Not too long ago I expressed my desire to move past my “off the shelf” aerodynamic hydration system, and took a look at the King Cage Top Mount.  Today I’ve gone one step more with an attempt at creating my own simple between the bars hydration setup.  The goal: to create a convenient, efficient, and aerodynamic alternative, and to do it on the cheap.  Many of you who are already the outdoor type will likely have most of what you need on hand.  For this project, I chose the Bell H2 water bottle because it was big, and it had a nice rounded cap.  However, any standard water bottle will do.  Other items you will need include a bottle cage (zip-tie method between bars, or Top Cage Mount as shown) a piece of hydration tubing (mine was for a Camelbak), a bite valve, a small check valve of some type, the cap from a water bottle, some self-adhering velcro, and a high speed drill.

If you don’t have a hydration pack to pilfer parts from, you might checkout the Speedfil website.  You can buy a bite valve, hose, and grommet from their spare parts section.  In my case, I used a motley crew of parts, economy being the goal.  The toughest part to come by for me was a beverage grade grommet.  That’s where the cap from a Specialized water bottle came in.  I removed the soft top from it, cut off the flanges at the bottom, routed it out a bit (here a high speed drill is handy) to accept my drinking hose, and voila!  A pretty decent grommet that won’t poison you.  I actually bought a water bottle from Academy Sports to snag the small valve.  It lets air into the bottle, while preventing fluid from leaking out.  That way, when you drink from it, the bottle doesn’t start to deform from the negative pressure created inside.  The bottle was under $3, and I could have snagged the valve from one of the kids sippy cups, but that would have lead to a whole new batch of issues.

I first tested everything out on an old worn out water bottle, experimenting with different size drill bits and drill speeds to get the cleanest results.  Nothing too difficult and no real handy man skills required.  The trickiest part was determining the proper drinking tube length, which required a little field testing.  The most important thing was to make sure the end of the tube made it all the way to the back/bottom of the bottom, ensuring I would be able to get all of the water out of it.  The velcro simply holds the drinking tube down when not in use so it doesn’t flap in the wind.  All relatively simple stuff.  I tested it out during the Clemson Sprint Triathlon this past May.  I wasn’t accustomed to using a bit valve, but otherwise it all went smoothly.  I was able to effectively drain it, and the system did not leak all over my bike.  A win win in my book!

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Well, today my wife Lisa and I raced the Clemson Triathlon.  The weather forecasters had predicted thunder storms all day, but you just can’t predict the weather!  It was probably the nicest weather I’ve ever seen at this race (at least since 2007 when I started doing the event).  I was hoping for a PR, but wound up missing it by a whopping 38 seconds.  Still, it was my fastest swim yet, so I was happy with that, and my overall time was still better than last year’s.  On the flip side, today was also a challenging day in some ways.

Earlier in the week, my big toe had mysterious turned black and blue.  The doctor told me this was very odd since it was obviously not broken or jammed.  Possible causes were a blot clot,  I seem to recall gangrene being mentioned, and then of course busted blood vessels.  I cast my vote for the latter. I then twisted my “trick” ankle walking into the transition area before the race ever started.  Hmmmm, interesting start to the day.  The race course was pretty free of mishaps, save my wetsuit becoming unzipped, apparently DURING the swim.  Lisa’s mishap was a little more troublesome, as she had her first experience with a dropped chain during a race.  Unfortunately it dropped to the inside, which really cost her some time.  Neither of us had the perfect race, but do you ever?  Still, we both had fun.  When someone says, “how was your race?” it’s easy to lament over the things that didn’t go as planned.  However, perspective is a wonderful thing.  We are so thankful to God that we even CAN race.  To be able to go out and swim, bike, and run at any pace in any way is truly a blessing!

My first experience with an “exercise bike” was as a young boy when my mother got on a fitness kick, and our family got its first taste of indoor cycling technology.  A lot has changed over the past thirty or so years, and indoor cycling has taken a quantum leap past the dreaded excer-cycles of yesteryear.  There have been some good iterations up to now, no doubt, but nothing has ever made me look forward to indoor training like the new Keiser M3.  Let me confess right off the bat, I’m typically not a “spin” type of guy.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against spinning, in fact I enjoy it, but I’ve never made it part of my training or off-season routine.  Most of my cycling revolves around my chosen hobby (obsession), triathlon. In any case, most of my riding is done solo.  That’s how it has best fit into my schedule, I’ve enjoyed determining when and how I do my workouts, I like the outdoors, and perhaps I’m just too lazy to wake up early enough to go to a class, so there.

