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The Adventures of Karmel & Jester

A true story as told by Jester, a Moxie Cycling ambassador’s first Moxie jersey.

Although I was sandwiched among dozens of tops for sale at the 2012 Utah Goldilocks Century, I was optimistic that someone would take me home. Indeed my bright colors and diamond pattern of the Moxie Jester style and unique T-Back tank design did not scream “typical cycling jersey”, yet it was this distinction that gave me hope I would catch your eye.  You approached me –  exhausted yet victorious after riding 100 miles for the first time ever – and determined to treat yourself with a new top for this sport that you have recently fallen in love with.

Since you were not particularly fond of the current women’s cycle apparel that was on the market at the time, you were THRILLED when you finally found me. I was flattering, functional, and most of all – fabulously fashionable. As a fitness instructor and overall generally active gal, you knew immediately that you would not be wearing me on the bike exclusively.  In fact, for the next few years, even though you wore me quite often, it was rarely on the bike.  And so began the Adventures of Karmel and Jester.

IMG_2272After that first century ride in May 2012, you wore me often to the gym where you teach a variety of fitness classes including indoor cycle, boot camp, Zumba, and aquatics.  You love how my moisture-wicking fabric dries quickly after teaching an intense sweaty class.  You love how my back pockets are so perfect for holding the microphone pack. You love how my fashionable design and colorful pattern invite compliments from students and colleagues on a regular basis.

But our adventures were not limited to the gym. I joined you often at the local amusement park on hot summer days.  Purses are not allowed on some of the rides so my pockets held your keys, phone, and wallet. You beamed with pride when a couple of gals behind us in line on one of the rides asked you, “Where did you get your pocket top??? We love it!”

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Although your outdoor cycling took a back seat in 2013 when you started running Spartan obstacle races, I did not. In fact, after running 6 Spartan races wearing various tops that did not hold up well during all of the mud pits and wall climbs and barbed wire crawls, you decided to give me a shot – and I came through for you like champ.  Since you didn’t want to wear a bulky Camelbak or a water bottle holster which could get caught on some of the obstacles, you carried your water bottles in my pockets.  My fantastic fit and built-in bra supported you perfectly as you climbed and crawled and pulled and ran and hoisted and leaped. And best of all, I cleaned up beautifully.  While some of your other tops have been ruined after a Spartan race, you have continued to wear me since, and my colors are brighter than ever and my shape and form are still wonderfully intact.

Our many adventures include travel as you absolutely love me for sightseeing and hiking.  Once again, my pockets allow you to enjoy various destinations without having to lug around a purse or a backpack.   I thrive in the humidity and heat of various climates as I can keep you cool and dry while still making you look stylish.

I looked amazing at the top of Willis Tower in Chicago with the city far below us.  My kaleidoscope of colors complemented the hues of Roberto, the macaw we met on a hike in Cancun.  I performed wonderfully when you climbed a sandy hill in Moab.

You have added to your collection of Moxie jerseys since you first discovered me four years ago and each jersey in your collection performs just as effectively, looks just as flattering and stylish, and earns just as many compliments.

So continue to cycle, run, hike, climb, leap, crawl, jump, dance, teach, swim, and play in your Moxie as much as your heart desires.  We can not only take it… we welcome it.

PrintKarmel is a Moxie Cycling ambassador and blog contributor. Check out her bio here!

Knowing When to Push and When to Restrain

by Arleigh Jenkins from Bike Shop Girl

Moxie Cycling is partnering with chic women cyclists to bring you tips, stories and healthy recipes via our blog. Arleigh Jenkins, founder of the website Bike Shop Girl, has more than twelve years of bike industry experience, is currently a pro level bike mechanic living in Denver, CO and has shared her best advice on how to approach training when you are looking ahead to a new race season.

 July is a month of excitement in the bicycle world: The Tour de France is streaming multiple times a day, summer hours may be letting you get outside more and maybe you have kids that are out for the summer and can go on bike adventures. When you are training year-round, this is also a time of year that you may be taking a rest period to gear up for the race-heavy months of August and September.

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 For me, July is one of planning for the future; July 1st is historically the start of cyclocross training for races that start in late September. I’m starting to switch over to my slow-and-steady training efforts, which means putting the brakes on most of the high-intensity efforts that I have been doing for mountain bike racing.

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Where to Ride: Lake Independence Trail

In the Twin Cities & across the country // Head North for a Ride into the Countryside on the Lake Independence Trail

Start: The Lake Independence Trail connects to the Luce Line, Baker Park Reserve and Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, giving you plenty of options for a starting point. The total length of the trail one way is 15.8 miles, so if you’d like to make it a longer trip, I would recommend starting from the Medicine Lake area which connects with the Luce Line, giving you ~60 miles round trip. Myself and two buddies did this last Saturday and I was very happy with the ease of the trai; I love to take longer rides on the weekend, but I do not like having to stop to look at a map every 5 miles, which is why this route was enjoyable. Once you connect from the Luce Line onto the Lake Independence Trail, it is a straight shot out of town north with rolling hills and a nicely paved and maintained bike path.

The trail starts by curving around Baker Park Reserve, with gorgeous views of Lake Katrina and some of Lake Independence. Baker Park Reserve itself is a great destination for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and golfing. The bike trails were wonderfully entertaining and curvy, allowing you a varied route that includes climbs, downhills, and tight turns. On the Northwest side of the loop you have the option to continue North out of the park on the bike trail, which goes directly up to Crow-Hassan Park Reserve along County Road 19.

End: Crow-Hassan Park Reserve is also very picturesque, but unfortunately the park does not have paved bike paths. You can hike or horseback ride into the reserve however and enjoy the natural prairie that changes colors with the month.

In Between: Since the ride from Medicine Lake was a decent jaunt, we took a break for snacks and a water refill at a gas station in Loretto. The station even had some outdoor seating, which was nice as it was  a sunny day and relaxing in the shade was a welcome escape. After the long ride home, my Moxie jersey tan line was getting pretty defined. And I’m rockin’ it like I do my goggle tan after a long ski season!

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Is that a skin-colored Moxie Jersey you have?

When to Ride: If you are looking to log some miles during the week, starting at either park reserve will have you at 30 miles out and back within a couple of hours, but on a sunny later summer weekend, this would be a great way to get out of town without the gas tank suffering. Once the temps drop from the 100’s as it has been the last few days, camping would be a fun options as well!

P.S. RAGABRAI STARTS THIS WEEKEND. GET EXCITED! 🙂

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Where to Ride

In the Twin Cities & across the country // Get out of the metro and into Carver Park Reserve

Since this week’s weather forecast looks quite hit or miss, I jumped on my bike Monday evening for a ride in the sun [and heat] and since I was excited to be on my newer and faster road bike, I chose a long bike path that allowed for some serious acceleration.

Start: If you are looking for a ride that is 30+ miles, I began with the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail which begins in downtown Hopkins, and headed West. From Hopkins to the Carver Park Reserve the path runs about 15 miles. This trail is a packed limestone, so be prepared for a little rougher ride than pavement. The trail runs through North Minnetonka, Deephaven, Shorewood, Excelsior, and finally Victoria.

End: Once you get to Carver Park, the trails are paved smooth with dashed yellow lines, which is excellent for busy days, and the scenery is serene and full of green. There are several lakes within the reserve and plenty of wildlife. If you were to ride the full loop of paved trail, you’d be adding 10.7 miles to your ride. It’s so beautiful and well-maintained I think the next time I want to spend some serious time on my bike I might just drive to the park so as to spend more time doing multiple loops instead of worrying about coming upon intersections as you do on the regional trails.

In Between: Carver Park Reserve has a lot more to offer than just nice bike trails; it has hiking trails, horseback riding trails, reservable picnic areas, fishing areas, swimming locations, boat access to several lakes, an amphitheater, and group camping. So if you had a free weekend with good weather, this would be a perfect spot to bike to and camp at.

In fact, this coming Sunday you can join a naturalist for Nature on Wheels and get a tour of the park for only $5.00 a person. If you’ve got plans already, there are many other family friendly events at the Lowry Nature Center located in the park.

When to Ride: Because there is so much fun to be had, a whole day adventure would be a great way to put Carver Park Reserve on your agenda. Access to the park can be via the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail or there are several parking lots for car access if you are shorter on time or too far to reasonably bike there. The park is open year-round from 5AM to 10PM each day, so all seasons can be a fun experience.

There I am in my Sylvie Moxie Jersey at a pit stop within the reserve! Enjoy the ride!

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Behind the Scenes

TGIF Everyone!

It was a wonderfully short week and Team Moxie is headed out to Little Red Riding Hood for the weekend to be at the expo and join in the awesome women’s cycling fun! But before we go, we’d like to share that our Instagram is featured on CycleFemme’s website currently:

And I must say that we do look stunning in our Moxie jersey’s 😉

Moxie Cycling Co., Moxie jersey

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Where to Ride

In the Twin Cities & across the country // The first ever Moxie Barn Brunch Ride!

The weekend finally came for our first official Moxie Cycling hosted ride and it was great fun! Moxie’s Barn Brunch ride was held in the Madison, Wisconsin area and had pretty good turnout considering it was a busy Mother’s Day weekend. Here is our group ready to ride Saturday morning:

The weather was forecast for a possible sprinkle in the morning, but we got lucky and it turned out to be a pefect day. There were clouds on and off, but the temperature wasn’t too hot or cold and made for great riding weather. After meeting and greeting at Phitness Plus, we took off on the lower portion of the Capital City Loop [the highlighted section below] which connected us to the Badger State Trail, where we went South all the way past Belleville.

From just South of Belleville, we had on hand our so-called ‘people mover’ to take us to the famed Burr Oak Farm Barn another 20 miles off the trail so we could avoid the rolling country hills that were lacking a shoulder. 

The ‘People Mover’

There we had a filling lunch of grilled brats, cheesey potatoes, fruit, and of course, gourmet Dulce de Leche cupcakes! Before we got back on our bikes for the return trip there was a tour of the Burr Oak Farm barn.

View from the front of the barn

The two-story barn was originally built in Chicago, Illinios for use at the World’s Fair in 1893, making the barn 119 years old, yet it is still in great shape.

Lithograph advertising the Chicago Day
celebration at the fair which commemorated
the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
(CHS ICHi 14835)

A big thank-you to everyone who joined us on the ride and we hope that you enjoyed yourselves! Also, a late Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there!

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Stealthy & Healthy

Food & fitness for your consideration // Happy Earth Day! Paleo-what?

If you aren’t a Pinterest addict yet, you may have missed the pin we did yesterday for Earth Day – Click the image below to go to The Lovely Dept. blog for a free wallpaper download of the ‘Love your mother’ piece below! And if you’re on Pinterest, follow our pin boards to keep the Moxie coming.

We hope you had a fabulous weekend and were able to get the chance to celebrate Earth day outside and maybe even on a bike ride. We are busy planning and getting excited for our Barn Brunch ride and hope that if you are in the Madison, Wisconsin area you can make it out to join us for a ride and food on May 12th.  But since it’s Monday, we are going to kick off the week with a Stealthy & Healthy. There’s been frequent talk about the Paleo, or Caveman, diet lately and I was interested to know more. Deb, one of our founders, has been structuring her meals around some of the ideas, so that sparked a conversation, what is it and what are the benefits?

The Paleo diet/lifestyle, goes back in time about 10,000 years to examine what we, as human beings, were eating to sustain ourselves before the modern agriculture advances we are used to today. First made popular in the 1970’s by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin, it is based on the idea that our genetics, unlike technology, have not changed much over time and we are not fully adapted to contemporary foods, leading us to poor nutrition and disease. The theory suggests our optimal diet is that of our ancestors; mainly lean meats, fish, eggs and fresh produce, absolutely no processed foods, dairy, and grains while limiting nuts and fatty oils.

After looking into several sources, there seems to be a varied response to the diet plan by nutritionists. Most of the dispute is over the evolutionary claims that support the diet. For example, since agriculture and raising farm animals began, we have adapted to have the ability to consume milk products after our infancy stages. Also, basing a diet around what our ancestors consumed does not provide a clear menu; hunter and gatherers’ diets are varied across areas of the world which makes guidelines for Paleo varied and unclear.

In result, there are many degrees you could implent Paleo into your life. The website Paleo Diet Lifestyle gives 15 tips, including eating lots of fatty animal meat, while Caveman Diet suggests only lean meats. Strict Paleo dieters have cut out salt and all caffeine. However you see the guidelines, it’s clear that the diet has gained popularity recently and personally I think there are some definite benefits. I can’t say the entire lifestyle is what’s best for everyone, but it’s main motto of cutting back on the processed foods is something everyone AND our environment could benefit from. Reducing our carbon footprint by eating locally [Farmer’s Market season!!] and choosing fresh, organic over processed and packaged is a great way to ‘LOVE YOUR MOTHER.’

Have you adapted a Paleo lifestyle or have you heard success stories of is it just another diet to sell cookbooks? Tell us what you think!

Here are a couple recipes for sampling if you’d like to test it out yourself!

