• Over the Top Cycling - Hoodoo 500 with Deb Bowling

    in Fitness

    Deb Bowling joins us to discuss the 2015 Hoodoo 500 ultra-marathon bicycle race presented by Planet Ultra! The most epic and challenging ultracycling race, the Hoodoo 500 route passes through or around three National Parks, three National Monuments and several Utah State Parks. The scenery varies from majestic cliffs and striking red rock hoodoos to aspen and pine forests and high mountain meadows. All the best of Utah’s Color Country!


    Geologically speaking, hoodoos are tall, skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and sedimentary rock. Mystically speaking, hoodoo means a magical spell; which is what the Hoodoo 500 experience will cast upon you. Come test yourself, and bring your lucky mojo…


    Amazing scenery, quiet roads, epic climbs, exhilarating decents, and the best post race banquet with awards and prizes.


    500+ mile Solo, Tandem, 2-Person, and 4-Person Relay Teams, raced non-stop or 3-day stage race. 300-mile Solo, Tandem and 2-Person Relay Teams, non-stop or 2-day stage race. Bring a crew or request an invite to race self-supported with use of our drop bag service.

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    Over the Top Cycling - The Boothby Challenge

    in Fitness

    A group of Seattle Randonneurs decided to create an unofficial challenge to honor the memory of one of their own, Don Boothby, who passed away before he got a chance to complete a 300k ride every month of the year, Hence the Boothby Challenge was created.
    4 riders completed it in 2014


    Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. This style of riding is non-competitive in nature, and self-sufficiency is paramount. Participation in randonneuring events is part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of the sport of cycling in France and Italy. Friendly camaraderie and perseverance are the hallmarks of randonneuring.

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    Over the Top Cycling - Robin Farina interviews Ally Stacher

    in Fitness

    Ally Stacher is a professional cyclist with Specialized-Lululemon. She's a support rider who does everything she possibly can do to help her team succeed.  Stacher


    inherited a love of homemade juicing from her aunt, who bought her a Jack LaLanne juicer during her sophomore year of college. “I was instantly hooked,” she says. “My roommate and I started juicing like crazy.”


    It’s a habit that Stacher continues today—even while on the road. “I was traveling with a little Omega juicer,” she says. “It was perfect—it fit into my backpack so I never had to put it in my checked bag. Then the travel got to it and it died on me. It was an incredibly sad day. I now travel with a Breville juicer my teammate bought me for my birthday. It’s pretty easy to lug around. I will say, though, when you go through security with a juicer in your backpack it tends to set off the alarm.”


    Stacher claims to be a frugal juicer—“I don’t do too many add-ins…the occasional wheat grass, but that’s about it.”—but admits to being crazy for beets. And for good reason: Research show that drinking beetroot juice can boost a cyclist’s endurance. In one study, volunteers were able to ride about a minute and a half longer compared to when they drank a placebo. Ninety-two seconds may not seem like a lot, but in the world of professional cycling, it’s more than enough to separate the winners from the losers.

  • 00:25

    Splashing Into Summer with Eric Meech, Lifeguard and ULTRA Athlete

    in Fitness

    Eric Meech has completed the Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon twice, 2011 and 2013, while serving the San Diego Community as a lifeguard for over 25 years. No one knows the beaches and bays of San Diego better than Eric who is a graduate of La Jolla High School, and National University, San Diego with a BS degree in Criminal Justice.  He ran his first half marathon at age 13. Listen in and meet a real hero and athlete who you might see running around the beaches and neighborhoods of San Diego.


    Eric was recently featured on the UTSanDiego.com for his accomplishment as an ULTRA Marathoner.


    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/22/badwater-ultramarathon-135-meech/

  • 00:26

    Running ULTRA Marathons Start With One Step

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    Trasie Phan and Elizabeth Kocek, ULTRA Marathon runner, have a candid conversation about how running long distances started for them.  Trasie was introduced to ULTRA Marathons in 2009 as a volunteer at the Pacific Crest Trail 50 Mile Run and met Elizabeth in fall of 2011 at a run Trasie organized for San Diego Running Meetup.  Trasie invited Elizabeth on a trip to the Grand Canyon in May of 2012 and that is how Elizabeth’s ULTRA Marathon journey started.


     


    Listen and learn how these two friends met through their love of running, have run thousands of miles together as well as supporting one another and have discovered a community of people who are amazing.  It all starts one step at a time.


