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Mike Beck
Foothills of Colorado
Cyclist
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The combination of smells that frequently fill the air prior to many of my rides. Coffee, bikes, and embrocation! Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
Something to get you in the mood for Cyclocross from SuperLuminal Films. CLINIC from SuperLuminal Films on Vimeo. Get your embrocation needs from Routine Leg Works. Click here to purchase. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
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Routine Leg Works is proud to be sponsoring a bicycle racing team this year. Our thanks go out to Western Development Group for their generous sponsorship that made this a reality. Thanks to FPA and SISU Clothing Culture for the AWESOME Designs. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
Having ridden Trans Iowa v 2 and then being lucky to complete Trans Iowa v 3, I can't wait to see this movie. 300 Miles of Gravel Trailer from Jeff Frings Photography on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
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Thanks to Mountain Moon Photography for picture The race season is officially in full swing. I headed to Pueblo on April 23rd for my second race of the season in the dirt at the Voodoo Fire Marathon race at the Lake Pueblo State Park. I lined up towards the rear of the start field with my teammate, Gerry. The start was neutralized until the single track that took us onto the course. We did our best to move up from dead last. We hit the single track at a dead stop. We then made a bold move and made the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
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DK200 Tip: Nutrition Plan In less than 6 weeks you will be heading to Emporia, Kansas to participate in Dirty Kanza 200. Do you have your nutrition plan dialed in? At this point in my past training I was over analyzing my caloric intake and rethinking the foods I would eat. I used an Ultracycling article to help me along with information I picked up from the ultrarunning scene. I have been using the same guidelines for all my gravel grinding adventures. I try and consume around 50 grams of carbs per hour. How I have done that has varied... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
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Routine Leg Works is proud to sponsor the Big Ring U25 Developmental Cycling Team this year. They are having a fundraiser this evening at Big Ring Cycles in Golden, CO. Please plan on attending and supporting these young cyclists. 10% of all orders placed today will go to support the BGU25DCT. Order HERE! ORDER NOW TO SUPPORT THE BIG RING U25 DEVELOPMENTAL CYCLING TEAM. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
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As I move forward in my cycling career, I undertook the herculean effort to change my slow never quit ultra endurance style back into main stream cycling events. The Town of Mead and DBC Events teamed up to promote Mead Roubaix which was the same day as the famous race Paris Roubaix. It seemed only fitting this would be my first race of the season. I drug out the old steel De Rosa, slapped on some 25c rubber and took the line with all the rest of the 45+ Category 4 racers looking for glory. The Mead Roubaix was advertised... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
Flahute: a flemish term for the hardest of hardmen of cycling, these are the guys who go for the long hard races in less than ideal conditions. Our product was named after this term based on those who ride hard on midwestern gravel. Here is a list of the ingredients and how they assist in making you a hardperson of your sport. Shea Butter Shea butter penetrates the skin easily and does not clog the pores. It heals blemishes and keeps wrinkles at bay by being an excellent skin moisturizer. Shea butter offers sun and wind protection. Jojoba Butter/Oil Jojoba... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
RLW: Prepare This is a warming blend of oils that are used before physical activity. The base oil is jojoba with a mixture of essential oils that are used to warm and activate the muscles and increase circulation for improved performance. Prepare contains Black Pepper which assists in circulation and support, Peppermint is a stimulant and an anti-inflammatory for the muscles and Lavender assists with skin care and circulation. RLW: Flahute This is a butter type embrocation used to add warmth to muscles for athletic use. The essential oil blend will keep the circulation going, while the butter will provide... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
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DK200 Tip: Training Plan part two Someone recently said to me that not having a plan is in fact a plan to fail. The fact of the matter is you need to ride your bike lots in order to take on an event of this magnitude. This is not just a double century; this is the Dirty Kanza 200. The training plan you implement should be the one that will ensure you make it to the finish. Nobody cares if you made it to check point one or two, but someone might if you cross the finish line. In the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