This begs the question: what would make a “no-spin” guy want to get up at 4:45am, grab a bite, and haul his sleepy body to a 5:30 spin class? One word.  Power.  In outdoor training, results are quantifiable.  I can measure my heart rate, my mileage, my time over a given route, speed cadence, etc, etc.  For those who can afford them, one of the latest advents in personal training devices is the personal power meter.  Products like the PowerTap will give you real-time feedback about just how much power (measured in watts) you produce at any given time while pedaling your bicycle.  There are also indoor trainers that incorporate power (Computrainers).  These devices let you know if you are pedaling just hard enough to power and Edison light bulb, or a microwave oven.  The quantifiable aspect of a bike workout is what I have missed from spin classes. There are some great instructors, and they will hand out as much suffering as you are willing to take, that is for sure.  But I tend to be a “by the numbers” sort of guy, and at the end of the class I was always left wondering how to measure my workout.  I knew for sure if it kicked my tail (and they would) but it was difficult for me to compare one class to another.  Was workout B really harder than workout A, or had I simply recovered less from a previous workout when I walked into class?

Before I offer my impressions, I feel compelled to say that I in no way consider myself an expert on spin cycles.  I just know what I like. Apparently this bike has been out for a couple of years, but this has been my first encounter with it. While I don’t believe that any indoor experience can exactly replicate riding outdoors (nor do I think that is the goal of a spin cycle), the Keiser M3 gives me what I have been looking for – hard data, and a reproducible amount of resistance.  Here is what I mean:  Previous generations of spin bikes that I have used relied on knobs and friction to provide flywheel resistance, making it nearly impossible to keep up with how much resistance one is accustomed to working out with, much less reproducing the same scenario twice.  The M3 solves that with electronic gearing and magnetic resistance.  I can dial in a gear, 1 through 24, and count on it being pretty much the same each time I get on the bike.   Couple that with a cadence and power readout, and now we have some real parameters to work with.  After only two sessions on one of these new bikes, I find myself using power as one of the main measures of my workout.  It is now possible for me to quantify progress on the indoor spin cycle!

As far as the actual ride goes, the M3 is by far the smoothest indoor cycle I’ve been on to date.  I also appreciate that it has a “narrow” feel.  Often, stationary bicycles  have a large beefy housing between the crank arms which can make for a less natural pedaling motion.  The Keiser, in my opinion, has a much better feel.  I also appreciate how adjustable it is.  Unlike many models that make you choose from several pre-selected positions (i.e. select slot A, B, C etc for your seat height), the M3 is almost infinitely adjustable.  Some have noted that the handlebars have no fore-aft adjustment and see this as a drawback.  The result is a more aggressive riding position, as compared to a typical road setup.  Personally,  it doesn’t bother me, but I prefer a more aggressive position anyway.  All in all, I found It a joy to use, at least as joyful as you can be while sweating buckets and being yelled at.  Another confession: I actually enjoy the yelling.

Water.  If I remember my 2nd grade science correctly, we’re mostly made of the stuff, so it stands to reason that during REALLY hot Summers (like this one), staying hydrated is not just a good suggestion, it’s critical.  Sure, we would all like to have more water handy during steamy rides, but that nagging question always arises, “where do I put it?”  Well, whether you’re a triathlete who follows the latest debates about the most optimal position for a water bottle, or an avid cyclist who just wants a way to transport a little more H2O for your next epic ride, the elegant simplicity of the top cap cage mount by King Cage may be just the solution you’ve been searching for. King Cage of Durango, Colorado is probably most well known for its hand crafted bottle cages. However, with their latest offering they make a slight change of direction and present to us a product that will provide another location to place one of those hand crafted cages (or whatever cage you prefer).

As of late, I’ve personally been studying some alternate ways to take hydration on the bike during sprint distance races.  Some people can make it through a sprint without any type of hydration at all.  My body, on the other hand, has a high demand for fluids, so passing on the hydration is simply not an option for me.  For the most part, the Profile Design Aerodrink has been my go-to bottle and in all fairness, it has worked well for me.  For some reason though, I’ve gotten it into my head that it may just be a little bit of overkill at that distance.  I don’t know, maybe that’s just me. In any case, I’m always on the lookout for a better mousetrap and like many bike junkies, I just love a new gizmo.  Enter the King Cage top cap cage mount.  Let’s take a look:

The mount is made of lightweight aluminum, not carbon fiber (gasp!) Even so, it weighs in at a scant 15 grams.  Granted, aluminum is no longer the hot “space age” material, but at 15 grams it is still lighter than some of its more well known competitors.  Personally, I like the fact that it feels sturdy.  I was never afraid I might accidentally break it during installation or use. Of course, cost is also always a factor, and that is one particular area where the top cap cage mount shines.  It is available online for $8 directly from King Cage (he still makes these in his garage), and can be shipped to your door for another $4.

I can’t comment on the competition from a qualitative standpoint.  They may all be great offerings, and I would love an opportunity to try them all at some point, but to date I simply have no firsthand experience with them.  However, what I can compare directly is their advertised costs and weights.  By the way, all of these mounts fall into the category of “cockpit” located hydration, and in triathlon terms aim for that bottle position know as “between the bars.”  Before I dive into a more in-depth review of the King Cage mount, let’s look at some of the other options.

HED Lollipop: fixed and adjustable mounts

HED Lollipop:  This is a slick looking little design from the same guys who bring us super sleek race wheels and the like.  The Lollipop is for bikes with a 1-1/8” steerer tube and comes in two flavors, a fixed mount and an adjustable version. The listed weight for the fixed mount is 24 grams (with bolts), which is slightly heavier than the King Cage product.  The list price for the fixed mount is $40. The adjustable version gives you the ability to tweak the bottle position, and it weighs in at 50 grams (with bolts) and lists for $50.

It appears that since the mount slides onto the steerer tube and sits under your top cap, those running a setup with little to no spacers might not be able to make use of this system.

Xlab Torpedo Mount

X-Lab Torpedo Mount:  The X-Lab mount  places your bottle a little farther out, literally suspending it between your aeroabars via a carbon fiber mounting cradle.  The system weighs 36 grams and can be found for around $40 through online retailers.  If you aren’t riding a triathlon bike or a road bike with clip-on aero bars this isn’t the system for you.  If you like the more forward position it offers as well as the simplicity of its Velcro attachment system, the Torpedo mount might be worth checking out.  However, I have seen lots of homemade setups that accomplish the same thing using a standard bottle cage and a handful of zip-ties at only a fraction of the cost.

King Cage top cap cage mount:  The King Cage mount is designed for use on bikes with a threadless headset.  That’s the typical type of headset used on modern road bikes, but if you aren’t sure what type of headset your bike employs click here for a brief explanation.  As opposed to the HED version, which slides directly onto the steerer tube, the King Cage mount actually serves as a replacement for your headset’s top cap.  Installation is a breeze.

Installation: The directions that come with the mount are pretty vanilla (literally) and could perhaps offer a little more guidance for those who may not be comfortable tinkering with their own bikes, but they get to the point. The actual installation should only take a couple of minutes. The instructions suggest that the unit has a front and back end, but in reality which direction you turn it depends on whether or not you run with your stem flipped (pointing down as opposed to up) and whether or not you have cut your steerer tube down (typical) or leave extra spacers in place so you can vary your bar height.

I would call my basic setup only mildly atypical, as my triathlon bike does not have the stem inverted, but I have chosen to keep extra spacers in place so I can change my position based on the distance I am racing.  The mount acts as a replacement for the top cap on your stem. If you aren’t comfortable fiddling with your stem/headset I would suggest having a mechanic or a knowledgeable friend help you out – safety first! The mount is designed to hold your bottle in a slightly inclined position, but by simply turning it around backwards I was able to achieve a more level and aerodynamic bottle position.

(standard top cap is shown in photo, but has since been removed)

(Note: You can see from the picture that I’m not always the best at following instructions, even when they could fit on a note card.  I re-installed the top cap for my headset on top of the king cage mount.  I did this initially, as I wasn’t sure how much I trusted the cupped design of the mount to keep water out of my headset.  Last Summer I lost some bearings in the headset on my tri-bike due to moisture, so I started out cautiously.  I have since removed the extra cap and use the mount as recommended.  I have yet to use the system on a rainy day, but so far I have not noticed any moisture/water retention issues.)

I recommend centering the mount before posting pictures to your blog.

I chose to use my go-to bottle cage, the Trek Bat Cage.  It’s nothing fancy, no carbon fiber or titanium here.  It’s just a relatively inexpensive (I usually get them when they go on sale in the Summer) plastic bottle cage that is fairly light and launches fewer bottles than other models I’ve tried.  I’ve field-tested the mount a few times now on both long and short rides, and I’ve been pleased with the results.  Only once have I lost a bottle, and I would attribute that more to taking a fast downhill (which terminated in a pothole) than I would a deficiency in the mount’s design.  Bottle choice however is important.  If you have a leaky bottle, you are likely to get water, Gatorade, or whatever else might be inside, dripping down the front of your bike.  So far, I have yet to have any spillage issues with this mount.  In summary, the top cap mount seems to be a very simple, clever, and effective hydration solution.  So whether you are just looking to pack on more water, or you want a bottle location that won’t force you out of the aero position, the King Cage top cap mount might be worth your time (and your $12). Have fun, ride safe, stay hydrated, and finish well!

For the past several weeks, I’ve looked a lot more like a transition mat than a triathlete.  That’s what happens when your back goes out in the midst of training.  In case you are wondering if that can happen to someone who is fit and in their mid 30s (or as I like to call it, my “endurance prime”), please allow me to remove that veil of mystery…the answer is a painful yes. So, what do you do when life throws you a curve ball? What happens when you suffer an unexpected injury (like we ever expect them), or worse yet, when the doctor calls with bad news, when you lose your job, a loved one, when your family or relationship is falling apart, or when any one of a thousand other life shattering calamities strike?

You suddenly find yourself caught in a whirlwind. You turned your head for just a moment, and life sucker punched you square in the jaw. Now what?  Can any good come from the apparent chaos?  Is there actually such a thing as constructive chaos? As unlikely as it was for someone known for having the flexibility of Mr. Fantastic to throw his back out, the equally unlikely prospect of what we see as chaotic being used for good is not only a possibility, it can actually be a promise.

A couple of weeks ago I was listening to the radio, and I heard a talk show host ask a question that went something like this; “can chaos actually be used as a force for good?”  He went on to make a comparison between chaos and a home renovation project.  That struck home with me, no pun intended.  You see, several years ago my wife and I bought a 20+ year old rental property.  It was pretty trashed when we got to it, but it hadn’t seen any “real” damage until we put our hands on it.  We literally dismantled that house from top to bottom. We had a great view of the upstairs master bath, unfortunately that was through a gaping hole in the kitchen ceiling caused by a 20 year old water leak.  If someone off the street would have walked into our house during the demolition process (and somehow missed all the signs that it was a work in progress), they would have surely concluded that this was the biggest, most unsalvageable dump they had ever laid eyes on.  However, as we systematically ripped the house apart removing floors, ceilings, and practically everything else (including the kitchen sink) we knew what the result would be after all the sweat, pain, and debris were just memories. What an outsider may have seen as chaos, we understood as a carefully ordered process. Now that our renovation project is complete, there is no evidence of the path of destruction we had to cut many years ago, only what we now simply refer to as “home.”

History shows us great examples of this paradox in life.  A long time ago, a man from the other side of the world named Joseph had many older brothers. They were jealous of their younger brother and his relationship with their Dad, so one day they threw him into a cistern (in those days, dry wells were often used as prison cells) with plans to abandon him in the desert.  Ultimately, they decided against shedding their brother’s blood and sold him into slavery.  From that point on Joseph endured many hardships, including slander and imprisonment.  But Joseph did not lead a life of despair.  What looked on the outside like his undoing was actually being used to his great benefit.  You see, Joseph trusted in God, and God chose to bless Joseph and make him prosper in the midst of his seemingly chaotic circumstances.  Make no mistake, God is never the author of evil, (Joseph’s brother’s got that train moving), but He did use those circumstances for Joseph’s good.  As Joseph would later tell his brothers after he had become the second most powerful man in all of Egypt, and had used his position to save an entire nation from ruin, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

God has a perspective far greater than any of us can comprehend, and because he is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-good, he has the ability to use situations in ways we cannot fathom.  God does not cause evil to befall us; that is simply part of living in a broken world.  However, because he IS God, he can even take things that may have been meant to do us harm, and use them for great things. To those who have been adopted as part of His family, whom he claims as His children, He has given some amazing promises.  The Bible tells us that, “in all things God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose.” What may look like chaos in our lives clearly falls into the category of “all things.” Apart from God, what we think of as our chaotic circumstances can seem pretty meaningless, and even hopeless. However, with Him, we have the promise that He is always working things out for our good.

