Posts Tagged ‘Fitness’

Marine Corps Ironman Comes to Henderson

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Ironmen and Ironwomen have begun to arrive at McCarran International Airport. This weekend the city of Henderson, Nevada will be hosting the 5th annual Marine Corps Ironman World Championship 70.3. (Yes, 70.3 total miles). The race is relocating this year from it’s previously home in Clearwater, Florida having been there since it’s commencement in 2006.

The world’s finest and strongest triathletes will be competing for top honors as well as a split of $100,000. Beginning at 6:30 am on Sunday September 11th, competitors will swim Lake Las Vegas, run the Henderson streets and bike through Lake Mead’s National Recreational Area.

After 70.3 miles of water and road, athletes will cross the finish line at the Henderson Pavilion. Spectating is free and residents and visitors alike are encouraged to come out and cheer on these dedicated Marine Corps men and women!

As with any race that comes to town, delays are expected. Check the Henderson Live Website for event schedules and times as well as detours and road closures.

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10 Helpful Tips for Beginners Riding a Bike in Las Vegas

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Gas prices continue to climb. Some Las Vegas real estate residents have filled their tank at the unfortunate price of $4.00 a gallon. If you want to cut costs, riding a bike is one of the best transportation alternatives.

If you rode a bike as a child chances are it will come back to you, it’s just something that never forget. You might forget a few of the rules and tips so here you go.

  1. Choose safety over looking cool. Wear a bike helmet. For $20-$30 you can protect your head from substantial injury.
  2. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from dust and dirt.
  3. Buy a mirror so you can see behind you.
  4. Buy a reflective vest and a rear light to ensure visibility.
  5. Go with the flow of traffic. Take the bike lane if there is one provided.
  6. Never stop in someone’s blind spot. Stay behind the vehicle or toward the very front where they can see you.
  7. Take up the entire lane if need be. Sometimes it’s just safer.
  8. Avoid listening to music and talking on the phone while biking. Be aware of your surroundings.
  9. Take the route less traveled. The busier the street the higher the risk.
  10. Learn the hand signals and use them.

For more information visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Getting Healthy in Las Vegas

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Happy New Year! What kind of New Year’s resolution did you make? Did it have anything to do with getting healthy? It tops the majority of resolution maker’s lists every year but is quickly forgotten by the end of January.

Why not just make a simple adjustment that promotes a healthier lifestyle? Ride a bike. Not a stationary bike at the gym (even though that does promote health), but the old fashioned, feet on the pedals, tires to the road, helmet-wearing bicycle. If it’s been awhile, don’t worry it comes back rather quickly regardless of age. Refresh your memory on bike safety below.

  • Ride the right size bike. Did you know that a 5’9” male should be riding a bike with a frame between 17 to 19 inches? No need to hurt yourself while making changes toward good health.
  • Adjust the seat. There should be minimal bending of the knee (nearly straight) when your foot is on the pedal in the lowest position. If it’s not, keep adjusting the seat until it’s accomplished.
  • Wear a helmet. There is no federal law requiring them, but for about $30 you can protect your head from serious trauma.
  • Obey the traffic laws. The same laws that apply to a vehicle apply to those riding bicycles. Ride with the flow of traffic on the far right side. If there’s a bike lane, take it.
  • Always check the air in the tires and make sure the brakes and chains are working properly. No need to be that guy on the side of the rode walking his bike.

Don’t forget that you can ride the bike to the bus stop and take it with you. Most buses now have bike racks and the new Bonneville Transit Center has a whole slew of services and helps just for the bike rider.