New Athletic Apparel I Like – July 2016 edition

I got an Eddie Bauer catalog in the mail yesterday. It had a bunch of items that I liked and thought would be good for running. I have to admit, my Quantum shirt from them is one of my favorite running shirts I own. Many of these items are on sale right now too.

Women’s Infinity Ruched T-Shirt • Eddie Bauer • $24
Women’s Quantum Tank Top • Eddie Bauer • $37.50
Women’s Resolution Burnout Tunic • Eddie Bauer • $26.25
Women’s Resolution Burnout Double Up Tank Top • Eddie Bauer • $45
Women’s Resolution Burnout Tank Top • Eddie Bauer • $31.50
Women’s Movement Capri – Sunset Print • Eddie Bauer • $65
Women’s Myriad Skort/Capri • Eddie Bauer • $67.50

My birthday is next month. Maybe I should just buy things now and tell myself early happy birthday! 🙂

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Electro-Bites from Fuel100 – Innovative Fueling Option for Endurance Athletes

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Fueling myself for running is the bane of my existence. Or… at least one of the bigger challenges of my endurance running career hobby.  I had recently seen Electro-Bites by Fuel100 and was eager to try them. When the opportunity arose to get some and post a review, I was completely on board. (FTC Disclosure: that means I was sent one free package of each flavor to test/review.)

The bites are a 100 calories per bag and they contain pretty simple, yet unique and different, ingredients. I say unique and different because they’re not straight sugar. So…. What’s in Electro-Bites?

Ingredients

  •  Organic Coconut Oil
  •  Organic Agave Syrup
  •  Potato Starch
  •  Sodium (190mg) , Magnesium (46mg), Potassium (55mg)

 

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Why those ingredients in a product that is designed as nutrition for athletes? Why not a variety of sugars? The creators were pretty focused with their research and development. Some details in particular I found interesting:

  • Coconut Oil: reduces inflammation, digestive aid, improves utilization of blood glucose (and more)
  • Agave: faster acting sugar, rapidly absorbed, healthy bacteria that are good for digestion (and more)
  • Potato Starch: It’s a good carbohydrate source

Flavor

Electro-Bites come in 5 flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, Salty Vanilla, Simply Salty and Salty Vinegar.

Wait, what? Vinegar?!

Yeah, I was a little apprehensive about that one. But you know what? It’s good… the vinegar flavor is hardly there at all… it’s not like you’re eating a pickle juice bite. But I think my favorite flavor of all was Salty Vanilla.

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Effective

I used Electro-Bites to train for the half marathon I ran in May. In terms of fueling, they were great! I never felt like I had some kind of sugar overload and they tasted good. They dissolve pretty quickly in your mouth so they are easy to chew up and they didn’t bother my sensitive gut. I didn’t like the actual package they came in, because I didn’t eat the entire pack at once (that would have been too much to chew) and preferred to pull a few out and eat them, then grab a few more about 10 minutes later. So instead, I dumped them in a small snack-size zip-top bag. I carried them in the shoulder pocket on my Orange Mud pack, so they weren’t too squished but jamming them into a tightly packed waist band could potentially leave you with dust if you’re not careful.

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Electro-Bites Final Notes

Electro-Bites were created by two women, both mothers and both super speedy… you can read their bios, see their times and learn more about how the product came about. Hint: It involved one of them losing a crown during a race due to a chewy fuel. They are based out of Mukilteo, WA… they should bring samples to runners at Ragnar Northwest Passage! (I say this because I’m going to be at that event! LOL!)

They retail for $13.20 for a 6 pack via the website. So that’s about $2.20 a pack, pretty much in line with some of the more premium fuel options I’ve seen.

I would buy these for future races, it was a different form of fuel but it works for me. I like that it’s a potato-based product, something I’ve considered due to popularity at ultra aid stations, but in a more convenient form!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Fuel100 Electro Bites for free from Fuel100 as coordinated by Outdoor PR in consideration for gear review publication.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.

RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor from Sleepace (Review)

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I haven’t been wearing an activity tracker regularly at all in 2016. I love playing with wearable tech, but I’ve been disenchanted with many of them of late and while I have played with other devices, none have stuck. And you know what? I don’t really care if I’m missing out on my step counts. That was never my most favorite metric anyway. Want to know what I liked to see? Sleep data.

Boring? Perhaps… but I liked to see the ups and downs and the vindication that says “SEE! See how many times I had to get up last night? No wonder I’m tired!” or the flipside of “What do you mean I got 8 solid hours of sleep with most of it being deep sleep? I feel like I didn’t sleep at all! Did you hear my husband snoring all night, sleep tracker? I think not!”

So I was excited when I was given the opportunity to test the RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor from Sleepace. (Disclaimer: Yes, that means I was given one for free to use, abuse and review.) “I can get sleep tracking without wearing a bracelet? Cool! Sign me up!”

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It’s super easy to setup. The box contains the unit, a charging cable and a tiny manual. You basically lay the strap for the unit across your mattress (under your sheet) and then put the cover on it on the side of your bed (on top of your sheet) to keep it in place.

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After that, you sleep on it. The end.

Oh wait… there’s a little more.

You need to install an app that communicates with the device to crunch the info and display that data back to you. You get an overall sleep score as your main reading as well as a quick overview of your heart rate, breath rate and how long it took you to fall asleep:

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Scrolling down it gives you a little more information on how your night played out. Deep sleep, light sleep, heart rate, breathing and even shows you how many times you turned over at night. I never remember to log into the app and stop the sleep recording, so it usually does some weird stuff in the graph for a while after my wake up time, even if it records an accurate wake time.

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Tapping on your sleep score breaks things down a little more and tells you why you got points docked where you did.

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Don’t know what they mean by one of those? That’s covered, tapping on it will give you an explanation.

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The bradycardia one irks me… If you scroll down on that explanation (that I don’t have in the screen grab) it says “physiological bradycardia which is very common among those who regularly exercise…” Oh… so my low heart rate at night is normal for me and I shouldn’t be worried. So maybe I shouldn’t be docked? Maybe, maybe, maybe? 🙂

And for the most part, the data seems to be pretty accurate. Except every now and then it has a freakout and returns wildly inaccurate information. Take, for example, the night before my recent half marathon:

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I woke up at 3:40am for the race. It does seem to reflect that I got up, but then it shows I’m kind of up/down/up/down until a little after 4:30 and then I drop into a coma until after 7am. Which is interesting because I was on a shuttle bus to the race start line and then I was running a race during that time. Maybe it was picking up movements from my husband’s side of the bed? The RestOn strap doesn’t extend to his side of the bed, so I have no idea what was going on there.

Speaking of husbands… I’m kind of intrigued to put this on his side of the bed and see what’s going on with him. His snoring is super annoying sometimes and he’s always had an extremely high heart rate, even at rest. I’m just curious. But then, he would be an intriguing test case for me to slap a HR wrist-based tracker to see that data. Not that he would care to know all that information.

The battery lasts for about a month. Then you just plug in a micro-USB cable, charge it up and you’re set for another month. My sheets don’t fit very well (I think a king-size Sleep Number bed is not quite exactly the same as other king size beds? Or the sheets I bought were mislabeled.) so I usually have to straighten it out each night before I lay down, tug the sheet down some. But then, I have to do that every night anyway.

If you’d like to get your hands on this, I have one to giveaway! Sleepace has generously offered up one RestOn ($149 value) to one of you. Earn entries via the Rafflecopter widget in this post:

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Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada and closes on May 25, 2016.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.

Got any good parsnip recipes? 

I pulled a bunch of carrots from the garden the other day. They taste great raw and they’re easy to chop up for my daughter’s lunch box. We’re about at the tail end of the peas, it got a bit too hot for them last week and the winds the past several days have kind of beat them up. Tomatoes are starting to come in, I’m growing three different kinds this year. (My kid is a big tomato fan with me!) I’m growing broccoli for the first time and it’s looking promising. But I planted a bunch of parsnips for some reason and I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with them. So if you’ve got any good parsnip recipes, I’m open to hearing them! #Vegas #garden

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