilderness on hand. Continue reading

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Ride Kore Skill Instruction

Following Ryan Thompson's lead at the Richmond pump track. Learning to pump with my legs, and not just my arms, to build free speed. This work immediately translated to more flow out on the trail

Following Ryan Thompson’s lead at the Richmond pump track. Learning to pump with my legs, and not just my arms, to build free speed. This work immediately translated to more flow out on the trail.

Contrary to the onslaught of bike industry advertising, the most surefire way to mountain bike faster, more safely, and with maximal enjoyment is to upgrade your skills, not your bike. Books, articles, and ads targeting cross country mountain bikers and off-road triathletes that emphasize aerobic conditioning, nutrition, strength training, gadgets and equipment over actual mountain biking skills are putting the cart before the horse. Continue reading

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Recipe: Three-Ingredient Vegan Hummus-Quinoa Bowl

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Three simple ingredients

Since well before joining the Roots family late last year, I’ve used hummus as a quick, delicious snack to refuel after training and throughout the day. Now that I have Roots in my fridge at all times, I’ve tried to move beyond just shoveling it straight in using whatever nearby raw vegetable I can find — although let’s be honest I do still do that quite a bit — to become more creative in my consumption. Although hummus, broccoli, and quinoa may seem like pretty straightforward foods on their own, they combine to make a quick, satisfying dish that’s great for vegans and omnivores alike. Continue reading

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Iowa Trail Running – Squire Point

The tranquil still of winter along the wooded coves of Coralville Lake

The tranquil still of winter in the wooded slopes along Coralville Lake

Squire Point and Woodpecker trails form a 6-mile network meandering along wooded slopes on the banks of Coralville Lake. A short drive from Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty and Solon, the trails are a local favorite, serving as a natural refuge amidst rapidly expanding commercial and residential developments in the area. Continue reading

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Fall Biking in Durham, NC

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Scenery about as good as it gets on the Pleasant Green road climb in Orange County NC

After a long, hot summer I always look forward to cooler weather, a harvest bounty at the farmers market, and the explosion of fall color. Here are some leaf season shots I took during recent bike ride around Durham and Orange county. Continue reading

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Gear Review: Effetto Mariposa

The Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza II torque wrench lets me breath easy after bike assembly and adjustments, especially with all the carbon bits and pieces

The Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza II torque wrench helps me breathe easy after bike assembly and adjustments, especially with all the carbon bits and pieces

Small details matter in mountain bike racing. Racers spend countless hours training their bodies, tweaking their bikes, scrutinizing the course, line selection, tire selection, tire pressure, race strategy, nutrition, on and on.

Small details can make all the difference between a perfectly functional bike and a race ending mechanical. With this in mind, I was thrilled to join Effetto Mariposa’s athlete team in 2014. Continue reading

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Rotor QX1 review

My Rotor QX1 rings work flawlessly throughout a tough season of racing. I opted for the 34T ring for most races and the 32T ring for very steep big mountain races. Not a single dropped chain all year!

My Rotor QX1 rings worked flawlessly throughout a tough season of racing. I opted for the 34T ring for most races and the 32T ring for very steep big mountain races. Not a single dropped chain all year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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XTERRA USA Champs

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Top of the stunning Ogden, UT bike course. The playground and proving grounds fortunate locals, ENVE composites bike wizards, and Xterra athletes

The 2014 Xterra off-road triathlon US national championship marked both the end of my season and the beginning of my journey as a professional off-road triathlete. The stunning Ogden, UT area is a worthy venue for the annual event drawing a world-class professional field as well as the best amateur racers from across the country. Continue reading

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