On a whim I decided to let my facial hair grow out. It started as just a gag for Halloween, but became such a time saver not shaving each morning. Eventually I’ve needed to groom the beard and so I picked up a Braun shaver and some beard care kit:
It’s a little early to comment on the beard oil – when I use it my beard hair does feel somewhat softer, but I don’t yet notice any long term impact. The Braun Shaver is awesome. It has many length settings so I’m able to dial in how close i want the trim and I’ve been able to blend the sideburns a bit. The entire thing can be run under the faucet to clean off the loose hair.
I’m using this method called “Total Immersion” a friend from home swore by it and I tried it; so far it’s slowing down my stroke, letting me focus on better more efficient body position. The eBook is available from my local library. I’ve found the writing to be pretty redundant – alot of story telling to repeat the exact same point which seems common in many of the training books written by athletic coaches. I would recommend reading the eBook for free, don’t focus too much on his exercises, then buy the “newer DVD” to watch the exercises. This method is really changing my swimming and it is so much easier to see in the DVD what the book does a poor job at describing in words and illustrations.
- Book: Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier
- Companion DVD: Freestyle: Made Easy << I don’t have this: I think this is the one meant to follow the book exactly
- Newer DVD: Total Immersion Swimming: Perpetual Motion Freestyle in Ten Lessons << This is what I have; it doesn’t follow the book exactly. I bought this version by accident. This is actually what I’m using to train. I wrote down the lesson titles as I watched to make a drill sheet for myself, I keep them on a post it note on the back of my phone and I put it at the end of my lane propped against a water bottle (e.g. 1.1 Superman Glide; 1.2 Laser Led Rotation;… and so on. I do 100 yards on each of those drills up to drill 2.4; I haven’t yet watched part 3 so I’m really just learning very basic body position).
This is my essential bike kit:
- AmazonBasics Strap-On Wedge Saddle Bag for Cycling – Medium
- CO2 Inflator By Pro Bike Tool, Quick & Easy, Presta and Schrader Valve Compatible, Bicycle Tire Pump For Road and Mountain Bikes, Insulated Sleeve, No CO2 Cartridges Included
- Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool (19-Function, Gold)
- Continental Bicycle Tubes Race 28 700×20-25 S60 Presta Valve 60mm Bike Tube Super Value Bundle (Pack of 5 Conti tubes & 2 Conti tire lever) < I put 1 tube in a ziplock back (protect it a bit, plus then I have a bag if needed)
- I buy CO2 from my local bike shop because I can buy just 1 or 2 at a time.
- I also made a ziplock with a length of Toilet paper some bandages and an iodine capsule. If you press down on the folded up TP before you seal the bag you can get it pretty compressed. This is my emergency bio kit & injury kit.
- Rear Light: Bike Tail Light, Bike Rear Light,Smart Brake Sensor LED Tail Light,Wireless USB Rechargeable, Waterproof Cycling Safety Flashlight 5 Lighting Modes Clip or Mount on Bike Rear Lights Fits Road/Mountain
- Front Light: Cygolite Metro Pro 1100 USB Rechargeable Bike Light, Black
Got the bug to start training for Triathlon last year. Joined LA Fitness to learn to swim. Now I’m going to start capturing what I have learned.
The sunflowers I planted nearly 2 months ago started blooming this week!
Found a great new software to manage the CincyIvy.com site: Geeklog. It supports just about all the functions that we need for CincyIvy, it’s relatively easy to implement, and best of all it’s 100% free! This post is testing out the “trackback” feature of my blog and the CincyIvy news section.
I love it.
More at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czgR76_M4fA and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxC-_tqj89k
How do I know if I’m addicted to YouTube?
Here he’s not so pissed: