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My first solo trip was a tentative affair. My sister was bicycling across the country as part of a charity effort called Bike-Aid. I’d decided to join up for a day or two when the group rode through Nashville, Tennessee, which meant I first had to cover the 350 miles of back roads between there and where I lived in Bloomington, Indiana.
I hopped on my bike, carrying little more than a change of clothes and some Pop-tarts. A friend rode along for the first day, and we covered about 175 miles. When he turned around and headed back the secondary, reality sank in: I was a woman cycling alone through rural Kentucky and Tennessee, wearing a pair of pink bike shorts. Although my sister expected me to show up in a day or two, no one knew where I was or what I was doing, except the guys who booted as they drove by in muffler-free pickup trucks.
You work out hard to keep your body and mind in prime condition, and the last thing you want to do is pile on extra calories and fat by eating between meals, right? Well, no. Snacking can actually enhance your workouts by adding fuel and nutrients to your diet–as long as you make healthful choices. “You should think of snacks as ways of fueling up before a workout and then refueling afterward,” advises Nancy Clark, R.D., sports nutrition counselor at SportsMedicine Brookline in Massachusetts and the author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook (Leisure Press, 1990). Research has shown, too, that if you want to maximize the benefits of exercise, when you snack is just as important as what you snack on. Whether you’re competing, training or working out recreationally, keep reading for tips on how to fuel your active lifestyle.
Women only In recent years, the moniker has become an increasingly used selling point for classes, camps and sports vacations. While such events are growing in popularity, the reasons why are myriad–and as different as the women who keep signing up.
Some instructors of women-only classes attribute their appeal to a basic difference between the way men learn and the way women learn. Like men, women are talented and gutsy when it comes to their sports. They just prefer to be talented and gutsy on their own terms. “Women often want to be pushed out of their comfort zone, and they want to be pushed with someone they trust,” says Mermer Blakeslee, a leader of fear workshops and a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America‘s (PSIA) national demonstration team, which teaches and examines other instructors. “They don’t want to be caught in ego mania.”
It’s 8 o’clock on a Sunday morning. Johnny Cash’s gravely-voiced hymns soar from the car tape deck. The music is our spiritual link as we bounce down the road southbound from Moab, Utah.
My four companions and I are heading with our guide toward Canyonlands National Park. Today is the first of a five-day backcountry driving and rafting vacation. After two days exploring the desert in a Chevy Suburban 4×4 and camping out under the stars, we’ll raft the Colorado River for another three. Our river route includes navigating Cataract Canyon, which during spring runoff has some of the biggest whitewater in North America. It’s late May. The river’s flow is already over 50,000 cubic feet per second. We know that we’re in for wild water.
What do women want from a ski resort? For the most part, we want what men do: deep snow, short lift lines, long runs, good food and a hot tub in a warm condo to come home to. But we also want ski schools that understand our abilities and our anxieties. We want instructors who don’t talk down to us, who know that men and women often learn and ski differently. We want ski-shop personnel who understand how to fit women’s ski boots and select the right skis. We want child-care centers that are sparkling and warm. And we want other opportunities to enjoy the winter air–like dogsledding, maybe, or snowshoeing, skating or cross-country skiing.