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There are still plenty of opportunities to get some outdoor exercise. And it’s likely it will make you feel better about winter to get outside and get moving. Here are a few suggestions for getting active in the next few weeks:
Many endurance athletes use commercial gels for energy during training and races, but potatoes are just as effective as a source of fuel, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.
While the elite runners were setting records, several local runners enjoyed good races as well. I talked with a few of them.
Nearly 500 people participated in the 10th Tri the Illini triathlon Sunday. The sprint triathlon brings both area residents and college triathletes to the University of Illinois campus to race.
The Monday Runday, launched three weeks ago, sees runners meet at Lodgic, 1807 S. Neil St., C., for a warmup at 6:15 p.m., led by Pursuit Fitness, which is located at Lodgic, followed by a 2-mile run mapped out by Second Wind Running Club while children are cared for by Lodgic for a discounted fee or join in themselves.
'It's kind of like the U.N. of bicycling,' Kelley Wegeng said of the 750-mile ride from Paris to Brest and back that she undertook in mid-August with about 6,500 other cyclists.
'My biggest reason for getting it is, I can't keep up as much anymore. Who wants to wait for somebody? I didn't get it to lead the pack,' said Richard Brannon of Champaign.
The course was recently recertified by marathon Co-Director Mike Lindemann and Doug Thurston, race director of the Big Sur International Marathon, using a Jones Counter, which attaches to the wheel of a bicycle and displays 'clicks' based on the number of rotations.
I got a glimpse of home base for some of the athletes training for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games when I visited the training center in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week.
Scott Hendren of St. Joseph, who has run the eight-hour race 26 times, has some strategies for handling the heat that are good plans for anyone to follow while training or racing in hot temperatures.
That's how Steve Butler of Urbana described the 260-mile trek through rapids, multiple portages and 100-degree Texas days he undertook last month to complete the Texas Water Safari, which calls itself 'The World's Toughest Canoe Race.'