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DK200 Tip: Training Plan So by now you should be well into you training plan and are beginning to feel the stress of getting out on the bike. As we enter into March, the days are getting longer with the temperatures more tolerable for riding. During my cycling training over the last 5 years, three items stick with me the most. The first is that I would rather suffer outside. Meaning, I would don the running shoes to knock out hours instead of sitting on the trainer when the weather was bad. Second, living on the front range of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
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DK200 Tip: Logistics This is the time of your Dirty Kanza ramp up that you need to get those pesky logistical issues out of the way. No need doing all the training if you can’t make it to the event and do not have a place to stay. Things to get out of the way are hotel/accommodations, who is driving, what vehicle is best for bikes, and where can I get decent food along the way. Take care of it now, rooms fill up fast. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
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DK200 Tip: Adapt your Plan While you are spending most waking moments abscessing about your gravel grinding adventure through the Kansas Flint Hills, think about your Plan B or C or even D. During my rides in Trans Iowa and Dirty Kanza I have yet to have everything to the original plan. There is always a sucker punch that can bring you to your knees and ruin the day. I have dealt with intestinal distress, cramps, weather, wet soggy roads, over consumption, under consumption, extreme fatigue, and running out of water. For me, my Plan B was to put my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
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DK200 Tip: Have a Plan! For the past 7 springs I have had a plan. Two of those I spent my time in preparation for running the last 38 miles of the Western States 100 as a pacer for my brother. Trans Iowa occupied the next two springs. For the past three springs I prepared for Dirty Kanza 200. The most important thing I have learned was have a Plan. You need an overall plan, one for training, one for nutrition, one for equipment, and one for race day. Plan, Plan, Plan, then over think it and plan some more.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
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Routine Leg Works is again proud to be working with the promoters of Dirty Kanza as an event Sponsor. Look for some up coming DK200 Specials along with some tidbits of wisdom from us. The Dirty Kanza is nothing more than an eating and drinking contest while pedaling thru the scenic Flint Hills region of east-central Kansas. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Routine Leg Works
Here are a few kind words that have been said about our products. Thanks to all those who are using our product. From Twitter: "true story, I was using RLW recover embro when my 3 yr old want some too. Then he jump on his bike. http://bit.ly/aNE2cZ" "9 out of 10 labs agree........@routinelegworks tastes great!" "I like the "recover" oil so much from @RoutineLegWorks that I use it after I indulge in a deeply satisfying tweet." "Really love the embrocation from @RoutineLegWorks. The stuff works great and makes you smell real nice, too. Not good on waffles, though." "@RoutineLegWorks rocks!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at Routine Leg Works
Now get out there and have some fun on your bike! And don't forget to embro those legs up with Flahute! Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at Routine Leg Works
Routine Leg Works from Michael Beck on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at Routine Leg Works
I use too, but it was a culmination of fears. Over the past 18 seasons I have been racing my bicycle and I slowly have over come many of those fears. I won’t say any of them were easy but they were obstacles holding back my performance. This season my mental focus was to erase that dreaded fear of falling or crashing. None of us wants to crash and risk potential a season ending injury but we do want race fast. The mind is a tricky thing to change. I don’t care how many times I quoted Molly C “keep... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Routine Leg Works
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We set up the Eurovan for a day of Routine Leg Works promotion and a little cyclocross tailgating (plus we did race our bikes). We had Mr. Larry Grossman on the mic while cranking a nice mix of tunes. It was a spectular day in the high country; leave changing, crisp morning air, and cyclocross. Table with our wares. Preparing to race with some Flahute. Rubbing it in good to get the blood moving. Ready to Race! Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Routine Leg Works
Frisco Cross 2010 from Michael Beck on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2010 at Routine Leg Works
Again, week three of the Colorado CX season brought us to Boulder Racing CX #1 in Longmont, CO at the Xilinx grounds. The course had a fair amount of technical components along with some ditch crossings and sandy sections. I have been trying to focus on getting a clean start and being able to move up in the field. My lack of points makes starting at the rear of the 45+ men’s field a bit of a challenge. The start was wicked fast as I tried to stay on the tallest guy's wheel, Mr. Zinn. First technical section was cleared... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at Routine Leg Works