Lael Wilcox shows the Unbound XL 350 miler endurance bike race who’s boss!

Unbound (formerly Dirty Kanza) is a gravel bike race in Kansas that’s been going on since 2006, which motivates upwards of 4,000 people to participate in the various events annually. Races include the 25 mile, 50 mile, 100 mile, 200 mile, and the newer 350 mile XL. The flagship event is the 200 mile race, which boasts a massive field, and a very competitive pointy end.

Fueling an Ultra: Intra-Race Nutrition

Whether you’ve raced double digits worth of ultras or are training for your first, nailing your race-day nutrition could be the difference between a DNF (Did Not Finish) and crossing the finish line, or missing an FKT (Fastest Known Time).

Gnarly Athlete Profile: Lael Wilcox

Lael’s relentless quest for adventure fuels us at Gnarly. Her kind spirit and willingness to help others experience even a tiny piece of how much joy cycling has brought to her life is inspiring. We’d gladly hop on a bike next to Lael anyday, and are stoked she’s now on Gnarly’s team.

My Complicated Relationship with Strava

I love Strava and use it frequently, though I have to work really hard to not let my comparison-based thoughts sneak in when I am using the app. These little gremlins tell me I need to run a marathon because an ultra-runner I follow just did. If my friends are getting KOMs/QOMs, the gremlins will […]

Endurance Athletes: Missing training days due to soreness? You may need more protein

Benefits of protein for the endurance athlete What’s the buzz about protein? First of all, we are made of it, literally. Everything from our muscles, bones, neurotransmitters, and hormones, to tiny microscopic cellular machines, are made up of protein. Protein benefits: Helps with muscle repair  Helps with muscle building Helps maintain fluid balance Makes up […]

Hydrate or Die-drate

Legend has it, the first known marathoner Pheidippides ran 25 miles from the Marathon battlefield to Athens. After completing the most amazing athletic feat of his time, he yelled “Victory!”, delivering news to the Athenians that they had claimed victory over the Persians. He then collapsed and died of exhaustion.   If only he had […]

Meet Training Weight

Today was my first road ride of 2016.  A week of warmer than usual temperatures in Central Oregon melted the ice off the roads and the sun beckoned me to lube the chair and re-inflate the tires on Training Weight so he was road ready.  Training Weight; yup, that’s the name of my road bike […]

Muscle Cramping: An Athlete’s Nemesis

Muscle cramping is my nemesis. Simultaneous hamstring cramping once made be abandon the trail and roll in the shrubbery trying to figure out if straitening or bending my legs would be better as the second place girl sped past me to the finish. A calf cramp once left me one-leg pedaling the last three miles […]

25 Fun Ways To Burn 100 Calories

Although it might not seem like much, burning a full 100 calories several times in a week adds up. And better yet, it can usually be done fairly quickly – in some pretty fun ways. Studies have also found that three short workouts of just 10 minutes, spread throughout the day have the same health […]

Top 10 Exercises for Burning the Most Calories

It’s always interesting to see what happens when you ask a group of people what calories are. You’ll hear all sorts of stuff, though the most common response usually sounds something like “the things that make you fat.” And, while this can be true, it’s not the whole truth.   Calories are, strictly speaking, a […]

How To Dress For The Cold

Here are some tips and tricks from the standard issue Gnarly Field Manual on how to dress for the frigid temps ahead.

Tips On Eating Right For New Endurance Athletes Trying To Lose Weight Pt 1

A common problem for new endurance athletes -especially ones that are trying to lose weight as well – is not getting enough fuel. Today and tomorrow we’re going to talk about why taking the time to figure out your calories and starting to look at the nutritional efficiency (the density) of what you’re eating is so important, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Let’s get started!

How to set up a transition area for your next triathlon

Never done a tri before? Nervous as all get up that you’ll stumble into the transition area and lose valuable seconds if not minutes trying to get socks on wet feet or getting your bike helmet on without tripping over your bike? Well have we got a treat for you! Here’s a quick, no bull how to on how to set up your transition area so that you can move from swim to bike to run like a pro.

Recon’s Jet Sunglasses

If you have an extra $1,500 to spend on sunglasses, you might want to think about Recon’s new Jet. These glasses will not only protect your eyes from the sun, but they’ll give you a host of stats and info projected neatly onto the lense –without obstructing your field of view.