Now back to my own little melodrama.  I have not been able to train like I normally would for 3 or 4 weeks now, but in many other ways the time that I have reclaimed for a short season has been of an even greater value to me.  I suspect that as I one day look back at this little episode I will see even more ways it was used as a blessing. I know that the ultimate outcome of my “unplanned” break will be good, and that gives me great comfort as a wait, rest, and trust in God.

(If you have never really thought about what it means to “know” God, and become one of his adopted children, please consider reading, “The Secret to Finishing Well.”)

In case you are wondering, Tabata is Japanese for “why can’t I feel my legs?!?!”  Okay, not really. Actually, it’s a short but intense bike interval workout, named after Izumi Tabata,  a Japanese physiologist. I actually discovered them a year or so ago in an article from Triathlete magazine.  I did a few and then forgot about them as I moved on to the excitement of outdoor cycling.  Now that it’s cold enough outside for your sweat to freeze before it hits the ground, the trainer is out again and so are the intervals.

I did some more tonight, and YOUCH they work you!  Only takes 9 minutes, and that counts a 5 minute easy spin warmup.  This is the gist of it:

  • 5 minutes easy spinning to warm up.
  • 6-8 reps as follows: 20 second all out sprint (that’s ALL OUT every time), 10 seconds passive rest, repeat.

I think I feel better afterwards if I spin down a bit.

I know it sounds easy, but TRY it.  I remember the first time I tried these. I hopped off my bike and my legs felt like they were made of Jello.  I’m going to experiment with the intervals again this season and gauge my progress.  The Triathlete Magazine article cites a study which claims substantial increases in both VO2 max (almost 15%) and aenerobic capacity (over 25%).

Leg sleeves to be precise. And I don’t know what’s going on in this photo (which is not of me by the way).  Anyway, tonight I decided to try out the calf sleeves my brother and sister-in-law gave me for Christmas.  They are made by Zensah (the sleeves, not the in-laws), and one thing I can already say about them is that they feel very VERY nice.  I may just start wearing them around the house.  Are M&Ms less fattening when you wear compression sleeves?  Are the excess calories forced to flee to less constricted forms? Not likely, so back to the review.

What a striking image I made – rocking the old school mailman look on the treadmill in my garage, tucked between the fridge and assorted stuff .  So what do I think of compression sleeves so far?  Well, I didn’t fall of the treadmill, I guess that’s one check in the pro column.  The main thing I hope to gain from them is reduced muscle cramping.  However, those tend to strike me around June or July.  I’m guessing my garage temp was somewhere in the 40s, so cramping wasn’t really a problem this time around.  I did get that great “pro” feel when wearing them.  Good enough for Kona, good enough for my garage!

Seriously though, running folks in the know highly recommended these.  Although I only did a short run, I felt good.  I’ve appreciated the compressive qualities of tri and cycling shorts I’ve used in the past.  I wore some tighter fitting knee warmers for the iron distance race I did this past November, and perhaps it was more psychological that physical, but I thought my legs felt better for those 112 miles than in most of my previous training rides.  At this point I’m hopeful. The real test will come when I unleash my latest fashion statement on the open road – just as soon as the temps get out of the 20s.  Look out Cliff Claven, here I come!

My wife and I stayed up late last night watching the BCS College National Championship game, Texas versus Alabama.  It was set to be the showdown of the year, and for a handful of drives it was.  That soon came to an end when Texas quarterback and Heisman candidate Colt McCoy took a hit that would end his game, and mark the end of the senior’s college football career.  The game went on, and it was still a show stopper, but to me the scoreboard did not tell the whole story.

