I want to give credit where credit is due and thank all my sponsors, supporters and give a shout out to everyone and everything that helps me achieve what I set out to do. Being an amateur athlete I do this for fun. Thanks for helping me accomplish all the adventures I have embarked on in my life and here's looking forward to more.
Hammer Nutrition has endurance fuels that work. And they work really well. And they taste good. My favorite products are HEED, Perpetuem, Hammer Gel, Hammer Bars, Endurolytes and Recoverite. Need something for a pre-race boost? Need quality fuel while exercising and competing? Need great recovery products? Need nutrition that will sustain you for sprints and ultra events? Look no further. For 2017 I'm again excited to announce that I will be a Hammer Nutrition Sponsored Athlete and that I can offer others a discount (see link above) on the best nutrition there is. Use the link above or referral code 27682 for 15% off of your first order. #HowIHammer
Topo makes the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. For 2017 I am thrilled to be a Topo Athletic Ambassador. I am a huge believer in using gear that works AND that works with your body. As a runner, shoes are the interface between you and your chosen terrain and are easily the most important piece of equipment you will use. For years I searched for shoes that fit my foot well and although I found several good ones, it only took one run in Topo shoes to convince me they were great ones. The toe box is wide, the heel is narrow, they hug your foot so you don't slide around in the shoe and they are crazy light and comfortable. Never before has a shoe "disappeared" under me while running. Done, done and done. Use discount code TOPOCRIMINALE20 for a 20% discount. #MoveBetterNaturally
Sealskinz makes "endurance accessories". Specifically they make socks, gloves and hats; all of which are soft, warm and waterproof. For someone like me who has poor circulation in my hands and feet their products are a godsend! Not only are their products effective at keeping out the cold and wet, they stretch an amazing amount. And they have socks with a silicon gripper at the top of the cuff to seal(skinz) out the water that runs down your legs! Genius.
Ultimate Direction makes some of the best hydration products around. It makes me laugh when I think how much I used to dislike carrying a water bottle... now I hardly leave the house without one. Currently I use the Handy 20. It grips a bottle more securely than any other handheld holder I have tried and I can fit a large cycling bottle (read: 24 oz) in it. My favorite pack is the PB Adventure Vest 3.0. It's incredibly versatile in that it's very light, yet holds enough for a self-supported 100 mile/all day outing. You can use it with bottles, a bladder or both. And there is still room for a camera, food and extra clothing. Most importantly perhaps, it's comfy and does not bounce around no matter how full/empty it is. Did I mention you can attach trekking poles to the front? Oh yes.
The Seattle Running Club is my club. Without them I would never have met so any incredible people and talented runners or been exposed to so many amazing running routes and adventures.
This is what I use and what I freely and heartily endorse. There are a lot of products and services out there and through trial and error I have found that everything on this list really does work for endurance athletes.
FootWorks Physical Therapy has been patching me up for years. Neal Goldberg understands athletes because he is one and because he has worked with some of the best. I have received bike fits, cycling insoles, routine physical therapy, rehab from a chronic back and a pretty serious ankle injury and treatment for an IT band injury and a running over-use injury all from FootWorks.
Action Sports Massage - Finding a good massage therapist that knows what athletes need is so important. Tucker Roy is the best I have ever worked with and he understands athletes, their needs, and their pains.
Flora Health makes Udo's Oil and I love it. Not only is it a super source of omega-3 and omega-6 acids in an optimal ratio it also tastes great. I put it on salads, in smoothies, you name it. Need a great recovery tool and endurance fuel? Check.
Patagonia. No other clothing company that I know of makes such great performing apparel for every condition and activity imaginable AND cares so much about our planet. It's comfy, very technical (meaning it works when you work hard) and it looks great. And you can feel good when you wear it.
If you run or ride a bike odds are you use at least a stopwatch and more than likely a cyclometer or GPS. Garmin makes some of the best and has some of the best accessories. Currently I am using the Fenix 3 for running along with a Heart Rate Strap. Since this unit has an accelerometer, I no longer need a Foot Pod for indoor runs. I use the Edge 500 (along with a heart rate strap) for cycling sometimes and when I'm adventuring (any activity) I add the inReach SE for safety.
If you have a regular job and/or have a family, no doubt you are doing some of your workouts early in the morning or late at night. Add in Daylight Saving Time and I am doning a light several days each week during the winter. Black Diamond makes some great ones and I am currently using an old version of the Sprinter Headlamp (rechargeable, flashing red tail light) and the Icon Headlamp (200 Lumens, all night battery life). They also make the gold standard in trekking poles, the Distance Carbon Z Pole. Holy cow are these things light and easy to deploy and stow. Shelley and I also have some less extreme Trail Trekking Poles for hiking and snowshoeing.
Road ID. It's small, it's comfy, it doesn't cost much; and it's a big pile of peace of mind. When I go running or riding alone, or even when I'm with friends; how would anyone know who to contact if something were to happen to me? Road ID solves that problem. I wear mine 24/7/365. Shelley appreciates this.