Breakfast seems to be the easiest adjustment since eggs and bacon are common staples. Here is a yummy example from My Little Celebration

Paleo spinach, onion, and homemade salsa with flax omlette and cinnamon apple slices

Lunch and dinner get a little bit harder when you have to cut out all grains and dairy, but here is a great recipe from The Cavewoman Cafe along with a very informational post:

Primal Vegetable Strata

And just for those visual learners out there, heres an interesting info-graphic about the Paleo Diet.

Paleolithic Diet Explained
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Stealthy & Healthy

Food & fitness for your consideration // Did you know that April is Grilled Cheese Month? We love the classic cheddar, but check out some of these great variations!

It’s true. There is an entire month dedicated to the grilled cheese sandwich. This April don’t miss out on the fun! Try some of the latest creative takes on the cheddar classic:

  • Here’s a yummy combination of Wisconsin Gouda cheese, bell peppers, onion, and  spinach on the The Green Acre by Grilled Cheese Academy [click for full recipe]

  • Or you could create a mash-up of the grilled cheese sandwich and green goddess sauce, such as done by Panini Happy:

  • And why stop there – you can even substitute in a grilled cheese sandwich as dessert with the Apple Pie Grilled Cheeseby Family Fresh Cooking.

Think you have a recipe that outdoes them all? The Grilled Cheese Academy is actually holding a contest for the best Grilled Cheese Recipe that goes through the end of April. Enter and you could win a trip to New York to see ABC’s ‘The Chew’!

Moxie Cycling has some exciting news to share! We were recently featured in the Star Tribune in the business section, you can read the article HERE.

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What we love this week // Keeping your energy up and metabolism in high gear doesn’t mean you have to carry around tupperware for meals every 3 hours, Clif Shots got you covered in between main meals

Guess who’s signed up OFFICIALLY for RAGBRAI? The women of Moxie Cycling Co! As well as our men of Moxie Cycling Co. who plan on riding an old-school tandem bike decked out in Moxie green. If you don’t have enough reason to join us in this amazing event already, you will not want to miss out on seeing that.

If you know the story behind Moxie, then you know this will be approaching our first official year selling our unique jerseys, and we are so excited to be back at RAGBRAI where the whole idea was spurred. We will be at the expo before the ride begins on July 21st in Sioux Center, Iowa from 12 to 9PM and then various members of our team will be riding the entire week through July 28th. And did you know that Counting Crows will be performing the night of July 26th? We hope you can make it!

Here is one item that is definitely on our packing list for these long, full-day rides: Clif Shots. These little gel shots are essentially fuel for your body in a compact and travel-ready package, which fit perfect into your Moxie jersey’s back pockets. Staying hydrated and having a good stream of energy-supplying food is key to overworking your muscles and ending up sore and stiff the next morning. When you have a week of riding ahead of you, planning is essential.

Deb described her typical day at RAGBRAI as:

• 6 AM – waking up with a cup of coffee and a half of a Larabar or Clif Bar for breakfast

• 7-9AM riding like madwomen

• 9:30AM 1st stop to hydrate and have the other half of a bar

• 10 – 12PM ride to halfway point of the day

• 12-1PM stop for lunch

• 1-3PM hit the road again

• 3:30PM hydrate and keep energy up with a Clif Shot

•  5PM stop for dinner

•  6-finish up the day’s ride to get to the camping spot

So as you can see, during a day of riding 70 or so miles, there is a lot of focus around keeping at peak performance levels through hydration and food, and there is obviously a lot of time on a bike which makes it hard to eat anything too complicated. I know that once I’ve been on the road for a few hours, my body starts to really crave something substantial, like a classic double cheeseburger with bacon. But Deb has also warned against eating too much at one time – although you feel like you could eat the entire lunch menu, you’ll end up with a ‘food baby,’ or that large ball of food resembling second trimester. Biking does not put your body in a position to efficiently digest; you’re hunched over and blood is being circulated heavily through your legs and kept out of your digestive organs. This is why items such as Clif Shots are handy to step in and keep your hunger at bay while allowing your muscles to run smoothly and recover faster. One an hour is what some trainers recommend to make sure your body isn’t becoming too energy depleted.

From Clif’s official website:

CLIF SHOT takes a streamlined approach to performance nutrition – delivering only what your body needs most while training and racing. Our organic ingredients help provide clean essential energy and hydration, plus fast muscle recovery.

Know some other great on-the-go energy-packing foods? Share with us! We want to put them to the test!

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