     


    You can learn more about Elizabeth Kocek by reading her blog, liza-potranca.blogspot.com

  • 00:25

    Splashing Into Summer with Eric Meech, Lifeguard and ULTRA Athlete

    in Fitness

    Eric Meech has completed the Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon twice, 2011 and 2013, while serving the San Diego Community as a lifeguard for over 25 years. No one knows the beaches and bays of San Diego better than Eric who is a graduate of La Jolla High School, and National University, San Diego with a BS degree in Criminal Justice.  He ran his first half marathon at age 13. Listen in and meet a real hero and athlete who you might see running around the beaches and neighborhoods of San Diego.


    Eric was recently featured on the UTSanDiego.com for his accomplishment as an ULTRA Marathoner.


    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/22/badwater-ultramarathon-135-meech/

  • Amelia Thomas joins us for a Very Merry Christmas from Over the Top Cycling!

    in Fitness

    Grab some egg nog and relax as Amelia joins me for our annual reading to bring you some of our favorite Holiday tales.  If you enjoy Christmas stories as much as we do please take a listen.  We have a couple of our annual regulars - Twas the Night Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas as well as a couple of others from our trove of books.  Have a wonderful Holiday Season from all of us at Over the Top Cycling.

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    Engineering, Rockets and ULTRA Marathons with Carl Tedesco

    in Fitness

    Carl Tedesco was introduced to ULTRA marathons in 2007.  As he continued his engineering career with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University and working as a professor at San Diego State University, one of his students helped to inspire him to run more.  Since then he has run numerous ULTRA marathons and completed five 100 mile races, San Diego 100 miles twice, Javalina Jundred, Chimera 100M, and Zion 100M. He continues to inspire students at San Diego State University to pursue careers in engineering as an advisor for the Rocket Club.

  • 01:03

    Over the Top Cycling - Lon Haldeman discusses the Ghana and Elite PAC Tours

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    Ultracycling legend Lon Haldeman joins us to talk about his recent PAC Tour in Ghana as well as the upcoming Elite PAC Tour.  


    The fastest transcontinental bike tour ever! PAC Tour's first Elite Tour was in 1995 and has been going strong ever since!


    Daily miles range from 140 to 196 miles per day. Riders completing 100% of the tour will qualify for the Race Across AMerica.This extremem cross country bike tour intended for the most serious riders who are looking for a very challenging ride across America.    All riders must routinely ride 200 miles in 10-12 hours in training. An Elite Team Division is being offered for two riders to share participating by individually riding 80-120 miles each day.


    This Elite Tour begins in San Diego, California with moderate daily distances the first three days while crossing the desert.  We hope all riders will be able to gradually work themselves into shape before they begin the longer days for the remainder of the tour.  The route will use a combination of good cycling roads we have ridden for many years.


    This is not an easy cross-country route following the boring flat lands of the Southern states.  We will intentionally climb many steep mountain grades in Arizona and New Mexico.  In the eastern states we will ride many hilly days including the notorious Talimena Parkway which includes many 15% grades.


    This cross country bicycle tour is only for the best riders. Do not come on this tour if you are looking for an easy ride across the country. Even the fastest riders will be tested to their limits on most days.

  • 01:16

    Over the Top Cycling - Meet the 2015 Panache Endurance Elite Team

    in Fitness

    Joining us for a discussion about the newly formed Panache Endurance Elite Team are Mick Walsh, Colin Stokes, Wayne Dowd, Joan Deitchman, Adam Morley, Sarah Cooper, Vicki Ford, Jill Robinson, Jodie Lawston and Carol Pope.  The team is excited about our newly forming ultra team competition in which the burden of one rider traveling across the country to earn points is removed by team members earning points at selected events.  Our goal is to increase participation and be not only strong racers but true ambassadors of our sport.

  • 00:50

    Starting A Tank/Cycling: The Do's and Don'ts with Guest Amber Sheriff

    in Pets

    Starting a tank to house aquatic life in is a very important process in order for that aquatic life to survive. In this episode of Aquatics Euphoria, guest Amber Sheriff will give a run down on the do's and don't's of starting a tank on through the cycling process and much more. Amber will explain these do's and don't's so that beginner fish keeping hobbyists will have success in setting up the habitat for their aquatic life they will purchase with their hard earned money. Call in live 1-347-677-1837!

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