Due credit has to be given to the Crimson tide.  They played hard, and Mark Ingram was nothing short of super human.  I hate to admit it, but if he had been recruited by my alma mater (Auburn) years earlier, I’m sure I would be wearing the Mark Ingram Pajamas my brother-in-law always jokes about.  In the end it was the Tide who got to chalk up a “W” and storm the field, but their team was far from being the only winner that night.

It’s hard for me to imagine what Colt McCoy must have been going through for most of the evening.  The culmination of years of sweat and blood, and ultimately a chance at the national title, had just been yanked from his grasp.  Forced to watch the game unfold from the sidelines, he was helpless, unable to assist his teammates in their greatest hour of need.  Despair and disgust must have been lurking at the doorstep, just waiting for an opportunity to consume him.  He had so many options at his disposal; rancor, malice, rage, self-pity.  Instead he chose grace and humility.

In the after game interview, McCoy seemed to be holding back tears.  After composing himself, he was quick to give credit to the Tide for their win.  More importantly, he was quick to give credit to God and acknowledge that his Creator was the one in control.  McCoy didn’t cry out, “why me,” but rather chose to accept the situation and continue trusting in the “Rock” on which he had taken his stand.  Was McCoy disappointed? I’m sure. Who wouldn’t be? But disappointment doesn’t have to define you. He moved ahead in spite of it and showed us what he was made of. We saw a similar attitude displayed by Tim Tebow at the Heisman presentation, which followed Florida’s devastating loss to Alabama.  Character.  That’s what these two men displayed.  Just like their high school glory days, their college football careers are now a thing of the past.  Will they play in the NFL?  Who knows, but if they do those careers will also eventually come to an end.  What will they have when their physical gifts, fans, and fame have left them?  Character.

Everyone loves to win, but it’s how we respond to defeat that ultimately reveals who we are. We should be careful not to place either of these young men on a pedestal, they are human, and they will fall from time to time.  However, what a great example they have set for us.  That’s how I want to handle defeat.  But how does one develop that type of character?  I’ve often heard that you start to look like who you spend time with.  That makes sense.  That’s also God’s plan.  He wants us to look more like his Son, Jesus, the Rock.  Now THERE is the ultimate example of character.  Many saw a picture of defeat and failure on the cross so many years ago, but we know better.  God and the world often view success and failure differently.  So behold the cross, to the masses a symbol of death and defeat, yet in reality the path to true life and victory.  Let’s be thankful that God doesn’t always make us winners as we would have it, but allows us to use our worldly defeats to achieve real and lasting success that endures.

Wow. The Whirlwind of Christmas morning is over, the family room is almost back to normal (as opposed to the minefield of wrapping paper and toys it was a day ago), and it’s time to start getting back into the groove for next season.  My last race was November 7, closing in on 2 months ago, and today would be my first day back in the water since then.  I had not initially planned on waiting this long, but I wanted to give my shoulder as much time as possible to recover.  I’ve biked and run since then, but avoided the water (except for the daily shower).

Now that it’s time to dive in once more, I have found myself a little uneasy and hesitant. I suppose it’s just one of those universal laws that the longer you wait to workout, the harder it is to get started.  It’s kind of funny when you think about it.  My last swim was open water and covered 2.4 miles in a little less than an hour, and now here I am nervous about a short stint in the controlled conditions of a heated pool? Finally I was able to drag myself out of the house, kids in tow, and get to the Y for a short swim.  I wondered if I would even remember how. After a hot shower to get everything loosened up I was back on the pool deck, and once in the water everything felt right again.  I did not sink like a stone, and my body seemed to remember all the right motions. At last, back in business!

Now it’s time for phase II of my get-it-back-in-gear program, close the Christmas/New Year’s buffet.  SO many peanut M&Ms and goodies still left over, this is REALLY going to be tough…

The weather outside is frightful? Fear not! Here are 10 truly compelling reasons that you should hop on the trainer and keep cranking out the miles this Winter…

10. Anything that might drip out of your nose will not immediately turn to ice.

9. To prove you really are going nowhere fast.

8. Less people will see you when you fall off the bike.

7. You don’t need to shave your legs.

6. Your living room suit looked “incomplete” without your trainer setup.

5. Rudolph in clay-mation motivates you.

4. College Football GameDay!

3. Aerobars are great for holding a tray of hotwings.

2. Being able to feel your fingers and toes is a GOOD THING.

1. At least you’ll know whose dog bit you.

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